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Legal Resources for Nonprofits

Brief run through of the type of resources available for nonprofit organizations. Handout available at http://www.notationsonnonprofits.com/uncategorized/legal-resources-for-nonprofits-presentation/

Erin McClarty

on 10 August 2013

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Legal Resources For Nonprofits
Legal Research Resources
for Nonprofits

There are tons of free legal resources available online that nonprofits can use to research a variety of topics.
1. Databases
Much like Google, allow you to type a search term in and pull up different resources. This helps if it's a topic you're not familiar with or don't know where to start.
2. Topic Specific Resources
Increasingly resources are focusing on specific topics like copyright law animal law, adoption law, etc. These are helpful when you are vaguely familiar with a topic and want more depth.
3. Aggregators
There are websites that aggregate information on a variety of topics, post new cases or show trending issues. These are great when you're not necessarily researching but want to keep up.
4. Crowd-sourced
Similar to some Aggregators these sites collect information from users, solicit reader input, etc. Can include blogs, Q&A sites and forums. Generally are easy to search and great for a quick answer or brush-up.
The resources pulled up can vary between:

Books & Articles

Online Treatises

Other Databases

Q&A sites

Gov. Engine
Google Scholar
Copyrights Office
Trademarks Office
Zimmerman's Research Guides
1. The easiest way to start researching is to decide which resource fits and what your goal is.
2. Generally, the more depth you want the more specific you'll want to be with the resource.
3. If you have no familiarity on a topic, a database is always a good way to go.

- Boomarklet sites (ex. StumbleUpon, Delicious), news aggregators (ex. Zite, NewsGator) and Google Alerts are great ways to learn about new resources.
- There are some law school libraries that are public. Many of these law schools also have open clinics.
- Some states allow consumers access to legal resources through their state bar website.
The most efficient way to find an answer is to think through what type of resource you need.
For my own research I usually break these down into four different types
JD Supra
Texas State Bar

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