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A frequent complaint of corporate lawyers is that the Web has no truly top-notch sites supporting the day-to-day work of practitioners in this field. Sure enough, the best sites in this area tend to be narrow in focus — Delaware cases or forms of contracts, for example. In part, the problem is that corporate law crosses the boundaries of several practice areas — employment, contracts, securities, real estate and intellectual property, to name just the obvious. No site can fully address everything a corporate lawyer needs. That said, there are several worthwhile sites about corporate law. The most broad-ranging free resource for corporate counsel is FindLaw’s Corporate Counsel Center, http://corporate.findlaw.com, with current news, in-depth articles, substantive documents, court filings and opinions, and links to related resources. The site is organized primarily by industries and practice areas, each with a primary page that links to articles, news, recent lawsuits and research tools. A section devoted to business contracts provides hundreds of examples, organized by industry, company and type. Martindale-Hubbell’s corporate.martindale.com, also free after registration, features a glorified version of the Lawyer Locator, where users can add private notes to lawyers’ listings. The site includes access to the Law Digest, summarizing the laws of all 50 states and 80 foreign countries. Also here are databases of ADR providers and expert witnesses. The Web site of the magazine Corporate Counsel, www.corpcounsel.com, which is published by American Lawyer Media Inc., includes selected full-text articles from the magazine. The site features the annual general-counsel compensation survey, along with reports of major deals and suits, comings and goings among corporate counsel, and other news briefs. A GOOD MODEL When Dupont’s legal department showed that it could both cut costs and achieve greater success, its formula, known as the Dupont Legal Model, www.dupontlegalmodel.com, was widely emulated by other companies’ law departments. This site is a complete guide to the model and its implementation. It includes a library of articles, descriptions of initiatives taken with Dupont, and lists of the law firms and service providers who serve as DuPont’s strategic partners. A subscription “knowledge base” targeted at corporate associates, in-house counsel and small law firms, LeapLaw, www.leaplaw.com, offers access to tools and information that will help a lawyer “leap” to completion of a task. It does this primarily through a database it says contains more than 2,000 corporate terms and definitions, more than 800 legal forms, another 800 sample corporate votes, a collection of “best practices” guides, and links to outside sources of information. As of this writing, subscriptions cost $150 a month, $400 a quarter, or $1,500 a year. IncSpot, www.incspot.com, is a suite of online corporate tools for customers of Corporation Service Company, a Wilmington, Del., provider of registered agent, incorporation, document filing and retrieval, qualification, and other corporate services. Among the services it provides are records management, Delaware e-filing, UCC and lien searching and filing, trade and domain name management, and litigation management. CORPORATE FINANCE From RR Donnelley Financial, RealCorporateLawyer, www.realcorporatelawyer.com, is designed for securities lawyers who practice in the area of corporate finance. It features Securities & Exchange Commission daily briefs harvested from the SEC’s own Web site, reports of SEC and related regulatory developments, current news about corporate finance, and in-depth articles contributed by lawyers who practice in the field. A monthly webzine provides a more in-depth look at SEC and corporate finance news.From the publisher of The Corporate Counsel and The Corporate Executive newsletters, TheCorporateCounsel.net, provides current news and analysis of corporate and securities law. Unfortunately, to access most of the information, you must be a subscriber to one of the print newsletters or purchase a Web-only subscription for $625 a year. DELAWARE CORPORATE LAW More than 500,000 companies are incorporated in Delaware, including 58 percent of the Fortune 500 and 50 percent of U.S. publicly traded companies, according to the Delaware Division of Corporations, www.state.de.us/corp/default.shtml. For others wanting to follow suit, this site is where to find everything needed to incorporate in the First State. It includes the Delaware’s corporate laws, all necessary forms, a schedule of fees, and a complete description of the procedure for incorporating.The Delaware Corporate Law Clearinghouse, http://corporate-law.widener.edu, provides access to filings and opinions from the nation’s central trial court for corporation law, the Delaware Court of Chancery. The site includes opinions, briefs, complaints, settlements, motions and other documents. Coverage begins from March 1999 and includes only opinions from cases that the court has coded on its docket as “corporate matters.” The site also provides general information about and a history of the court. The Clearinghouse is a cooperative project of the court, the Widener University School of Law Legal Information Center, and Stanford University School of Law.The official Web site of the Delaware Court of Chancery, http://courts.state.de.us/chancery, includes the court’s opinions, as well as its rules, selected forms and other information about the court. The court is working with private vendors to make its docket information available online for a fee.Launched last March, SocraticLaw, www.socraticlaw.com, provides full-text searching of trial transcripts related to corporate and securities law, bankruptcy and intellectual property. Its database includes transcripts from the Delaware Chancery Court and Delaware Supreme Court, and will soon include the U.S. District Court for Delaware. Eventually, the company will add other state and federal courts. The initial consultation for a research project is free, after which it is $250 to initiate a research project and between $3 and $5 per page for the results.MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONMany of the best features of the Web site of the American Corporate Counsel Association, www.acca.com, are restricted to its members. Among these is a diverse online reference source ACCA calls the Virtual Library. Organized by topic of law and also searchable in full text, the Virtual Library includes hundreds of forms, articles, bibliographies and other practice materials. Supplementing this is a collection of “InfoPaks,” packages of articles and materials that focus on the issues that corporate counsel most commonly face. Non-members are not closed out entirely. They can use ACCA’s well organized collection of links to find corporation law resources elsewhere on the Web and browse a library of amicus curiae briefs ACCA has filed.Corporation law, corporate governance and corporate practice are among the topics on the agenda of the Business Law section of the American Bar Association, www.abanet.org/buslaw/home.html. You must be a member of the section to gain access to all that is here. But anyone can read the articles from the current or past issues of Business Law Today, its every-other-month news magazine, or abstracts of articles from the quarterly journal, The Business Lawyer. For the real meat, drill down to the sites of the section’s individual committees and task forces to find resources relating to their work. Of particular note is the section’s Task Force on Corporate Responsibility, www.abanet.org/buslaw/corporateresponsibility/home.htm, whose recommendations led to the ABA’s adoption earlier this year of new lawyer conduct rules. Dedicated to increasing the diversity of the legal profession “from the inside out,” DiverseCounsel, www.diversecounsel.org, is sponsored by ACCA in cooperation with a number of other bar associations. Its primary feature is a searchable directory of minority outside counsel. The site also has a library of diversity resources and a collection of links to diversity-related Web sites. ACCA also sponsors the www.internationalcounsel.org site, a searchable directory of outside counsel located outside the United States. ACCA members can post recommendations of international outside counsel they have worked with. Robert J. Ambrogi, a lawyer in Rockport, Mass., is vice president of editorial services for Jaffe Associates.

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