Jurist- The best national legal newspaper online - University of Pittsburgh's daily legal paper.
Findlaw Legal News - Quick access to the most popular legal news of the last day or so.
CNN Law News - National coverage that tilts to the left.
- Decent national coverage
National Law Journal -
national legal news targeted toward larger firms.
Law Technology News - excellent news regarding keeping up-to-date in the
latest legal technology.
Outstanding Research Sites
Lawcrawler - Best legal search engine online.
Internet Legal Resources - Best legal search engine online.
Narrower search engine.
LawRunner: A Legal
Research Tool - Solid legal search engine.
Virtual Reference Desk: Law/Legal Information Resources - Another
excellent site that has everything you might want to find.
Gavel to Gavel -
many legal links. Good starting point.
Information Institute - excellent research site from the Cornell
Nolo - Easy to read, simple explanations of different legal
areas. Very general advice. Publishes series of legal books for lay
people. Advocates self-help. Good starting point for lay people...but
please, do not rely on this web page!
IndianaLaw Journal - The Indiana Law Journal is published quarterly by
students of the Indiana University School
of Law in Bloomington,
Indiana Supreme Court -
the highest Court in Indiana. This Court is the ultimate
interpreter of disputed cases
brought to appeal when constitutional issues
or serious criminal penalties are involved.
Indiana Court of Appeals - hears most all cases appealed from lower courts
(usually a trial court) except those specifically reserved for the Supreme
Court. This Court also reviews decisions of administrative agencies,
including the Worker's Compensation Board, the Department of Workforce
Development and the Utility Regulatory Commission.
Indiana Tax Court - hears any case that arises under the Indiana tax laws and that
is an initial appeal of a final determination made by the Indiana Department
of State Revenue or the Indiana Board of Tax Review. In addition, the Tax
Court has jurisdiction over certain appeals from the Department of Local
Government Finance. The Tax Court also hears appeals of inheritance tax
determinations from the courts of probate jurisdiction (original tax appeals).
Indiana Trial Courts - usually is the first type of Court that will hear Civil or
Criminal cases. This page is trying to list all trial courts in Indiana
(on a county-by-county basis).
Indiana City/Town Courts - usually hears cases involving city or town
ordinances. Keep in mind that many counties don't have a city or town
court. This page is trying to list all city/town courts in Indiana.
JudicialOpinions Search - this site allows you to search recent case decisions
handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court.
Very useful! Judicial opinions is the law...as interpreted by
our judges in case decisions.
ALSO!--U.S.Law--Indiana--Sources - A great place to start your legal
research. This site has links to Indiana legislation, Rules of
Practice and Procedure, Administrative Law Sources, Law Reviews and
Periodicals and Indiana court decisions.
Indiana Supreme Court Opinions
- check out what case the Indiana Supreme Court handed down today.
Indiana State Court Rules
- comprehensive list of rules in html, word, and pdf format.
Indiana Rules of Evidence
- Did you know that not everything is heard or considered in a court case?
Here, find out what rules govern what evidence comes in and doesn't come in...
Indiana Local Trial Court Rules
- some counties have even more specific rules for their courts.
Indiana Rules of Small Claims - rules designed to simplify and expedite the court
process in smaller matters.
Constitution of the State of Indiana - Modeled after the U.S. Constitution, the
Indiana Constitution is a great source of individual liberties.
Indiana Code - Where you can find the laws written by our state
Indiana Administrative Code
- where Indiana's rules, regulations and orders are listed.
Indiana Attorney General's Office - This office represents Indiana in
every lawsuit in which the state has an interest. The consumer
division investigates written consumer complaints and maintains an
excellent educational program that helps inform consumers of deceptive
sales practices. At this site, some of the things you will find is
information about Attorney General Opinions and Unclaimed property.
Law - United States Substantive Law - This site is a good starting
point if you need to look up a federal case, court rule, regulation
or something in the US Code.
House of Representatives Internet Law Library - Another good
starting point for federal material. Where you can find the laws
written by our federal legislators in Congress...
CFR Titles on GPO Access - Here are the rules published in the
Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the
Federal government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent
broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into
chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency.
Register - This is the official publication for Presidential
Documents and Executive Orders, as well as Notices, Rules and Proposed
Rules from Federal agencies and organizations.
FedWorld Information Network
Home Page - This big boy is the online locator service for the
huge inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.
Don't get lost!
U.S. Probation Office -
Southern Indiana - assists the Court in both probation and pretrial
functions through investigating and supervising individuals charged with or
convicted of Federal crimes.
U.S. Supreme Court
- the highest Court in the land. Accepts very few cases.
7th Circuit Court of Appeal - For the most part, before the United States Supreme
Court decides whether to take your case...your case must go before the
United States Court of Appeals. The United States Court of Appeals for
the Seventh Circuit has jurisdiction over Illinois, Wisconsin and
U.S. District Court of Northern Indiana - similar to a state trial Court, but handles cases
involving federal questions or larger sums of money. This Court serves
the northern half of Indiana.
U.S. District Court of Southern District of Indiana - similar to a state trial Court, but handles
cases involving federal questions or larger sums of money. This Court
serves the southern half of Indiana. IMO, this site sets a good example for other
courts as this site provides case information, Local Rules,
the Attorney Handbook, Guide to Jury Service, and the 7th Circuit
Standards for Professional Conduct.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District - the Court that handles bankruptcies for persons and
companies in northern Indiana.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District - the Court that handles bankruptices for persons and
companies in southern Indiana.
Supreme Court Cases
- Cornell University has most of the US Supreme Court cases online
Federal Court decisions and rules - links to U.S. Supreme Court, Ct. of Appeals and some
other major court decisions.
Federal Rules of Evidence - These rules help determine what evidence gets
into the trial and what doesn't.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - These rules govern how a lawsuit must
Northern U.S. District Rules (Indiana)
Northern U.S. District Forms (Indiana)
Southern U.S. District Rules (Indiana)
Southern U.S. District Forms (Indiana)
Southern U.S. District Recent Opinions (Indiana)
Northern District Bankruptcy Rules (Indiana)
Southern District Bankruptcy Rules (Indiana)
Southern U.S. District Case Information (Indiana)
U.S.Code - the laws of the United States.
Codeof Federal Regulations - the rules set forth by the Executive departments
and agencies of the Federal Government.
TheFederal Register - official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules,
and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders
and other Presidential Documents.
- the best source of what our Federal representatives are up to. Covers
bills, votes, Congressional record, Committee Reports, etc...
- links to anything that has to do with the U.S. Congress
CongressionalRecord - official record of the proceedings and debates of the United
Catalogof U.S. Government Publications - so you have learned all about the
Freedom of Information Act? What good is it unless you know what
information is out there. Well, here ya go... This source provides
bibliographic records of U.S. Government information products. Use it to link
to Federal agency online resources or identify materials distributed to
Federal Depository libraries.
TheDeclaration of Independence -"We hold these Truths to be
self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the
TheFederalist Papers - thoughts on government by the Alexander Hamilton, John
Jay, and James Madison.
U.S. Department ofJustice - A lot of good information here. Check out the
Publications and Documents section for starters. The Justice for Kids
page is good too!
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
ADR Resources - many
mediation essays and topics
articles on mediation
Findlaw's Business Law Homepage - fair
overview of different business issues and the types of startups that are
The ConsumerLaw Page - basic information on a variety of topics.
The World's Most Wanted - Fugitives and Unsolved Crimes - Recognize
someone on this page and make some money... Easier than winning the
lottery! This not-for-profit corporation is organized to help law
enforcement agencies catch fugitives. Check out this site often!
Inc. - Drink Wheel - instantly compute your estimated blood/breath
alcohol concentration ("BAC") based on the information that
you have provided. Provides useful information about the responsible
use of alcohol.
Speedtrap Exchange - This site lists many of the areas in Indiana where you will often see an officer "taking your picture." Make sure you smile and better make sure that your foot is off the pedal...
Motorist Issues - This group opposes speed traps and other traffic
enforcement measures that are carried out for revenue-generation
purposes. This page always has some interesting information about
NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA is responsible for reducing
deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle
crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety
performance standards for motor vehicles and items of motor vehicle
equipment, and through grants to state and local governments.
LPMS Estate Planning and Probate Interest Group - This American Bar Association group of attorneys shares information on practice management, technology, and lawyering skills that would be of particular interest to lawyers who plan and administer estates and trusts.
SeniorLaw - This site has more than just estate planning information. This site has information about Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled. It's a great site for senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners.
Indiana Division of Family and Children - This agency helps children and
families by enforcing parental responsibility through collection of
monthly payments by non-custodial parents.
Indiana Child Support Rules, Guidelines and Support Schedules - Determine
the amount of child support!
Marion County Prosectur's Child Support Division - The prosecutor's office helps enforce
child support obligations.
Helping Kids Cope with Divorce - The name says it all.
This book is informative and was written by Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D
at Ohio State University.
- Divorce: Indiana Divorce Source - Quite a few links to other divorce
sources. Serves as a online support group for divorcees.
- Real Estate
The Real Estate
Library - This site does not replace the
services of an attorney when it comes time to buying or selling your
home. However, it does contain good resources for buyers, sellers,
home owners, real estate professionals and anyone else seeking to
learn more abour the world of real estate.
- Social Security/Disabilty
Social Security Online
Information on Disability Issues
- NCSC ADA Guide
- DOL ADA Page
- Disability Links
- Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
And Publications - IRS
- Veteran's/Military Info
Basic Legal Citation
- how you are supposed to dot the i's and cross your t's in your papers to the
Duhaime's LegalDictionary - everyone knows that there is nothing is worse than boring legal
jargon and too many lawyers and judges still use it. Here is where you can
figure out what they said...
LawLists - compilation of electronic discussion groups (Internet listservs and
Usenet newsgroups), newsletters, journals, etc., related to the law.
The CompleatLawyer - Great magazine aimed at attorneys who are in a
general practice, solo practice or in a small firm. I like it!
Thomas M. Cooley Law School - One of the largest law schools in the
nation, Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers the best practical legal
education in the United States. Founded in 1973 by Michigan's Supreme
Court's former Chief Justice "Thomas Brennan", Cooley
continues it's reputation as the "toughest law school in the
nation" and offers students access to an outstanding law library
and to one of the best collections of law school teachers in American
Indiana State Bar Association - formed to foster and advance the
profession of law; to encourage and promote reforms in the law; to
cultivate the science jurisprudence; to secure the more efficient
administration of justice; to endorse and encourage reforms in
legislation; to encourage and advocate effective and thorough legal
education; to encourage the continued education of the practicing
lawyer; and to afford a means of social intercourse among the lawyers
of the State of Indiana.
Bar Association Home Page - The largest national association of
lawyers. Many lawyers belong to the ABA to network with attorneys from
other states. Has over 70 interest groups. Plain and
simple...belonging to this association, has made me a better attorney.
American Trial Lawyers Association Home Page - ATLA promotes justice and
fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights --
particularly the right to trial by jury -- and strengthens the civil
justice system through education and disclosure of information
critical to public health and safety.
Legal Ethics - website that discusses legal ethics topics
- a database of jury results