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Government internet resources

  1. 1. Government Internet Resources: Federal, State and Local Jeffrey Franklin and David Rakowski
  2. 2. Statutes, Bills and Legislative HistoryState and Federal: – PBA / InCite – http://www.pabar.org/public/cobranded.asp• co‐branded legal research website• includes: Unannotated Pennsylvania statutes U.S. Code Federal & Pennsylvania court rules Appellate cases from all states for past five years All Circuit Court cases for the past five years Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases, 1791 to present Pennsylvania Superior Court cases, 1895 to present U.S. Third Circuit cases, 1995 to present U.S. Supreme Court Case Law, 1790 to present Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court cases, Oct. 1970 to present• Requires a Pennsylvania Bar Association membership number (call the Pennsylvania Bar Association if you do not know this number. It is not the same as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Attorney ID Number)
  3. 3. FindLaw for Legal Professionalshttp://lp.findlaw.com/Browse United States Constitution ‐http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/constitution/ Articles AmendmentsUnited States Code (USC) – federal statutes Browse / search USC: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscodeUnited States Supreme Court Opinions ‐http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html#dirsearch1Search by: Citation Party name(s) Full‐text search
  4. 4. Bills/Session Laws• Federal – THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov) – Government Printing Office (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/)• Pennsylvania – General Assembly (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/session.cfm)
  5. 5. Bills/Session Laws (cont’d)• Pennsylvania Bulletin (www.pabulletin.com)• Other states: LII (www.law.cornell.edu)
  6. 6. Regulations and Agencies• Code of Federal Regulations (www.ecfr.gov)• Regulations.gov• Pennsylvania- (http://www.pacode.com/secure/browse.asp)• Agencies (both federal and state)- (www.usa.gov)
  7. 7. Find Court Opinions, Forms, Rules and Dockets• Justia (www.justia.com)• Pacer (www.pacer.gov)
  8. 8. Federal & Bankruptcy Court WebsitesU.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA‐ http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/U.S. District Court for the Middle District of PA‐ http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/U.S. District Court for the Western District ofPA ‐ http://www.pawd.uscourts.gov/U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey‐ http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/ United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania – http://www.paeb.uscourts.gov/ United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania – http://www.pamb.uscourts.gov/ United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ‐ http://www.pawb.uscourts.gov/
  9. 9. Pennsylvania Courts of Common PleasState: (http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/)Some local examples:• Lehigh County ‐ http://www.lccpa.org/• Berks County ‐ http://www.berkscourts.us/courts/site/default.asp• Montgomery County ‐ http://courts.montcopa.org/courts/site/default.asp• Chester County ‐ http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1333• Bucks County- http://www.buckscounty.org/courts/courtinfo/commonpleas.aspx

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