First Amendment Resources and Useful Links
The links below provide legal and legislative information on SLAPP and First Amendment issues in California and around the country.
Anti-SLAPP Laws in Other States
For information about anti-SLAPP laws in states other than California, visit the Public Participation Project for information.
- State Government
- California State Home Page
- California Bills — the full text of bills and resolutions, searchable by bill number or key words. Information on the status, history, and votes on each bill, and various analyses and any veto message from the Governor, are also available. You may elect to have e-mail updates sent to you for any bill.
- California State Assembly — access to Assembly calendar, bills, members, and committees, as well as links to all branches of state government: executive, legislative, judicial, independent agencies, constitutional officers.
- California State Senate — access to Senate calendar, archives, bills, members, committees.
- California Law
- California Courts — the official Web site of the California Courts and Judicial System. All state supreme court and appellate court opinions for the past 60 days are posted (in Word or pdf only), and all published opinions from 1850, in searchable format. Includes rules of appellate courts, links to county court websites, and a section on the Judicial Council of California.
- California Statutes — the full text of all 29 state codes, searchable by keywords or whole phrases (see their Help page).
- California Code of Regulations — at the website of the California Office of Administrative Law.
- FindLaw California — excellent starting place for online research.
- Legal Resources
- Practicing Attorney’s Home Page: California (now at LegalEthics.com)
- State Bar of California
Directories of Law Sites on the Web (back to top)
- FindLaw — search for websites with U.S. federal and state law databases on the Web. Excellent starting place for online research.
- Legal Information Institute (Cornell University Law School)
- Librarian’s Internet Index: Law (U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services)
- Practicing Attorney’s Home Page (now at LegalEthics.com)
- State and Local Government on the Net
- WWW Virtual Law Library (Indiana University School of Law)
- WashLaw Web (Washburn University School of Law)
- Yahoo! Law Directory
- Google Scholar
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU has been working to preserve freedom of speech since 1920. Current areas of focus include campaign finance reform, censorship, flag desecration, the right to protest, student speech, and internet censorship.
125 Broad Street – 18th Floor
ACLU Northern California
ACLU Southern California
ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties
|Citizen Media Law Project
CMLP’s mission is to provide assistance, training, research, and other resources for individuals and organizations involved in online and citizen media.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
The Cyberlaw Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate individuals, small start-ups, non-profit groups and government entities regarding cutting-edge issues of the Internet, new technology and intellectual property.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
|Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF confronts cutting-edge issues defending online free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights primarily through litigation. EFF also maintains a national network of cooperating attorneys.
454 Shotwell Street
|First Amendment Coalition
CFAC is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and open-government rights. Its activities include educational and informational programs, participation in “test case” litigation to enhance First Amendment rights for the largest number of citizens, and legislative oversight of bills affecting free speech.
534 4th Street, Suite B
Public Citizen Litigation Group is a public interest law firm that litigates cases in federal and state judiciaries and before federal regulatory agencies, specializing in health and safety regulation, consumer rights, including class actions and access to the courts, open government, and the First Amendment, including Internet free speech.
|Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society
The Center for Internet and Society provides law students and the general public with educational resources and analyses of policy issues arising at the intersection of law, technology and the public interest. Through the Fair Use Project and the Cyberlaw Clinic, CIS also provides legal representation to clients in matters that raise important issues of free expression, civil rights and technology.
Click here to contact CIS.
The following services on the Internet may be of special interest to those concerned with the threat of SLAPPs to free speech and petition.
- American Bar Association
- Congress.org — comprehensive links to Congressional committees, offices, Members, etc.
- Federal Courts Home Page — a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government. It includes information on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).
- Information Law Web — specializes in “information law,” especially rights in cyberspace.
- NewsVoyager — gateway to local dailies and weeklies, as well as foreign and college newspapers and media organizations.
The information on this website is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. The information here is meant to provide general information to the public.