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Articles on Finding Illinois Law

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
Congress.gov 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.

Sources of Illinois Legal Research

By Tom Gaylord
May
2009
Column
Page 264
These bibliographies help you find Illinois research tools on your topic.

Evidence Resources or Illinois Practitioners

By Tom Gaylord
March
2009
Column
Page 154
A look at some free evidence-related online resources.

Illinois Statutory and Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2009
Column
Page 48
The statutes are online, of course. But here are other free resources.

Playing with PreCYdent: The move toward Free Online Primary Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2008
Column
Page 588
Two Web sites are bringing free cases and more to the public

Professional Responsibility in Illinois: Rules, and MCLE

By Tom Gaylord
September
2008
Column
Page 474
There's a wealth of legal-ethics information online if you know where to look.

Finding Free Legal Articles on the Web

By Tom Gaylord
July
2008
Column
Page 370
A growing number of law-review articles are free for the viewing.

Keeping up with the Bloggers

By Tom Gaylord
May
2008
Column
Page 264
Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.

Helpful Resources from the Illinois Courts

By Tom Gaylord
March
2008
Column
Page 160
Every Illinois lawyer should visit the Web site of the Illinois courts.

Ready Reference for the Occasional Question

By Tom Gaylord
January
2008
Column
Page 52
Here’s a grab bag of miscellaneous and – mostly – free research sites.

Using “My Legislation” to Keep Up to Date

By Tom Gaylord
November
2007
Column
Page 608
The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.

Illinois Administrative Agency Publications Online

By Tom Gaylord
September
2007
Column
Page 494
There's a wealth of information if you know where to look.

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