Researching the Law

General legal resources.

As a starting point for federal and all state laws and regulations, see: - Government Made Easy

For finding United States Supreme Court decisions:

Find Law - For Legal Professionals

For articles and discussions on lawyers, judges, and various aspects of the legal system, see:

The American Bar Association:

Many major universities offer websites that provide free online legal research. For example:

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, NY

Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, Washington

The Charlotte School of Law, in Charlotte, South Carolina, provides a list of “10 Essential Free Online Resources”

Gould School of Law, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina


Dr. Karin Huffer, M.F.T., addressing Legal Abuse Syndrome 

Therapeutic Justice 

Collaborative Law (especially in family law matters)  


For criminal law (which the book Litigation – Insult to Injury does not address), see:

NOLO Law for All


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.


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.

American Bar

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:

The University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, California

Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, with four campuses in Michigan and one in Florida

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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:

Disability Rights Advocates 

National Disability Rights Network 

Disability Rights Legal Center 

The American Bar Association has a Commission on Disability Rights 

The Disability Rights Bar Association 

Federal protection of disability rights related to telecommunications 

Federal protection of the rights of disabled persons in matters of housing 

Judging The Law

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