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Databases (most require KPL library card)

InfoTrac Legal Trac (Home Access)

Indexing for major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar assication journals and international legal journals.

Newspapers and Magazines

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ABA Journal (American Bar Association)

Law Library Journal

Michigan Bar Journal

Michigan Lawyers Weekly

National Law Journal

Community Resources

Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo - Immigration Assistance Program

Dispute Resolution Services of Gryphon Place

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Kalamazoo County Ninth Circuit Court

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Michigan Courts

State Bar of Michigan

Websites

Criminal Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Cooley Law School Innocence Project

Explores claims of wrongful imprisonment.

Criminal Defense Online - Mi State Appellate Defender

Resources for criminal defense attorneys.

Criminal Defense Self-Help Resources

Helpful links and information to criminal defense resources for the State of Michigan

Cybercrime

Information regarding computer and cyber-related legal issues.

Innocence Project

Works to free wrongfully convicted persons.

Michigan Criminal Law Attorneys

Location guide for Michigan lawyers and courts.

Uniform Crime Reports for Michigan

Uniform Crime Reports, Crime Statistics,Offense/Arrest Reports. 

Family Law

Child Support Case Information

Parents who pay or receive child support in Michigan now have a convenient and secure Web site to review their payment and case information.

Kalamazoo County Friend of the Court Handbook

Locate local information about domestic legal matters.

Kalamazoo County DHS Office

Contact the local DHS office in Kalamazoo County with questions regarding child support.

Paternity Guide from Michigan DHS

Information about establishing paternity in Michigan

Personal Protection Orders

Locate information about personal protection orders from ninth circuit court's PPO coordinator.

Understanding Child Support Handbook for Parents

What is child support in the State of Michigan? Find out here.

Federal Resources

Cornell Law School

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Information about the location of federal prisons and an inmate locator.

Federal Courts Finder

Find basic Federal Court information for all fifty states.

Federal Laws and Regulations

Helpful portal that links to many Federal sites.

Govtrack

GovTrack.us is a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. You'll find here the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records for the Senate and House of Representatives, information on Members of Congress, district maps, as well as congressional committees and the Congressional Record.

Immigration/Citizenship/Naturalization Services

US Citizens & Immigration Services Website.

OSHA

Official site covering safety regulations,and occupational safety requirements.

THOMAS: Legislative Info on the Net

A one stop guide to the legislative branch of the federal government.

U.S. Code

Access all 50 titles from the U.S. Code via the Government Publications Office.

U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

Online version of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

U.S. Dept. of Labor

Official website.  

U.S. District Court - Western District

Get information about United States District Court, Western District of Michigan.

U.S. EEOC

Official site of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

U.S. Sentencing Commission

Information about federal sentencing issues, and procedures.

U.S. Supreme Court

Official Supreme Court Website.

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

Find information about U.S. Supreme Court opinions, a list of argued cases, and issued orders and per-curiam decisions.

U.S. Tax Code

Complete text of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Western District Bankruptcy Court/Mich

Includes court forms and rules.

General Resources

ABA Law Info

Gateway to information on legal topics.

All Law - Subject Links

Thorough legal portal.  Includes a lawyer locator search option.

Expert Witness Network

Links attorneys and expert witnesses.

LexisNexis Expert Witness Search

Explore our comprehensive database of more than 100,000 experts, legal consultants and other legal service professionals

FindLaw - Subject Links

Comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet.

Full-Text State Statutes and Legislation on the Internet

Full-text state constitutions, statutes, legislation, session laws, and administrative rules.

Law Links - Washburn U of Law

Lawyer Locator

Find a lawyer by name or by location/area of practice, by firm, or for lawyers in corporations, agencies of the US government, or law school faculty.

Litigator's Internet Resource Guide

Links to over 1,400 sources for state & federal court rules, forms and dockets.

Kalamazoo Resources

Kalamazoo City of -

Locate local city government information from the City of Kalamazoo's web site, featuring job postings, city commissioners, community links, farmers market, and more.

Kalamazoo County

Locate local county government information.

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Directory of members and information on local courts.

Facts About Self-Representation

A person acting on his or her own behalf is, under the law, held to the same standards and duties as an attorney admitted to the practice of law in the State of Michigan.

Legal Aid Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Legal Outreach Clinics

Information about free legal clinics for low to moderate income residents who cannot afford an attorney.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Provides free legal assistance to low income persons and Seniors in non-criminal, non-fee generating matters.

MI Legal Aid

Guide to free and low-cost civil legal services in Michigan

Michigan Poverty Law Program

Michigan Tenant Counseling Program

Landlord and tenant issues.

State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service

The State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is designed to assist anyone who wants to hire an attorney and can afford to pay for legal services.

Legal Forms

All About Forms Sample Legal Forms

Access both free and priced legal forms.

LawHelp Interactive

LawHelp Interactive helps you fill out legal forms. Answer a series of questions and print your legal form.The forms are free and have been created by nonprofit legal aid programs and courts. They are for use by legal aid advocates, pro bono lawyers, and people representing themselves.

Legal Forms - from 'Lectric Library

Get business and legal forms through this site.

Michigan SCAO Approved Court Forms

Search by form number or keyword. Also includes recent and upcoming revisions.

Michigan Resources

Attorney General

Contact information, news updates, opinions, & consumer law.

Disciplined Attorneys

Contains notices of discipline, disability or reinstatement.

Elderlaw of Michigan

Government, Politics and Law

Links from the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

ICLE (Institute for Continuing Legal Education)

Access to professional literature.

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

Information and pamphlets on Michigan consumer laws.

Library of MI Law Library Info & Links

Links to state laws, courts rules, public acts, executive orders, and other state-specific legal information.

Michigan Administrative Code

Online version.

Michigan Bar Association

List of public and member resources, including court opinions. Includes Michigan online legal self-help center under public resources link.

Michigan Civil Jury Instructions

Electronic copy of civil jury instructions adopted by the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. MCR 2.516

Michigan Compiled Laws

Online version. 

Michigan Courts Self-Help Center

This site is designed to help you find legal assistance, learn about Michigan law, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

Michigan Dept. of Corrections - Offender Search & Sentencing Guidelines

Search for offender information here.

Michigan Driver License Appeal Division

Includes information about the driver license appeal division and the procedural steps involved in regaining driving privilges.

Michigan Government Laws, Regulations & Court System

Access Michigan state government and legal information, including the state constitution, administrative rules, court decisions, & more.

Michigan Online Legal Help Center

Self help resources on various legal subjects from the State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry

Official Internet source for Sex Offender Registration information.

Michigan State Government

State of Michigan's government web site.

Michigan State Police

Official website.

Michigan Supreme Court - Plus Links to Other State Law Agencies

Up-to-date information about the Michigan Supreme Court.

MichLaw - a Service of Lawyers Weekly

A weekly, online periodical about Michigan legal matters.

Municipal Codes (Includes Some Michigan Governmental Units)

Access published Codes of Ordinances for local governments.

Small Claims

Overview of the small claims court procedures.

Probate Resources


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Law Library staff reviews law books at Central Library.

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