January 31, 2014

SITE-ATIONS: Top Websites for Lawyers

William L. Wilson

“Hey, have you seen that new website about [Whatever]?” “No. At least I don’t think so. What’s it called?” If you’ve ever found yourself having a conversation like this about websites useful to lawyers, then Site-ations will be a (hopefully) big help. For about a year now, I’ve written a column on useful websites for the GPSolo eReport online newsletter, and I’m thrilled to be able to share my finds with readers of the print magazine as well.

Some of the sites that I talk about in the print version may have been covered in the online version already, but I will try to avoid just regurgitating the past online columns. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t discover a new website that can be helpful, interesting, or even just provide a brief escape for us lawyers.

I began exploring the Internet back in 1993 when Notre Dame thought it would be a good idea to e-mail a copy of the Mosaic web browser to everyone with an nd.edu e-mail address. For those of us using 28.8 Kbps dial-up modem lines, it was a frustrating experience as the download took a couple hours—and there was no way to skip downloading that e-mail message containing the app. Even after the download was finished, some of us were boggled by terms like URL and wondered just what the heck we could do with the software. Nevertheless, a little experimenting and exploring opened up a new world of information. The rest, as they say, is history, and the World Wide Web is as familiar as your favorite comfort food.

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