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  • Associations & Organizations

    Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY)
    IOLA Fund of the State of New York - Provides funding to civil legal service organizations serving low income clients.
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
    Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection for New York State
    Legal Services Corporation - Provides map of LSC Funded Programs in New York State
    National Federation of Paralegal Associations - With information on associations in New York
    New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    New York State Bar Association - Has links to Bar Associations and information on the Youth and Citizenship Program which sponsors the Mock Trial Tournament.
    New York County Lawyers' Association
    New York State Bar Associations - New York State Unified Court System
    New York State Defender Association's (NYSDA)
    New York Board of Law Examiners - With New York State bar examination results.
    New York Women's Bar Association
    Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

    State Courts

    Appellate Division Law Library Fourth Department - Rochester.
    Court Forms
    Court Papers, Cases and Comments from the chambers of the Honorable Andrew V. Siracuse - New York Supreme Court, Seventh Judicial District, headquartered in Rochester
    Eighth Judicial District - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans & Wyoming Counties
    Housing Court Decisions - From Tenant.Net
    Slip Decisions of the NYS Appellate Division, Fourth Department - From July 7, 2000
    New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct - Receives and reviews written complaints of misconduct against judges of the state unified court system, which includes State, County, Municipal, Town and Village Courts.
    New York State Court of Appeals - With latest decisions
    New York State Court of Appeals (Cornell) - Search by keyword or browse by topic, date or party name. (Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School.) Findlaw also has Decisions from the NY Court of Appeals
    New York State Court of Claims - Forum for civil litigation seeking damages against the State of New York. Has an Online Decision Database with full text of decisions (trial and motion) filed since March, 2000. (See also the Legal Information Institute's database of decisions filed in 1995.)
    LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets
    New York State Criminal Jury Instructions - New York State Unified Court System
    New York State Unified Court System - Has a Table of Contents and a wide range of valuable resources
    Onondaga County's Courts

    Federal Courts

    FindLaw: Case Law: 2nd Circuit - Searchable. They also provide a 2nd Circuit Directory
    United States Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of New York
    United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of New York - With offices in Albany & Utica and six official places of holding court: Albany, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown.
    United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of New York
    United States Bankruptcy Court - Western District of New York - Serves 17 County Region with offices in Buffalo and Rochester.
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Decision - Pace University School of Law
    U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) - Touro Law Center
    United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York - With Decisons of Interest
    United States District Court for the Northern District of New York - Albany, Auburn, Binghamton, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. CourtWeb "provides information on selected recent rulings of those judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois who elect to make information available in this form. When a ruling is posted to CourtWeb by chambers, the description that appears will typically include the caption, case number, date, judge's name, a brief summary of the ruling, and the www link or location for the full text of the document where available." You can search for decisions. For example, you'll find the October 18, 2001 opinion (01-CR-259), United States of America vs. Jennifer R. Johnson, in which United States District Judge David N. Hurd upheld the Border Patrol's use of a temporary inland checkpoint to stop four illegal aliens (from Pakistan, Romania, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh) and their driver, Jennifer Johnson, an Akwesnasne Mohawk.
    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    United States District Court for the Western District of New York


    Corporation and Business Entity Database - Business and not for profit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships, as well as other miscellaneous businesses. (New York State Department of State.) - "Database of premium legal offers its users an unparalleled ability to search, review and download critical legal information at no cost." ( is a privately held company based in New York City which was formed by attorneys in 1998.) They offer a searchable database of NY State Statutes and State Cases.
    Municipal Codes Online - Seattle Public Library.
    Searchable Public Record Databases - Pacific Information Resources.
    Securities Class Action Clearinghouse - Stanford Law School's site provides full text of security fraud complaints, motions, judicial opinions, and other major class action filings; with search engine.
    Touro Law Center - Allows you to search U. S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) decisions. Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College, Huntington, New York. Decisions for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island) are also available.


    American Bar Association Lawyer Locator
    American Law Sources Online: New York
    Law Firms and Legal Services - Links to New York City firms
    Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
    New York State Unified Court System - Offers links to:
    New York State Bar Associations
    New York State Directory of Attorneys
    New York State Courts on the Web
    Court Law Libraries
    Town and Village Courts
    WashLaw WEB - With links to New York firms

    Indian Law

    Bureau of Indian Affairs - The U.S. Department of the Interior Library has relevant material. Other sections of interest include the Division of Energy and Mineral Resources, Bills of Interest to Indian Country
    Department of Taxation & Finance of New York v. Milhelm Attea & Bros., 512 - In 1994 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cigarette sales to non-natives on Indian territories in New York were subject to excise taxes. (Legal Information Institute)
    GOVBOT - Searchable database of Federal Government web sites
    Guide to Records Relating to Native Americans - New York State Archives
    Guide to Records Relating to Native Americans - New York State Archives and Records Adminisration
    Indian Land Claims - Special section in the Syracuse Herald American and Post Standard
    Indian Law Resource Center -"Legal advocacy for the protection of indigenous peoples’ human rights, cultures, and traditional lands so that Indian tribes and nations may flourish for generations to come." Has information on Land Rights and Sovereignty and Self-governance. They provide background information on the Onondaga Nation Land Claim.
    Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties - "Historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S.treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Enhanced by the editors' use of margin notations and a comprehensive index, the information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins." A project of the Oklahoma State University Library.
    Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School site has a section on Indian Law Materials. Similar resources include Washburn University School of Law's Native American Law (part of WashLaw Web), Emory Law Library's Native American Law Links, University of Oklahoma Law Center's Native American Legal Resources and Hieros Gamos' Guide to Native Peoples Law. The U.S. Department of the Interior has a Library with an online catalog and links to Legal Sources which include the Bureau of Indian Affairs Laws and Executive Orders.
    List of Treaties and Other Documents in the Whipple Report - - Charles B. Sears Law Library, University at Buffalo.
    Native American Legal Materials Microfiche Collection - Historical collection of laws, treaties, and law-related materials produced by the Law Library Microform Consortium. In 1995 the Washburn University School of Law Library undertook a project to provide access through its online catalog to all of the titles in the NALM collection. Includes material on New York State.
    NativeLaw News Digest
    NativeWeb Resources: Law and Legal Issues
    New York Indian Law - Charles B. Sears Law Library, University at Buffalo.
    Oneida Indian Nation Treaties Project
    Return of the Natives: An eight-part series - Series on Northeast Indians by Daniel P. Jones, David Lightman, Hilary Waldman, Kenton Robinson, Edmund Mahony and Steve Grant that appeared in the Hartford Courant between May 22 and May 29, 1994. Unbroken treaties: How a new generation got the law on its side provides an account of how Syracuse attorney George C. Shattuck won a unanimous ruling in 1974 from the U.S. Supreme Court for the Oneidas (Oneida Indian Nation of New York State v. County of Oneida, New York, 414 U.S. 661, argued Nov. 6 and 7, 1973, decided Jan. 21, 1974). Related decisions include County of Oneida, New York v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York State, 470 U.S. 226, decided March 4, 1985 and Oneida Indian Nation v. County of Oneida, No. 70-CV-35, United States District Court, July 12, 1977. In Oneida & Madison Counties v. Oneida Indian Nation, 470 U.S. 226, argued Oct. 1, 1984 and decided March 4, 1985, the Oneidas sued two New York State counties seeking damages representing fair rental value of the land presently owned and occupied by the counties. Shattuck wrote a book on the issue The Oneida Land Claims: A Legal History, Syracuse University Press, 1991. ($19.95). On March 29, 2005, in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of N. Y., the Supreme Court decided that the Oneida Tribe cannot expand its tax-exempt holdings by buying up property that has been outside its reservation for generations.
    University at Buffalo Libraries - New York Indian Law
    U.S. Department of the Interior Library - Has material relating to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Journals & Law Reviews

    Albany Law Review
    Cornell Law Review
    New York State Bar Journal Archives
    On-Line Directory of Law Reviews and Scholarly Legal Periodicals
    PubList: Law & Political Science
    University Law Review Project

    Law Schools

    Columbia University Law School - The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library provides access to Pegasus the library's online catalog.
    Cornell University Law School - With Cornell Law Library
    FindLaw New York Law Schools - With links to law libraries, online catalogs and law reviews.
    Fordham University School of Law
    New York University Law Library
    Pace University School of Law - With Law Library
    Syracuse University College of Law - With Law Library

    Law Libraries & Catalogs

    Columbia University Law School - The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library provides access to Pegasus, their online catalog.
    Library of Congress Catalogs - Includes the new Online Catalog, the Z39.50 Gateway, Books Cataloged Since 1898 and the Experimental Search System (ESS).
    New York Supreme Court Criminal Branch Law Library 1st J.D - With Online Catalog
    State of New York Supreme Court Law Library
    Syracuse University College of Law - H. Douglas Barclay Law Libary

    Municipal Law

    City of New York Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) - Central independent tribunal with authority to conduct adjudicatory hearings for all mayoral and non-mayoral city agencies. With some 600 OATH reports from 1983 through 2000, searchable by word queries.
    OATH decisions
    Recent Decisions
    BenchNotes Archives
    Search OATH decisions - Via the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School where you can also "search over 53,000 decisions from 22 NYC agencies." A search limited to OATH for "Tynia Richard" retrieves over 400 results. A search for landmark in all agencies retrieves over 800 results including a document regarding the landmark designation of the exterior and first floor interior of the (Former) American Telephone and Telegraph Company Building, 195 Broadway designed by William Welles Bosworth.
    General Code Publishers
    New York City Council
    Municipal Code Corporation
    Municipal Codes Online


    AJR News Links: New York Newspapers
    Daily Record - Monroe County daily business and legal newspaper
    Empire Page - Chris Chichester's site is a compilation of news and information on New York politics and government.
    New York Newspaper Publishers Association - Has links to member newspapers
    New York Law Journal - This excellent resource offers news and the following resources:
    Previous Stories
    New York State Bar Exam Results and Pass Rates
    Decisions of Interest
    Previous Decisions of Interest
    Verdicts and Settlements
    Judges' Profiles
    February 1999 NY Bar Exam Questions & Sample Answers
    Court Rules and Individual Judges' Rules
    Associate Pay Watch
    NYLJ 100:Tri-State's Largest Law Offices
    Funding Civil Legal Service for the Poor - May 1998.
    New York State Defender Association's (NYSDA) - Has Defense News
    New York Times - With a New York Region Columns Archive.
    NewsDirectory: Newspapers - New York
    Times Union - Albany

    State Government & Laws

    Department of Taxation and Finance Advisory Opinions
    New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) - New York State Department of Health rules and regulations. With Title 10 and Title 18
    New York Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) - Title 6, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    New York State Agencies
    New York State Assembly
    Member Directory
    New York State Bill Searches
    New York State Consolidated Law (or use FindLaw's NY Consolidated Law which is searchable)
    New York State Unconsolidated Laws (or use FindLaw's NY Unconsolidated Laws which is searchable)
    New York State Comptroller Legal Opinions
    New York State Department of State
    Division of Code Enforcement and Administration
    New York State Register - Issued every Wednesday, it contains newly proposed amendments to state agency rules and provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on actions before an agency adopts each rule. This version has Tables of Content only, in pdf format. but is available for viewing in every County Clerk's office; those City, Town, and Village Clerk's offices who annually elect to receive it; and in more than 130 depository libraries across the state.
    Latest Code Interpretation
    Counsel's Office Legal Memoranda on land use and zoning and local government.
    New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services - They offer Criminal Jury Instructions
    New York State Division of Human Rights
    New York State Education Department: Office of Counsel
    Decisions of the Commissioner - With searchable decisions from July 1996.
    New York State Government Information Locator Service
    New York State Law Reporting Bureau - Their Slip Opinion Service provides access to recently released State court decisions that have not yet been edited for publication in the Official Reports, together with an electronic citation for each decision.
    New York State Legislature: Legislative Session Information
    New York State Senate
    New York State Department of Public Service Document Search Form -Hearings, orders & opinoins, rulings, recommended decisions, latest filings. (With site map.)
    New York State Workers' Compensation Board - With Select Laws, Rules & Regulations
    Office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer - With a searchable database of Opinioins from 1995 to present, also accessible by number, subject, and statutory index.

    Rules of Court

    Court Rules & Individual Judges' Rules for the New York State & Federal Courts -

    Subject Guides

    FindLaw: New York
    Primary Material - Cases, Codes and Regulations.
    Guide to New York Legal Research in the Mendik Library - New York Law School.
    Legal Information Institute: New York Legal Materials
    New York State Appellate Division Law Library Fourth Department - Rochester. Has a good collection of links to legal resources.
    New York State and Federal Legal Materials on the Web - New York Public Library
    New York State Bar Association: Bookmarks
    New York State Supreme Court Library at Buffalo's Great Big List of Legal Web Sites
    New York State's Judicial Branch - New York State Government Information Locator Service
    University at Buffalo Libraries - Law - Internet Resources
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