Cracking the Code

By , December 7, 2011 8:13 am

by Kristine Lloyd

For those of you who know me, I heart free stuff. A $20 Groupon for a $40 meal. Even if it’s gruel, I’m there! A free facial. Rub my face raw. That’s just fine. It’s free! I love training new associates on PACER, especially the “wait, there’s more” part when I tell them that it’s only $.08 per page (though it’s going up to a whopping $.10 in April), with a cap at $2.40!

It’s painful to have to pay exorbitant prices for the legal research we do, but honestly, some of the free sites just aren’t that great. For years, the US Code at the GPO’s site was a listless blob of stultified code sections. Thankfully, somebody over there wised up and now the US Code has a new sleek look at a brand new site. Sit down for this one: there’s even a popular name table. In addition to the popular name table, you’ll find the Statutes at Large conversion table. But wait, there’s more. There’s even a cite checker. I searched for a section of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 that had been amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, and sure enough, those changes are included. When you look up a code section, there are even revision annotations. I am very impressed.

An advanced search feature even allows you to search down to a sections subpart. You’ll find a helpful page on the currency of the code, and some of the titles were last updated on November 12th. Certainly we’ll continue to use fee services to ensure the currency of statutes, but this is a great place to steer new associates looking for ways to save their clients a buck.

2 Responses to “Cracking the Code”

  1. Amy Eaton says:

    Thanks Kristine! I didn’t know about the new site.

  2. Brenna Louzin says:

    Wowza! This is a fabulous upgrade and so many tools. Very worthy of teachable moments.

    Thanks, Kristine.

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