Legal Research

  • 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.      ...


  • Texas attorneys now have free access to the two largest nationwide legal research services - Casemaker and Fastcase - as a benefit of membership in the State Bar of Texas. With this new agreement with Fastcase, Texas attorneys are the first to receive access to both Fastcase and Casemaker as a free benefit of their membership in the Bar.          The State...


  • 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...


  • According to the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report, 96% of respondents report they conduct legal research online, but that they are less satisfied with free resources than with fee-based resources. The 2012 Research Intelligence Group’s “New Attorney Research Methods Survey” found that new associates (five years or less) spend about 31% (14.5...


  • The popular Internet research manual “The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet” is now available as an e-book in the .epub and .mobi formats.   The retail price of the ebook is $49.95 at the publisher’s Web site -   http://linkon.in/1fAX8mU. Discounts are available to attendees of the authors live MCLE seminars (and other owners of print copies of the...


  • On March 8, 2012, Google announced a change to the way it presented case law citations in its Google Scholar case law database.  "Today, we are changing how we present citations to legal opinions. Now, instead of sorting the citing documents by their prominence, we sort them by the extent of discussion of the cited case. Opinions that discuss the cited case in detail are presented...


  •       Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) and the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) have teamed up to create free eBook versions of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. The ebooks are published in the .epub format, making them compatible with iPads, iPhones, Nooks...


  •       On August 30, the developer Michael Poulshock announced the release of version 4.0 of his Jureeka Web browser extension for Firefox. Version 4.0 for Chrome will be released in the near future. Jureeka is a free add-on application that you can download and install in your Web browser that automatically recognizes legal citations in Web pages you are reading and turns...


  •         Recently, in response to query on Twitter, we created a Google-powered search of Pennsylvania statutes. This got us thinking about other states that offered access to their statutes online, but did not offer the full flexibility and/or familiar search options offered by Google's Web search.  So, we started poking around a bit, looking for other state...


  • In response to a tweet yesterday afternoon mentioning the awkwardness of the existing search offered by the state of Pennsylvania for the online version of its statutes, we created a Google-powered custom search of the state's statute pages/files. It allows you to search the Pennsylvania statutes with all of the familiar Google Boolean connectors, syntax, etc. This custom-search is...


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