Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Illinois Agencies on the Web

By Phill Johnson
September
2004
Column
Page 493
More and more information is available on state agency Web sites, much of it useful to lawyers and – best of all – free.

Finding Legal Briefs Online

By Thomas Keefe
July
2004
Column
Page 373
Someone else's brief can serve as the starting point; maybe even the foundation; for yours. But how do you find one? Here are some possibilities.

At Last, a New Guidebook for Illinois Legal Researchers

By Phill Johnson
May
2004
Column
Page 271
Here's review of the first new Illinois legal research tome in well over a decade.

Have Online Citators Made Print Obsolete?

By Phill Johnson
March
2004
Column
Page 155
Have we reached the point that using print citators to track the subsequent treatment of a case begs a malpractice suit?

Getting Your Research Bearings; Dead Reckoning v the Sextant

By Paul D. Callister
January
2004
Column
Page 49
Sometimes research still works best with books, and sometimes it works better on the computer. We're still trying to figure out why and when.

Free on the ‘Net: FindLaw, LexisONE and More

By Phill Johnson
November
2003
Column
Page 579
West Group and LexisNexis both offer free online research services that, while much more modest than Lexis and Westlaw, are well worth visiting.

The “Science” of Citation Analysis

By Paul D. Callister
September
2003
Column
Page 473
Is legal research a science grounded in precise measurements or is it an art based on subjective editorial judgments? And does it matter?

How to Find Jury Instructions

By Phill Johnson
July
2003
Column
Page 361
Jury instructions aren't hard to find in print, but you'll have less luck searching online.

Legal Research and the Ballad of John Henry

By Paul D. Callister
May
2003
Column
Page 261
The rise of electronic sources has changed legal research forever, and it may be changing the nature of law itself.

Using the ‘Net to Research Illinois Legislative History

By Phill Johnson
March
2003
Column
Page 147
Thanks to the General Assembly's Web site, researching recent legislative history is easier than ever. Here's a step-by-step guide.

Working the Problem

By Paul D. Callister
January
2003
Column
Page 43
Some leading litigation-related online resources.

Litigation Resources on the ‘Net for Illinois Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
July
2002
Column
Page 381
Some leading litigation-related online resources.

Internet Resources for Illinois Corporate and Securities Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
May
2002
Column
Page 267
Here are some of the helpful Internet resources; most of them free; for corporate and securities lawyers.

Internet Resources for Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
March
2002
Column
Page 151
Resources abound on the 'Net for p.i. lawyers. Here are some of the best.

Estate-Planning Internet Resources for Illinois Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
January
2002
Column
Page 49
Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.

Family-Law Resources on the Internet for Illinois Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
November
2001
Column
Page 603
A roundup of helpful Web sites and other family-law 'Net resources.

Real-Estate Resources on the Internet for Illinois Lawyers

By Adria P. Olmi
September
2001
Column
Page 495
A compendium of Web-based resources, many of them free, of special interest to real-estate practitioners.

Treasure Hunting at State Agency Web Sites

By Adria P. Olmi
July
2001
Column
Page 379
Don't overlook Illinois state agency Web sites, an increasingly rich source of free information. Here are some of the best agency resources for lawyers.

Must-Have Bookmarks: The Cornell Law Library and Legal Information Institute

By Adria P. Olmi
March
2001
Column
Page 153
Cornell Law School, a cyberspace pioneer, still offers some of the best online resources for lawyers.

Illinois Legislative History

By James E. Duggan
November
2000
Column
Page 665
Difficult though they may be to research, legislative histories can make a difference in your case. Here's how to find what you need.

Evidence Practice Guides

By James E. Duggan
September
2000
Column
Page 543
Illinois lawyers are fortunate to have several good sources for guidance on evidence law. Here are thumbnail sketches of the leading treatises and practice guides.

Illinois Regulations

By James E. Duggan
July
2000
Column
Page 417
Keeping abreast of Illinois regulatory law remains a challenge, but now there are more options than ever.

Researching Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law

By James E. Duggan
May
2000
Column
Page 291
Here's a compendium of resources for Illinois workers' comp lawyers.

Illinois Bar Association Journals and Newsletters

By James E. Duggan
March
2000
Column
Page 175
For practical advice, bar periodicals are hard to beat (even if we do say so).

Legal Newspapers and Law Reviews: Focus on Illinois Law

By James E. Duggan
January
2000
Column
Page 49
A short list of law reviews and newspapers that cover the Illinois-law beat.

Treaties and Selected Foreign Law Research: A Primer for Illinois Attorneys

By James E. Duggan
November
1999
Column
Page 613
When confronted with those occasional (but inevitable) questions about foreign law, where do you turn? Read on and find out.

Internet Update: Cases and Illinois Statutes

By James E. Duggan
September
1999
Column
Page 501
More and more Illinois primary law is available on the Net. Here are some of the best sources.

Illinois Statistics

By James E. Duggan
July
1999
Column
Page 387
Put the facts at your fingertips with these helpful references.

The Illinois Court of Claims

By James E. Duggan
May
1999
Column
Page 283
The court of claims is an unfamiliar realm to many lawyers; here's a guide.

Using Illinois Legal Encyclopedias

By James E. Duggan
March
1999
Column
Page 167
You loved 'em as a kid and as a law student — now that you're a lawyer, don't overlook encyclopedias as you begin your legal research.

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