Internet Legal Research Update - December 2001

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INTERNET FOR LAWYERS - INTERNET LEGAL RESEARCH UPDATE BY CAROLE LEVITT J.D.,M.L.S. & MARK ROSCH

December 2001

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CONTENTS

 
1. **EXCLUSIVE**Company Sleuth Sinks**EXCLUSIVE**
2. Less Vital Record Information Available Free on the Internet
3. Computer Training Best in 'Byte-Size' Chunks
4. Yahoo Announces Video E-mail Service
5. Judge Rules NJ Cannot Post Sex Offender's Addresses on Web
6. Department of Interior Site Offers Limited Access After Being Forced Offline by Court Order
7. NARA Reports on Government Record-Keeping
8. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts E-mail & Fax Filings
9. FindLaw Expands Search Functions of Free California Case Law Research Database--Then Hides It
10. Google Now Offers Catalog Searches
11. More Tips
12. Subscribe/Unsubscribe
13. Advertising
14. Redistribution

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1. **EXCLUSIVE**Company Sleuth Sinks**EXCLUSIVE**

Company Sleuth, the web site that marketed itself as "the Internet's top covert information specialist providing free, legal, inside information on publicly traded companies" no longer offers any of that information for -- free or fee. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/no_sleuth.htm (Owners of "How to Use the Internet for Legal, Business & Investigative Research" should see this article for URL changes in the current edition.)

2. Less Vital Record Information Available Free on the Internet

California Governor Gray Davis signed an Executive Order effectively forcing geneology research site Rootsweb to remove California birth and death records. Texas and Maine records also removed. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/vital_records.htm

3. Computer Training Best in 'Byte-Size' Chunks

Most companies train employees to use new software in a single half-, full- or two-day intensive session. This article discusses the benefits of offering training in more manageable increments. This type of training on a more regular schedule helps employees retain more information and reinforces what they previously learned - helping them to work more effectively. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/computer_training.htm

4. Yahoo Announces Video E-mail Service

Internet portal juggernaut Yahoo has announced a new video e-mail service that would allow attorneys to share video testimony, site surveys, etc. with clients, co-counsel or opposition. For more information see: http://www.netforlawyers.com/yahoo_video.htm Internet For Lawyers Offers Ethics & General MCLE Quizzes Online Internet For Lawyers offers lawyers a low-cost option for satisfying their MCLE requirements with online MCLE quizzes. California, New York and Arizona attorneys can earn ETHICS, LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT or GENERAL credit for only $15.00 per hour. For more information see: http://www.netforlawyers.com/online_mcle.htm Internet For Lawyers is a California State Bar approved MCLE provider.

5. Judge Rules NJ Cannot Post Sex Offender's Addresses on Web

A federal judge has ruled that New Jersey cannot post the addresses of registered sex offenders on the Internet. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/nj_sex_offenders.htm (Owners of "How to Use the Internet for Legal, Business & Investigative Research" should see this article for URL changes in the current edition.)

6. Department of Interior Site Offers Limited Access After Being Forced Offline by Court Order

The U.S. Department of Interior web site is once again available - albeit in a severely truncated version. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/interior.htm Stop looking for resources on the Internet and start finding them instead with "HOW TO USE THE INTERNET FOR LEGAL, BUSINESS & INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH: A GUIDE FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS" Legal Management magazine (the Journal of the Association of Legal Administrators said: "Users can easily find the web sites they're looking for ... in the guide's comprehensive index." Get your own copy of the book that Dan Harmon, Editor of the West Group's The Lawyer's PC "Definitely recommended for the legal researcher's bookshelf," at http://www.netforlawyers.com/prod01.htm

7. NARA Reports on Government Record-Keeping

The National Archive & Records Administration has released the first of three reports on Government record-keeping. The agency is soliciting public comment on this first report until January 31, 2002. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/nara.htm

8. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts E-mail & Fax Filings

After anthrax closed the Supreme Court building in late October, the court accepted e-mailed or faxed copies of original documents languishing in the (closed) Supreme Court mailroom. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/supreme_efiling.htm

9. FindLaw Expands Search Functions of Free California Case Law Research Database--Then Hides It

Formerly listed prominently on the site's front page, FindLaw has moved links to its free California case law research database to less conspicuous locations, while adding more search functionality. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/hidden_findlaw.htm

10. Google Now Offers Catalog Searches

Google has added nearly 700 fully searchable consumer catalogs to its index. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/google_catalogs.htm

11. Want more Internet Legal Research Tips??

Go to http://www.netforlawyers.com for additional articles, features and tips for conducting more effective legal, business & investigative research on the Internet.

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