Stan Chess once told me that he has about 50 Web sites, most, if not all, related to the practice of law and the process of becoming a lawyer. Trying to navigate your way through them all can be confusing. But here’s the thing: It can really be worth the effort because there is a lot there.
I’ve never even been quite sure whether there is a center to Chess’s Web universe, although it would seem to be ChessLaw.com. Beyond that site, some of the other domains Chess owns include LawBlogs.com, BarPlus.com, LawSchool.com, LawSchool100.com, SupremeCourt.org, LawTV.com, RuleofLaw.com, BarPreview.com, LawCentral.com, LegalEd.com, LawProf100.com, LegalGossip.com and LawMerchant.com.
Go to ChessLaw and you will find a fairly substantial collection of links to cases, statutes and other legal research sources. Go to SupremeCourt.org, and you will find a thorough collection of links to Supreme Court decisions, news, blogs and more. In other words, Chess does not just idly put up sites for their domain names alone, he fills many of them with useful resources.
From his Web site, we learn that Chess is president of LawTV and that he spent 22 years teaching professional responsibility and other subjects in New York, California and more than 30 other states for Bar/Bri bar review. From e-mails I have exchanged with him, I know that he is a former journalist who wrote syndicated features for The Washington Post for 10 years. His journalism career included stints editing the Post’s daily and Sunday crossword puzzles, writing a weekly bicycle column, and then writing a humor column.
With so many domains, the ChessLaw universe can be confusing. But it can also be worthwhile.