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Internet Legal Issues and Research

  1. 1. Internet Legal Issues and Research <ul><li>Faye Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Director and Professor </li></ul><ul><li>Florida State University </li></ul><ul><li>College of Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Florida State University Law Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary McCormick, J.D., M.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Director for Public Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margaret Clark, M.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Librarian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marin Dell, J.D., M.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Librarian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Defense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ARPA/DARPA, </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Internet Legal Issues
  4. 4. Internet Legal Issues <ul><li>E-commerce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracts, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Cybercrime </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-discovery issues and metadata </li></ul><ul><li>E-data from automobile black boxes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Your Car Spying on You? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MVEDRs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ethical issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Risks of law firm websites, blogs and email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex parte communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mullins v. Department of Commerce , 06-3284 (C.A. Fed Circuit, May 4, 2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-lawyering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LegalXML, </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Keeping up with the Joneses, Esq. <ul><li>Blogs & RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feedblitz </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Law Prof Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google To Offer Deep Government Info for Four States </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>California, Arizona, Utah and Virginia </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To Googlize inaccessible data in state electronic files </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google and 47+ others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet legal research </li></ul>
  6. 7. Florida Electronic Library <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Available resources include electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, and books, providing information on topics such as current events, education, business, technology, and health issues. </li></ul>
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  8. 9. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Links to a Legal Services Directory for the State of Florida, as well as a list of collected information materials from agencies and legal clinics throughout Florida. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Caselaw – Where to Find It for Free <ul><li>US Supreme Court: </li></ul><ul><li>Official Slip Opinions: </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Information Institute: </li></ul><ul><li>LexisONE: (Click on “Find Cases for Free”) </li></ul><ul><li>US Circuit Courts: </li></ul><ul><li>Office of US Courts: </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Courts Finder: </li></ul><ul><li>US District Courts: </li></ul><ul><li>Office of US Courts: </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Information Institute: </li></ul>
  10. 12. Pacer <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records </li></ul><ul><li>Free written opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Federal case statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Party/Case Index </li></ul>
  11. 14. LexisOne <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Use the LexisNexis® Research Service to access U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1790 to present, as well as federal and state cases decided within the last five years. (selected coverage) </li></ul>
  12. 16. Florida Supreme Court website <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Also provides links to District Court of Appeals opinions and Court Rules. </li></ul>
  13. 18. Justia <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Free legal information on practice areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation tracker, a free searchable database of Federal Register Regulations, Proposed Rules and Notices </li></ul></ul>
  14. 20. Online Sunshine <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Florida legislation, including the Florida Statutes, the Laws of Florida and the Florida Constitution. </li></ul>
  15. 22. LII/Legal Information Institute <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School . </li></ul><ul><li>Wex: a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. </li></ul>
  16. 24. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Online Library with U.S. municipal/county ordinances </li></ul><ul><li>Pamphlets for selected state analysis by Municode </li></ul>
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  18. 26. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Forms listed by form number, agency and “frequently used” forms. </li></ul>
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  20. 28. U.S. Courtforms <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Court, Legal & Business Forms Available in non-fillable PDF format </li></ul><ul><li>Federal, State and Local County Forms in all practice areas. </li></ul>
  21. 30. Florida State Courts website – Family Law Forms/Rules & Opinions <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Family law forms for use in dissolution, paternity, child support, name change, and grandparent visitation cases. The forms are up-to-date, in engrossed (ready to use) format, with all amendments incorporated. </li></ul>
  22. 32. Internet Legal Research Group <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2000 free legal forms, a number of forms are adapted for state-specific use. </li></ul>
  23. 34. ‘Lectric Law Library <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Business & General - dealing with subjects like Real Estate, Corporations, Employment, Contracts, Trusts and Wills. </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Practice - focusing on Law Practice Management, Litigation and related matters. </li></ul>
  24. 35. FindLaw
  25. 36. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Legal information portal for the general public; contains links to forms, state and federal legislation and a legal dictionary. </li></ul>
  26. 38. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Legal information portal with links to a legal resource center, legal articles and law related listservs. </li></ul>
  27. 40. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Legal portal with state specific legal resource pages. </li></ul>
  28. 42. LawSource <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The home of American Law Sources On-line ( ALSO! ), providing a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada , as well as Mexican sources. </li></ul>
  29. 44. Where to find briefs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Portal linking to free Internet sites with searchable state and federal briefs. </li></ul>
  30. 46. FSU Law Library Free Internet Research Page <ul><li> </li></ul>
  31. 49. International Law <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights </li></ul><ul><li>International business transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Arbitration </li></ul><ul><li>Maritime law </li></ul><ul><li>Taxation </li></ul>
  32. 50. Tips for Creating a Practice Library <ul><li>Organize bookmarks of most frequently used sites by jurisdiction, function and subject </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MFU-FL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MFU-FRM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MFU-FAM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review daily client schedule and pull up relevant bookmarks for that day </li></ul><ul><li>Download or cut/paste frequently used forms for quick use </li></ul><ul><li>Check sites often for new content and functionality </li></ul>
  33. 51. Need More Help? <ul><li>Inter Alia weblog, </li></ul><ul><li>Zimmerman’s Guide: </li></ul><ul><li>An online legal encyclopedia providing definitions, examples, explanations and useful links </li></ul><ul><li>The Virtual Chase How-To Guides: </li></ul><ul><li>An annotated guide to sources of information on various types of legal research </li></ul>