At a talk in a law library in Maine, Chief Justice Roberts poo-pooed electronic legal research.
Roberts said that while he appreciates the efficiency of the information age, he worries that modern methods of legal research could make it easier to confuse the collection of information with the acquisition of knowledge.
“I hope that the generations that follow will get a chance to experience learning in the enriching environment of a real library and not just a virtual one – a library where you feel connected to knowledge in a very tangible way and also connected to those working alongside you in a similar pursuit for knowledge,” he said, “even if they’re representing an adversary or even if they’re working for a judge who will decide your case.”
Why can you only “feel connected to knowledge” in a real library? I am more connected to more pieces of information than possible in a “real library” when I am in front of my computer.
Chief Justice Roberts also made a funny:
“When judges or justices speak in court, there’s a good chance we will disappoint half of the people who appear before us. When we speak in public, we have a good chance of disappointing everyone. Despite that clear and present danger, I was happy to accept your kind invitation to visit this afternoon.”
H/T How Appealing