Welcome to ED Denson's Legal Research Page

I am anticipating becomin an attorney on the Lost Coast of Northern  California. I do not have convenient access to law libraries and therefore am largely depending upon the net. Here are my basic research links, which you are welcome to use. Suggestions for additions or alterations are invited. Enjoy.
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Contents of the Humboldt county Law Library in Eureka.

  • US Consitition, Dec of Independence, Federalist papers
  • Federal Laws and Rules
  • California Laws and Rules
  • Humboldt County Ordinances (Exceprts)



  • Court Decisions
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Appeals Courts
  • Current Opinions
  • Uniform Codes and Model Acts
  • Studies
  • Research links
  • Links recommended by Criminal Justice magazine

  • US Constitution

  • Senate's Annotated Constitution with cases associated with each element.



  • Supreme Court Decisions Relating to the Constitution. FindLaw's searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1906 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: US Reports 200-, 1906-). Browsable by year and US Reports volume number and searchable by citation, case title and full text. "This is a free service that will remain free."
  • Founding Papers The Declaration of Independence, a searchable Consitution, and searchable Federalist Papers.



  • Yale's Avalon Project which includes Madision's Notes on the Constitutional Convention, Jefferson's Papers, and much more.

  • Federal Laws & Rules

  • Code of Federal Regulations From the Federal CD. Goes up to 26 Jan 1994. Search by title & section.
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" as of Dec 1, 1991. Search.
  • Federal Rules of Evidence as of 1996. Includes Advisory Committee Notes. Cornell. (probably stays current).
  • US Code available by title. Also available by topic search.


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  • California State Constitution This is a keyword search page. And a clickable Table of Contents"
  • A Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information on the Internet Prepared by the Legislative Counsel.
  • California State Senate
  • Search for and Subscribe to California Bills
  • Search for California Bills by number, name of author, key words etc.
  • California Codes Clickable tables of contents for each of the 29 codes plus keyword search.
  • California Statutes All statutes enacted on or after January 1, 1993. Search by number, year, or keyword. (EX: 34 bills from 93-95 include the word "forfeit". Text of each was available as a result of the search).
  • California Dept of Forestry & Fire Protection
  • California Environmental Resources Evaluation System links to many Cal. gov. agencies.
  • Forest Practices Act Plus THP info etc.
  • California Government Network Links to gov branches and agencies, local gov pages etc.
  • California Courts not yet found
  • The California Law ObserverReturn to menu

  • Humboldt County California Ordinances

  • Excerpts

  • Court Decisions

    Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court

    Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1990, with selected cases from before that time, maintained by Cornell University. Cornell has recently added analysis of the more significant decisions of the New York Court of Appeals.

  • Supreme Court Decisions from 1937-1975 from the US Air Force. Some 7400 cases, over 415 million words. Searchable by case name or keyword.



  • 300 Historic Supreme Court Decisions At Cornell University. You may have to try this several times, Cornell's server is often difficult to access.



  • Selected Oral Arguements Before the Supreme Court.. This is an audio site which requires a Real Audio Player to use. The player is free. To download it click here.



  • Subscribe to receive e-mail syllabi of Supreme Court decisions "within hours of their release" and/or student written syllabi of significant NY Court of Appeals decisions. Information concerning downloading the decisions will be included.

  • United States Court of Appeals

    All of the Appeals sites list decisions by date and party names and utilize similar graphics. Emory University has also created a map that links to each of the Courts.

  • Federal Circuit since Aug 1995. Maintained by Emory University.
  • D.C. Circuit since March 1995 brought to you by the Georgetown University Law Center Library.
  • First Circuit (not an official site) "Recent" decisions, maintained by the Law Journal.
  • First Circuit since November 1995 brought to you by Emory University School of Law
  • Second Circuit since Aug 1995. Maintained by of Pace University School of Law & The Touro Law Center,
  • Third Circuit since May 1994 brought to you by the the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy,
  • Fourth Circuit January 1995 brought to you by Emory University School of Law.
  • Fifth Circuit Cases since Dec 1991 (all?) maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.
  • --Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Fifth Circuit Rules and IOPs
  • Sixth Circuit after January 1995 brought to you by Emory University School of Law.
  • Seventh Circuit. Browseable from Jan 1, 1993 and searchable from May 1995.
  • Eighth Circuit Decisions back to Oct 30, 1995 with hopes of adding earlier cases. Maintained by the Washington University School of Law,
  • Ninth Circuit Since 1990 from Findlaw. since June 1995 brought to you by the the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy,
  • Model Jury Instructions for the 9th circuit

  • Tenth Circuit August 1995 to Sep 30, 1997 brought to you by Emory University. After Oct 1, 1997 Hosted by Washburn University School of Law Library .
  • Eleventh Circuit since November 1994 brought to you by the Emory University School of Law.
  • The basic court link list was complied by the ACLU

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    Current Opinions

  • Daily Opinion Service All appellate court opinions issued in the past 90 days by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and all California Courts of Appeal. New court opinions are posted every business day, usually by 2 p.m. Federal decisions are posted the same day they're issued; state cases the day after issuance

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    Uniform and Model Codes

  • UCC. And Drafts for revisions
  • Uniform Law Commissioners Page. Includes Drafts of: Interstate Child Visitation Act * Model Punitive Damges Act * Management of Public Employee Pension Funds Act * Revised Uniform Principle and Income Act * Trust act * Uniform Certification of Questions of Law * UCC * Uniform Principal and Income Act, Section 601 * Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.

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  • -A study by the NJI on controling use of excess force by the police. One conclusion: problem is not a few "bad apples".

  • Go to Legal research menu or Civil Liberties Monitoring Project pages,

    Research Links

    Law guru A large general legal site search site (if that makes sense) with, among other things, links to 340 search engines.

    Links recommended in the Spring 1997 Issue of Criminal Justice

     A List of Law Listservs Criminal Law Resources

    News, Resources"

    New Mexico State University Library: Law & Criminal Justice

    Criminal Law Issues Page (Ohio mainly, sponsored by AFL-CIO affiliate)

    Law Talk: Criminal Law -Real audio files

    Criminal Law Links - California and US

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    This page created by ED Denson and revised 25 July 99 . It's address is: "http://www.asis.com/~edenson/lawresearch.html"