U.S. State Courts

State courts are courts of “general jurisdiction”. They hear all the cases not specifically selected for federal courts. Just as the federal courts interpret federal laws, state courts interpret state laws. Each state gets to make and interpret its own laws.

Alaska Supreme Court Decisions

Alaska Court of Appeals

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Opinions
Division Two Opinions

Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions

California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Decisions

Colorado Supreme Court Opinions

Colorado Court of Appeals Opinions

Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, Advance Release Opinions  

Supreme Court of Delaware  

District of Columbia Court of Appeals  

Florida State Court Appellate Decisions  

Georgia Appellate Court Opinions  

Supreme Court of Guam Opinions  

Hawaii Supreme Court and Intermediate Court of Appeals Decisions  

Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions

Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court Opinions  

Indiana Supreme Court Opinions  

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions

Iowa Court of Appeals Opinions

Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions  

Kentucky Supreme Court Opinions  

Maine Supreme Court Opinions

Maryland Appellate Court Opinions  

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Opinions  

Massachusetts Appeals Court Opinions

Michigan Supreme Court Opinions

Michigan Court of Appeals Opinions

Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions

Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions

Missouri Appellate Court Opinions  

Montana Supreme Court Decisions  

Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions  

New Hampshire Supreme Court Opinions

New Jersey Court Opinions  

New Mexico Supreme Court Opinions  

New York Court of Appeals Decisions

North Carolina Supreme Court Decisions

North Carolina Court of Appeals Decisions

North Dakota Supreme Court Opinions  

Supreme Court of Ohio Opinions  

Oklahoma Appellate Court Decisions

Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions  

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court Opinions  

Rhode Island Supreme Court Opinions  

South Carolina Supreme Court Opinions

South Dakota Supreme Court  

Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions

Texas Appellate Court Opinions  

Utah State Courts

Vermont Supreme Court Decisions  

Virginia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions

Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Decisions  

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Opinions

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Decisions

Wyoming Supreme Court Opinions

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U.S. Federal Courts

The federal courts are composed of three levels of courts. The Supreme Court of the United States is the court of last resort. It is generally an appellate court that operates under discretionary review, which means that the Court can choose which cases to hear, by granting writs of certiorari.

Supreme Court Decisions, 1990 to the present

U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 1937-1975 – Over 7,000 decisions, reported in Vols. 300 to 422 of the U.S. Reports.

U.S. Supreme Court decisions

U.S. Circuit Court Decisions — Covers all the Circuit Courts of Appeals on the Internet.

First Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for MA, ME, NH, PR, RI 

Official Site
Opinions via Emory University

Second Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for CT, NY, VT 

Official Site
Opinions via Pace University

Third Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for DE, NJ, PA, VI.

Official Site
Opinions via Villanova University

Fourth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for MD, NC, SC, VA, WV.

Official Site
Opinions via Emory University

Fifth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for LA, MS, TX.

Official Site

Sixth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for KY, MI, OH, TN.

Official Site
Opinions via Emory University

Seventh Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for IL, IN, WI.

Official Site
Opinions via Chicago-Kent College of Law

Eighth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD.

Official Site

Ninth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AK, AZ, CA, Guam, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA.

Official Site

Tenth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY.

Official Site — opinions generally not available on this site.
Opinions after Oct. 1, 1997 — via Washburn Univeresity.
Opinions before Oct. 1, 1997 — via Emory University.

Eleventh Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AL, FL, GA.

Official Site
Opinions via Emory University

D.C. Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for DC.

Official Site
Opinions via Georgetown University

Federal Circuit — Federal appeals decisions from Merit Systems Protection Board, other agencies.

Official Site
Opinions via Georgetown University

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U.S. Federal Government Agencies

FedWorld Home Page

Superintendent of Documents’ Home Page — Provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register and more.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Merit Systems Protection Board decisions

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U.S. Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics; many U.S. states also have such departments.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs — Enforces federal affirmative-action programs.

Wage and Hour Division — Enforces the federal minimum-wage, overtime pay and child labor statute.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Home Page

Office of Administrative Law Judges — Library includes whistleblower decisions.

U.S. Department of Justice

Library of Congress World Wide Web Home Page

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U.S. Discrimination Law

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Title VII — Civil Rights statutes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Employment Discrimination Law Materials — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.

Facts About Sexual Harassment — Compiled by the EEOC.

Sexual Harassment Hotline Resource List

U.S. Department of Justice ADA Home Page — Information about the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

disABILITY Information and Resources

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New York Federal Courts

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U.S. Employee Benefits Law

BenefitsLink — Information about your rights and remedies under ERISA.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. “search” site — Search to find out if you are owed money from your ex-employer’s terminated pension plan.

Overview of pension law — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.

Employee Benefits Research Institute

International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans

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Non-U.S. Employee Rights

Global Legal Information Network

Catalog of worldwide labor and employment legal sites

The World List — Law-related resource guide for more than 70 countries.

Australasian Legal Information Institute — Includes Industrial and Labour Law Project and Workplace Relations Project.

Law Foundation of New South Wales   — Includes decisions of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia and the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Continuing Legal Education Foundation of B.C. — Links to information about Canadian law.

Canadian Legal Resources on the WWW

Human Rights & Research Centre — Located at the Univeristy of Ottawa

Mexican law — Web site of the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (en español).

LabourNet (U.K) — Information about British and international labor-union activities.

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Privacy Rights

Privacy in cyberspace — Articles on legal issues and policy: cyberspace and the law.

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Privacy International

U.S. State-Law Employee Rights

State labor statutes

Selected Electronic Law Journals

Cardozo Online Journal of Conflict Resolution

Garland’s Digest — Requires paid subscription; monthly summaries of federal employment-discrimination decisions from federal appeallate courts

Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Houston Law Review

The National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law

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Electronic Law Libraries

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Law

Emory Law Library Electronic Reference Desk

Jurisline.com — includes U.S. District Court decisions

LawRunner.com

‘Lectric Law Library — A user-friendly resource oriented more towards laypeople.

Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research

UC Berkeley Industrial Relations Institute Library

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law Library

University of San Francisco School of Law

WashLaw WEB – Washburn University School of Law

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Funding Sources

The Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law – The Chet Levitt Fund makes small grants to cover specific litigation expenses, such as depositions, expert witnesses, and printing of appellate records and briefs.

The Impact Fund – Funding and technical assistance for class action and impact poverty, civil rights and environmental justice litigation.

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Civil Rights Organizations

The Alliance for Justice – Since 1985, the Alliance for Justice has been extensively involved in the appointment process for federal judges. Through the Judicial Selection Project, the Alliance monitors and investigates judicial nominations at all levels of the federal branch, and encourages public participation in the confirmation process.

American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

American Civil Liberties Union

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Association for Union Democracy

Center for Technology and Democracy

Congress of South African Trade Unions

Disability Rights Advocates

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc.

Equal Rights Advocates

Government Accountability Project — Information for and about whistleblowers.

Human Rights Campaign — Organization for gay and lesbian rights.

The Law Society of England and Wales

Lamda Legal Defense and Education Fund

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

National Association for Public Interest Law

National Association of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO

National Partnership for Women & Families — Includes information about the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

National Whistleblower Center

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

Labor and labor-oriented federations and unions on the Internet — A comprehensive list.

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Other Information

U.S. Code

Code of Federal Regulations

Sexual Orientation  — Top New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey sexual orientation discrimination attorney. Workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Directories of Experts — List of expert witnesses, private investigators and legal consultants.

Expert Pages — Listings of expert witnesses.

Employment Law Fact Sheets — Prepared by the Employment Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of San Francisco; requires Acrobat Adobe Reader to view them.

The Employment Law Information Network — More links to other Employment Law resources on the Web.

Employment Law Materials — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.

LawMemo.com — A site on labor and employment law maintained by Prof. Ross Runkel, Willamette University College of Law.

Workers’ Rights — Information about and discussion groups on employment law, open to both laypeople and lawyers.

Workplace Fairness – Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights.

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Minority Bar Associations

Hispanic National Bar Association

Lithuanian American Bar Association, Inc.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

National Bar Association (African American Lawyers)

National Italian American Bar Association

Native American Bar Association

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Know Your Politicians

Operation Vote Smart — Information about the voting records and campaign contributions of your Representative and Senators.

Federal campaign finance data

U.S. Congressional information

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Roll Call Online — Online version of the best insider source of information about the U.S. Congress.