InSITE
A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library

ISSN 1521-9046

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Vol. 1, no. 1
February 19, 1996

InSITE highlights selected law-related World Wide Web sites in two ways: as an annotated publication issued electronically and in print; and as a keyword-searchable database.

The law librarians at Cornell evaluate potentially useful Web sites, select the most valuable ones, and provide commentary and subject access to them. These information can be accessed as following:


Arkansas Judiciary Homepage
URL: http://www.state.ar.us/supremecourt/
    The Arkansas Judiciary Home Page is the official web site for the full text opinions of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, beginning with January 1996. Final versions will be published in the bound reporters.

CAPWEB - A Guide to the U.S. Congress
URL: http://policy.net/capweb/congress.html

    This is an unofficial web site coming from Washington, D.C., put together by two self-described "impatient Capitol Hill staffers who felt it was an effort worth undertaking and don't mind writing some html late at night." They have provided very useful Congressional information in an easy-to-use format. For Senators and Representatives, there are individual photos, biographical information, committee assignments, and information on how to contact them, including e-mail addresses and home page links. Congressional committees are listed, with links to members, lists of subcommittees, and descriptions of their charge.

The House of Representatives - Internet Law Library - Legislation
URL: http://www.pls.com:8001/his/12.htm

    This compilation of links to numerous legislative sites is one piece of the House of Representatives Internet Law Library. The focus of this group of links is to federal bills and public laws. Another section of this Internet Law Library gathers statutory (U.S. Code) sites. Of course, there is great variety in the currency and completeness of information at individual sites. There are many links to gopher sites, some of which have been upgraded to web sites.

Index of Eleventh Circuit Opinions
URL: http://www.law.emory.edu/11circuit/rtfs/

    This compilation of links to numerous legislative sites is one piece of the House of Representatives Internet Law Library. The focus of this group of links is to federal bills and public laws. Another section of this Internet Law Library gathers statutory (U.S. Code) sites. Of course, there is great variety in the currency and completeness of information at individual sites. There are many links to gopher sites, some of which have been upgraded to web sites.

Official California Legislative Information
URL: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

    This is an important web site for official legislative information from the state of California, maintained by the Legislative Counsel of California. Three major sections of unique data cover bills, statutes, and the legislature. The full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments since 1993 are available, with bill status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages. Search by keywords, bill number, or authors, and read text in ASCII or PDF version with an Adobe viewer. Current statutes are available in full text, searchable by keyword. Information on members of the Senate and Assembly includes biographical and directory info, committees, calendars, rules, and how the legislative process works. A very useful guide written by the Legislative Counsel is included: "A Guide for Accessing Legislative Information on the Internet." It covers how to access the Internet, what California information is available, and how to get help in using it.

The Oral Argument Page
URL: http://oyez.at.nwu.edu/oyez.html

    This web site, developed by Jerry Goldman at Northwestern University, archives unedited, digitized oral arguments in landmark constitutional cases decided by the United States Supreme Court. Those with a RealAudio Player can hear the arguments by clicking on case names at this site; there is also a button linking to a source from which RealAudio can be downloaded at no charge. Original tapes of Supreme Court arguments, which have been recorded since 1955, are held by the National Archives.

Practising Law Institute
URL: http://www.pli.edu/

    This is the home page for the Practising Law Institute, which sponsors programs and publishes materials for continuing legal education. The page is divided into three parts, the first of which, Featured Programs, has a list of programs and news bits. The second part is Online Catalogs, which features list of PLI programs, course handbooks and reference books by subject. Last is Other Services, which describes training and membership services available from PLI. It also includes information about the Institute and instructions on how to order products.

Scout Report Homepage
URL: http://rs.internic.net/scout/report/

    Weekly publication of Net Scout Services which publicizes a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources and network tools for researchers and educators. Includes a variety of legal and law-related sites. The criteria for selection and annotations make it a particularly valuable site. You can subscribe to the mailing list to receive the weekly postings via e-mail.

Seoul National University College of Law Home Page
URL: http://plaza.snu.ac.kr/~remus/

    A site primarily for showcasing information about the College of Law. In addition to standard information about the law college, however, the site also provides links to useful information about Korean Law. The web site announcement indicated an interest in increasing the online law collection in the near future. A site worth watching for anyone with an interest in Korean law.

State Bar of Michigan
URL: http://www.SBMNET.org

    This site is among a growing number of state bar association web sites. Not all of the links, such as "meetings and events" and "news" are functioning. However, the site obviously has the potential to be useful for those attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan, or those looking for SBM information. The potential highlight of this site is the "legal gateway" link on the homepage. From that link, you may select from a nice collection of Michigan state government sites.

Texas Administrative Code Home Page
URL: http://register.sos.texas.gov:80/tac/

    The Administrative Code of Texas can be found at this site. The non-searchable database is accessible by Title. A FAQ list posted at this site on October 29, 1995, mentions that the code will only be available for free until an FTP server is up (30-60 days from date of posting) -- Then the annual subscription rate will be $50.00 per user. There was no further mention of a subscription requirement at the site, even though more than 60 days have passed since the posting. There did not appear to be link to an FTP site. Concerning updating, the FAQ also indicated that the goal was to provide weekly updates. There was no indication on the homepage when the last update occurred.

Trial by Internet
URL: http://wyp.net:80/Trial-By-Internet/

    This page, put up by the people at World Yellow Pages places all legal information about a case currently being prosecuted against WYP on the web for a "Trial by Internet". Readers can voice their opinions to the web site. The page also has links to related cases. It is unclear whether this page will be up for long, so hit it now while it's hot!

Web site of the University of Quebec in Montreal
Actual title: JURiS: le serveur des sciences juridiques de l'UQAM
URL: http://www.juris.uqam.ca

    Excellent site of the University of Quebec in Montreal. Mostly written in French. Contains information about the school, programs and coursse, a student-oriented page, and full-text documents, exams, legislation, constitutional documents and case law (case law is password-protected), summaries of research projects, with names and dates, etc.

Webster: NH State Government Online Information Center
URL: http://www.state.nh.us

    This home page is the government online information center for New Hampshire, maintained by the State Library. Government information covers the governor, state agencies, the General Court (which is the New Hampshire Legislature: House and Senate, whose database of bills requires a separate subscription), and the judiciary (including full text of state opinions beginning with December 1995).


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