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Don’t Overlook the Lowly Law School Library

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

With so many legal research tools available on line, most lawyers neglect the lowly law school library as a resource.  But in my view, there’s nothing as valuable for research as a good law library.  In the jurisdiction where I practice, American University Washington College of Law Pence Law Library tops my list as an […]

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Free Legal Research Hits Florida

July 26, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Add Florida to the list of jurisdictions with free legal research services, as reported in this  article.  Florida is using Fast Case for its service which provides access to US Supreme Court Cases, Florida Supreme Court cases and Florida statutes and regulations.  I’ve always thought that free legal research is one of the most valuable […]

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Free Legal Research For Louisiana

July 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ernie the Attorney reports that the Louisiana Bar is offering Fastcase, a legal research service, free to its members.  Louisiana thus joins the twenty other bar associations that offer Casemaker, another free research service.  What I noticed about Fastcase is that it includes access to district court decisions dating back to the 1950’s.  This impressed […]

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Westlaw is Free in Some Places – But Why Not Everywhere?

January 19, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

AJ Levy of http://www.outoftheboxlawyering.com lists a bunch of libraries in several states (AK, MN, NV, NJ, NY, OH, TX and WA) where you can access Westlaw for free.  I was happy to learn about this resource though clearly, it’s cheaper for me to sign up for Westlaw on a per-search basis than to travel to […]

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