To date, BLIP has helped well more than 1000 clients presenting diverse legal, business, and policy challenges. BLIP accepts clients who require creative legal representation and arguably advance the Internet or digital economy, and for whom expensive legal services would act as a barrier to entry in their respective industries. BLIP has helped clients with incorporation, intellectual property protection, structuring licensing agreements, web documentation, and has also provided litigation support and general legal advice.
Clients are accepted based on the extent to which they provide a good platform for legal training. The clinic endeavors not to presuppose that one client or policy position is more worthy of representation than another client or policy. Nonetheless, BLIP prefers clients who arguably advance the Internet, the digital economy, or intellectual property laws. BLIP only takes on clients who otherwise could not afford private counsel and whose ideas would unlikely evolve into sustainable businesses without its legal support.
When possible, BLIP tries to take on BLS law students and their collaborators pursuing business ventures of their own. This has proven to be worthwhile to both the BLIP students and their client-classmates. BLIP has represented several graduating BLS students and post-graduate students who have decided to take their legal training and create entrepreneurial ventures.
List of Resources
Corpus of the Records of the Constitutional Convention
The Corpus of the Records of the Constitutional Convention covers three of the four volumes of The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Published in 1911, Farrand's work attempted to represent the documentary records of the Constitutional Convention.
Corpus of US Caselaw
The Caselaw Access Project (“CAP”) expands public access to U.S. law. Its goal is to make all published U.S. court decisions freely available to the public online, in a consistent format, digitized from the collection of the Harvard Law Library.The first installment is state cases from 1760 to 1799.
BYU-Corpus of Early Modern English
The BYU-Corpus of Early Modern English cover texts from 1475 – 1800 that were included in the Evans Bibliography, the Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) corrected by the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) Evans Bibliography (University of Michigan)
Corpus of the Current US Code
The US Code Corpus contains the entirety of the US Code from the Office of Law Revision Counsel. The corpus was downloaded from <a href="https://uscode.house.gov/browse.xhtml">https://uscode.house.gov/browse.xhtml</a> in July of 2019 and, therefore, only reflects the version of the US Code that was available on that date. In this corpus, each title is treated as a separate document/text. In addition, the appendices to Titles 5, 11, 18, 28, and 50 are also treated as separate documents/texts. The corpus does not include the Front Matter to the US Code or the Acts Cited by Popular Names portion, but does include section text and notes.
Corpus of Founding Era American English
The Corpus of Founding Era American English covers the time period starting with the reign of King George III, and ending with the death of George Washington (1760-1799). COFEA contains documents from ordinary people of the day, the Founders, and legal sources, including letters, diaries, newspapers, non-fiction books, fiction, sermons, speeches, debates, legal cases, and other legal materials. The majority of texts have been pulled from the following six sources: the National Archive Founders Online; William S. Hein & Co., HeinOnline; Text Creation Partnership (TCP) Evans Bibliography (University of Michigan); Elliot's Debates; Farrand's Records; and the U.S. Statutes-at-Large from the first five Congresses
Public Access to Court Electronic Records
Corpus of State Conventions on the Adoption of the Constitution
The Corpus of State Conventions on the Adoption of the Constitution consists of five volumes of The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. According to the library of congress, they “remain the best source for materials about the national government's transitional period between the closing of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787 and the opening of the First Federal Congress in March 1789.”