Book Review: The Legal List 5.0: 1994-08-17: By Erik J. Heels

‘The Legal List, Law-Related Resources on the Internet and Elsewhere,’ by Erik J. Heels v5.0, 17 Aug 94.

From the book’s introduction:

Chapter 0. Introduction to “The Legal List.”

0.0. Introduction to the Introduction.

This chapter describes, e.g., how to get “The Legal List.” If you are trying to get a copy of “The Legal List,” you can avoid many problems by reading and following these directions. This is true not only of “The Legal List” but also of all of the resources it describes. (For example, you may get “The Legal List” via anonymous FTP from ftp.midnight.com as pub/LegalList/legallist.txt, but you may NOT TELNET to this site. See Section 0.7.3 for details.)

Since “The Legal List” ITSELF is a law-related resource on the Internet, I list a few resources that do not THEMSELVES contain any Internet resource (e.g. only a USPS mailing address may be provided). This is, however, the exception rather than the rule.

Within each listing, the resources in “The Legal List” are listed in order of ease-of-accessibility. The resources that are easiest to access are listed first. For example, the user of a commercial online service (such as CompuServe, GEnie, or America Online) may have access to Internet e-mail but may not have FTP or Telnet access. To this user, the e-mail servers are the most useful. Also, I have tried to list free services before paid services. Finally, I have included appendices of general Internet information that is not necessarily law-related. The following is a summary of the contents of “The Legal List”:

Chapter 1. Corporations and Organizations. This chapter describes law-related resources made available by for-profit, nonprofit, and not-for- profit corporations and organizations. An organization in this chapter would most likely have a domain name ending in “.com” (commercial) or “.org” (organization). Law firms are listed separately–sorted by the state (or country) of their main office.

Chapter 2. Government Organizations. This chapter describes law-related resources made available by US government organizations. An organization in this chapter would most likely have a domain name ending in “.gov” (government). This chapter is divided into four sub-sections: 1) US Federal Executive Branch, 2) US Federal Judicial Branch, 3) US Federal Legislative Branch, and 4) US State Government Organizations.

Chapter 3. Educational Institutions. This chapter describes law-related resources made available by US educational institutions. An organization in this chapter would most likely have a domain name ending in “.edu” (education). This chapter is divided into two sub-sections: 1) US law schools, 2) other US educational institutions.

Chapter 4. Listserv Lists. This chapter describes law-related listserv lists These lists are like magazines in that one can subscribe and unsubscribe. There are lists for a wide range of law-related interests such as intellectual property (CNI-Copyright), fathers’ rights (FREE-L), and issues of interest to law students (LawSch-L).

Chapter 5. Non-US Resources. This chapter describes law-related resources made available by non-US organizations, governments, and educational institutions–including those made available by the United Nations.

Chapter 6. Journals, FAQs, Usenet Newsgroups, Etc. This chapter lists law-related journals, files of frequently-asked questions (FAQs), and Usenet newsgroups. Usenet is the news network that is intertwined with, but independent from, the Internet. A resource is listed in this chapter if it is primarily made available by an individual (or by individuals) rather than by an organization, government, or educational institution.

Appendix A. More About the Internet. This appendix contains, for example, information on how to get on the Internet, i.e. how to purchase an Internet account.

Appendix B. More Books. This appendix lists introductory Internet books, law-related books, and book publishers. Many of the publishers listing in this appendix maintain a Gopher site.

Appendix C. More About Midnight Networks. This appendix describes Midnight Network Inc (midnight@midnight.com), the company that provides administrative support for “The Legal List” in the form of an anonymous FTP server (and its disk space).

“The Legal List 5.0” by Erik J. Heels.

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