The new OpenCRS website is a new must-bookmark site for lawyers in all types of practice. The site provides high-quality informational briefs on a wide range of topics--from immigration to Internet privacy to medical malpractice reform with a state-by-state survey of caps on punitive damages--prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
The CRS is the non-partisan think tank funded by Congress to provide members of Congress with objective information on any topic requested. The CRS serves only Congress. The briefs are not available to the Executive Branch or the public. As a former Congressional staffer, I can attest to the high-quality of these well-written briefs.
Now OpenCRS in conjunction with several public entities, including the University of Maryland Law School and the Franklin Pierce Law Center are providing these reports to lawyers and the general public.
Lawyers will find many of the reports useful for factual research and baseline legal research.