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By Margaret Berkland, Published on September 1, 2002

Margaret Berkland is the president of Data Vision Design, Inc., which specializes in providing IT solutions to the legal community. Founded in Fredericksburg, VA in 1989, Data Vision Design, Inc. provides services that include: applications development, business process design, applications integration, electronic file tracking and, access expedition. Prior to becoming the president of DataVision Design, Inc., Margaret was the Info. Resources Technology Specialist for McKenna & Cuneo.

Lawyers.com
http://www.lawyers.com/ 

This is a relaunch of Lawyers.com by Martindale-Hubbell. Besides a new design, there are new features included based upon user and lawyer research. The new “Business Needs" section is designed for small businesses in the U.S. There are new easier to use navigation tools. Richer news and information is provided that includes checklists for preparing to work with an attorney. Another new feature is the "Community Events" calendar that highlights times for live chats with prominent legal experts.

National Intellectual Property Law Institute
http://www.nipli.org/ 

“The National Intellectual Property Law Institute serves as a research, resource and education center for advanced thinkers in business, industry, government, law, academia and the judiciary.”

“The National Intellectual Property Law Institute, researches and analyzes developments in significant areas of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, the semi-conductor chip, international intellectual property transactions, and intellectual property related to national security and industrial security.”

The website provides information about the institute and its courses as well as links to related websites. There are links to recent publications including briefs and decisions in PDF format. 

NewspaperLinks
http://www.newspaperlinks.com/home.cfm

NewspaperLinks.com bills itself as the “ultimate newspaper portal”. The site is a service of the Newspaper Association of American which is a non profit organization representing the newspaper industry and newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. The default search is for U.S. Daily and Weekly Homepage. You can also narrow your search to a specific state, city, newspaper, newspaper section, daily only, weekly only, Canadian, International, college, newspaper archives, newspaper groups or associations. Search results provide newspaper name, city, and state arranged in alphabetical order by newspaper name.. Clicking on the newspaper name will allow you to access the newspaper. The home page offers a “Feature of the Week” which highlights a innovative product or service from a newspaper website.

Politicalweb.info
http://politicalweb.info/

Politicalweb.info is produced by researchers at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, University of Washington, and at the SUNY Institute of Technology. The project is sponsored by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The site tracks the emergence and development of campaign Web sites. Data is provided on the percentage of campaigns with Web sites and the kinds of features contained on those sites. Information is supplied in text and table formats. Methods of research and sources of information are listed.

Public Access to Court Records
http://www.courtaccess.org/

This website serves as an information clearinghouse on public access to court records. It is funded by National Center for State Courts' National Conference on Electronic Filing and Public Access. The home page lists the most recent articles with links to the full text of the articles. The articles may also be accessed via the subject headings of Legal, Technology, States, Federal, and Other.