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June 2000
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Legal Web Sites: Are You Connected?

by Molly Osberg


by Molly Osberg

Sites You Should Already Know:

http://www.findlaw.com/
This site provides one-stop access to thousands of legal documents, cuts back on research time and offers a wealth of resources. Findlaw's database of cases dates back to 1893 and lets users search a case by party name, full-text or citation. In addition, this site has law reviews, forms and links to databases that contain federal circuit court decisions.

http://www.martindale.com/
Considered one of the best attorney directories, Martindale-Hubbell can locate attorneys by name, firm name, practice or location. The database is regarded as the primary research source for information about attorneys and law firms around the world, and contains more than 900,000 lawyer and law firm listings. If you're not a part of the online trend yet, Martindale will be happy to get you listed in the Net.

http://thomas.loc.gov/
Maintained by the Library of Congress, it's a great place to find bill and public law text, legislative information, bill status information, and committee reports. Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995.

http://www.cobar.org/
In our humble opinion, the CBA site is not only a great way to learn about the membership benefits offered by the bar, but is also a useful and timesaving link to hundreds of other legal sites. Some of the more popular site features are the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions, The Colorado Lawyer issues online, numerous listservs (for members only), legal job postings and an extensive list of legal research links. The CBA site can connect you to anything from federal law and government resources to legal forms, contracts or software.

http://www.leg.state.co.us/inetcrs.nsf?OpenDatabase
A free alternative to Intellinetusa.com, the state of Colorado recently started posting Colorado Revised Statutes on their Web site. Like Intellinetusa, the statutes are still searchable by keyword or CRS section.

Sites You Should Bookmark:

http://www.infirmation.com/
While it's relatively new, Infirmation.com is well worth checking out. The site contains nationwide job listings, inside information on law firms and anonymously submitted salary amounts from hundreds of firms in almost every state.

http://www.courts.state.co.us/scao/Forms.htm
This site will save a trip to the courthouse. Aside from having tons of information about courts and legal issues, the site contains numerous legal forms provided by various committees of the Supreme Court or internally by the State Court Administrator's Office. The forms are provided as Adobe Acrobat documents (PDF) and require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free and can be downloaded at www.adobe.com. Most forms can be completed online however, others must be printed and filled in by hand or with a typewriter. Electronic filing is not available at this time.

http://www.allonesearch.com/
Looking for a great search engine? All-in-One is an index of almost every search engine on the Internet. Because every search engine is different, this site is useful to ensure that you're using the search engine that best suits your needs.

http://www.hoovers.com/
This site is an excellent way to research the corporate world. Listing tons of information on individual companies, lawyers can learn about a company's demographics, pay range, history, sales, competitors, news and commentary.

Surfin' Off The Beaten Path

http://www.sci.lib.uci.edu/HSG/RefCalculators.html
It's the official calculator Web site! Going beyond pesky decimals and fractions, this site calculates everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) from bee keeping, to depth of field, to international clothing conversions, to beer brewing. Endless hours can be lost at this site.

http://www.travlang.com/
A site made for the world traveler. Aside from having links that track flights, book trips and plan activities, travlang converts currency, gives helpful travel tips and has dictionaries in every language. The best part about the site is the interactive language lesson section. You choose the language and the site offers audible words and phrases.

http://www.simeonmagic.com
Be amazed for hours at this hocus pocus site. Simeon, "the world's finest Internet magician," will manipulate your thoughts and imagination.



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