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ResearchRoundup - Slip Opinion Listservers - Updated

By Kathy Biehl, Published on May 14, 2001

Attorney and author Kathy Biehl practiced law privately in Houston, Texas for 18½ years before relocating to New York City in 1998. She has taught legal research and writing at the University of Houston Law Center and business law at Rice University. A member of the State Bar of Texas, she earned a B.A. with highest honors from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. She is co-author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Internet Research (Scarecrow Press, Nov. 2000), with Tara Calishain.

Each edition of Research Roundup will pull together related, practical online services that take outstanding advantage of the convenience and efficiency of the Internet. 

ResearchRoundUp Archives

RoundUp#1: Searchable IP Databases

RoundUp#2:  Slip Opinions Listservers

RoundUp#3:  Bill Tracking Resources

RoundUp#4:  Business Filings Databases

RoundUp#5:  Federal/State/Territory Sites with Election Resources

RoundUp#6:  Searchable IP Databases - Updated

RoundUp#7:  Slip Opinion Listservers - Updated

RoundUp#8:  Bill Tracking Resources - Updated

RoundUp#9:  Business Filings Databases - Updated

RoundUp#10:  Election Resources - Updated

RoundUp#11:  Searchable Intellectual Property Databases - Updated

 

 

There’s no need to wait for the advance sheets to arrive in the mail, if a slip opinion listserver or notification service is available for the jurisdictions you follow. Though traditional fee-based subscription services exist, a number of these list emanates directly from courts, at no cost. This list represents my most recent tally of both types of alert services and will be periodically updated. The fee-based listings include services that are available at no additional charge to paid subscribers of a publication or members of an organization.

This update adds services for courts nationwide, the Federal Circuit, federal courts affecting California practice, and appellate courts in two states (Texas and Wisconsin). It also moves the Michigan State Bar service to the listing of no-charge services, replaces LEXIS-NEXIS' Web-based Daily Opinion Service with lexisONE's e-mail Electronic Advance Sheets, and removes the New Jersey and New York Law Journal alert services, that law.com has
discontinued.  If I've missed a service (or a new one is launched), please let me know at kbiehl@fortunaworks.com.

Free Slip Opinion Listservers

U.S.Supreme Court First Circuit Second Circuit Third Circuit Fourth Circuit Fifth Circuit
Sixth Circuit Seventh Circuit Eighth Circuit Ninth Circuit Tenth Circuit   Eleventh Circuit
Federal Circuit D.C. Circuit Alabama California Illinois Massachusetts
Michigan New Hampshire New York North Dakota Oklahoma Tennessee
Texas Wisconsin

U.S. Supreme Court

To receive the Report of Decisions’ official syllabi of opinions the day they are issued, send the message “subscribe liibulletin [your name]” to listserv@listserv.law.cornell.edu. (Do not use brackets, and replace “[your name]” with the name for the subscription.) You can also sign up using the Web subscription form. This service is provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell School of Law. FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Supreme Court opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

First Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of First Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Second Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Third Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Fourth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sends out opinions by e-mail as they are released; join the published opinions subscription list at the Court’s site here. FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Fifth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Sixth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Seventh Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Eighth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Ninth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions. Calvin House of the Pasadena firm Gutierrez, Preciado & House, LLP publishes a monthly Ninth Circuit newsletter called Appellate Decisions Noted; subscription information is here.

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Tenth Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Eleventh Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Federal Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions. For a summary and analysis of recent patent decisions, send the message “subscribe liibulletin-patent [your name]” to listserv@listserv.law.cornell.edu. (Do not use brackets, and replace “[your name]” with the name for the subscription.) You can also subscribe using the Web-based subscription form. This is another service of Cornell’s Legal Information Institute.

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of D.C. Circuit opinions with links to the full text of opinions.

Alabama

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, L.L.C. sends out descriptions of the previous week’s Supreme Court opinions; subscribe at the firm’s Website.

California

FindLaw has three California newsletters, which send out daily summaries of Supreme Court and/or Appellate Court opinions with links to the full text of opinions. One newsletter covers only the Supreme Court, the second only the Appellate Courts, and the third both levels.

Illinois

Illinois Court Reports sends e-mail notification of new opinions.

Massachusetts

The Social Law Library alerts mailing list members to state appellate decisions as they are issued. (Although membership is necessary to use the library, it is not to subscribe to this service.) Sign up here.

Michigan

The Michigan Bar Association's daily e-Journal includes summaries of state and federal court decisions (as well as other news of legal interest). Any person (not merely association members) may sign up

New Hampshire

The Supreme Court sends out notification of changes to its Website, such as posting new slip opinions. Sign up for the service here

New York

FindLaw sends out daily summaries of Court of Appeals opinions with links to the full text of opinions. For an analysis of recent Court of Appeals decisions (which may be two weeks old), send the message “subscribe liibulletin-ny [your name]” to listserv@listserv.law.cornell.edu. You can also subscribe using the Web-based subscription form. This is another service of Cornell’s Legal Information Institute

North Dakota

The Supreme Court notifies list members when new opinions have been issued.

Oklahoma

The Court of Criminal Appeals has a mailing list for distributing decisions on the day of release. To sign up, send e-mail to webmaster@mail.occa.state.ok.us.

Tennessee

TBALink Opinion-Flash, a service of the Tennessee Bar Association, distributes the latest appellate decisions by e-mail to anyone (not merely bar members) who subscribes at http://tba.org/op-flash.html.

Texas

TexasGov.com sends notification as new opinions appear on the Supreme Court site. The notice includes the first paragraph of the opinion and a link to the full text. The Court of Appeals of the Fifth Judicial District will e-mail you your choice of civil, criminal, published or all opinions. Look for the vNotices! icon at the site.

Wisconsin

WisBar's Caselaw Express starts each week with a list of the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in the previous week. The list includes links to the opinions' full text.

Fee-Based Slip Opinion Services

Federal Circuit California Colorado Connecticut Georgia
Illinois Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Missouri North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Texas
Virginia AspenLawDirect LEXIS-NEXIS Loislaw.com  

Federal Circuit

One of BNA's subscription services for the Federal Circuit offers e-mail notification of the day's opinions, along with links to the full text (which is usually accessible within 24 hours).

California

JuriSearch subscribers receive opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal the day after their release. A 30-day trial is available.

A law.com/ca subscription includes daily opinions by e-mail. The covered courts are the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A 30-day trial is available.

Colorado

The Colorado State Bar e-mails summaries of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions to bar members; sign up here.

Connecticut

The Connecticut State Bar offers a "case e-lert" to bar members who pay an annual subscription rate for the service (which begins at $200).

Georgia

E-mail notification of newly issued Georgia appellate decisions comes with a paid subscription to law.com/ga. A 30-day trial is available

Illinois

The Illinois State Bar Association e-mails digests of Supreme and Appellate Court decisions, with links to full text, to bar members.

Maryland

Members of the Maryland State Bar Association may sign up for Electronic Bar Briefs, which are synopses of Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals decisions in selected practice areas.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Daily E-Mail alert includes notice of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals slip opinions. A three-issue trial is available.

Michigan

Michigan Lawyers Weekly subscribers may sign up to receive Supreme Court and Court of Appeals slip opinions by e-mail. A three-issue trial is available.

Minnesota

The  Minnesota State Bar Association offers its members four free mailing lists, covering state or federal civil or criminal decisions. Sign up at http://www2.mnbar.org/sec/ctopsinst.htm.

Missouri

Missouri Lawyers Weekly subscribers may sign up to receive Supreme Court and Court of Appeals slip opinions by e-mail. A three-issue trial is available

North Carolina

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly subscribers may sign up to receive Supreme Court and Court of Appeals slip opinions by e-mail. A three-issue trial is available.

Ohio

Ohio Lawyers Weekly subscribers may sign up to receive Supreme Court slip opinions by e-mail. A three-issue trial is available.

Pennsylvania

A subscription to law.com/pa (formerly the Pennsylvania Intelligencer) includes a daily alert with links to the most recent state court opinions. A 30-day trial subscription is available.

Texas

Law.com/texas subscribers receive daily e-mail alerts of the latest opinions.  A 30-day trial is available.

Virginia

Virginia Lawyers Weekly subscribers may sign up to receive Supreme Court and Court of Appeals slip opinions by e-mail. A three-issue trial is available.

AspenLawDirect

AspenLawDirect is an e-mail delivery service for a wide range of opinions. Its scope encompasses 120 areas of law and 165 issuing bodies (state courts as well as federal courts and agencies). Each notice includes decision summaries and links to the primary sources. An annual subscription costs $195; a free 30-day trial is available.

LEXIS-NEXIS

The Electronic Advance Sheet Service, available through lexisONE, delivers opinions as they are issued by selected courts and/or on selected topics. The user may designate up to 10 courts and topics. The introductory price of $99 a year has already risen to $198. At present, this service has a free trial, consisting of the first to occur of 30 days or five results.

Loislaw.com

Loislaw.com subscribers may set up the LOIS LawWatch feature to e-mail new decisions (and other developments) that match saved search terms. (Alternatively, this feature saves the updates on the user’s personal Loislaw.com start page.)

©Kathy Biehl 2001. All Rights Reserved.