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Monitoring Legal Developments Using Internet Sources That Are Free & Reliable  

Free but reliable internet sources that can be used to stay on top of developments within the legal profession, courts, and legislative bodies.
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Recommendations on how to organize the flow of information from the internet

Channeling the flow of information

Included in this guide is a curated list of free internet resources - accessible through a web sites or by email subscription - which may help anyone keep up with developments in the area of law - news-worthy new filings, activity in cases, proposed and enacted laws and regulations, developments in the legal profession - at no additional cost other than having access to the internet.

Keys for successful use of the internet as a news resource are:

  • Choose your sources wisely. Be selective.
  • Know that browsers and social media sites are looking for profits.  Browser search algorithms are guiding your search results to items they think you and their paying customers will be happy with - ads are displayed at the top of the list on Google.  Ask yourself - is the site trying to sell me something even if it is just their world view?
  • Organize the delivery of information so you can easily review lists of results, deleting or opening links depending on your interest.
  • Use an internet reader or other software to centralize the flow of posts from information web sites. (Also called news feed software or RSS feed aggregators.) Feedly provides free basic news feed software. This service allows you to gather and store headlines and links gleaned from web sites by subject category.  There are other similar software products.  Internet reader software can be very helpful if you want to monitor the discussions on individual blogs whose authors focus on specialized legal topics.  The Feedly screen also shows the age of post and popularity with other readers. Feedly makes changes to its page display format frequently.  It is something to get use to for the value.
  •  You might want to set up a separate email account for news readers and to receive digest emails.  The streams of legal news information will not get tied up with work or personal emails.


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