RESEARCHING THE LAW
General legal resources.
As a starting point for federal and all state laws and regulations, see:
For finding United States Supreme Court decisions:
For articles and discussions on lawyers, judges, and various aspects of the legal system, see:
Many major universities offer websites that provide free online legal research. For example:
ADVOCATING CHANGES IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM
For criminal law (which the book Litigation – Insult to Injury does not address), see:
One site is devoted to the work of Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.
FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
To discover what kinds of free legal services are available in your state, do a website search for “organizations providing legal assistance” and then put in the name of your state. Keep in mind, though, that free legal assistance is usually only available for the poorest sector of our society. The “middle class” (whatever that means) is too “wealthy” to qualify for free legal help, but are truly without the means to afford the expensive hourly rates that lawyers charge. Sometimes there is no choice but to handle your own case in court. When that happens, there is still help to be had. Buy Litigation – Insult to Injury, and read it carefully from cover to cover.
Check out the ABA site for programs in your state offering free legal help.
Many law schools offer programs where law students – supervised by clinical instructors – provide free legal assistance to certain qualifying categories (such as low-income). Contact the law schools nearest you to see if they have such a program, such as in the following schools as only a few examples:
Many national organizations promote their causes through the courts and will fund the litigation if it qualifies according to the organization’s standards, which are often very strict (given the limited resources of the organization):
The NAACP has a Legal Defense Fund, which fights for racial justice:
The American Civil Liberties Union takes causes having to do with “freedom” of all types:
There are many non-profit organizations that aim to protect the rights of persons with disabilities: