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Legal Links was commissioned by the Public Relations and Marketing Committee of PAP in early 2004, and made its debut on the PAP web site on June 27, 2004. The first listing was compiled by PR&MC members Bonnie Bristow and John F. Geis. From modest beginnings, Legal Links has grown to contain more than 170 links for 35 practice areas, and emerged as a significant resource for members of PAP, and other visitors to the site, including those from corporate, government, and legal sectors.

Revisions to the listing, edited by John Geis, were performed on: January 23 and September 7, 2005; and January 15, March 31, June 30, September 28, and December 29, 2006; and March 28, 2007. The current revision is dated: July 20, 2007.

Inquiries, comments, and suggestions are encouraged and welcomed, and will be acknowledged in a timely fashion. For further information, contact:



GENERAL  Offers an extensive list of free public record sites, by state. Includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Web site is maintained privately by BRP Publications, Inc. For legal researchers, considered the best general web search engine to use. Especially productive for known site searching when you have forgotten or misplaced the URL. A solid general web portal This is a high-powered, and fast-moving, search engine that provides clusters of results, with search refinement suggestions, and other resources. Now includes, acquired by in 2001. Provides reverse lookup with telephone numbers. Find people, public records. Another database to search for names, and locate people and addresses. Initial search is free. After that, a personal profile is available on a fee basis. Information database of more than 700,000 non-profit organizations. Maps and driving directions to/from anywhere. Portal to more than 2,000 daily and weekly newspapers in United States and Canada. Find companies and products manufactured in U.S. and Canada. Access data from 173,000 companies.


General Legal American Bar Association American Arbitration Association. Rules, protocols, ADR, arbitration, mediation, repository for ADR-related documents and materials. This is the American Association for Justice, formerly named the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  Trial news and trends, litigation packets, research, document libraries.  Access to some sections will require a member password. American Judicature Society. Composed of judges, lawyers, and the general public who are interested in the improvement of the justice system. Includes federal judicial ethics, judicial independence, and judicial selection. Also contains Institute of Forensic Science and Public Policy. Jury Center resources, publications. Site maintained and housed at Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Catalogue of catalogues of worldwide law on the Internet. Indices of law and government arranged in uniform and universal format. Popular index of links to rules of discovery for each state. Site maintained by Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters. High traffic web site owned by West Group. Most extensive list of legal resources anywhere on the Internet, provided for lawyers, law student, business people, and others. Includes legal information, full-text search, cases and codes, legal forms, technology, and more. Hieros Gamos, called by many the #1 legal research center. Covers 70 practice areas. Also legal directories, U.S. law, international law. Very large, comprehensive portal. University Law Review Project, a consortium of Cornell’s Law Information Institute, FindLaw and Stanford Law, among others. Abstract service, and full text search of hundreds of law journals in 18 practice areas, including business law, dispute resolution, forensics, and labor, plus list of journals by law schools. Law and Policy Institutions Guide is a free repository of law articles, legal resources, legal practice information, and U.S. legislative and judicial resources for all 50 states. Martindale-Hubbell directory; lawyer locator; professional resources. National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform and Model Acts. Electronic archive of Uniform state laws maintained by University of Pennsylvania School of Law. National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Site offers legal research, professional issues, education component.


Philadelphia General Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Public policy, member directory, regional news. Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Schedules of conventions and meetings, with links to additional Philadelphia resource sites.


Philadelphia Government Philadelphia City Government site. Tax assessments for Philadelphia properties. Board of Revision of Taxes site also includes rules of appeals and exemptions, tax abatement programs, and FAQs. Philadelphia traffic accident reports, and other current and archival records of city government agencies.


Philadelphia Legal Philadelphia Courts – civil dockets search, local rules. Philadelphia Bar Association Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Law library, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania General PA PowerPort. Pennsylvania portal to state news and major state agencies. PA Chamber of Business & Industry. Business fact sheets, laws and regulations. Better Business Bureau reports for companies located in Metro Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh Valley. Free public records database. Birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce degrees, and more.


Pennsylvania Government  This is the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services website for Pennsylvania. Contains an Alpha list of cities, townships, boroughs, and villages in Pennsylvania that have active websites. Provides links to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth, and from there you can access family courts, court administration, prothonotary, disability rights offices Pennsylvania Department of State County Commissioners Association of PA. Pennsylvania Corporations Bureau. Searchable corporations database, filing information, resources, record search, service of process. Pennsylvania General Assembly Pennsylvania Senate The Pennsylvania Manual. Site maintained by Department of General Services. State government offices and commissions, transportation, law enforcement, vital statistics for state, city, county, township, borough.


Pennsylvania Legal Administrative office of Pennsylvania courts. Locate caseload statistics, departments, annual reports. Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System Outstanding site for the nation’s oldest law library. The research links are full of useful resources. At home page, click on United States, then Pennsylvania. You now have links to Pennsylvania appellate court decisions (including U.S. 3rd Circuit) for the last five years; PA Constitution, PA Codified Laws; state and local court rules; and PA administrative law sources. Pennsylvania Bar Association Contained within the Library of Congress website, this link goes straight to Pennsylvania-specific sources of law, historic documents, the Pennsylvania Constitution, Administrative Code, PA Bulletin, PA Supreme Court, 3d Circuit Court of Appeals, various legal documents and guides. A comprehensive source for Commonwealth-related materials Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The education and publishing arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Administrative agency rules/regulations are in the Pennsylvania Code web site The Pennsylvania Bulletin. Statewide and local county rules, Governor’s proclamations and executive orders, rulemakings by state agencies, actions by General Assembly. Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Includes legal news, and links to national, state, and local legal/government web sites. Provides many links to research web sites, court cases, case law reporters, state legal news, and legal forms.  This is a comprehensive site, well maintained by Dittakavi Rao, of Duquesne University’s Center for Legal Information. PA Law Network. Legal news.


Delaware General  This is a research guide that brings together various Delaware information sources.  Maintained  by The University of Delaware Library.  Includes listing of books on Delaware, the state’s vital statistics reports, state history, and links to the Delaware Public Archives, and state government web site. Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.


Delaware Government Official state web site. State directory, government agencies, assembly, other state sites.


Delaware Legal Quick access to all Delaware courts, including the Court of Chancery. State of Delaware Bar Association. Resource links, publications, issues and legislation news. Delaware Legal Resources Online, a site maintained by the Widener University School of Law Library. Includes links to: general legal information, courts, executive and administrative offices, local governments, and the Corporate Law Clearinghouse.


New Jersey General  The Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, housed at the Newark Public Library. The Cummings NJ Information Center promotes itself as a research-level collection of historical and current state-related materials, including books, newspapers, and significant documents. New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Provides links to government, state agencies, NJ media.


New Jersey Government Official NJ government site. Access to departments, agencies, legislature. This is the New Jersey Judiciary web site. Includes state constitution and statutes, rules of the Senate and General Assembly, legislative committees and commissions;  plus legislative calendar and publications.

New Jersey Legal New Jersey Judiciary. Supreme and Appellate Courts decisions. Archives. Rules of Court. Selected one of Top 10 legal web sites in country. NJ Courts overview, calendars and scheduling, opinions and lower court decisions, judicial ethics. Link to Rutgers Camden Law School Library. New Jersey State Bar Association. Publications, recent noteworthy cases.


Federal General Insurance Institute of America. Property and casualty insurance, risk management, general insurance, education component. National League of Cities. Promotes study of issues such as: economy, education, environment and energy, homeland security, transportation and infrastructure. Site includes: legislative updates, newsroom, publications, and research briefs. National Governors Association site. Includes current governors’ database, federal relations, news releases, publications. Access to U.S. Government abbreviations and acronyms. Be aware, this is a large file, with links to other equally large files. “The bigger our government gets, the more abbreviations and acronyms they create,” chuckles attorney Tom Mighell, editor of Internet Legal Research Weekly. ( Site is maintained by the government research librarian of Indiana University/Purdue University @ Indianapolis. U.S. Chamber of Commerce. News and events, business resources.


Federal Government U.S. Government’s official web portal. Includes A-to-Z index of agency links for judicial, legislative, and executive departments. Also, links for state and local government, laws and regulations, access to federal forms. U.S. Government Printing Office, and beyond. Legislative, judicial, and executive resources and links. Massive site. National Archives and Records Administration site containing: immigration and military records, Presidential materials, location of 1,400 federal depository libraries . . . and a lot more. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, division of U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics reports on people, income, economics, state facts, inter alia. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. Statistics available on wages, earnings and benefits; productivity and costs; inflation and consumer spending. Regional and state data can be retrieved from this site. Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Federal Legal This is the Pacer system for Federal courts’ electronic docket access and filing.  When you reach the PACER home page, click on Web Links, and it brings you to the page of links to every federal court’s e-filing page. The Curiae Project. Search selected Supreme Court records. Housed at Yale Law Library. Federal Judicial Center is education and research agency for federal courts. Extensive publications catalogue. Also includes: biography of every court judge, electronic discovery materials, courtroom technology, and state and federal judicial education programs. Portal to federal, state, and county jurisdictions. Access to courts of U.S. Judiciary. Public document retrieval, etc. Site maintained by Duke University Library. House of Representatives internet law library. Access for law researchers to the Law Library of Congress. Includes Thomas database for summaries of federal bills from 1973, and full texts of bills and laws from 1989. Office site of U.S. Supreme Court. Favorable link to web sites maintained by Courts nationwide. Also online access to dockets, judicial opinions. The Federal Judiciary. Attorney (and Internet Research guru) Tom Mighell says that US Courts “is the place to start when you want to find information on the federal court system . . . links to all federal courts, as well as rules, forms, and resources . . .” And, as usual, Tom is so on target. Site also contains a section on federal public defenders. United States Code at U.S. House web site.


Virtual Law Libraries Most comprehensive of ‘virtual’ sites. Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School. Contains court opinions, constitutions and codes. Click on “Law About” on the home page, and you will be connected to Wex and 128 subjects in 18 practice areas. Wex is a public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. Emory University Law School Library. Library of U.S. House of Representatives. Georgetown University Law Library Like FindLaw, it is stuffed with all sorts of legal information . . . minus the commercials. University of Indiana Law Library Washburn University School of Law. Click on DocLaw, a gateway to federal government internet Resources.




Bankruptcy Law Research center, plus links to Bankruptcy Courts’web sites, and the PACER system. Prominent Pittsburgh-based creditors’ rights firm in bankruptcy proceedings. Good informational source on happenings, trends. Explanation of federal process, with Pennsylvania exemptions. FAQs, resources. Site privately maintained. Statistics in bankruptcy filings for each quarter – available in PDF and Excel formats.


Constitutional Law Assists w/researching Constitutional Law on web. Non-profit website that keys on research and education about first amendment issues of speech, press, religious liberty, assembly, petition. Library includes judicial/legislative/historical materials, such as all first amendment opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Site co-hosted by Vanderbilt University.


Corporate Law On home page, chick on Business Law Practice Center. Compiled by American Lawyer Media.


Employment Law  Internet research specialist Tom Mighell says  the Wirtz Labor Library “provides, in my opinion, some of the best content of all the federal government pages.”  Sections include DOL’s statistics, research and publications; Bureau of Labor Statistics bulletins and monthly reviews; and Office of Labor-Management Standards’ compliance guide, and FMLA Act compliance assistance. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Document Center. Site is part of U.S. Department of Labor, and is housed at West Virginia University. Includes: ADA statutes, enforcement, technical Assistance, manuals, Supreme Court Rulings, FAQs. Site contains laws enforced by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, ADA Act of 1990, Civil Rights Act of 1991, inter alia. Review of Pennsylvania workers compensation statute, hearing process, time limits, FAQs, medical benefits. Site privately maintained by attorney.


Environmental Law Site for Environmental Law Institute. Research and education. Harvard Environmental Law Review, published since 1976. Covers air, water, and noise regulation; toxic substances control, workplace pollution, and more. Has archives section, and additional resource links. “Good starting point,” says attorney Tom Mighell, editor of Internet Legal Research Weekly ( Click on Environmental Law to bring you to its virtual environmental law library. Law review articles, recent federal legislation. Provides links to numerous environmental sites, including air quality, asbestos, climate protection, various federal agencies, statutory and case law, marine protection, oil pollution, technology, water quality. Site privately maintained by Bala Cynwyd, PA-based Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP.


Estates and Trusts Pennsylvania Inheritance and Estate Tax Act, as amended up to and including Act of May 24, 2000, No. 23. Site maintained privately by attorney. This is a linkage to the Legal and Web Resources page of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Review ethics, state-by-state statutes, elder law resources, entity tax & family issues, inter alia.


Ethics Part of Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism of Mercer University School of Law.  Features ethics resource links and articles, with a page devoted to Pennsylvania ethics resources, highlighting rules of conduct, opinions, and research.  Updated by Professor David Hricik.  Mercer Law School Library can be accessed by link, and that’s where you will find a well-developed Legal Ethics Research Guide.


Experts / Consultants Locates experts and consultants throughout the Internet. This site is fast-loading and user-friendly. Formed by a group of practicing attorneys, JurisPro is a free online directory of expert witnesses. Categories number over 100, and include: accident reconstruction, hazardous materials, law enforcement/ police procedures, medical/health care, and weather/ meteorology. Expert listings include contact information and references. The site allows experts to advertise, so due diligence is strongly encouraged. Provides professional directories for expert witnesses, physicians, independent medical examiners, and workers’ compensation experts. The service, founded by attorneys in 1980, also sponsors a worker’s compensation conference, and a expert witness conference, and is a publisher of numerous resources to assist professionals. Headquartered in suburban Blue Bell, PA, the Tasa Group offers technical advise for legal professionals, has an expert/consultant referral service, refers independent medical experts, and consultants in business and technology.


Family Law  Access to Family Law codes for 50 states, custody research and jurisdiction, and displays the complete Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act. Type in Family Law in search box. Contains key laws on adoption, child custody, FMLA. Also, links to key resources. Site maintained by Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll, LL.P.


Health and Safety ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the world’s largest voluntary standards development organizations.  Source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.  Access to equipment directory, lab directory, and consultants directory; plus products updates. Occupational Safety & Health Administration of U.S. Department of Labor. Outreach programs, educational component. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Reports on product safety, recall notices, alerts, counterfeit products, issue areas, CPSC regulations.


Immigration Law U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (formerly the INS – Immigration & Naturalization Service. Immigration Law portal maintained by Memphis- based law firm of Siskind Susser.


Intellectual Property U.S. Copyright Office. Site of the Copyright Management Center, administered by Indiana/Purdue Universities @ Indianapolis. Provides links to government resources on copyright, organization links, and other copyright law and patent law links. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Site maintained by American Intellectual Property Law Association, a 14,000-member national bar association, focusing on patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. Includes IP issues, legislation, professional development, and links to other resource sites. World-wide IP links. Access to millions of patents and patent applications, in U.S. and Europe. Search by word stemming, proximity searching, relevancy ranking, and search term weighting. PDF downloads of patent information and maps.




Civil VerdictSearch is leading database for verdicts, settlements, arbitration information. Particular focus on Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This is a subscription-based service.


Criminal Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Links to national legal sites and Pennsylvania legal sites, federal courts, video library, inter alia. Criminal law overview, procedures, white collar crime, internet criminal resources, national and regional crime statistics. Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Current news, links Newsletter. Brief banks available to membership only. Resource center for criminal justice policy analysis, data, programs. Includes brief sheets, issues, inter alia.


Medical Information American Board of Medical Specialties, umbrella group for 24 member boards, 9 associate members (AHA, AMA, NBME), and 8 ancillary associations (JCAHO, IHT). AMBS provides information on issues involving specializations, and board certifications, complaints, and disciplinary actions against physicians. Comprehensive FAQs. American Medical Association, with abstracts and selected full texts from JAMA. The site’s Litigation Center provides case resources for:  regulatory burden, ERISA preemption, and patient rights.  Also informative is:  Guidelines for Medical and Health Information Sites on the Internet. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes diseases and conditions, A-to-Z health topics, national and state health data, and health advisories. Comprehensive site for information on more than 21,000 approved medications. Search by medical condition, or by name of drug.  Also contains an illustrated health encyclopedia. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Comprehensive site for articles on specialty practice areas, medications, disease treatments, procedures, tests, drugs, patient education. Sister site is: With 5,500 pages of health information written by physicians for consumers and patients. National guidelines clearinghouse, partnered by AMA and AAHP – latest clinical practice guidelines. Thomas Jefferson University / Scott Library. Access to holdings thru ThomCat database (from home page). Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Comprehensive site for Hardin Medical Library at University of Iowa.  First constructed in 1996 as a source to find the best medical links (a directory of directories), it has since expanded dramatically.  Subject clusters include:  autoimmune disease, the digestive system, heart disease, the nervous system, and women’s health, to name several. Links to over 200 medical/health sciences libraries on the Web. Excellent tutorial on researching of medical literature, prepared by Gloria Miccioli, a law librarian of 23 years standing. Outstanding site for listing of Medical Resources for Non-Medical Librarians . . . and other researchers. World-famous Mayo Clinic presents an Internet Resources page on its extensive web site.  There are 12 general categories, including medical information sites, diagnostic medical tests, and medical abbreviations and acronyms. Digital library from Univ. of California @ San Diego School of Medicine. General dictionary of terms/diseases/treatments. User-friendly, in plain English, with a query box, and links to e-publications. Co-op site of NIH and U.S. National Library of Medicine. Consumer health-driven. Ranked as the top informational federal government web site. There are 700+ health topics, a medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, videos of surgical procedures. This site is fully loaded. Sub-set of MedicineNet: classic and contemporary terms, more in encyclopedic than dictionary style. MEDEM is an information partnership of medical societies, featuring library of health information. Searchable collection of links to health, medical and pharmaceutical resources online. Well organized. Peer reviewed articles, medical news stories. Part of Web.MD. Specialty pages from Allergy to Women’s Health. The caveat here is: navigation is somewhat involved, so be patient. Catalogue of biomedical and health-related web sites maintained by Emory University’s Health Sciences Center Library. Includes clinical practice guidelines, consumer health, diseases and conditions, publications database, health care management. Online version of Merck general medical textbook. New England Journal of Medicine National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine @ NIH. NLM LocatorPlus is the search tool for publications held at NLM. Physicians’ Desk Reference – layman’s version. PubMed – best archive of digitized full-text biomedical literature and life sciences journals. More than nine million citations. Part of WebMD.  Lists Top 300 Drugs by Prescriptions, with dosage, drug interactions, side effects, warnings, precautions. Extensive compilation of generic and brand drugsin today’s marketplace. Exhaustive breakdown of history, usage, side effects, etc. of 3,000-plus drugs and medications. United States Pharmacopeial Convention. Contains information on 11,000-plus drugs, and standards nearly 4,000 medicines, dietary supplements, and health care products.


Pro Bono Committee This is a collaborative project of the PA Legal Services and the PA Legal Aid Network, the PA Bar Association, and the Legal Services Corporation. It is described as: “a resource for pro bono attorneys, legal aid attorneys, public defenders, and other legal advocates interested in increasing access to justice.” A companion site to the above link, notes Judith Bardsley, chair of PAP’s pro bono committee. It is described as an “online guide to legal information and services in Pennsylvania.”


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