Links to
U.S. Legal Resources
on the Internet

Copyright 1996-2012 Ronald B. Standler

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. U.S. Federal Government
    1. Agencies
    2. U.S. Congress
    3. U.S. Courts
    4. U.S. Federal Law
      1. U.S. Constitution
      2. Federal Statutes
      3. Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register
      4. Federal Rules for Courts
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Professional Responsibility
resources for students:

Search & Seizure Law (Fourth Amendment)

Legal Resources

Collections of Links

Introduction

This document contains my collection of links to legal resources on the Internet. Because I am licensed to practice law only in Massachusetts, I have collected state resources only for Massachusetts.

This collection of links is intended for use by students and professors, for scholarly research. I strongly urge litigants to hire an experienced attorney, instead of arguing their own case, pro se.

Attorneys who do online research often use WestLaw, which is an expensive, proprietary database that contains full-text of all reported cases in state and federal courts in the USA, and all current state and federal statutes, together with a powerful search engine. Because I have a subscription to unlimited use of those Westlaw databases, I have not collected links to free copies of court opinions.   Because I nearly always work from primary sources (i.e., statutes and judicial opinions) — I sometimes also cite articles in law reviews — I have not collected links to websites with legal topics.

The emphasis in this collection of links is to maintain a relatively small collection of links to either (1) authoritative sources of documents on U.S. law or (2) excellent collections of links to American legal resources.   I have posted at www.rbs2.com/lawlink2.html a separate collection of links to resources on German law, legal history, and international law.

Readers who are unfamiliar with law libraries and legal citation style may find my handout at www.rbs0.com/lawcite.htm useful.


1. U.S. Federal Government

1.A.   Agencies

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) homepage has official copies of Congressional reports, U.S. Code, Code Federal Regulations, Federal Register, etc.   GPO list of online goverment documents

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Census Bureau

Consumer Price Index (CPI)
inflation statistics
Kitco gold prices since 1833 (for extending inflation data back before the CPI) -- not a U.S. Government website

Copyright Office homepage
Copyright Forms
list of designated agents 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)
Copyright Office Appeals Board Decisions since 1995 (unique Internet resource posted by Franklin Pierce Law School IP Mall)
My collection of links for music copyright in the USA.
Copyright renewal search at Copyright Office only since Jan 1978;   —   (books published in the US between 1923 and 1963: Rutgers Univ.   Stanford Univ.)

Federal Communications Commission homepage

Federal Statistics

Federal Trade Commission homepage

Patent & Trademark Office homepage
U.S. Patent search


Federal Criminal Justice

Department of Justice homepage
      FBI

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

U.S. Secret Service

my collection of links for reporting computer crime


1.B.   U.S. Congress

U.S. House Of Representatives homepage

U.S. Senate homepage

Library of Congress homepage
  Thomas: Legislative Information homepage
  search text of bill
  search by title of bill
  Bill Summary and Status

Congressional Record, transcript of proceedings on floor of the U.S. Congress
Congressional Record Index   alternate URL
view a specific page in Adobe PDF
browse by day at GPO
Daily Digest of the Congressional Record
previous day's Daily Digest of the Congressional Record

legislative histories for selected U.S. statutes, website of Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.   Includes: Copyright Act of 1976 and Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Biographies of all members of U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate since 1774.


1.C.   U.S. Federal Courts

U.S. Supreme Court homepage

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for 1st Circuit
U.S. District Court for Massachusetts

Federal Judicial Center
Federal Judiciary homepage

biographies of all federal judges since 1789


1.D.   U.S. Federal Law

U.S. Constitution

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy has U.S. Constitution and many other documents (from GPO)
Constitution in ASCII text and PDF (from GPO)

Constitution and Amendments in PDF (from U.S. House of Representatives)

Constitution with terse explanation of each paragraph (from U.S. Senate)

Annotated U.S. Constitution prepared by the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.
The Constitution, and especially its first six Amendments, is terse and the full meaning is interpreted in decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. For that reason, it is helpful to have a scholarly annotation of the Constitution, with citations to the Court's decisions. Do not overlook library books on constitutional law, just because those books are not freely available on the Internet! Two widely used law textbooks on this subject are: For a list of federal court cases interpreting the U.S. Constitution, see the first 17 volumes of the U.S. Code Annotated, which is published by West Publishing Company.

U.S. Federal Statutes

U.S. Code
U.S. Code (from Government Printing Office)
U.S. Code (from House of Representatives)
Title 17 of U.S. Code (from Copyright Office with their endnotes and their presentation of amendments since 1976).

U.S. Statutes at Large
The Statutes at Large are used mostly for historical research. Printed volumes are available in every law school library.
1995-current (from GPO/NARA)
1789-1875 Statutes (from Library of Congress)

C.F.R. & Federal Register

Code of Federal Regulations (from GPO/NARA)
Federal Register (from GPO/NARA)

Federal Rules

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Civil Procedure, and Evidence are statutes, part of 28 U.S.C.   The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure are statutes, part of 18 U.S.C.
Federal Rules in PDF (from House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee).   Also available from the Government Printing Office

The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University has HTML versions of all five sets of Federal Rules, including a useful Overview of each set of rules.


2.   Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Constitution

A. Massachusetts Statutes
B. Judiciary
C. Massachusetts Attorney General

D. Massachusetts Secretary of State
E. Attorney Regulation

links to Massachusetts legal resources
by law libraries

  1. Boston College

  2. Boston University

  3. Harvard Law School

  4. New England School of Law

  5. Social Law Library in the John Adams courthouse in Boston

  6. Suffolk Univ. Law School
Massachusetts Laws (commercial website)

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper


3.   Professional Responsibility

The American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility publishes the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which are the basis for the legal rules adopted in most states.

State Bars

Because webmasters keep changing the URLs of each state's Rules of Professional Responsibility for each state, I am providing a link only to the homepage of major state bar associations.

State Bar of California   old URL

The Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct are given above.

New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct

New York State Bar Association

Other Organizations

ABA links to Legal Ethics
Cornell Legal Ethics Library
Prof. Wendel's Legal Ethics Resources (Cornell Law School)
legalethics.com
Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism


Resources for Students:
Fourth Amendment

PDF copies of Fourth Amendment cases at U.S. Supreme Court. For Criminal Procedure Class taught by Prof. Carlton Bailey at Univ. Arkansas School of Law.

Search and Seizure by John Wesley Hall, Jr., a trial lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Prof. Joel Samaha at the University of Minnesota has posted a collection of documents including briefs, transcripts, arguments, opinions, and contemporary newspaper accounts of the U.S. Supreme Court cases in Olmstead, Katz, White, Miller, and Kullo.

Search & Seizure by Prof. Tom O'Connor, Ph.D. at North Carolina Wesleyan College. A terse summary of Fourth Amendment law.


Resources

FindLaw
FindLaw Resources, arranged by practice area.

LexisOne Resources, arranged by practice area.

Cornell Legal Information Institute was one of the first collections of legal information on the Internet.

CourtTV has a collection of documents in highly publicized cases in the USA since about 1990.   The Smoking Gun has documents on crimes by celebrities or politicians.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School has copies of documents in law, history, and diplomacy.


Collections of Links

U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit Library's links

Library of Congress law links to federal, state, and foreign law

American Bar Association, Legal Technology Resource Center law links

Jurist, legal news with links to sources, a website supervised by Prof. Bernard J. Hibbitts at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Law School

New York links

Links at Law Schools

Librarians in law schools often post a collection of links at the library website, of which the following are particularly noteworthy. These links are presented alphabetically by the name of the law school, city, or state.

Boston University Law Research Guides
Emory Law School Electronic Reference Desk
Franklin Pierce Law Center library links
      FPLC Intellectual Property Mall (click on "web resources")
Georgetown Univ. Law Library links to specific topics and jurisdictions (federal, state, international)
Georgia State Univ. Metaindex for Legal Research
Harvard Law School Research Guides

Univ. Montana law library homepage
      Univ. Montana links to federal law
      Univ. Montana links to state resources

Washburn Univ. (Kansas) large collection of legal links
Univ. Washington legal links
Yale Law School legal links

Excellent State Court Websites

The following state courts have distinguished themselves by placing their judicial opinions on the Internet in an easily searchable way:
  1. Oklahoma in the year 2002, this website had complete coverage back to the year 1890

  2. North Dakota in Jan 2009, this website had complete coverage back to Dec 1965.





If your state has not posted an archive of its judicial opinions on the Internet for free searching, please write to your state legislators and ask that they fund and require such a website.



Copyright 1996-2012 Ronald B. Standler
http://www.rbs2.com/lawlinks.html
First posted 9 Oct 2004, revised 11 Mar 2013

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