Volume 19, Number 4
Whole Lotta Surfin' Goin' On!
Websites, websites, websites. Today the Internet contains millions of pages and tens of thousands of websites. What's a lawyer to do? Our friends on the Solosez listserv have reported their favorite sites, so let's see what's in store.
Ask a bunch of lawyers for their favorite websites and what do you get? A bunch of sites oriented to the practice of law. Go figure. When Solosez members need legal websites, here's where they go.
www.atla.org For finding everything
from sample pleadings to discovery material and practice tips dealing with particular defendants.
www.findlaw.com Its Supreme Court website and search engine for recent cases, by topic, is very helpful.
www.lectlaw.com 'Lectric Law Library's site does and says what no other legal website dares. Don't let the ribald humor get in the way; it's still a serious site.
www.craigball.com/links.html Craig Ball, a Houston-area attorney, has put together a great list of discovery tools, with an especially impressive Search Central link.
www.lawsource.com For research sources by state, country, or municipality. This site has all state laws, rules of civil procedure, evidence of evidence, local rules, municipal codes, law review sites, attorney general opinions, tax information, and ethics opinions-you name it-and free!
www.versuslaw.com Cheap (but not free) and apparently reliable.
www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode A favorite site for browsing the U.S. Code for free.
www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar For SEC EDGAR archives.
www.cpsc.gov The Consumer Product Safety Commission, where you can receive free weekly updates on recalls (although parents will be dismayed by how many of their children's things have been recalled!).
www.lawyerexpress.com The most frequently cited and well-organized collection of links for lawyers.
www.law.com, www.LLRX.com, and www.findlaw.com Reliable standbys for general news on what's happening in the profession.
www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.htm Individual synopses of famous trials.
Humor and Games
(You know what they say about all work and no play.)
http://sodaplay.com/constructor/index.htm When you're ready to waste some serious time.
www.frules.com/games/frames.html Games, and lots of them!
www.miniclip.com For a dancing Bush, an aerobic Hillary, and more games.
www.office.com/toys.htm Desktop toys.
www.fametracker.com A frequently crabby, sarcastic, and always funny website that tweaks celebrities (especially the "Hey It's That Guy" and the "Fame Audit" sections).
www.theonion.com Better than Prozac after a rough day with clients.
www.satirewire.com This site is giving The Onion a good run for their money.
http://futurefeedforward.com/index.htm Satire from the future.
Whether for business or leisure, Solosez members know where to shop for travel.
www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, and www.orbitz.com Well-known favorite travel sites.
www.hoteldiscount.com Less well known but just as helpful.
www.thetrip.com Picking someone up at the airport? Before you head out, check arrival times using the FlightTracker feature.
A list of favorite shopping sites could go in the "fun" category, but some folks take their retail therapy seriously.
www.ThinkGeek.com Tired of the usual fare at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com? All things geeky-and the world's largest purveyor of mega-caffeineted items, among other cool things.
www.Shopper.com and www.Pricegrabber.com Favorite techno-shopping sites.
http://toolbar.google.com Google, although not technically a website, is one of the best search engines available. The address here will download its toolbar to your screen (unfortunately, this works only with Internet Explorer). The site is amazingly quick and almost always manages to find what you're looking for in the top five or ten sites returned. Several Solosezers are absolutely addicted to this site.
www.accurint.com A favorite for name, address, property, and business information.
www.skipease.com Missing an important witness? This site will help you find them.
www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip+4.html ZIP codes for any address (also locates the county for any address-great for service of process issues).
www.drudgereport.com, www.debka.com, and www.theAtlantic.com For the politics and information junkies.
http://topoftheworld.citysearch.com/3.html For a glimpse of the past that may never be seen again but will always be remembered.
www.HowStuffWorks.com The ultimate place to study up so you can look smart in front of your inquisitive ten-year-old.
www.refdesk.com A favorite because it's a clearinghouse of links to sites with useful information (Yellow Pages, converting miles to kilometers, weather, dictionary, currency exchange rates, postage rates, the stock market, news, or Web searches).
www.digital-librarian.com and www.ceoexpress.com General reference sites.
http://maccentral.macworld.com and www.versiontracker.com/macosx Will help Mac users keep track of platform developments and software releases.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Solosez members who contributed their favorite websites, including Anonymous, Richard O'Connor, Ross Kodner, James S. Tyre, Martha Grant, Cheryl Stephens, Rob Robertson, Gini Nelson, Roberta Henderson, Howard Woodson, Edward Burton, Laura Tharney, Craig McLaughlin, Charles N. Kelley, Jr., Sterling L. DeRamus, Jimmy Verner, Jes Beard, Patrick W. Begos, Susan Freiman, and Bubba Leroy.