"Legal Web Site Directory"

Excellent guide to federal & state legal resources on the Web compiled by lexisOne:

Find the "State Resource Center" here.

And find the "Legal Web Site Directory" here.

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"Building a First in IP Fact-Finding"

Database for IP litigation sounds like a smart plan:

"When Joshua Walker worked with a team of lawyers in Kigali, Rwanda, to mount a case against the perpetrators of that country's genocide, he built a database of trial evidence under wartime conditions. Targets of his investigation put a $1,000 bounty on him.

"Ten years later, the 32-year-old has war zones -- and law school -- behind him, and he's building another ambitious legal database, intended to track all IP litigation in the United States. But this time, he's doing it in Palo Alto, Calif.

[snip]

"Stanford hopes to build the first database of all intellectual property litigation in the country. Organizers and financial backers of the project say it will help lawyers track ongoing cases and settlement trends. It should encourage academics to do more empirical research based on the data collected. And finally, it could help lawmakers and policymakers craft IP laws and regulations.

"We're looking to become a real-time monitor and tool for measuring the efficiency of the IP adjudication in the U.S.,' Walker said. 'We want to track everything that's happening in the system; who's patenting what, how many lawsuits are being filed, where they are being filed, how judges are deciding the cases, and why are judges making the decisions they're making.

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"A brainchild of Stanford patent law professor Mark Lemley, the IP clearinghouse is modeled after the school's successful online securities litigation database. Started in 1996 by law professor Joseph Grundfest to monitor the effect of the 1995 Private Securities Reform Act, the database has since become a handy resource for legal scholars, journalists and lawyers."

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"Cottage a good legal source"

Don't let the headline confuse you (like it did me!), this is a fun article:

"It's an old-school lawyer's paradise: Four rooms crammed with books bearing catchy titles like 'Corpus Juris Secundum,' 'Bender's Federal Practice Forms' and 'West's Annotated Mississippi Code.'

"It's not the Ole Miss or University of Memphis law library, but the pink cottage at 2615 Panola Street in Hernando fills a niche for lawyers and ordinary citizens.

[snip]

"The library operates without library cards, borrower fees or official fines.

"'It's on the honor system,' Hernando lawyer Gerald Chatham said. 'You sign out for a book and you sign back in when you return it.'

[snip]

"Sonya Homan of Southaven, a paralegal student, has used the library for school-related research. She's scheduled to get her associate degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia in May.

"'I've used it when I was taking my legal research classes," she said. "It was a tremendous help.'"

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Legal Research Guide: 1st Amendment Law

Another solid research find from The Virtual Chase:

"The University of Minnesota Law School sponsors this site on the First Amendment. It makes available various primary and secondary sources of information, including U.S. Supreme Court opinions, select appellate court opinions, copies of original sources
discussed in classic U.S. Supreme Court decisions, relevant historical documents and public opinion research results.

"Many of the documents are available in PDF format. There is no search feature. Our only concern is the site appears not to have been updated in about 2 years."

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Westlaw Announces Improved Navigation

Helpful news shared by The Virtual Chase:

"Thomson West plans to release updates to Westlaw.com that improve navigation and make it easier to find the services or information you want.

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"Enhancements include an "add/remove tabs" feature for adding or removing collections of resources that focus on the information you access frequently, a task-based site map with a clean, easy-to-follow display, easy access to preferences and the availability of new information (What's New on Westlaw) before you sign on."

The web-based audio/video demo looks helpful!

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Lexis Research Toolbar

Another helpful tip from The Virtual Chase:

"LexisNexis last week introduced a toolbar for Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. The toolbar lets you set up your query before launching an online session. You may also use it to conduct searches in Google, MSN Search or Wikipedia.

"The toolbar comes with several different interfaces designed to focus on different uses of the research system."

For more info, see the toolbar FAQ.

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Legislative Source Book for Research Help

New research tip from The Virtual Chase:

"Legislative Source Book: The Legislative Research Special
Interest Section
of the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
offers this compilation of research guides and practical articles about
legislative research and documents. Find, for example, a Q&A on
conducting legislative and regulatory research."

Very interesting stuff!

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"Teaching Legal Professionals How To Do Research"

Very helpful pointers, news, & web links come from The Virtual Chase, a legal research business & website:

"The Virtual Chase has assisted legal professionals conducting research on the Internet since Summer 1996. Originally a hobby, the site began as a means by which to disseminate articles and teaching aids to law librarians and other instructors of Internet research. Now owned by the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, it offers articles, guides, teaching materials, an alert service and more on Internet research strategies and resources. The site is open to anyone free of charge, but we provide materials with experienced researchers, lawyers and other legal professionals in mind."

Their Legal Research Guide looks very helpful, as do the "how to do it" tips.

See what people say about The Virtual Chase -- it's all good!

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Wow! Legal Web Site Directory

Need to know the best Internet-based sources for legal research, state & local governments, & other helpful information in your state? Check out the State Resource Centers collected by lexisONE in its Legal Web Site Directory.

The Miscellaneous category for New York really impressed me!

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A Legal "Wikipedia"

"The Legal Information Institute (Cornell University) has started WEX as the first collaboratively edited legal encyclopedia and dictionary on the Web, aimed specifically at law novices....

"WEX is written on the wiki platform, but unlike its famous predecessor, the entries will not be open for anyone to write and edit. WEX does, however, welcome collaboration and contribution."

Find more information about this interesting new utility here. Read all about how to be a WEX contributor & here's the FAQ. (Emphasis added.)

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