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West LegalEdcenter Adds The Becket Fund to List of Distinguished Content Partners

Date: October 12, 2006
Press Contact: Amanda Grayson

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the public-interest law firm involved in some of the nation's most talked about cases, will soon offer online programs for continuing legal education (CLE) credit. The group is providing quarterly CLE updates on religious freedom issues exclusively online at West LegalEdcenter.

West LegalEdcenter, the nation's leading online CLE service from Thomson West, offers up-to-the-minute programs in partnership with the country’s most respected CLE and professional education providers. Adding programs from The Becket Fund will allow attorneys to engage in provocative and timely discussions while also fulfilling CLE requirements.

"We're excited to partner with West LegalEdcenter to reach the widest possible audience," said Anthony Picarello, The Becket Fund's vice president and general counsel. "Our goal is to provide the latest developments in religious freedom law — from zoning to employment, from schools to prisons."

"Law and religion often generate strong feelings," added Lee Ann Enquist, general manager of West LegalEdcenter. "This partnership is a perfect opportunity to provide attorneys with additional resources and a broader perspective."

West LegalEdcenter includes unmatched innovative features, such as personalized program recommendations; simplified CLE tracking; links from program materials to Westlaw®, the leading online research service from West; customer service and technical support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and the most comprehensive law firm and corporate law department CLE Administrators Tool Kit for easy and seamless management of CLE attendance and usage.

About The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Named in honor of Thomas á Becket (1118-70 AD), who stood at the intersection of Church and State, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interfaith, legal and educational institute dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund operates in three arenas: in the courts of law, in the court of public opinion, and in the academy.

About Thomson West
Headquartered in Eagan, Minn., Thomson West is the foremost provider of integrated information solutions to the U.S. legal market. Thomson West is a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and was formed when West Publishing and Thomson Legal Publishing merged in June 1996. For more information, please visit the Thomson West Web site at

About The Thomson Corporation
The Thomson Corporation (, with 2005 revenues of $8.4 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,500 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

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