legal resources on the web

Researched and prepared by Robert P. Donaldson.  (Revised and updated, March, 2012.)

The following web sites are excellent sources for legal information on statutory laws, courts, legal topics, government agencies, legal research and writing.

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Comprehensive Legal Sites

Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School –

The Public Library of Law –

New York Official Reports Legal Research Portal  –


Legal News

FindLaw –

FindLaw Legal News Sign-up Website – Sign up for free emails with weekly summaries for case laws and different legal news topics –

FindLaw Comprehensive Legal Blog Site – Provides access to the latest legal news and information for consumers and legal professionals

Jurist Legal News and Research – Excellent archives of topic-based commentaries –


United States Government

Law Library of Congress –

Thomas-Library of Congress – In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congres

United States House of Representatives –

United States Senate –

U.S. Federal Government –

U.S. Government Federal Digital System –

U.S. Copyright Office –

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office –



U.S. Supreme & Federal Court Information and Rulings

U.S. Courts Research–

U.S. Supreme Court –

Supreme Court Historical Society –

Justia U.S. Supreme Court Center

Supreme Court at Oyez – Cases arranged by year

FindLaw U.S. Supreme Court Center –

U.S. Courts Locator–

Federal Courts in NY

U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals –

U.S. District Court, Southern District –

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion Summaries Blog –



U.S. Code (Federal Laws)

United States Code – Provides topical listings and links to official government site –

U.S. Code of Federal Regulations –


State Laws

State Codes –


New York State Government

NYS Government Information Locator Service  – 

NYS Government Agencies –

NYS Legislature –

NYS Assembly –

NYS Senate –

Navigate NYS Agencies

Law Help – New York –

NYS Office of the Attorney General  –

NYS Crime Victim’s Board –

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision –

NYS Sex Offender Registry –

NYS Consumer Protection Board –

NYS Division of State Police –

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation –

NYS Department of Education Contact Sit –

NYS Phone Directory  –

NYS Bar Association –

Free Legal Services in New York State (LawHelp.Org/NY)  –

NYS Criminal Justice System Handbook

NYS Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce Records –


New York State Laws

NYS Consolidated Laws –

NYS Criminal Laws (Penal, Criminal Procedure, V & T, and ABC Laws) –

NYS Uniform Commercial Code –

NYS Open Government Laws –

Public Access to the Records of the Office for Technology

New York Laws at FindLaw – User-friendly summaries of NY laws


New York State Court System

New York Court Help

NYS Unified Court System –
Includes access to  New York’s Statewide Court Forms, E-Court system, Court of Appeals, Court of Claims, Town & Village Justice Courts, Drug Treatment Courts, Domestic Violence Courts, Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, Court Law Libraries, and  public access to NYS court records.

National Center for State Courts  –


New York State Case Law

NY Official Reports (Most Recent Court Decisions) –


Dutchess County Agencies & Local Municipalities

Dutchess County Government Agencies –

Dutchess County Bar Association –

Town of Rhinebeck  –

Village of Rhinebeck


Ulster County Agencies

Ulster County Government  –


Criminal Justice

FindLaw Criminal Law Center

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services –

NYS Criminal Justice Statistics –

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data –

Federal Bureau of Prisons –



Legal Writing

Official Reports & Style Manual

Legal Research & Writing –

Nolo Legal Glossary –



Supplementary Sites

American Civil Liberties Union –

Death Penalty Information Center

The Sentencing Project –

NYS Neighbor Law

NYS Neighbors & Trees –

Neighbor Notification Fact Sheet on Pesticide Use –

Famous Trials in American History –

Welcome to Dumb Laws –

Class Action World (Class Action Lawsuits) –

FindLaw Traffic Law Center –

FindLaw Accident/Injury Law –

You and the Drinking Driving Laws in NYS


Consumer Law

U.S. Govt. Consumer Protection Publications –

NYS Office of the Attorney General – Find links to Consumer Resources; Consumer Fraud Bureau; Consumer Publications; Debt Settlement Companies; Compaint Forms; Tenants’ Rights; Lemon Law; Identity Theft; Free Credit Reports and more  –

NYS Know Your Contractor  –

NYS Consumer Protection Board –

New York Court Help – Housing (Landlord/Tenant) –

FindLaw Bankruptcy and Debt –

FindLaw Real Estate Center –

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site

Lawyer’s Fund For Client Protection in New York State –


Health Care and Elder Law

NYS Office of the Aging –

Elder Law Legal Resources on the Web –

FindLaw Estate Planning – Includes Wills, Estates, Trusts, Health Care & Power of Attorney, Estate Planning Forms

NYS Office of Attorney General Health Care Bureau Includes Tips for Health Care Consumers, Health Care Proxy, Doctor Rankings, Complaint Forms



Family Law (Marriage, Divorce, Child Support & Custody, Domestic Violence)

FindLaw Family Law Center –

NYS Unified Court System Includes access to: Divorce Resources, Divorce Forms, Parent Resources for Divorce, Legal Resources for Unrepresented Litigants in NYS, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law Self-Help, Family Court Forms, Domestic Violence Forms –

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence –

FindLaw Same Sex Couples –

FindLaw Changing Your Name


Civil Rights

NYS Division of Human Rights

NYS Office of the Attorney General Includes Civil Rights Complaint Form, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace FAQs, Discrimination Law, Your Rights as an Employee, Sexual Orientation Non-Descrimination Act

Southern Poverty Law Center Excellent general introduction to Civil Rights issues and laws

Sexual Harassment – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission –

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 –

Title IX, Athletics –  (Note: page loads slowly)

FindLaw U.S. Guide to Disability Law –