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    • Law on the ‘Net: A Workshop for Non-Law Librarians An Infopeople Workshop April 2004 Laura A. Cadra [email_address]
    • Agenda
      • Sources of Law
      • California Law
      • Federal Law
      • Finding Attorneys
      • Legal Forms
      • Where to Start When You Have No Idea Where to Start
    • What is Law ?
      • The entire body of principles, precedents, rules, and procedures intended to assure order and justice in a civilized society. It includes constitutions, legislation, decisions – federal, state, and local, civil and criminal ( Mellinkoff’s Dictionary of American Legal Usage )
      • And don’t forget regulations!
    • Reference Inquiries
      • Are you looking for general information about a legal issue?
      • Is your issue federal? State? Local?
      • Are you looking for a specific piece of law?
        • a Vehicle Code section?
        • a local ordinance?
      • Are you looking for a form?
      • Are you looking for an attorney?
    • Sources of Law
      • Primary Sources
        • Produced by governmental bodies
        • Binding!!
        • Unofficial and official versions
      • Secondary Sources
        • Information about the law
        • Best place to start most legal research
    • Secondary Sources on the ‘Net
      • Nolo Press – Our friends in any format
      • Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII) Law About Series
      • California Courts Self-Help Center
        • ¡Se habla español!
        • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese tambien!
    • Legal Citation
      • The formalized legal reference to an authority and the place where it can be found (Mellinkoff’s Dictionary of American Legal Usage)
    • Citation Formats
      • Cases: Vol. no./Reporter Set/Page no. (date)
        • U.S. ex rel. Mayo v. Satan and his Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (1971)
        • Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000)
        • Lugosi v. Universal Pictures, 25 Cal.3d 813 (1979)
      • Statutes/Codes
        • 42 U.S.C. §1942
        • CA Penal Code §187
    • Common Case Abbreviations
      • CA Cases
        • Cal. (Cal. 2 d , 3 d, 4 th ): California Reports
        • Cal. App. (C.A. 2 d , 3 d , 4 th ): California Appellate Reports
        • Cal. Rptr. (C.R. 2 d ): California Reporter
      • Federal Cases
        • U.S.: United States Supreme Court Reports
        • F. (F.2 d , F.3 d ): Federal Reporter
        • F.Supp. (F.Supp.2 d ): Federal Supplement
    • Primary Sources of Law
      • Constitutions
      • Statutes/Codes
      • Judicial Opinions (case decisions)
      • Regulations & Regulatory Decisions
      • Local Ordinances (cities and counties)
      • All of these work together to form The Law
    • California Law
      • Constitution
      • Statutes/Codes
        • Pending legislation (bills)
      • Cases
      • Regulations
    • California Bills on the ‘Net
      • 1993-94 legislative session to the present
      • Searchable by bill number, author, or keyword
      • Lots of information about the bills
        • Status and history
        • Committee analyses
        • Votes
        • Great for students!
    • Legislative Process
      • Bills = pending law
      • Statutes = permanent record
      • Codes = current version
    • California Statutes and Codes on the ‘Net
      • Statutes are available from the 1993-94 Legislative session forward
        • Searchable by chapter number or keyword
        • No indication whether it’s current
      • Current California Code only
        • Updated nightly
        • NOT annotated (like West’s and Deering’s)
    • California Ballot Propositions on the ‘Net
      • Passed propositions are incorporated into the California Codes
      • Failed propositions can be difficult to find
      • California Secretary of State Voter Information has propositions from 1996 to the present
      • Hastings College of the Law has a ballot proposition database from 1911 to the present
    • California Cases
      • Published Decisions
        • California Supreme Court cases
        • Most California Courts of Appeal cases
      • Unpublished Decisions
        • Trial Courts (Superior Court cases)
    • California Cases on the ‘Net
      • California Judicial Council
        • Opinions from 1850 to Sept. 30, 2003 (searchable)
        • Slip opinions – October 1, 2003 to the present (not searchable)
      • Findlaw
        • Opinions 1934 to the present
        • Must register to view the cases
      • CourtTV
        • Sensational trial court cases
    • California Agency Materials
      • Licenses
      • Regulations
      • Regulatory Decisions
    • California Agencies on the ‘Net
      • California State web page contains a list of agencies
      • Materials available vary by agency
        • Forms
        • License requirements
    • California Code of Regulations on the ‘Net
      • Includes the regulations of all California agencies
      • Current version only
      • Title 24 (California Building Standards Code) is NOT available for free on the ‘Net
    • Municipal Law on the ‘Net
      • City and county charters = structure of local governments
      • Municipal and county ordinances = local laws
        • Parking regulations
        • Leash laws
        • Rent control
    • Municipal Codes on the ‘Net
      • Check with the city or county web site first
      • Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley
      • Seattle Public Library government info for non-California cities and counties
    • Federal Law on the ‘Net
      • U.S. Constitution
      • U.S. Code
        • Pending legislation
      • Cases
      • Regulations
    • Federal Legislation on the ‘Net
      • Bills – Think Thomas
        • Full-text available from 1989-90 (101 st Congress forward)
        • Summaries available from 1973-74 (93 rd Congress forward)
      • United States Code
        • Not current! Beware! Danger!
    • Federal Cases on the ‘Net
      • No comprehensive web site
      • U.S. Supreme Court
        • Official Supreme Court web site: 1990 forward
        • Cornell’s LII: 1990 forward
      • Courts of Appeals
        • 9 th Circuit web site: 1995 forward
      • District Courts (trial courts)
    • Federal Agency Materials
      • Agency web sites
        • Some are filled with good information including forms
        • Some are not
      • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    • Finding a Lawyer
      • Directories and Regulation
    • Attorney Information on the ‘Net
      • Find an Attorney by Specialty
        • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
        • California State Bar Certified Specialists
      • Check Out the Credentials of a Lawyer
        • California State Bar Attorney Search
    • Legal Forms
      • Litigation Forms
      • Business Forms
    • Litigation Forms on the ‘Net
      • California Judicial Council
        • Mandatory forms
        • Suggested forms
      • Local Courts
        • Check the court web site
      • Findlaw
        • Links to forms of varying quality
    • Business Forms on the ‘Net
      • Fedforms.gov
      • Primarily fee-based but some are free
        • Legaldocs.com
        • Uscourtforms.com
        • Lexisone.com
        • Lawcommerce.com
    • Where to Start When You Don’t Know Where to Start
      • California Courts Self-Help Center
        • Lots of information on common legal issues
        • Where to go for free and low-cost legal information
      • 24/7 Reference includes law librarians
      • Your local county law library
      • Locating the Law, 4 th ed .
    • Mega-sites
      • Hieros Gamos: If you can only have one
      • Jurist
      • Internet Legal Resource Guide
      • Catalaw
      • Findlaw