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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Legal Website of Interest: Legal Information Institute


The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a free, non-profit website published by Cornell University Law School.  LII provides online access to primary law and other legal resources for almost every jurisdiction, including all the states and territories, the United States of America, and most world nations.
Other features of the the LII website include:
Wex, a legal dictionary and encyclopedia created and edited by legal experts.
The LII Supreme Court Bulletin, which keeps you apprised of all pending Supreme Court cases and alerts you with the decisions as soon as they are available
LII Announce, a  blog that lets you know about what's new at the LII and in the world of legal information and research.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Legal Website of Interest: Oyez.com

Are you wondering just what it was that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said upon breaking his seven-year silence in court during the case of Boyer v. Louisiana? How about hearing it for yourself?  Well there is a website for that called Oyez.org.

Oyez.org was founded to “be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.” On the site you can find information on each case decided in the United States Supreme Court beginning with the very first case Chisolm v. Georgia . The case profiles includes: the question posed; a case summary; docket information; Blue Book, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style citation, a visual representation of how each justice voted, and (when available) an audio recording of the arguments in court.  The website also features biographies of all the Supreme Court Justices that have ever served.

Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of the website is the virtual tour of the United States Supreme Court itself.  You can view both the exterior and interior of the court, including the courtroom, conference rooms, library, and several of the justices’ chambers.

There are also two separate apps for mobile users who want to access information from Oyez.org: Pocket Justice and OyezToday