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New Mexico Joins Casemaker

January 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Casemaker, a free legal research service included in participating state bar membership fees is a trend we’ve been following for a long time.  As this article fom (1/20/06) reports, New Mexico is the 23d state to join the Casemaker consortium. New Mexico Bar joins legal research consortium, hich according to the article, now serves […]

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Cincinnati Law Library Adds New Benefits

August 31, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Law Library Offers Virtual Services (Cincinnati Business Journal 8/29/05) reports on some of the new, free computerized research services offered by the Cincinnati Law Library Association.  The services include computerized legal research by and a journal service, HeinOnline.  (as an aside, I’ve used Hein Online at the American University Pence Law Library […]

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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 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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