Law Library of Congress - Congress established its Law Library in 1832. It is the world's largest law library, with over two million volumes spanning the ages and covering every jurisdiction in the world. Examples of what is available online:
Legal Guide for Newly Disabled and Disabled Seniors - If you find yourself in this population for the first time or are caring for a medically disabled senior that you love, here are some things you need to do to protect yourself, and your legal rights, in the days ahead.
LegalTips - A legal reference for state laws and for finding an attorney. Seeks to provide the most useful, easy-to-understand, comprehensive and balanced legal information to consumers and small businesses, and to help people and businesses find answers to their legal questions and solutions to their legal problems.
LegalZoom - Forms and questionnaires developed by attorneys.
Legislative Intent Service - Provides legislative history for California statutes and regulations, Federal legislation, and statutes and regulations for all states.
Lex Mercatoria - Dedicated to the provision of information on international commercial law with subsidiary interests in commerce and (mostly open standard) Net and information technologies that may be of interest to law academics and professionals worldwide.
Lexis-Nexis - A leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets.
Louis Michael Seidman - Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University. Writes on constitutional law, criminal law and procedure.
Lynne Stewart - Radical human rights attorney Lynne Stewart was falsely accused of helping terrorists. On Monday, April 8, 2002, she was arrested and agents searched her Manhattan office for documents. She was arraigned before Manhattan federal Judge John Koetl. This is an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent and install fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government's racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech and defend the rights of all oppressed people. This site follows the case, providing information on Lynne Stewart.
Martindale-Hubbell - Find a lawyer by name. Or search by location/area of practice, by firm, or for lawyers in corporations, agencies of the U.S. government, or law school faculty.
Media Law Research Center (MLRC) - An information clearinghouse organized by a number of media organizations to monitor developments and promote First Amendment rights in the libel, privacy and related legal fields.
Media Legal Defense Initiative (MLDI) - A non-governmental organisation which helps journalists and independent media outlets around the world defend their rights. Works directly with individual lawyers around the world, and also has partnerships with national organisations who provide legal aid to journalists.
National Association of State Jury Verdict Publishers (NASJVP) - An organization of publishers of jury verdict summaries from throughout the United States. These publishers collect detailed civil litigation information directly from the attorneys who tried the cases, then write concise summaries, which are used by attorneys and insurers for case evaluation.
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) - NCSC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of justice. It was founded in 1971 at the urging of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. NCSC accomplishes its mission by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Also see:
NCSC Library eCollection - Resources include reports from NCSC's research department, trends reports, NCSC annual reports, and other valuable publications, date back to 1971 and cover all areas of judicial administration.
New York State Court of Appeals - New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.
Nonpublication.com (Committee for the Rule of Law) - The Committee seeks to revive full publication of all decisions of the United States Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeal of California in official reports and to eliminate all rules of court prohibiting the citation of approximately 90% of all decisions of our appellate courts to any court for any purpose.
Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines: Evaluation and Management of Common Health Problems and Functional Recovery in Workers - ACOEM's Guidelines are the gold standard in effective treatment of occupational injuries and illnesses. They are intended to help improve or restore the health of those workers who incur occupationally related illnesses or injuries. ACOEM's are the only evidence-based guidelines that focus on returning employees to work within 90 days of an injury or illness. (This is clinically appropriate, as data show that more than 90 percent of workplace injuries are resolved within this time period.) The Guidelines were developed in response to rising expectations for quality of care; increased expectations for good outcomes and medical safety; the need to stop over utilization and to curb unproductive and even harmful procedures; and the need to reflect advances in medicine based on the best available evidence. The Guidelines - which were developed, tested, and refined in medical practice - present essential evidence-based information to address the injured worker's functional impairment and safely return him or her to work. The treatment approach takes a comprehensive view that encompasses the medical, psychosocial, and functional outcomes of the injured worker. This approach enables the Guidelines to be an integral, seamless part of treatment planning and case-management systems. The Guidelines are an important tool for physicians and other health care providers, and all others with responsibility for or involvement in worker health and workers' compensation systems.
OpenJurist - Published United States legal opinions, Code and legal resources without charge.
Pace Online Health Law Library - A gateway to online resources, including federal, state, and international health law, health law topics, legal and medical journals and newsletters, legal and medical agencies and organizations, and relevant discussion groups.
PACER - The Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records.
Personal Injury Judgments Hawaii - Serving Hawaii's personal injury attorneys, the judiciary, and insurance companies since 1969. Edited by Neal Seamon, a licensed independent insurance adjustor and former law office manager, PIJH is dedicated to providing timely jury verdicts to its subscribers to educate, inform, and assist in the process of personal injury settlements.
Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC) - A national network of geographically hosted websites dedicated to enhancing philanthropy by providing educational, design and implementation resources related to charitable gift planning to members of the legal, tax, financial, and gift planning communities.
Pretrial Detention, Bail and Due Process - This article collects recent publications and other notable resources concerning the relationship between the administration of bail and the requirements of due process. By Ken Strutin; published on July 2, 2011.
Public and Private Laws -Public and private laws are also known as slip laws. A slip law is an official publication of the law and is competent evidence admissible in all state and Federal courts and tribunals of the United States. Public laws affect society as a whole, while private laws affect an individual, family, or small group. After the President signs a bill into law, it is delivered to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where it is assigned a law number, legal statutory citation (public laws only), and prepared for publication as a slip law. Private laws receive their legal statutory citations when they are published in the United States Statutes at Large. Prior to publication as a slip law, OFR also prepares marginal notes and citations for each law, and a legislative history for public laws only. Until the slip law is published, through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), the text of the law can be found by accessing the enrolled version of the bill.
Public Defense Systems - This is a select collection of resources about public criminal defense systems in the United States. The focus is on key studies, reports, and reference materials published on the web.
Publishing Law Center - Quality information for the publishing community - publishers, authors, editors, web masters, and freelancers. Copyright, trademarks, intellectual property, contracts, licensing, rights, PubLaw Update Newsletter, and more.
QuickForm Contracts - Automated drafting of documents for computer industry, Internet commerce and general business transactions.
Resident Agent Information - Resident agent, registered agent, service of process informaiton: who to serve at corporation for service of process.
RicoAct - In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961-1968. At the time, Congress' goal was to eliminate the ill-affects of organized crime on the nation's economy. To put it bluntly, RICO was intended to destroy the Mafia. In the 1980's, however, civil lawyers noticed section 1964(c) of the RICO Act, which allows civil claims to be brought by any person injured in their business or property by reason of a RICO violation. Any person who succeeded in establishing a civil RICO claim would automatically receive judgment in the amount of three times their actual damages and would be awarded their costs and attorneys' fees. The financial windfall available under RICO inspired the creativity of lawyers across the nation, and by the late 1980's, RICO was a (if not the most) commonly asserted claim in federal court. Everyone was trying to depict civil claims, such as common law fraud, product defect, and breach of contract as criminal wrongdoing, which would in turn enable the filing of a civil RICO action. Today, RICO is almost never applied to the Mafia. Instead, it is applied to individuals, businesses, political protest groups, and terrorist organizations. In short, a RICO claim can arise in almost any context.
Secured Tranaction Law - Cornell Law School introduction and resources: A security interest arises when in exchange for a loan a borrower agrees, in a security agreement, that the lender (the secured party) may take specified collateral owned by the borrower if he or she should default on the loan. A security interest also provides the secured party with the assurance that if the debtor should go bankrupt he or she may be able to recover the value of the loan by taking possession of the specified collateral instead of receiving only a portion of the borrowers property after it is divided among all creditors.
Securities Lawyer's Deskbook - Contains the text of the basic federal securities laws and regulations, as well as links to the principal Securities and Exchange Commission forms under those laws and regulations. The Deskbook is designed primarily for use by legal practitioners and scholars, securities professionals, and corporate officers. It can also be used as a digital supplement in law school courses on the federal regulation of securities.
Standard Construction Industry Contracts - Common families of documents are available from: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs-Conseils (FIDIC), Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). Each set of standard contracts has a unique set of risk allocations, intended uses, allocations of responsibilities, payment arrangements and overall control on project performance. The standard contract forms are usually not well-suited for a wide range of conditions without some revision to meet specific project conditions. However, a single form of contract is commonly used for all client projects.
Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society - Brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. The CIS strives as well to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values.
Street Law - Approximately 70 law schools in the United States have Street Law programs in which law students teach practical law in high school, juvenile justice, prison, or community settings either for credit or as part of pro bono programs. The continued involvement of community leaders, such as lawyers, judges, and police officers in classroom activities remains a cornerstone of Street Law programs.
TRIALSmith - Home to the largest on-line deposition bank in the U.S. with more than 490,000 transcripts of experts, doctors, and corporate representatives.
U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM) - This is the current and official copy of the USAM. The USAM was comprehensively revised in 1997. Changes or additions since 1997 are noted at the end of affected sections.
U.S. Constitution Annotated - The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. A Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions.
U.S. Sentencing Commission - An independent agency in the judicial branch of government whose principal purposes include establishing sentencing policies and practices fror the federal courts and to collect a broad array of information on federal crime and sentencing issues.
USlegalforms - Over 14000 legal forms, including state specific forms for all 50 States and the District of Columbia.
v|lex - Resource for foreign and international law. A legal research mega-site providing thousands of primary and secondary law sources from dozens of publishers around the world. 128 jurisdictions, including:
Vera Institute of Justice - Works with others to tackle pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.
Verdict Search - Online database of over 125,000 cases. Find verdicts and settlements reported by the National Law Journal, California Jury Verdicts Weekly, DC Metro Verdict Reporter, Georgia Trial Reporter, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island Verdict Reporter, Michigan Trial Reporter, Ohio Trial Reporter, National Jury Verdict Reporter, New York Jury Verdict Reporter and Texas Blue Sheet.
WashLaw Web: Legal Forms - Forms Archives, Tax Forms, State Court Forms, Federal Court Forms, Bankruptcy Court Forms, Business Registration Forms, Trademark Forms, UCC Forms, Workers' Compensation and Labor Forms.
Westlaw Jury Verdict and Settlement Databases - This list describes jury verdict and settlement summaries databases that can help assess the value of a case and provide information about judges, expert witnesses, and attorneys.
Wex- Cornell Univeristy Law School's comprehensive legal dictionary and legal encyclopedia.
Williams Institute, The - A think tank at UCLA School of Law dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
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