January 24th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
Virtually Blind periodically features “Three Things” — quick lists of places, people, or issues important to virtual law. This time, VB features three places to visit in Second Life to learn about virtual law.
- First, check out Nova Southeastern University’s virtual law library. A Nova librarian was logged in as avatar ‘Anne Idler’ when I visited. NSU plans to use the location to make available “legal research guides, links to legal resources online, and information about [Nova's] beautiful, high tech campus.” For what it’s worth, I can attest that Nova does have a gorgeous real-life campus (it’s in Fort Lauderdale), as I went to law school there for a year before transferring to UC Berkeley. As for “high tech,” the fact that they have what seems to be the very first law library in a virtual world speaks for itself. SLURL: NSU Law Library
- Second, visit one of the cities of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (“CDS”) — either the city of Neufreistadt (pictured, featuring Medieval Germanic architecture) or Colonia Nova (Classical Roman). The CDS has taken on the ambitious project of trying to create a private government from scratch, complete with a judicial system. If you like what they’re doing, you can become a land-owning citizen, vote, and even run for office. SLURLs: Neufreistadt / Colonia Nova
- Third, stop by the Second Life Bar Association’s offices and meet my avatar, ‘Benjamin Noble’ (I founded the organization). The SLBA is an informal professional organization that promotes the development of civil law in Second Life and assists attorney and scholar members navigate the Second Life legal landscape. SLURL: SLBA Offices
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