The Legal List (beta.4)

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Erik J. Heels

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Greetings,

In light of recent discussions, the following resource is provided in
it's pre-release beta.4 format. Your help and suggestions are greatly
appreciated.

I *do* believe that a FAQ for this group is needed to address the
following questions which arise frequently (and isn't that the purpose
of a FAQ?):

- I'm an engineer. Should I go to law school? Advatages? Disadvantages?

- Recommended schools for patent law.

- Recommended schools for computer law.

- Recommended firms for above.

- Recommended schools for teaching.

- LSAT prep tests. Advantages? Disadvantages?

Etc. With that, here is the beta.4 version of The Legal List. *Please*
read the beta notes carefully, and feel free to distribute this. I ask
that the list be distributed in its entirety. We hope to release the
first (official, non-beta, tested and trued) version by Christmas.

Regards,

- Erik
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The Legal List
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(version beta.4, 17 Aug 92)
maintained by the
University of Maine School of Law
Maine Law and Technology Association

Beta editor's notes:
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Note 1: Please not that this is still in beta form. See Section 2.3.

Note 2: Until The Legal List is in its releasable form, all inquiries of
any sort may sent to justice!hee...@nic.unh.edu (Erik J. Heels). Your
help in verifying the information in The Legal List is greatly
appreciated.

Note 3: *** in the text indicates information that has yet to be
finalized or verified. In general, The Legal List should be treated as
unverified until it is released.


1. HOW TO GET THE LEGAL LIST
-----------------------------

1.1 If you wish the receive the latest version of The Legal List, send a
message to legal-list@***.maine.***. Include the words "legal list"
either as the subject of the message or in the body of the message.

1.2 If you wish to be added to The Legal List Mailing List, send a
message to legal-list-request@***.maine.***, and include the following
text, without the quotations, in the body of the message: "subscribe
som...@somewhere.something" where som...@somewhere.something is your
domain/MX (preferable) or non-MX Internet e-mail address. Updates will
be mailed periodically to this mailing list. To cancel your subscription
to this list, send a message to legal-list-request@***.maine.***, and
include the following text, without the quotations, in the body of the
message: "signoff som...@somewhere.something".

1.3 Updates, additions, and corrections to The Legal List should be sent
to legal-list@***.maine.***.

1.4 The Legal List is available via anonymous ftp from:
***.maine.*** (Univ. of ME School of Law) as /legal/legal-list.txt;
and ***.midnight.com (Midnight Networks) as /legal/legal-list.txt.


2. OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE
------------------------

2.1 The purpose of The Legal List is to provide a consolidated list of
all of the resources available on the Internet and beyond that may be of
interest to those people who are involved in legal education, legal
practice, or to those who have a general interest in legal issues.

2.2 The Legal List is one of many resources officially documented (as
section3-***) in The Internet Resource Guide, which is compiled by the
NSF Network Systems Center at BBN Systems and Technologies Corporation.
Send a message to nn...@nnsc.nsf.net to find out how to get a copy of The
Internet Resource Guide. The Guide is invaluable, and everyone with a
serious interest in the Internet should maintain a copy. The NNSC's
stated goal is "...to expose users to those facilities that will help
them do their work better." [Internet Resource Guide, Introduction,
dated 16 Apr 90.] We wholeheartedly agree with this goal. We also rely
on the Internet community to furnish us with updates, additions, and
corrections to The Legal List.

2.3 The editors of The Legal List have made reasonable efforts to
provide correct information, but neither the University of Maine School
of Law nor Midnight Networks is responsible for the accuracy of the
information in The Legal List.

2.4 A certain level of familiarity with the Internet is assumed by the
editors of The Legal List. For information on how to get introductory
Internet information, see section ***. For information on how to get
introductory UUCP information, see section ***. For introductory BITNET
information, see section 6.1.


3. INTERNET FTP RESOURCES
--------------------------

3.1 Some resources are available via anonymous ftp. If you do not have
access to ftp, but you do have e-mail access, send a message to
ftp...@decwrl.dec.com with "help" in the body of the body of the message
for information on their "ftp by e-mail" service.

3.2 U.S. Supreme Court decisions are available online as part of
"Project Hermes." On May 11th, 1990 the United States Supreme Court
announced that it was beginning a two-year experimental program with the
objective to rapidly provide copies of the Court's opinions in electronic
form to as wide an audience as possible.

One of the twelve participants is a noncommercial, nonprofit, consortium
composed of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), EDUCOM, and the
National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN). You will now be able to
receive electronically the full text of the Court's opinions within
minutes of their release--free.

You may have the Court's opinions sent directly to you if you have access
to either a BITNET or Internet computer (many, if not most, major
universities are connected to one service or the other); or you may
download the files directly from any NPTN community computer system. To
receive more information on how to sign-up for the BITNET/Internet
service, or if you would like to know more about accessing these files on
an NPTN community computer, please send your name, organization or firm,
address, city, state, and zip, to: PROJECT HERMES, CWRU COMMUNITY
TELECOMPUTING LAB, 319 WICKENDEN BUILDING, CLEVELAND, OHIO 44106.

For general information about Project Hermes or about the National Public
Telecomputing Network, please contact: Tom Grundner at the above address
or at (216) 368-2733.

You can also contact Project Hermes electronically at
aa...@cleveland.freenet.edu (Internet), and
aa584%cleveland.freenet.edu@cunyvm (BITNET)

The consortium grants permission to download, reproduce, or re-post any
of the Supreme Court opinion files PROVIDED NO CHANGES OR EDITING ARE
MADE TO THE SUBJECT MATERIAL.

The consortium would greatly appreciate it if source credit were given to
CWRU, EDUCOM, and the National Public Telecomputing Network if these
files are used.

3.2.1 The following list contains some of the anonymous ftp locations
that maintain the Supreme Court rulings:

ftp.cwru.edu
/hermes

ftp.uu.net (137.39.1.9)
/archive/opinions/supreme-court

3.2.2 The archives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ***, are
available from the following location:

kragar.eff.org (192.88.144.4)
/pub/EFF/legal-issues/


4. INTERNET TELNET RESOURCES
-----------------------------

4.1 Many library catalogs are available online. These are described in
detail in Chapter 2 of The Internet Resource Guide (see Section 2.2 of
this list.). ***[need to know which of these include law libraries]

4.2 Access to The Library of Congress is described in Section 2.22 of
The Internet Resource Guide (see Section 2.2 of this list.). In short,
to access the system, telnet to dra.com (192.65.218.43). Only two guest
users are allowed access between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Central Time.


5. USENET NEWSGROUPS
---------------------

5.1 The following USENET newsgroups are of a legal nature:

comp.patents ***[need description, focal point, archive info]

misc.legal ***[need description, focal point, archive info]

misc.legal.computing ***[need description, focal point, archive
info]


6. BITNET LISTSERV GROUPS
--------------------------

6.1 BITNET overview. BITNET is an electronic communication network
linking institutional and departmental computers at 550 participating
Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN) Members and
Affiliates in the United States, including universities, colleges, and
collaborating research centers. With its Cooperating Networks in other
countries, BITNET is part of a single logical network connecting more
than 3300 mini- and mainframe computers in about 1400 organizations
spanning 46 countries, for the electronic exchange of non-commercial
information among its participants in support of research and education.

BITNET is operated by the Corporation for Research and Educational
Networking, a non-profit membership corporation, which also operates
CSNET. Day-to-day operations and support are provided by the BITNET
Network Information Center located at EDUCOM and funded through CREN
membership fees.

For more information write to BITNET Network Information Center, EDUCOM,
Suite 600, 1112 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, or call (202) 872-
4200.

6.1 Many interest groups exist on BITNET. A central computer maintains
the list of susbscribers to a particular interest groups, and when you
mail to this computer (the LISTSERV program), LISTSERV mails your message
to the subscribers. In this way, the membership list need only be
maintained in one location. The following BITNET LISTSERV interest
groups are of a legal nature:

6.1.1 INT-LAW (Foreign and International Law Librarians) is a list on
for librarians and others interested in exchanging information related to
foreign, comparative and international legal materials and issues.

Selected topics in the six months since INT-LAW began include the READEX
CD-ROM Index to United Nations documents, databases containing
information on foreign and international law, the "European Court
Reports", sources of information on careers in international law, GATT
panel reports, the "National Trade Data Bank" CD-ROM, etc. INT-LAW came
up on April 31, 1991.

To subscribe to INT-LAW, send the following message to
LIST...@UMINN1.BITNET (BITNET) or LIST...@VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU (Internet):
Subscribe INT-LAW your_full_name
where "your_full_name" is your real name.

6.1.2 LAWSCH-L is a forum to discuss matters of concern which affect all
law students; it is also designed to allow for interaction between
students and law schools to lessen the gap between them. The list is
based at American University Law School.

To subscribe to LAWSCH-L send the following message to
LIST...@AUVM.BITNET (BITNET) or LISTSERV%AUVM....@VM1.NODAK.EDU
(Internet):
SUB LAWSCH-L your_full_name
where "your_full_name" is your real name.

6.1.3 INT-LAW is a forum for international law issues.

To subscribe to INT-LAW, send the following message to
LIST...@UMINN1.BITNET (BITNET) or listserv%auvm....@vm1.nodak.edu
(Internet):
subscribe LAWSCH-L your_full_name
where "your_full_name" is your real name.


7. BBS SITES
-------------

7.1 Many Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) sites of a legal nature exist,
including private BBSs, commercial BBSs, and Government BBSs.
***[Editor's note: Dozens of BBS numbers were tested in putting together
this section, including numbers for the Dept. of Justice, the US Navy
Judge Advocate General, the American Bar Association Network, and
numerous private BBSs. Without exception, all numbers had been
disconnected. Your help in updating this section is needed. Please send
this info to justice!hee...@nic.unh.edu in the following format:

Type(gov't, commercial, private)<tab>Sponsor<tab>Phone Number(1-XXX-XXX-
XXXX)<tab>Baud Rate/Baud Rate/Baud Rate...<tab>Parity-Data Bits-Stop
Bits<tab>Other Info(including description rates, restrictions)

For example:

Private Smith, Jones, & Williams 1-999-555-1212
1200/2400/9600 N-8-1 A public service of this law firm for
the general discussion of legal issues. Hours are Monday through Friday
from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST. Free service.

Thanks.]


8. COMPUTER AIDED LEGAL RESEARCH
---------------------------------

8.1 For information on Westlaw computer aided legal research, call the
West Publishing Company at 1-800-328-9352. ***[need overview, e-mail
address, US Mail address}

8.1 For information on LEXIS/NEXIS computer aided legal research, call
LEXIS/NEXIS at 1-800-227-4908. ***[need overview, e-mail address, US
Mail address}


9. INTERNET, UUCP, AND USENET INFORMATION
------------------------------------------

9.1 To receive introductory information on the Internet, send
a message to ser...@nic.ddn.mil the subject line "RFC1325"
(without the quotations). You will receive the Request For Comments
(RFC) which is Questions and Answers for New Internet Users. This
service is documented in Section 3.16 of The Internet Resource Guide (see
Section 2.2 of this list.).

9.2 The following book is an excellent introduction to UUCP and USENET:
"Using UUCP and USENET" by Grace Todino, published by O'Reilly &
Associates, Inc., ISBN 0-937175-10-2. This is one of the "Nutshell"
series. For more information call 1-800-338-NUTS.

9.3 The following are the major commercial Internet, UUCP, and USENET
providers:

Anterior Technology
P.O. Box 1206
Menlo Park, CA 94026-1206
Voice: (415) 328-5615
Fax: (415) 322-1753
in...@fernwood.mpk.ca.us
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

MSEN, Inc.
628 Brooks Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Voice: (313) 741-1120
in...@msen.com
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

MV Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 4963
Manchester, NH 03108-4963
Voice: (603) 429-2223
Data: (603) 429-1735 (log in as "info" or "rates")
in...@mv.mv.com
(UUCP, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

Netcom - Online Communication Services
P.O. Box 20774
San Jose, CA 95160
Voice: (408) 554-8649
bo...@netcom.com
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

UUNET Canada, Inc.
1 Yonge St., Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5E 1W7
Voice: (416) 368-6621
Fax: (416) 369-0515
in...@uunet.ca or uune...@uunet.uu.net
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

UUNET Technologies Inc.
3110 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 570
Falls Church, VA 22042
Voice: (703) 876-5050
Fax: (703) 876-5059
in...@uunet.uu.net
AlterNet (network connectivity) info: altern...@uunet.uu.net
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)

UUNORTH, Inc.
UUCP & Connectivity Across Canada and the Northern USA
Box 445, Station E
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6H 4E3
Voice: (416) 537-4930 or (416) 225-UNIX
Fax: (416) 537-4890

Performance Systems International, Inc.
11800 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 1100
Reston, VA 22091
Voice: (703) 620-6651 or (800) 827-7482
Computerized info: all-...@psi.com
Human-based info: in...@psi.com
(UUCP, connectivity, name service, MX forwarding, news feeds)


10. OTHER RESOURCES
--------------------

10.1 Eugene Clark, Managing Editor, Journal of Law and Information
Science, University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law, Box 252C, Hobart 7001,
Tasmania, Australia.
email: eugene...@law.utas.edu.au
phone: 002 202075
fax: 002 238163

10.2 Commercial UUCP software for the Macintosh.
uAccess, ICE Engineering, (313) 449-8288
ICE Engineering EMail ti...@ice.com
8840 Main Street -or- uupsi!ice.com!time
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189 -or- ...!heifetz!tbomb!time
(313) 449 8288 FAX (313) 449 9208

10.3 Shareware UUCP software for the Macintosh:
Dave Platt
Snulbug Software
1095 Burgoyne Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
Fernmail. dpl...@snulbug.mtview.ca.us.

10.4 Shareware UUCP software for the PC:
Fubar Systems Support Staff
1742 Lima Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6817
info: fsuucp-...@zeus.calpoly.edu

10.5 Other shareware software is available from the numerous data
archives describes in chapter 3 of The Internet Resource Guide (see
Section 2.2 of this list). The archives of Washington University
(Section 3.10) are a good place to start.

10.6 ***[would like to include focal points for legal seminars and
meetings]

---

Erik J. Heels justice!hee...@nic.unh.edu
39 Main Street + 1 207 439 5520
Eliot, ME 03903 "Aika on rahaa."

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