I just received an email from Maria Otero, Director of the University of Puerto Rico Law Library. She shared with me the good news that Thomson Reuters has decided to reinstate support of standalone printing at law schools in Puerto Rico.
After a very good and thoughtful telephone conversation with Mr. Mike Suchsland, President of West Education Group , and Mr. Chris Parton, Vice President, the Westlaw printer program has been reinstated for all Puerto Rico law schools. Both officials have promised that any future reductions in the program will be equally applicable to all law schools who currently participate in it.
Dean Aponte-Toro and myself are very satisfied with this result and wish to thank all of you who helped that our voices from this "distant ocean community" (Chief Justice Taft in Balzac v. Porto Rico, 1922 ) were heard.
We also wish to thank Mr. Suchsland and Mr. Parton for their understanding and swift action.
If those of you who sent messages concerning this subject could relay this one to those you contacted, I would certainly appreciate it. The same request to you bloggers, who also helped a great deal.
Thank you all very much,
José Julián Álvarez González
Professor of Law
University of Puerto Rico School of Law"
I wonder if Thomson will reconsider the decision not to support standalone printers at the District of Columbia College of Law and at Southern New England.