Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Resources for Researching Illinois Constitutional Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2015
Column
Page 46
A rundown of the many free resources for researching the Illinois Constitution.

Resources for the (Occasional) Foreign-Law Researcher

By Tom Gaylord
September
2015
Column
Page 48
Low-cost foreign-law research options. 

A Deep Dive into the Legislative Source Book

By Tom Gaylord
July
2015
Column
Page 54
A closer look at this repository of federal legislative and administrative resources.

50 Columns In: What Have We Learned?

By Tom Gaylord
May
2015
Column
Page 48
A look back at eight years of columns.

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
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.

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