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New York State Court Resources
NY State Law Reporting Bureau Comprehensive and searchable collection of state court decisions and motions dating from 2000  
NY Court of Appeals The past and present of New York's high court along with recent decisions  
NY State Court of Claims Cases against the State of New York  
Office of Court Administration Court information, rules and publications, featuring E-Courts case searching and tracking  
Library and Information Network Catalogs of court libraries, records & briefs, trial transcripts  
Criminal Jury Instructions & Model Colloquies Criminal charges to New York State juries and baseline colloquy scripts  
Guide to New York Evidence A compilation of New York's existing evidentiary rules.  
Historical Society of the Courts of the State of NY Large library of NY judiciary historical documents, biographies of Judges, and profiles of state courts  
Forms Forms for various state actions and proceedings  

Rules of various state courts  
New York State Agency Resources
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Complete unofficial NYCRR  
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Digital Archive Fully searchable archive of NYCRR dating 1945 through 2001  
NY State Government Information Locator Service Access to a variety of state government information including agency publications  
Access to State Government Links to many state agencies  
NY State Library Home of Excelsior, an exhaustive catalog of state government documents  
New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (19 NYCRR 1219.1) Including the 2015 International Codes:  Residential, Building, Existing Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Fire, Property Maintenance and Energy Conservation Codes and Additional Uniform Code Provisions (19 NYCRR parts 1220-1228)  
NY State Register New York administrative rules from 2003  
NY State Department of State Local Laws Search Local Laws adopted by the legislative body of a local government (county, city, town or village) are filed with the Department of State pursuant to section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law. The NY Department of State maintains an electronic database of local laws and county codes filed after 1998 and 2015, respectively.  

Selected state agency opinions, decisions, codes and regulations  
New York State Legislative Resources
New York State Assembly Check bill text and status of current state bills  
New York State Senate Senate information, current legislation, Senate Rules, NY Constitution  
Laws of New York Browse or search New York laws courtesy of the State Legislature  
Bill Jackets/Veto Jackets Files, or “jackets,” dating from 1995-present, which document the Governor’s legislative decision-making process on bills that have been signed into law or vetoed by the executive
New York City and Other Local Sites
Official NY City Website General information on NY City; links to city agencies. more
Administrative Code of the City of New York and NY City Charter Follow instruction to navigate to searchable Code and Charter.  
Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Browse and seach the Rules of the City of New York on the website of the City's official rule publisher.  
NY City Local Laws Searchable full text of NY City Local Laws, Introductions and Resolutions since 1998  
NY City Zoning Resolution Current NY City Zoning Resolution and Maps  
NY City Department of Education Chancellor's Regulations Regulations covering a wide range of policies including student-related issues and employee issues  
The City Record Online Database of notices published in the City Record newspaper which includes: public hearings and meetings, public auctions and sales, solicitations and awards and official rules proposed and adopted by NY City agencies.  
NY Municipal Codes Extensive collection of Municipal Codes  

County Websites  

City, Town and Village Websites  
Ethics Resources
NY State Bar Assn Ethics Opinions Advisory opinions issued by NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics  
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics Advisory Opinions from 1988 to date  
NYC Bar Assn Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics Opinions from 1986 to date  
Advisory Committee on Judicial EthicsBrowse or search the committee's ethical opinions 
AMA Code of Medical Ethics Policy positions of the American Medical Association  
Federal Legal Resources Federal bills, Congressional Record, treaties, committee reports  
Table of Popular Names of Federal Statutes The Cornell Law School's convenient table organizes federal statutes alphabetically by popular name, with entries containing their Public Law number and relevant links  
US Government Printing Office Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government. United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Hon. Gerald Lebovits, A Collection of Works on Legal and Judicial Writing, United States Court Decisions, Compilation of Presidential Documents, Congressional Bills, Congressional Documents, Congressional Hearings, Congressional Record, Congressional Reports, Economic Indicators, Public and Private Laws, Additional Government Publications  
US Supreme Court Opinions, dockets, argument transcripts, argument audio Easily track the status of federal legislation, find information about the activities of Congress generally and specific members, and more  
Federal Courts Finder Comprehensive listing of federal courts  
FedWorld US Commerce Department's access point for federal information; 20 searchable databases more
The White House: Presidential Actions Includes Executive Orders, Presidential Memoranda, and Proclamations (January 2009-present)  
National Archives Codification of Presidential Proclamations & Executive Orders (1945-1989), Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index (1937-2012)  
Library of Congress US Constitution & Bill of Rights; Congressional Bills (House 1799-1873, Senate 1819-1873); Congressional Committee Reports (US Serial Set 1833-1917); Congressional Debates (1789-1877); documents from the Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention; US Treaties (1795-1945) and Other International Agreements (1950-1982)  
Founder's Constitution Provides links to historical documents related to the development of the Constitution
Yale Law School's Avalon Project Large compilation of historical documents, e.g., Federalist Papers, presidential papers, early state constitutions  
US Department of State Congressional testimony transcripts by Department of State officials appearing before Congress, Treaties in Force, and Texts of International Agreements (TIAS) to which the US is a party (1996-2015)  
US Department of Labor

Information about many of the major laws administered and enforced by the US Department of Labor

Free access to the Department of Labor's Wirtz Labor Library, providing the general public with a wealth of labor resources
US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Search Tutorial Learn how to conduct a preliminary patent search using a video tutorial.  
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Access to Housing Handbooks, forms, and publications.  
Inernational Legal Resources
International Legal Research Tutorial A collaboration between Duke University School of Law and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, this tutorial teaches research strategies and methodology for research print and electronic sources of international legal materials.
Comprehensive Legal Resources
FindLaw Free access to a range of federal and state resources and materials from other countries; also offers forms for purchase. more
Justia Free access to a range of federal and state resources.  
LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Sign up for access to legal blogs, top cases and more.  
Harvard Law School Free Legal Research Guide Collection of some of the best resources for free legal research on the web. Contains links for Primary Federal Law, Primary State Law, U.S. and International Treaties, Foreign and International Law, Secondary Sources, and Empirical Sources.  
George Mason University School of Law Free Legal Research Sites Organizes free legal research websites, search engines and databases.  
DRAGNET: Search of Free Legal Databases DRAGNET stands for "Database Retrieval Access using Google's New Electronic Technology," a specialized search engine that enables users to "drag the net" through a group of free law-related Web resources.  
Cornell's Legal Information Institute Full-service federal and state site with comprehensive Supreme Court collection more
WashLaw WEB Comprehensive site of national and state material; fine selection of Law Journals  
Georgetown Law Library Tutorials Free video tutorials for conducting legal research, including Administrative Law, Legislative History and Treaty Research.  
Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research Guide to general legal research prepared by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  
ECOLEX Information service on environmental law that includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have access to the full text of most of the information provided.  
American Law Sources On-Line Links to freely-accessible online sources of law for the US and Canada.  
Miscellaneous Resources
State Phone Directory Searchable phone directory of state employees (provided by the Office of Information Technology Services)  
New York State Bar Association Includes Opinions issued by the NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics  
NY City Green Book Official Directory of the City of New York  
Medicare/Medicaid Manual From the US Department of Health and Human Services  
Legal Writing Resources: Clarity, Plain English, Grammar, Punctuation, Diction
Practice Law Institute, Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing, The Principles of Super-Clarity
Federal Register, Drafting Legal Documents, Principles of Clear Writing
Federal Register, Drafting Legal Documents, Preferred Expressions
Hon. Gerald Lebovits, A Collection of Works on Legal and Judicial Writing
U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission, A Plain English Handbook: How to Create Clear SEC Disclosure Documents, Writing in Plain English (Aug. 1998)
William Strunk, Jr., The Elements of Style (1999), portions available on
Capital Community College Foundation, Guide to Grammar and Writing
Purdue University, The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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