Federal Legal Resources

Case Law Sources - Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court (official site) (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/)
-- Provides access to opinions (1991 - present), dockets, calendar, and rules.

U. S. Supreme Court Opinions (Cornell) (http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html)
-- Provides full text access to opinions from 1991 - present. Opinions searchable by topic.  The Legal Information Institute also offers a free current awareness bulletin.

U. S. Supreme Court Opinions (Findlaw) (http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html)
-- Provides full text access to opinions from 1893 - present.  Opinion summaries are searchable by topic.

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions (Justia) (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us)
--Provides full text access to opinions from 1759 - present.

United States Reports (Creative Commons) (http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US/)
-- Provides full text access to the United States Reports - September 1754 - March 25, 1998 (vols. 1-524) (vols. 525-546 are sporadic)

FindLaw Constitutional Law Center (http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/briefs/index.html)
-- Full text of briefs organized alphabetically by name of first party. Coverage 1999 - 2007.

Oyez Project (http://www.oyez.org/)
-- Provides audio of important United States Supreme Court arguments. Also contains a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.

Solicitor General Government Briefs (www.justice.gov/osg/briefs/index.html)
-- Full text of briefs searchable by keyword type and subject. Coverage July 1998 - present and selected briefs from 1982-1996.


Case Law Sources - Other Federal Courts

U.S. Courts of Appeals cases (http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/)
-- Provides Court opinions from 1901 - present.  Cases may be found by series (F.2d / F.3d), Circuit, or by year.

U.S. Federal District Courts cases (http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/)
-- Provides Court opinions from 2000 - to present.  Cases may be found by state or by year.

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (http://www.bankruptcydata.com/CourtDirectoryIndex.asp)
-- This resource provides links to all U.S. Bankruptcy court websites. In addition, the web site provides PACER links, publications and a research center.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Fed.Cir.) (www.cafc.uscourts.gov/)
-- Provides Court opinions & orders, Rules and forms, Calendar & dispositions, and a website search engine.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims (http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov)
-- This web site contains a searchable database of decisions called WINSTAR, full-text recent opinions, court rules, and general court information for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

U.S. Court of Military Appeals (http://www.armfor.uscourts.gov/Opinions.htm)
-- This resource provides an index of military appellate decisions (HTML) from Oct. 1, 1997 - current and an online digest of military appellate decisions

U.S. Tax Court  (http://www.ustaxcourt.gov)
-- Provides Tax Court and Memorandum Opinions from 1995 and Summary Opinions from 2001; includes Rules, forms, fees, as well as Judges' biographies, and a website search engine.

History of the Federal Judiciary (Fed'l Jud. Center) (http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/index.html)
-- Provides a search engine for all federal judges or alphabetical retrieval by last name, links to courts of the fed'l judiciary, a timeline of landmark judicial legislation, topics in judicial history and a courthouse photographic exhibit.

Immigration Law Virtual Library (U.S. D.O.J.) (http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/vll/libindex.html)
-- This virtual library provides access to Immigration & Naturalization, Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, administrative decisions, practice materials and links to recent decisions of the court.

Case Law Sources - Other Federal Courts - Wisconsin

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wieb.uscourts.gov/)
-- Contains court calendars, local rules, electronic filing/case management information, and links to judges' internal procedures and decisions.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Western District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wiw.uscourts.gov/bankruptcy/)
-- Provides links to case information, filing fees, forms, local rules, and opinions (coverage varies).

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit (http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- Contains opinions,filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules, and examples of briefs.

U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/)
-- Links to forms, local rules, and fees schedules.

U.S. District Court (Western District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wiw.uscourts.gov/)
-- Provides general information about the court and links to other relevant web sites.


Administrative

Administrative Code Register (Fed'l and State) (http://tinyurl.com/b9454y)
-- Provides links to all 50 states and correlating registers, administrative codes, and administrative manuals, if available online.

Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR)
-- Search by title, citation or keyword. Coverage from 1996 - present.

Federal Register (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR)
-- Search the full text of the Federal Register by keyword, date and section. Coverage 1994 - present.

List of Federal Agency Web Sites (http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html)
-- Provides list of links to federal agencies and departments.

Other administrative actions outside the scope of the CFR or FR. (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/govtinfo/fed_decisions_agency.html).
-- Provides links to "administrative actions which are outside the scope of the CFR or the FR. What is available via the Internet varies from agency to agency."

Securities & Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov/divisions/enforce.shtml)
-- This web site provides access to SEC federal court actions, administrative proceedings, administrative law judge decisions & orders, and commission opinions & orders, back to 1995-96.


Court Rules

Court Rules, Forms and Dockets (llrx) (http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/)
-- Provides access to federal and state court forms, rules and docket websites. In addition, users can browse by jurisdiction, type of resource, and state, or may utilize a keyword search engine.

Federal RuleMaking (US Courts.gov) (http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/)
-- Provides links to proposed rules amendments, pending rules amendments, meetings and hearings, local court rules, rules committee records, archived rules amendments, and legislation.

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- Contains opinions, filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules and examples of briefs.

U.S. District Court (Eastern District) (http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/)
-- Links to forms, local rules and fees schedules.


Executive

Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/)
-- This is an on-line version of the out-of-print Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders, spanning the administrations of Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan (April 13, 1945 - January 20, 1989).

Executive Orders Disposition Table (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html)
-- This web site, created by the National Archives, provides links to all of the executive orders, from FDR to present, and provides a subject index for access to George W. Bush and William J. Clinton's presidential executive orders.

National Archives Guide to Presidential Documents (http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/research/guide.html)
-- This governmental guide provides a list of available online resources for presidential documents, including executive orders, proclamations, memoranda, speeches, and press conferences.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html)
-- Search by keyword or browse by date. Coverage 1993 - present


Legislative

Congress.gov (http://congress.gov)  --Provides access to Congressional information and documents including bill summary and status (1973 – present), bill text (1993 – present), public laws (1993 – present), Congressional Record (1995 – present), Committee Reports (1995 – present), Committee information for the House and Senate and profiles of members of Congress.

Proquest Congressional -- Provides the CIS index for congressional publications from 1970 to present, full-text of recent Congressional publications and abstracts for earlier materials, bill tracking reports, legislative histories, federal regulations, and committee information. Through the CIS index, researchers can search laws by subject, citation, committee, witness, or other document numbers assigned during the legislative process.

THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php) (will be replaced by Congress.gov by the end of 2014)
-- Provides access to various Congressional documents including bill summary and status (1973 - present), bill text (1989 - present), public laws (1973 - present), Congressional Record (1989 - present), Committee Reports (1995 - present) and Committee information for the House and Senate.

U.S. Code (Cornell) (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/)
-- Search the U.S. Code by keyword or browse list of titles or popular name table. Currency is the same as the House version. Use Classification Tables http://uscode.house.gov/uscct.htm to update.

U.S. Code (Findlaw) (http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/)
-- Search U.S. Code by keyword or citation or browse list of titles or popular name table. Use Classification Tables http://uscode.house.gov/uscct.htm to update.

U.S. Code (House of Representatives) (http://uscode.house.gov/)
-- Search the U.S. Code by keyword or citation. Provides link to Classification Tables that list sections affected by recently enacted legislation.


Miscellaneous

Findlaw (http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/10fedgov/)
-- Provides links to federal judicial, legislative, and administrative web sites.

USA.gov (http://www.usa.gov/)
-- Official government portal to federal web sites. Browse by topic or search by keyword.

FDsys (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/)
-- The Federal Digital System provides links to full text of key government documents including Supreme Court opinions, Congressional bills, hearings and reports, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register.

U.S. Guides to Federal Law Online (L.O.C.) (http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/us.html)
-- Provides detailed research guides and explanations of the origins of federal judicial, executive, legislative, and administrative law. In addition, provides research guides for states and miscellaneous current legal issues.