Helping Patrons with Legal Questions: Part 2: Researching State and Local Laws

This is the second webinar in a series of three presented by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the Colorado State Library. It will address aspects of researching state and local laws. In this session, attendees will learn free and low-cost resources for Colorado state and local legal research. This will include locating statutes, regulations, case law, court forms, corporate filings, and secondary sources.   This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of these resources and facilitate a discussion of when to direct patrons to a law library or attorney for additional help.

Session three will delve more into where to locate federal resources, and is scheduled for April 25, 2019.

Part 1: Legal Research Basics

Part 3: Researching Federal Laws and Secondary Sources

Resources: We have listed primarily free resources here. Additional resources your library may have access to are shared in the presentation

Free access to statutes

Additional statute resources

State Cases – Free Resources

Researching current cases (docket research)

Court Rules

Court Forms

Municipal Codes – Free Online

About Keslie Kandt

Keslie is a research librarian at Davis Graham and Stubbs in Denver, CO. Before starting at Davis, Graham, and Stubbs in the fall of 2017 she worked as an attorney at the Native American Rights Fund and Smith & Shellenberger, LLC. She is the Secretary of the Colorado Association of Law Libraries. Keslie is still new to the library profession, but she has a passion for research and 5 years of experience practicing law in Colorado state courts as well as federal and tribal courts in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Alaska.