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LEGAL RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET Margarette Dye Senior Reference Librarian Hunton & Williams May 25, 2001.

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1 LEGAL RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET Margarette Dye Senior Reference Librarian Hunton & Williams May 25, 2001

2 MARTINDALE-HUBBELL u u provides a database of over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries, including corporate and government attorneys and law school faculty. u search by lawyer or firm name, or by location/area of practice

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4 NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES u »> on Public User > State Legislatures u NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the lawmakers and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories

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7 NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE COURTS u u an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of justice u provides links to court web sites

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9 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE U.S. COURTS u u Federal Judiciary Center u serves as a clearinghouse for information about the federal judiciary system u answers to FAQ (who appoints federal judges? how many courts of appeals are there? how can I check on the status of my case? must I respond to my jury notice?)

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11 LOCAL COURT WEB SITES u u u u u

12 STATE OF GEORGIA u u official web site for the State of Georgia u provides access to the Georgia Legislature and state agencies

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14 GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE u u under Corporations – information on corporations/officers/registered agents; trademarks u under Elections –voter information/registration; campaign disclosures; candidate information; upcoming election u under State Capitol –information on the State Capitol, including the tours of the Capitol and the Capitol museum

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16 GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY u u official web site for the Georgia General Assembly u search for legislation by key word, code section, committee or the bill’s sponsor

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19 FirstGov u u official site for U.S. Government information, services, transactions and forms

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21 THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet u u is a service of the Library of Congress u provides information on legislation before the United States Congress and its committees, access to the Congressional Record, as well as links to the other branches of the federal and state governments u search by bill number or key word

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23 OFFICE OF THE LAW REVISION COUNSEL u u nonpartisan committee which prepares and publishes the United States Code which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. u can retrieve a specific section or search using Boolean logic

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25 LEX MUNDI/ HIEROS GAMOS u –association of independent law firms providing for the exchange of professional information about the local and global practice and development of law u –was one of the first legal and government sites on the Internet. –Lex Mundi members prepare the Guides to Doing Business Series

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29 LEXISONE.COM u u launched as an Internet resource site for small firms and solo attorneys –links to sources for legal forms; –search by word or follow links in the Legal Internet Guide (32 categories including a State Resource Center and a Desk Reference Center) –includes all Supreme Court cases from 1790 and state cases from 1996.

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31 FINDLAW.COM u –provides links to legal information on the Internet u focused on law and government, providing access to online library of legal resources for use by legal professionals, consumers and small businesses. u –legal research engine that allows you to search by word or follow links to subject areas

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33 UNIVERSITY WEB SITES u –Electronic Reference Desk; Federal Courts Finder u –links to subjects from the 1st Circuit to Alabama to Zip Codes u –Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School –nominated for a 2001 “Webby” award in the field of government and law –brief summaries of legal topics written by LII student editors; links to codes and court opinions

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38 LLRX u u provides up-to-date information on a wide range of legal and technology related issues u provides links to sites for state and federal court rules, forms and dockets u Zimmermans Research Guide - developed by Andrew Zimmerman, the Cleveland librarian for Arter & Hadden - each entry has links to other sources on the topic and see/see also references

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40 LINKS TO LINKS u –links to state/local governments, national organizations; good description of criteria for inclusion u u u u u –searchable index of legal information on the Internet

41 FUN SITES u Dumb Laws –http://www.dumblaws.com u Lawyer Jokes –http://www.nolo.com/humor.jokes –http://law.about.com/cs/lawyerjokes –http://cartalk.com/about/lawyers

42 ONE OF MY FAVORITES u What do you get when you cross a librarian with a lawyer? u All the information you asked for but you will not be able to understand any of it.


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