Lawlink

American Bar Association's Lawlink: The Legal Research Jumpstation

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Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff. LTRC staff also publish ABA Site-tation, a blog (and monthly e-newsletter) covering web sites and new technology relevant to legal professionals. If you would like to recommend a link for either this page or ABA Site-tation, please send us your suggestion.

The LTRC provides resources including publications, electronic discussion forums, surveys, comparative studies, and more. The Center also offers services such as consulting, outreach, and research. LTRC staff develop resources and provide guidance on wide-ranging issues. LTRC researchers can provide helpful information on topics that are of special importance to your law office. The Center's staff includes librarians and lawyers who understand your needs and can provide you with answers. In addition to the website resources, LTRC staff are available via a helpline (312) 988-5465 or via e-mail (ltrc@americanbar.org).

FEDERAL RESOURCES

USA.gov
Comprehensive directory of US government resources, hosted by the US government

The White House
Executive branch resources, including executive orders

U.S. Courts
Maintained by the Administrative Office of the US Courts, this site provides a comprehensive list of US Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Bankruptcy Courts.

THOMAS
Legislative information including roll call, committees, bill activity, and more from the Library of Congress

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Hosted by the Law Library of Congress

Legislative and Governmental Advocacy - Governmental Affairs Office
Hosted by the ABA's Governmental Affairs and Public Services Group, provides information about the ABA's legislative and policy activities

Regulations.gov
A one-stop Web site to find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other federal actions.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
A searchable and browsable codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

U.S. Code Collection
The complete U.S. Code hosted by Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute.

 

STATE RESOURCES

State Court Website
Hosted by the National Center for State Courts, this site includes links to all available state courts and other resources.

National Center for State Courts
The Center is a non-profit founded by Chief Justice Warren Burger to promote justice by providing leadership and services to courts.

US State and Local Bar Associations
Hosted by ABA Division for Bar Services, click on the map to find bar associations in specific states.

Uniform Law Commission - NCCUSL Acts
Full text, legislative information, and bill tracking for a wide variety of Uniform Acts, provided by the Uniform Law Commission.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Numerous resources related to state legislatures and legal issues at the state level.

U.S. State and Territorial Laws
Links to state and territorial laws, constitutions, legal publications, ballot initiatives, and more.

 

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

International Bar Association

ABA ROLI—ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Hosted by the Law Library of Congress

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
Developed with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906.

FindLaw: International Constitutions
Links to constitutions from over 100 nations around the world, hosted by FindLaw.

UN: International Law
The United Nation's home for International Law, addressing topics ranging from UNICTRAL to treaties to admiralty.

Legal Information Institute's International Law Collection
A collection of foreign and international legal materials collected and hosted by Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

GlobaLex
GlobaLex provides thorough guides to foreign, internetational, and comparative laws.

 

LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS

ABA Division for Bar Services Information Clearinghouse
Provides a searchable database of publications on issues of administrative, managerial and substantive interest to the organized bar, its staff and volunteers.

ABA Division of Bar Services list of state and local bars

American Association of Law Libraries

Association of Legal Administrators

Federal Bar Association

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

National Association for Legal Professionals

National Bar Association

National Federation of Paralegals Association

Special Libraries Association - Legal Division

 

LEGAL EDUCATION

ABA Approved Law Schools
Hosted by ABA Section on Legal Education, contains a list of ABA approved law schools. Don't miss the Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools

Association of American Law Schools
AALS is an association of both ABA approved and other law schools.

Law School Admission Council
Extensive collection of information related to law schools and law school admissions.

 

LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

ABA Career Counsel
ABA Career Counsel provides resources for lawyers, law students, and employers, including job tips, profiles of attorneys from a variety of law practice environments, and more.

Emplawyernet
National databank of legal jobs. Also includes career services, recruiter resources, forums, and news. Requires membership.

National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
is a leading resource on the state of employment in the legal profession. Its resources include employment trend data and helpful information for new lawyers and laterals.

ABA Law Student Division: Networking and Job Opportunities
A collection of resources from the ABA's Law Student Division to help law students find networking and job opportunities.

U.S. Department of Justice: Attorney Vacancies
A searchable database of current attorney job openings with the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Courts Employment Opportunities
A collection of employment opportunities throughout the Federal Judiciary.

Findlaw Career Center
Searchable database of legal job openings provided by FindLaw.

LawJobs.com
A job search web site for the legal profession, serving both job seekers and employers.

 

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE)

ABA-CLE
ABA's exceptional continuing legal education resource, providing CLE in a variety of formats to fit your schedule and CLE needs.

ALI-ABA
American Legal Institute and the ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education produce high quality CLE and also provide information for CLE providers.

The Association of Continuing Legal Education
An association for continuing legal education professionals worldwide.

 

LAW PRACTICE TECHNOLOGY

ABA LTRC: Researching Law Office Technology - Selected Resources
This page - assembled by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center - lists a wide variety of legal technology resources ranging from periodicals to websites to email discussion lists.

 

ETHICS

From the American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility:

Advertising and Marketing

Ethics Opinions

Model Rules of Professional Conduct

State and Other Resources

Other Ethics resources:

American Legal Ethics Library
Hosted by the Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute, the Americna LEgal Ethics Library contains a wide variety of ethics information organized by jurisdiction and topic.

Legal Profession Blog
Part of the Law Professor Blogs Network, the Legal Profession Blog focuses on recent developments in ethics, and is a good place to find commentary and descriptions of the latest ethics opinions from around the country.

 

LEGAL REPRESENTATION

Find a Lawyer
Hosted by ABA Division for Legal Services, is a consumer guide to legal help, from lawyer referral to legal aid programs

Martindale's Legal Professional Locator
Directory of lawyers, law librarians, law firm administrators, and other legal professionals and service providers.

Lawyer Disciplinary Agencies
Hosted by ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, this site provides a state-by-state listing.

Lawyers.com
This site from Martindale-Hubbell provides consumers, both individuals and businesses, resources for hiring legal counsel.

iLawyer
Non-profit lawyer referral network for finding an experienced professional in New York, California, Texas, or Kentucky.

 

SURVEY AND STATISTICS

LTRC Surveys and Statistics
Product information for the annual Legal Technology Survey Report, plus links to other LTRC surveys.

ABA Market Research Department Statistical Resources
This site includes links to ABA and other statistics about the legal profession, plus an information request service for further help.

U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics
A wide variety of statistics relating to the justice system, including crimes, law enforcement, prosecutions, and more.

Altman Weil Legal Surveys
Altman Weil produces a wide variety of surveys each year on topics ranging from paralegal compensation to law firm retirement plans.

 

LEGAL NEWS SOURCES

ABA Journal
The ABA Journal brings the latest daily news from the legal profession, as well as monthly, in-depth information for legal professionals.

Law.com
Sign up for the Newswire, a daily e-mail of the latest legal news. The premium practice areas at Law.com are particularly strong resources.

Law Library Resource eXchange
Daily news about the law and well-written discussions of legal research and other information technologies affecting the practice of law.

Site-tation
The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center's monthly e-newsletter highlighting new or useful Web sites of interest to attorneys and other legal professionals. Each new issue is announced via e-mail to subscribers of this free publication.

FindLaw Legal News & Information
Legal news brought to you by FindLaw.

 

LEGAL RESEARCH RESOURCES

ABA Law Review/Journal Search Engine
Created by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center using Google Custom Search, this custom search tool searches the free full-text of over 350 online domestic and international law reviews, journals, and related publications.

ABA Supreme Court Preview
Hosted by the ABA’s Division for Public Education, Supreme Court Preview maintains a free, comprehensive, and regularly updated archive of all merits and amicus briefs filed in every case accepted for oral argument by the U.S. Supreme Court.

AcqWeb
AcqWeb, created and maintained since 1994, is hosted by Appalachian State University. AcqWeb is an outstanding collection of information about legal publishers.

eCasebriefs
Launched in 1995 to provide free law study aid content written by lawyers and law professors to help students better understand how to study law and prepare for their daily course work and exams.

FindACase
Hosted by VersusLaw, FindACase is an ad-supported research site that provides the state and federal case law each state, i.e., the state appellate courts, the Federal Circuit Court, the U.S. District Court cases, and the U.S. Supreme Court back to 1900.

Findlaw
Findlaw, owned by West Group, is probably the leading free online index of legal materials, with links to off-site resources as well as a great deal of hosted material and tools, including hosted e-mail and the Lawcrawler search engine. The state-specific collections of resources are particularly useful.

Free Legal Resources Provided by State Bar Associations
Hosted by Three Geeks and a Law Blog, this listing is a convenient compilation of primary legal research tools provided by state bar associations.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar has a legal opinion database that allows you to find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts.

Justia
A free searchable database of US Federal District Court civil cases categorized by state, individual court and legal practice area. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds to track courts, case types and parties.

The Law and Policy Institutions Guide (Lpig.org)
A collection of annotated resources ranging from legal research to law school tools and CLE sites.

The Law Review Project
The Coalition of Online Journals provides free full text search of online law journals (check the site for a list of included journals) and an e-mail notification of new articles

Lawyer Express
A CEOExpress Web site with a customized area for lawyers.

Legal Information Institute
Hosted by Cornell University's School of Law, the LII is one of the preeminent legal resources on the Web, including one of the best arrangements of the Code of Federal Regulations and many substantive resources.

LexisONE
A free (requires registration) service of LexisNexis, the online legal research service. Includes free US supreme court (1790-present) and selected federal and state court (since 1996) searching, forms, and other services. Can pay as you go to use premium options including Shepards©.

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
The NCSC is a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data and provides a list of judicial branch links for states that make appellate opinions and federal court cases available through their respective court sites.

The OYEZ Project
Hosted by Northwestern University School of Law, Oyez provides transcripts and, in some cases, audio files of leading US Supreme Court cases.

PublicLegal
PublicLegal, produced by the Internet Legal Research Group, is an index of thousands of legal web sites, forms, and file.

The Public Library of Law (PLoL)
Hosted by Fastcase, PLoL is a free database of state and federal case law, with links to additional resources.

 

BUSINESS AND REFERENCE RESOURCES

Search Systems
Pac-Info directory of public records sources on the Internet.

Refdesk.com
A meta site of reference tools and resources.

Librarian's Internet Index
Hosted by the Berkeley Digital Library SUNsite, a thorough index of useful resources, all evaluated by LII staff.

Hoovers' Online
Information and news on businesses large and small, including corporate affiliations and financials. This site has both free information and a subscriber level.

Big Charts
This site pulls together news, industry performance, market summaries, current and historic stock quotes, and "state of the market" reports.

Dun & Bradstreet's Business Information Database
Dun & Bradstreet's website offers a searchable database of business information as well as premium business reports and credit information.

Findarticles.com
Hosted by the Gale Group, a keyword searchable database of recent articles and newswires.

 

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY RESOURCES

 

Federal Civil Procedure Changes, December 2006

Judicial Conference Proposal re: Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) 502, May 2006

DOJ Computer Search & Seizure Guidelines (2009)

SEC Interpretive Release re: Electronic Storage of Broker-Dealer Records, May 2003

The Sedona Conference
The Sedona Conference hosts the Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, one of the leading sources for e-discovery guidance.

DiscoveryResources.org
An online resource for current e-discovery information, geared towards law firms, corporate counsel, judges, andl itigation support professionals.

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model
An organization created to develop guidelines and standards for e-discovery. The EDRA hosts a variety of resources as well as information on current projects.

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