Custom Search

Purpose

Let you, or any visitor to your law-related web site, search many law-related websites at the same time, restricting your search to a relevant particular community, e.g.  the Washington State legal community.

Example
You’ve heard there’s something called CASA in that Washington State, but you don’t know much about it. You google search for “CASA” and get  The Contemporary A Cappella Society,  National CASA , local restaurants such as La Casa Del Mojito, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, etc.  It can take quite a while to whittle things down to the resources you’re looking for, especially since they reside on a variety of websites.
 
How It Works
  • Define a set of websites to search, e.g. the websites of all law-related organizations in Washington State.
  • Create a search for those sites alone, using Google Custom Search Engine (GCS). No doubt other search engines have or will have similar features.
  • Put that search on your website. It looks like any other web search feature, just with a special label. See http://prototypebar.blogspot.com/

Problems

I have not figured out how to add JavaScript to WordPress or FaceBook; as a result, the only parts of the PTBA Web Complex hosting the WAlaw GCS is the blog, at http://prototypebar.blogspot.com/

Coverage:

WAlaw currently covers:
aacf.wordpress.com
aallnet.org/chapter/llops
abaw.org
advocateresourcecenter.org
allianceforequaljustice.org
c4ej.org
cjc.state.wa.us
columbialegal.org
courts.wa.gov
defensenet.org
ejc.org
ekcba.org
globalgavelnews.org
kaba-washington.org
kcll.org
law.gonzaga.edu
law.seattleu.edu
law.washington.edu/LawSchool
lbaw.org
legalfoundation.org
melegal.org
nwiba.org
nwjustice.org
nwwlc.org
psala.org
q-law.org
resolutionwa.org
sabaw.org
skagitbar.org
tcba.org
wacll.org
washington.edu/research/showcase/1987d.html
washingtoncourtreporters.org
washingtonlawhelp.org
wdtl.org
whatcombar.org
wsbarppt.com
wsbatax.org
wwl.org

Future:
What sites should be added?
Who volunteers to keep this list updated?
What other GSCs would be helpful, e.g. other jurisdictions?

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