Internet Legal Research Update - November 2001

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

November 2001

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CONTENTS

  1. FBI Announces 2000 Crime Statistics
  2. Internet 'Way-Back' Machines Archives World Wide Web
  3. Research Experts Online
  4. Site Offers IP News, Articles & Case Summaries
  5. Los Angeles County Bar Launches Superior Court Civil Register Database
  6. Current News Search Engine Now Available
  7. PLI Offers Free CLE & Law.com Offers CLE Discounts
  8. Merlin Information Services Offers Free Bankruptcy Filing Information
  9. LexisNexis Purchases CourtLink.com
  10. Google Now Indexes Microsoft Office Files
  11. Definitions of Nearly 1/4 Million Acronyms & Abbreviations Available Free Online
  12. More Tips
  13. Subscribe/Unsubscribe
  14. Advertising 15. Redistribution

1. FBI Announces 2000 Crime Statistics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released its Uniform Crime Report for 2000. The FBI said that there was virtually no change in the Crime Index in 2000 compared to the 1999 figures. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/FBI_ucr.htm

2. Internet 'Way-Back' Machines Archives World Wide Web

The Internet Archive has made its archive of more than 10 billion web sites (some dating back to 1996) available to the public. The archive also contains nearly 1000 films available for download. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/wayback.htm

3. Research Experts Online

At one or more times in their careers, most attorneys will need to locate an expert for trial or pretrial consultation. Even when attorneys find an expert by personal referral, thus avoiding a search, they still often face the chore of conducting due diligence to verify credentials. In her latest "Computer Counselor" column, Carole Levitt discusses numerous online sources— many of them free—that make finding experts and verifying their credentials easier. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/lacba_experts_article.htm

4. Site Offers IP News, Articles & Case Summaries

JurisNotes.com is an Intellectual property website and e-mail newsletter devoted to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, right of publicity, and other IP topics. The website itself is free to use, and includes articles, past case summaries, links to primary and secondary resources, and other research tools. The site also offers a twice-weekly email newsletter to paid subscribers that contains case and UDRP decision summaries, as well as IP news, articles, and other resources. Each issue includes links to cases discussed, when available. Visit JurisNotes at http://www.jurisnotes.com For more information see: http://www.netforlawyers.com/jurisnotes.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

5. Los Angeles County Bar Launches Superior Court Civil Register Database

The Los Angeles County Bar Association has launched a new searchable database of the Superior Court's Civil Register with more search options than the court-maintained site. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/lacba_dockets.htm

6. Current News Search Engine Now Available

RocketInfo, Inc. has launched a new current news search engine. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/news_search.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 on its web site. 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.

7. PLI Offers Free CLE & Law.com Offers CLE Discounts

Through the end of November, PLI and Law.com are offering free (PLI) or discounted (Law.com) CLE. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/PLI_cle.htm

8. Merlin Information Services Offers Free Bankruptcy Filing Information

Free search will tell whether individual or business has filed for bankruptcy since 1992. See http://www.netforlawyers.com/bankrupt_merlin.htm

9. LexisNexis Purchases CourtLink.com

LexisNexis has announced its intent to purchase electronic court record and filing vendor CourtLink.com. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/lexis_courtlink.htm

10. Google Now Indexes Microsoft Office Files

SearchEngineWatch is reporting that Google has added the ability to index Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and include them in search results. See: http://www.netforlawyers.com/google_office.htm

11. Definitions of Nearly 1/4 Million Acronyms & Abbreviations Available Free Online

The Acronym Finder offers a searchable database of more than 215,000 acronyms. http://www.netforlawyers.com/acronyms.htm

12. 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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Carole Levitt

President

Internet For Lawyers

(310) 559-2247

clevitt@netforlawyers.com

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