Building & Maintaining SCOCAL

Erika Wayne, Stanford Law School
Timothy Stanley, Justia
Dan Vu Quoc, Justia

SCOCAL ( is a joint project between the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford, Justia and Fastcase. The site contains California Supreme Court opinions (and related materials such as briefs and dockets) from 1934 to the present. Detailed annotations of selected opinions are also available; the annotations are written and edited by students in the Advanced Legal Research class at Stanford. And, more recently, the site started to track 9th Circuit questions certified to the Court. In keeping with this year's CALI Conference theme, "some assembly required", the creation and ongoing maintenance of of all the different moving parts of this project is a true collaborative effort between engineers, educators and students - each contributing essential components to create a unique offering.

Different members of our team will chat about their experiences and how the project works as a whole:
1. Stanford Law Librarian Erika Wayne will discuss the core components of the site and the ongoing maintenance and tracking of student annotations.
2. Justia's CEO Tim Stanley and Engineer Dan Vu Quoc will talk about the creation of the backend of the site using Drupal and the various tools developed to track and update new opinions, annoations and offerings.
3. All assembled will offer ideas on how other law schools, using the SCOCal site as a template, can take the project and adapt it to courts within their individual states.

Schedule info

Time slot: 
22 June 13:00 - 14:00