Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More Bill Statsky Links of Interest for Paralegals

William "Bill" Statsky is one of the foremost experts on paralegals in the country, the author of numerous paralegal and legal writing textbooks, including the one used in introductory paralegal courses nationwide, Introduction to Paralegalism: Perspectives, Problems and Skills (Delmar Cengage Learning) now in its 7th edition.

He is also very generous with his knowledge on some of the national paralegal listservs, and will often answer the legal research questions. Even though he's busy with various projects, every now and then Bill emails me links of interest to the paralegal profession, which I'll continue to share with you, and will also list at Practical Paralegalism's left sidebar under "Bill Statsky's Recommended Links for Paralegals".

Bill's most recent links of interest, which I'm posting in full so that you can simply copy and paste them as favorites into your browser, include literally hundreds of great sources for legal research on the Internet.

“Casemaker and Fastcase” http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2009/10/casemaker-and-fastcase.html
In this post from Legal Writing Prof Blog (another good one to add to your RSS reader), updated links are provided for free legal research, as well as the states that offer Fastcase or Casemaker.

"Justia Has Acquired the Virtual Chase"
Another valuable legal research site, Bill adds, "[I] hope it stays excellent."

"Legal Research Using the Internet"
This article by Lyonette Louis-Jacques, a librarian and law lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School is an essential primer on using the internet for legal research.

"Researching the Deep Web"
This article at LLRX.com by Marcus Zillman is full of links for the serious deep web researcher, including ways to dig for "corporate information that was previously unavailable or inaccessible."

"Web 2.0 Still a No-go"
This ABA Journal article highlights its annual Legal Technology Survey Report. I was disappointed to see the low percentages of lawyers utilizing social media but Bill points out that more lawyers are using free legal research sites than fee-based sites, which makes the other links he sent for this post even more valuable.

What's your favorite free legal research site?

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