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Government LawyersThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers

September 2005, vol. 7, no. 1

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Legal writing

All too often we take our writing for granted. We’re lawyers, we rationalize, we know how to write! Well, for that rare time when you need a little assistance, here are some handy Web sites to help you. For grammar assistance, try <www.protrainco.com/info/grammar> or <www. drgrammar.org>. <http://owl.english. purdue.edu> is an on-line writing lab. While references to the Blue Book may bring back law school nightmares, citation style books are available on line as well. <www.legalbluebook.com> and <www.alwd.org> can help with your citation issues.

Government information

Seeking government information? <http://govtinfo.org> is a pilot  program where visitors can receive live, online help from a government information librarian from more than 30 libraries throughout the U.S. They specialize in questions concerning government information.

Product recalls

Is that widget safe? <http:// www.recalls.gov> is aimed at providing notice and information about products that have been deemed unsafe, hazardous, or defective by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or the USDA Food and Safety Commission. The list of products includes recalls in the categories of consumer products, motor vehicles, food, medicine, and cosmetics.


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