A Blog entry by Elizabeth Zamora in "HLS in Focus: The Official JD Admissions Blog at the Harvard Law School" shows a law student's impressions of a presentation on genealogy research.
There is probably not much in the article that genealogy researchers with a bit of experience don't already know, but what is interesting is what emerges when looking at our hobby through a legal lens. Elizabeth is struck by how far reaching our legal system is. "Not only does the law have a great deal of influence on how we live our lives from day to day, but it also influences the way that our descendants will be able to find information about us years from now and the kind of picture that these documents will paint for them."
You can read the entire article at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/admissions/2010/02/02/genealogy-and-the-law/