New York University Annual Survey of American Law (N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L.) [New York Univ. Sch. of Law] — This journal “is dedicated to exploring contemporary legal developments in the United States. Annual Survey articles analyze emerging legal trends, interpret significant recent court decisions and legislation, and explain leading legal scholars’ and judges’ perspectives on current legal topics.”
The Founders’ Constitution [Univ. of Chicago Press and Liberty Fund] — “In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner [the editors] draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.” The web site provides, in addition to the text, a table of contents, an index, and a search function.
Annotated Constitution [FindLaw (West Group)] — Annotations from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress with hyperlinked citations to relevant Supreme Court decisions.
Historic Supreme Court Opinions [Cornell Law Sch. (N.Y.), Legal Information Inst.] — More than 600 historically important cases accessible by topics, party names, and opinion authors, beginning with Georgia v. Brailsford, 3 U.S. 1 (1794).
Exploring Constitutional Conflicts [Prof. Douglas O. Linder, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Law Sch.] — “This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround our Nation’s founding document.” Commentary, cases, notes, and materials on numerous topics, such as the power of judicial review, theories of interpretation, the incorporation debate, evolution/creationism, freedom (not) to associate, right to bear arms, student searches, takings of property, the death penalty, liberty of contract, the right to an abortion (and many others).
Bankruptcy Basics [Admin. Off. of U.S. Courts] — This web site provides basic information to debtors, creditors, court personnel, the media, and the general public on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws. It also provides individuals who may be considering bankruptcy with a basic explanation of the different chapters under which a bankruptcy case may be filed and to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the bankruptcy process.
The Blogs of Law [Internet for Lawyers, Inc. (Cal.)] — “The Blogs of Law is meant to be a comprehensive index of law-related blogs on the Internet.”
Blawg Republic [Condesa, Inc. (Cal.)] — “Blawg Republic provides a digest view of the latest news and commentary from the legal blogging community.”
Other Discussion Forums
These are interactive discussion groups and listservs on law-related topics (not including law-related newsgroups), linked on the name of the sponsor of the host web site. Some organizations that call themselves forums are linked elsewhere under “Organizations Related to the Practice of Law.”
Annual Eleventh Circuit Survey [Mercer Univ. Sch. of Law] — The Mercer Law Review publishes the Eleventh Circuit survey as the summer issue each year. The most-recent survey issue usually is available on-line.
See also “An Older Person’s Guide to Finding Legal Help” (formerly published at the Federal Citizen Information Center) by Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Inc., which is connected with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).