Donovan's Law Links
Professor Daniel J. Donovan
Law Links Revised and Updated September 2012
Here are some links to Law-Related web
sites that students may find useful in their courses (especially Legal
Research & Writing). These links include Rhode Island State Law sources,
Federal Law sources, and Government Agencies Websites. All links are set
to come up in a new window on your browser (which you can enlarge and
then close) so that this website is always active in its original
window. For some of these websites, you will need Adobe Reader to read files
that are in
Portable Document Format (pdf), which you can download free.
Rhode Island State Law Sources
Federal Law Sources
Government Agencies Websites
Miscellaneous Law-related Websites
ISLAND STATE LAW SOURCES
Rhode Island General Laws On-Line
This is part of the RI General Assembly
Website. It contains an on-line version of the statutes of the state
(General Laws of Rhode Island), which can be searched by title
(subject area) and word search.
Rhode Island Public Laws 2012
This part of the RI General Assembly Website contains the Public Law
for the 2012 legislative session starting in January 2012. These
laws may add to, delete from, or amend sections of the General Laws
of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Public Laws 2011
This part of the RI General Assembly Website
contains the Public Law for the 2011 legislative session starting in
January 2011. These laws may add to, delete from, or amend sections
of the General Laws of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Public Laws 2010
This part of the RI General Assembly
Website contains the Public Law for the 2010 legislative session
starting in January 2010. These laws may add to, delete from, or
amend sections of the General Laws of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Constitution.
This is also part of the RI General
Rhode Island Judiciary Web Site
This website has information on each
of the courts in Rhode Island such as jurisdiction, addresses and
phone numbers, court filing fees, etc.
Rhode Island Supreme Court Decisions
This is part of the RI Judiciary Website.
This page contains R.I. Supreme Court decisions for the court terms
from 1999 to the present. The opinions are grouped by the annual
court term which begins in October of each year. Adobe Reader is
needed for this website, which you can get free by clicking on the
Rhode Island Superior Court Decisions
The R.I. Superior Court is a general state
trial court. In some cases, but not all, the judge in a case
issued a written opinion. Starting in 2000, the court has been
placing these written decisions on the RI Judiciary Website. Adobe
Reader is needed for this website.
Rhode Island Administrative Agencies Rules and
The R.I. Secretary of State's
Office has placed all current administrative agency regulations
on-line as of March 21, 2002. Adobe Reader is needed for this
United States Constitution
This is part of Cornell Law School's Legal
Information Institute (LII)
United States Code
This is also part of the Cornell Law
School's Legal Information Institute (LII) and allows you to search
federal statues that are part of the United States Code.
United States Supreme Court Decisions
This is part of Findlaw.com service and
contains Supreme Court decisions back to 1893.
First Circuit Court of Appeals
The United States Court of Appeals for the
First Circuit is located in Boston and handles all federal appeals
from lower courts in this circuit including cases from the U.S.
District Court for the District of Rhode Island. .
Code of Federal Regulations
This is also part of Cornell Law
School's Legal Information Institute and contains the compilation of
federal administrative agency regulations.
U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
The U.S. District Court is a general
federal trial court for both civil and criminal matters. There is
only one U.S. District Court in Rhode Island. This website for the
court contains general information plus opinions of the judges,
rules of procedure, and some downloadable forms.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode
This court website has access to
bankruptcy rules, forms, opinions and information about bankruptcy
cases. Most of the website is freely accessible, but bankruptcy
information involves registration and a fee for access.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
This is also part of Cornell Law
School's Legal Information Institute, but it is somewhat hard to
find on the LII website menus.
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Again part of the Cornell Law School's
Legal Information Institute, and it is very difficult to find on
Federal Rules of Evidence
The Federal Rules of Evidence were the
model for the R.I. Rules of Evidence adopted in 1987, but there are
a number of differences in the sets of rules.
Rhode Island General Assembly
This web site contains various information
about the legislature and its activities, including the RI General
Laws, RI Public Laws and proposed legislation.
Rhode Island Secretary of State
This web site contains state information
and links to other web sites
Rhode Island Corporations Online Database
The R.I. Secretary of State's Office has
an online database of information regarding corporations and other
business entities registered with that office. Check on
business names and find out information (such as the registered
agent) at this searchable website.
Rhode Island Corporation Forms
Download forms from the Corporations
Division of the R.I. Secretary of State's Office. Adobe
Rhode Island Probate Court Forms
Probate Court forms are available in Adobe
Acrobat format through the Secretary of State's website.
Rhode Island Division of Taxation
This site gives citizens access to
information and forms regarding state taxation
Rhode Island Attorney General's Office Web Site
This web site contains information
about the divisions and functions of the state's Attorney General's
Office. It also contains Attorney General Advisory Opinions back to
Internal Revenue Service On-Line
This web site gives citizens access to
most IRS publications and forms which can be downloaded for use.
- Federal Legislative Information
This is the Thomas website (named
after Thomas Jefferson), a service of the Library of
Congress with information on new federal laws and Congressional activities.
Findlaw Legal Dictionary
This website is part of Findlaw.com
and allows you to search through the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of
Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Locator
This is a service of the well known
Martinadale Hubbell Law Directory and allows you to locate lawyers
by name, firm, location, and practice areas.