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AccessToLaw - A gateway site, providing annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal web sites.
Administrative Law Guide (U.S.) - Administrative law, commonly called regulatory law, is created and enforced by an administrative body, i.e., Department of Labor, the Federal Communications Commission, or the President. Depending on whether the agency is executive, legislative or independent will determine from whom it derives its power to issue regulations and its right to enforce them. The U.S. Government Manual or the Federal Regulatory Directory can be used to learn about individual agencies. Both of these titles are published annually and include a description of all the executive departments and many independent agencies.
AGC Contract Documents: DocuBuilder - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) publishes an expansive array of standard form contract documents and related materials that address the different tiered relationships and project delivery approaches found in today's construction environment, such as general contracting, subcontracting, program management, construction management, and design-build. In order to develop contract documents that fairly and realistically balance the interests of project parties, AGC solicits input and comments from all segments of the industry. AGC maintains active liaisons with numerous trade and professional groups, including the Associated Specialty Contractors, Inc., American Institute of Architects, Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee, Surety Association of America, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, American Insurance Association, American Bar Association, and American Arbitration Association, among others.
All Law: Forms - Extensive collection of online legal forms and documents.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the U.S. Constitution and laws of the United States ostensibly guarantee.
American Bar Association (ABA) - With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
American Inns of Court (AIC) - Designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. AIC is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. Each Inn meets approximately once a month both to 'break bread' and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism.
American Legal Ethics Library - Contains both the codes or rules setting standards for the professional conduct of lawyers and commentary on the law governing lawyers, organized on a state by state basis. Part of Cornell Law School's LII.
American Legal Publishing - Provides a wide range of codification services to local governments, including ordinance codification, electronic publishing, subscriber services and much more. See Online Library of codes.
American Museum of Tort Law - Planned by Ralph Nader and located in his hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. The museum focuses on topics of civil justice and aspects of the legal system that handle wrongful actions that result in injury.
Anti-SLAPP Resource Center - The United States and California constitutions grant every person the right to participate in government and civic affairs, speak freely on public issues, and petition government officials for redress of grievances. Yet, individuals and community groups are often sued for exercising these constitutional rights. These suits are known as SLAPPs," or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. This site provides a guide for SLAPP victims Guarding Against the Chill: A Survival Guide for SLAPP Victims. Also see:
bepress Legal Repository - A network of law-related research materials. Law schools, research units, institutes, centers, think tanks, conferences, and other subject-appropriate groups post materials to specific publications (e.g., the USC Working Paper Series). This high-quality content may be downloaded freely by interested readers.
Biographical Directory of Federal Judges - Includes the biographies of judges who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court, the former U.S. Circuit Courts, and of the presidentially-appointed judges who have served on the federal judiciary's courts of special jurisdiction.
BitLaw: A Resource on Technology Law - Provides original source materials needed to practice intellectual property law: statutes, regulations, case law, and patent office documents.
Bluebook, The - The definitive style guide for legal citation in the United States.
Brennan Center at New York University School of Law - A singular institution - part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group - the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.
Brooklyn's Conviction Review Unit (CRU) - Tasked with looking into old, questionable convictions. The structure and unprecedented work of the unit – which has upheld most cases but concluded that 20 people had to be exonerated – is now considered a national model.
Brown v. Board of Education Online Archive - This archive contains documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this historically significant case up to the present. The archive is divided into four main areas of interest: Supreme Court cases; busing and school integration efforts in northern urban areas; school integration in the Ann Arbor Public School District; and recent resegregation trends in American schools.
California Anti-SLAPP Project - Dedicated to helping protect and further the rights of Californians to participate in government and civic affairs and to speak freely about public issues. CASP assists the public and legal community in preventing and defending against SLAPPs.
California Code of Regulations (CCR) - The online CCR contains the full text of the California Code of Regulations. OAL updates the official hard-copy and online versions of the code once weekly to reflect newly adopted, amended or repealed regulations.
California Courts Self Help Center - This site is intended to help you find legal assistance, learn about California law, work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.
California Judicial Branch - Official site. The California court system, the nation's largest, serves over 34 million people with more than 2,000 judicial officers and 21,000 court employees. The head of the judicial branch is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Also see Judicial CouncilForms and Rules of Court.
California Secretary of State: Business Programs - UCC financing statements, trademarks, business entity documents, statutorily-required special filings, general business information, business name availability. Find records, forms and fees, program areas, and more.
Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse - Information and materials on specific topics of U.S. federal higher education legal compliance and issues, including such topics as: ADA Compliance, Campus Security, Copyright, Employment, Environment, FERPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Harassment, IDEA Scholarships, Immigration, Religious Issues,Research & Patents, Student Life Issues, Tax.
Capital Defense Network (CDN) - A community of lawyers, a team of consulting experts, and an online Web resource dedicated to assisting counsel representing clients in federal capital proceedings.
Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters, Updated 2014 Edition - Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they'll be carrying phones, and they'll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. This guide can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Center for Constitutional Rights - A non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Center for Justice and Democracy - Public interest organization that works to educate the public about the importance of the civil justice system and the dangers of so-called "tort reforms." This so-called "tort reform" movement has sunk multi-millions of dollars into hundreds of industry-sponsored, conservative groups, "think-tanks," public relations, polling and lobbying firms, which are setting legislative agendas, devising strategies and purchasing expensive media. Their goal is to take power away from civil jurors with "tort reform" laws -- laws that immunize corporations from lawsuits and block injured consumers' access to the courts -- and target judges whose decisions they do not like.
Center for Law and the Public's Health - A primary, international, national, state, and local resource on public health law, ethics, and policy for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, judges, academics, policy-makers, and others.
Center for Study of Responsive Law - A nonprofit Ralph Nader organization that supports and conducts a wide variety of research and educational projects to encourage the political, economic and social institutions of this country to be more aware of the needs of the citizen-consumer.
Center on Law and Security - A global center of expertise designed to promote an informed understanding of the major legal and security issues that define the post-9/11 environment. Towards that end, the Center brings together policymakers, practitioners, scholars, journalists and other experts who might not otherwise meet to address major issues and gaps in policy discourse and to provide concrete policy recommendations.
CNN Justice - Provides news and features, extensive coverage of major trials, special reports, programming and scheduling information. Also two affiliated sites. The Smoking Gun posts public documents that deliver an irreverent look at celebrities, the notorious, and others. Crime Library supplies in-depth reporting on famous crimes and their solutions.
Constitution Project - Undertakes original research, develops policy positions, publishes reports and statements, testifies before Congress, files amicus briefs and holds regular briefings with legislative staff and other policymakers.
Consitution Society - Dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government. Publishes documentation, engages in litigation, and organizes local citizens groups to work for reform.
Contracting and Organizations Research Institute (CORI) - Creates and provides at low cost a collection of contracts and related materials that are available over the Internet. CORI's K-Base library contains over 690,000 contracts. Most of the contracts in the collection are executed agreements made available in public disclosure filings or in filings with a regulatory agency.
DailyJournal.com - Legal news and resources, verdicts and settlements, public records searches, California Directory of Attorneys, profiles of over 2500 judges, Daily Appellate Report, Appellate & Supreme Court Opinions, Pending CA Supreme Court Cases, California Legislative Statutes, California Court Rules, California Court Forms, Pending U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Federal Opinion Sites, and more.
Daubert on the Web - The law of expert evidence after the Supreme Court's decision in Daubert, including analysis of the Supreme Court's later decisions in Joiner, Kumho Tire, Scheffer, and Weisgram, as well as summaries and/or links for all recent federal appellate decisions under Daubert and its progeny.
Daubert Tracker - Makes it possible to more accurately check the 'gatekeeping history' of experts before retention or deposition. Online database of all reported Daubert cases with focus on challenged experts and their disciplines; links to core documents including briefs, opinions, transcripts and docket sheets.
Delaware Law Resources - Provides access to selected filings and opinions in corporate and other business litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the nation's premier trial court for corporate law, as well as:
Delaware Court of Chancery - Recognized as the preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of the thousands of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted.
Doe Report, The - A leading seller of stock Medical Demonstrative Evidence (MDE) in the U.S.A., including medical illustrations, animations, anatomical models and computer presentations. Helps attorneys and their expert witnesses communicate medical information, clearly and concisely, to a lay or professional audience.
Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc. - Established in 1992 by Professor Marcia Johnson as a research and writing think tank at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The Institute is specifically designed to provide resources to train Thurgood Marshall students in legal advocacy and enhance their research and writing skills. Through the students' research, position papers and other publications, the Institute promotes civil and human rights.
Electronic Discovery Case Database - K&L Gates maintains and continually updates a database containing over 1,500 electronic discovery cases collected from state and federal jurisdictions around the United States. This database is searchable by keyword, as well as by any combination of 29 different case attributes, e.g., on-site inspection, allegations of spoliation, motion for a preservation order, etc.
Electronic Evidence and Records Retention - Links to articles on electronic evidence in litigation, email policy and employee rights, records retention policies, vendors of data recovery services, and related sites and information.
Fair Contracts - A coalition of volunteers and consumer advocates working to rebalance the power between consumers and corporations by providing education, advocacy and resources to remove unfair and harmful provisions in the fine print of boilerplate contracts.
Famous Trials - Accounts, maps, photos, transcript excerpts and other materials relating to famous trials, including the Leopold & Loeb Trial, Scopes Monkey Trial, Andersonville Court Martial, Scottsboro Boys Trials, Haymarket Trial, Lincoln Assassination Trials, Manson Trial, My Lai Courts-Martial, Kelly Michaels Trial, and the Hauptmann (Lindbergh Kidnapping) Trial.
FDSys - Provides free online access to official Federal Government publications, including:
Federal Judicial Center (FJC) - Research and education agency of the federal judicial system. It was established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. §§ 620-629), on the recommendation of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
FedLaw - Research tool for Federal lawyers and other Federal employees.
Financial Disclosure Law Library - A collection of laws and regulations on financial and business interest disclosure for public officials (referred here as "financial disclosure" but also known as "income and asset disclosure"). It offers access to over 1,000 laws and regulations across 176 jurisdictions worldwide. The Library also provides information on closely-related topics such as restrictions on public officials' activities.
FindForms - Database of thousands of free legal forms.
FindLaw: Corporate Counsel Center - Articles, News, Business Contracts, Court Dockets and Research Tools for Aerospace, Defense, Automobile, Construction, Consumer Products, Drugs, Biotech, Energy, Financial Services, Banking, Food, Agriculture, Health Care, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media, Entertainment, Natural Resources, Real Estate, Retail, Services, Technology, Telecommunications, Transportation, Travel, Leisure, Hospitality, Utilities, Wholesale, Arbitration, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Class Action Corporate Governance, Environmental Govenrment Relations, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities, Tax, Tax-Exempt Organizations, White Collar Crime Corporate Counsel, Corporate Lawyers, In-House Counsel, In-House Lawyers and Business Lawyers, Lawyers and Attorneys.
FindLaw: Federal and State Forms - Federal and state court forms. The federal forms collection contains court forms for federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. The state forms collection contains court forms for state courts.
FindLaw for the Public - Helps you find lawyers, attorneys, law firms and free legal information, articles, and forms for personal injury, divorce, child custody, medical malpractice, car accident, product liability, filing for bankruptcy, criminal law, DUI/DWI, employment law, real estate law, and landlord/tenant law.
Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) - Informing Americans about their rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. FIJA also seeks to restore the political function of the jury as the final check and balance on our American system of government.
GAO: Legal Decisions, Opinions, and Resources - The Comptroller General, head of the Government Accountability Office, issues legal decisions and legal opinions on appropriations law, bid protests, and other issues of federal law. The Comptroller General is also required by statute to report to congressional committees about certain federal vacancies and on major rules proposed by federal agencies.
Guide for Bloggers - This is a guide for bloggers and non-profit organizations about writing with libel considerations in mind. The guide discusses the elementary principles of libel law and explains how to prepare for and conduct a pre-publication libel review. It is particularly important to have a third party, not otherwise involved in the preparation of a report or blog post that criticizes individuals or organizations, compare all possibly-defamatory statements with the sources for those statements.
Guide to International Refugee Law Resources on the Web - Provided by Elisa Mason, an information specialist currently undertaking independent research projects in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is now over 50 years old. What impact has this instrument had on resolving refugee problems and how effective has it been as the principal standard for the international protection of refugees? Although the total refugee and asylum-seeking population has dipped since the early 1990s, over 20 million "persons of concern" can still be counted in the world today. Moreover, debates continue to rage as to the nature of the protection that refugees should be granted, the role of the international community, and the obligations of receiving countries towards refugees. This guide directs readers to some of the key texts and resources available on the Web that can help shed light on, and provide a context for, many of the issues currently being deliberated in the refugee law arena.
Guide to Law Online - The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the U.S. Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. Emphasis is on sites offering the full texts of laws, regulations, and court decisions, along with commentary from lawyers writing primarily for other lawyers. Materials related to law and government written by or for lay persons are also included.
Harry A. Blackmun Papers - The papers of Harry Andrew Blackmun (1908-1999), lawyer, judge, and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, are housed in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress. The collection spans the years 1913-2001 with the bulk concentrated from 1959 to 1994. Although the papers chronicle almost every phase of Blackmun's judicial career, the bulk of the material highlights his service as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1959-1970, and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, 1970-1994.
Online research product with more than 100 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. In addition to its vast collection of over 2,000 law journals, HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700's, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, and more.
HotDocs - Subscription required. In California, includes: California County Forms (both Northern and Southern County forms), California Federal District Court Forms: Central District, California Federal District Court Forms: Northern District, California Federal District Court Forms: Southern District, California Judicial Council Forms.
How do I determine the interest rate that may be added to a federal judgment? Effective December 21, 2000, the rate of interest that may be added to a judgment, subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §3612, 28 U.S.C. §1961, and 40 U.S.C. §258(e)(1), shall be equal to the weekly average 1-year constant maturity Treasury yield. To obtain the most recent rate, the Federal Reserve provides a table of Selected Interest Rates. The applicable rate may be found by scrolling down to the section entitled: "US government securities - Treasury constant maturities - 1-year." The most recent rate is found under the column headed "Week Ending ____." Earlier rates may be found here.
ILRG Legal Forms Archive - Basic Agreements, Buying and Selling, Credit and Collection, Employment, Leases and Tenancies, Loans and Borrowing, Personal and Family, Transfers and Assignments, Other Legal Forms, Promulgated Corporate and Business, Promulgated Tax (U.S. Federal and State).
Immigration Direct - Prepare your United States Immigration forms like US Citizenship, Green card & Visas online. Assists immigrants through the complex USCIS application process.
IndexMaster - Thousands of titles from large and small legal publishers.
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act - Enacted in 1988 as Public Law 100-497 and now codified at 25 U.S.C. §2701, establishes the jurisdictional framework that presently governs Indian gaming.
InjuryBoard - Containing over 10,000 pages of original content and nearly 30,000 links to articles published by prestigious news sources, InjuryBoard.com is a leading on-line portal for personal injury information.
International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL) - ICNL has earned the trust and respect of civil society organizations, scholars, government officials, and the business community as a leader in effectively addressing not-for-profit law issues and challenges to civil society.
Internet Legal Resource Guide (ILRG) - A categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files.
JD Supra - Members of legal comunity post their court filings, decisions, and articles. Legal consumers can find lawyers who have worked on cases just like theirs. Media can find information about the latest court filings and decisions, plus locate members of the legal community whose work is shaping the law today.
Joint and Several Liability - The common law rule of joint and several liability, sometimes called the "deep pocket" rule, makes each and every defendant in a tort lawsuit liable for the entire amount of the plaintiff's damages regardless of the defendants' relative degrees of fault or responsibility. See:
JURIST - Legal news and research website powered by law student reporters, editors and web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Justice at Stake - Special interests are spending millions to influence decisions and elect judges to serve their narrow interests, not the public interest. The cost of judicial campaigns is skyrocketing, forcing judges to raise money like politicians - and people believe that justice is for sale. Justice at Stake Campaign partners educate the public and work for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom.
Justicia - Find legal information, lawyer blogs (blawgs), laws, cases, lawyers, legal news, and more.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
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