Inquire with state bar associations. Attorneys must be licensed through the bar association of each individual state in which they practice. If the lawyer you are researching is practicing legally in your state, the state bar association can provide records regarding the status of her law license, history of professional disciplinary actions and current place of employment.
Search court records. If you know the name of at least one party to a case in which an attorney was involved, you can find copies of those records through individual court. Many jurisdictions have made these records available electronically through their court websites at no cost.
Talk to law school alumni associations. If you are trying to confirm the details of an attorney’s education and know where he attended law school, the school’s alumni association may be able to provide you with information on his academic history, extracurricular activities and graduation date.
Ask court officials about state-specific resources. Because the structure of each state’s bar system is different, the Clerk of the Court or a bar association representative can help you find additional resources exclusive to your jurisdiction.
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