Internet Legal Research on a Budget
  • USA.gov no longer features an Advanced Search page. Unfortunately, this does not come as a surprise as USA.gov is "powered by" Bing - and Bing shed its Advanced Search page awhile ago. Previously, USA.gov's Advanced Search page provided a "fill-in-the-box"-type interface (similar to Google's Advanced Search page) that allowed you to create sophisticated, targeted...


  • The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has restored the majority of the documents removed from PACER in August 2014. Dockets for the following courts (previously removed) have been restored to the PACER system. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...


  • Today I noticed something I've never seen before on the PACER Case Locator search results page - a Filter Results button.   Clicking the Filter Results button opens a pop-up box that allows you to further filter your results by numerous criteria (e.g., Court Type, Court, Year Filed in the screenshot above). Clicking the plus sign next to any of the listed filters expands that filter to...


  • The Washington Post is reporting that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) "has a plan to restore online access to documents that were controversially removed in August from PACER, the online system for accessing public court records." According to the post to the newspaper's blog, David Sellers, assistant director for public affairs at the AOC, issued the following...


  • As noted in Carole Levitt's new ABA book, Internet Legal Research on a Budget (co-authored with Judy K. Davis), forty-eight state bar associations subscribe to legal research databases on behalf of their members as a member benefit. Recently, the New York City Bar Association added access to Casemaker's premium services as a free benefit for their members.      ...


  • As noted in Carole Levitt's new ABA book, Internet Legal Research on a Budget (co-authored with Judy K. Davis), forty-eight state bar associations subscribe to legal research databases on behalf of their members as a member benefit. Forty-seven of these forty-eight states subscribe either to Casemaker or Fastcase. Currently, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) subscribes to InCite. A...


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