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 Legal accreditation:

American Bar Association (ABA)

A voluntary legal association, which provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

U.S. Official Agencies/Offices:

U.S. Department of Justice --

An agency created "to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, to provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, to administer and enforce the Nation's immigration laws fairly and effectively, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

U.S. House of Representatives --

One half of the two houses which make up the U.S. Congress.  The U.S. House of Representatives membership is apportioned in relation to each state's population.

U.S. Senate --

One half of the two houses which make up the U.S. Congress.  The U.S. Senate provides each state with a representative.

U.S. Supreme Court --

The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court of in the United States.  This link provides information about the institution, the current docket, oral arguments, Court rules and opinions.


Legal Information and/or References:

Findlaw --

Part search engine, part legal resource, Findlaw provides links and information in an easy to access manner that is useful for the legal practitioner/student, as to the general public.

Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute --

The BEST legal research site I have seen, containing U.S. Codes, court opinions, laws based by jurisdiction and current events, among other items.

Thomas --

Legislative Information on the Internet.  Great site, containing information on Bills proposed in Congress, among other tidbits. --

A division of American Lawyer Media (ALM), owner and publisher of such publications as "The National Law Journal," "The New York Law Journal" and "The American Lawyer" the site provides an invaluable insight into the current events, cases and issues in the courts and those who participate in it. --

Need to find a lawyer? Want one in your area? What about one who specializes in a legal field? Want to know more about a firm? What about information on the background of an attorney? Obviously, not every firm, office or licensed attorney is listed, but this site is a great start.


Sites of Interest to Internet communities:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to defend and preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States.

The Berkman Center For Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.

Chilling Effects

Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) --

"A donor-supported membership organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties."

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) --

"EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values."

Netsmartz (parents & educators) --

Wonderful site containing information on protecting children online, while still allowing them to have fun.




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