Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Finding and Using Blawgs to Follow the Law By Tom Gaylord March 2015 Column, Page 50 Blawgs are great sources of breaking news on almost any topic.
More on 50-State Surveys:The Book of the States By Tom Gaylord January 2015 Column, Page 45 The Book of the States is another free online tool for doing comparative state research.
Federal and Illinois Court Dockets: What’s Online? By Tom Gaylord November 2014 Column, Page 552 Though the feds keep docket information in PACER, electronic Illinois docket info is harder to find.
Resources for Illinois Legislative History: The Seven-Year Itch By Tom Gaylord September 2014 Column, Page 450 Revisiting the Illinois General Assembly's website.
Fifty-State Surveys: Can They Be Had for Free? By Tom Gaylord July 2014 Column, Page 352 They can if you have the time.
Tax Resources from the Illinois Department of Revenue By Tom Gaylord May 2014 Column, Page 246 Tax season is over, but the IDOR website is a year-round resource.
Looking for Free Legal Information? Check out the Law Library of Congress By Tom Gaylord March 2014 Column, Page 148 There might be a broken link here or there, but the Law Library of Congress is still a great portal to free legal resources.
More Federal Court Opinions on FDsys By Tom Gaylord January 2014 Column, Page 48 The Federal Digital System (FDsys) now includes an expanded library of federal cases.
Using Twitter to Keep Up with the Law By Tom Gaylord November 2013 Column, Page 590 Twitter is a great way to send and receive breaking legal news.
Fastcase and HeinOnline Team Up By Tom Gaylord September 2013 Column, Page 482 HeinOnline and Fastcase subscribers now have access to each other's data.
What’s New with Fastcase By Tom Gaylord July 2013 Column, Page 368 The new Bad Law Bot flags negative treatment of cases.
Environmental Law Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord May 2013 Column, Page 260 There's a plenty of free, online primary environmental law.
How Do I Research That? Find a LibGuide By Tom Gaylord March 2013 Column, Page 158 The LibGuide system connects to thousands of free research guides.
Update: Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online (and Free!) By Tom Gaylord January 2013 Column, Page 46 A fresh look at websites that offer free online municipal codes.
A New Tool for Federal Legislative Research By Tom Gaylord November 2012 Column, Page 612 will soon succeed THOMAS as the go-to site for federal legislative research.
Forms and Drafting Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord September 2012 Column, Page 496 One benefit of practicing in a large jurisdiction - there are lots of forms.
Employment and Labor Law Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord July 2012 Column, Page 382 Illinois-specific resources for labor and employment lawyers.
Navigating the Seventh Circuit’s Website By Tom Gaylord May 2012 Column, Page 268 What better place to look for court information - everything from opinions to court rules to brief-writing guides - than the court's own website?
Federal Administrative Law, Part 3: Agency Adjudications By Tom Gaylord March 2012 Column, Page 160 Federal agency adjudicatory decisions used to be hard to find, but now most are on the web.
Immigration Law for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord January 2012 Column, Page 54 Here's where to find basic immigration law information.
Federal Administrative Law Part 3: Agency Decisions and Guidance Documents By Tom Gaylord November 2011 Column, Page 586 Here's how to find these useful resources on the web.
The New, Online-Only Illinois Reports By Tom Gaylord September 2011 Column, Page 477 Now the supreme court publishes the official version of Illinois cases - here's what it means.
Briefer Briefs: Writing and Speaking Tips from the Supreme Court By Tom Gaylord July 2011 Column, Page 368 Interviews with Supreme Court justices about effective advocacy are themselves good models.
Is the Law You Cite Authenticated? Does It Matter? By Tom Gaylord January 2011 Column, Page 48 Should the government, not vendors, produce "official" versions of the law?
Federal Administrative Law, Part 1: the e-CFR By Tom Gaylord July 2010 Column, Page 378 Free publications, including the daily e-CFR, make federal regulatory research easy.
Federal Legislative History - Free Tools at Your Fingertips By Tom Gaylord May 2010 Column, Page 264 Great (and free) Web-based resources.
Tort Law Resources for Illinois Practitioners By Tom Gaylord March 2010 Column, Page 156 Illinois tort law gets the full treatment in secondary sources.
The Google-ization of Legal Research Continues - This Time Literally By Tom Gaylord January 2010 Column, Page 48 Google now offers its own searchable case law database.
Professional Responsibility Revisited: New Illinois Rules Coming Soon By Tom Gaylord September 2009 Column, Page 472 The new rules have extensive official commentary, something missing from the current RPC.
Research Resources from Illinois Academic Law Libraries By Tom Gaylord July 2009 Column, Page 368 Have a research project? Go back to law school, or at least to a law school library near you.