Legal information

www.abanet.org/home.html: The American Bar Association home page has a lawyer locator service, as well as links to specialty organizations such as minority lawyer and female lawyer groups.

www.lawyersandsettlements.com: Information about class action lawsuits filed against dozens of industries can be found here. Also has a pending list of litigation that can be helpful for industry reporters.

www.bmcgroup.com: This site tracks the court filings of some of the country’s largest bankruptcy cases, including past cases such as Conseco, TWA and W.R. Grace.

www.westlawcourtexpress.com: Registration site that allows you to track court cases across the country to see what’s been put on the docket. Also provides a document service, which can be pricey.

litigator.lexisnexis.com/Courtlink/Login.aspx?redirurl: Site run by Lexis Nexis that provides online access to current cases, federal and state court records, email alerts about new case filings and automatic case tracking. You must register, and the services are not free.

www.martindale.com: Find a lawyer anywhere in the country. Can also search by firm or area of practice.

www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks: Links to all federal courts, from bankruptcy courts to court of appeals to district courts. Also other helpful links for other federal courts such as the Tax Court and the Federal Claims Court.

pacer.psc.uscourts.gov: The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary’s centralized registration, billing and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy and Appellate court records. The service will allow you to search nationwide by name or social security number in the bankruptcy index, name or nature of suit in the civil index, defendant name in the criminal index, and party name in the appellate index. There is a fee for this service, but it is worth it if you’re doing serious searches for lawsuit information.

pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/lookup.html: Website that allows you to search for all counties in a U.S. Court district, or to search for a district by county.

www.law.villanova.edu/library/researchandstudyguides/federalcourtlocator.asp: Provided by Villanova University, this is another list of links to federal courts across the country.

www.isoc.org/internet/law: Information about the growing field of Internet law is available here. If you’re a technology reporter, this has important trends and issues on the legal aspects of the industry.

securities.stanford.edu/index.html: The Securities Class Action Clearinghouse provides detailed information relating to the prosecution, defense and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. The clearinghouse maintains an index of 1,797 issuers that have been named in federal class action securities fraud lawsuits since passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The clearinghouse also contains copies of more than 2,000 complaints, briefs, filings and other litigation-related materials filed in these cases. If you’re writing about companies being sued for inflating their stock price, this is the place to go.

www.uscourts.gov/Press_Releases: News releases from the administrative offices of the U.S. Court System. While this is the federal court system, there is plenty of information here that can be localized about the need for more judges across the country.

www.westlaw.com: West’s online legal research service. It provides fast and easy access to an extensive collection of legal resources, news, business and public records information. However, there is a fee for this service.