Well, lexisnexis and westlaw are the best, but they are very expensive. I'll get you some free resources for those in just a minute, but in general, go to the source for the Washington Post and the ABA. For cases and statutes, go to Findlaw and Cornell. None of that is as powerful as the expensive resources, but you can spend thousands on research on even a small case, so there's something to be said for free services.
1. United States Code:
The House of Representatives provides a free tool to search through the code:
Cornell's version is also very useful:
And so is the one provided by Findlaw:
You may need to check all three to find what you're looking for, but that's the cost of free services. The search tools are not as powerful and they don't have the proprietary commentary by Thompson Reuters or other sources which can come in handy in finding cases that interpret the code.
2. Washington Post:
You can search the Washington Post archives free here:
But if you want to view the full articles you find, they will charge you. The prices can be seen here:
3. United States Reports
The Supreme Court provides pdfs of the bound volumes of all US Reports since 1991 here:
If you're looking for a particular cite from volumes 502 through 544, that can be quite useful, but it's not a good search tool.
Resource.org provides a similar tool which allows you to view cases from the entire history of the court up to the present. It seems to have pretty good coverage, but I can't guarantee it is complete. For 1991 to the present, you're better off with the Supreme Court cite, but if you don't find the volume there, check this out:
The best free tool to search for decisions is provided by Cornell:
If you want to search casebriefs of major cases to help you as a first step in your research, I've always liked this site:
4. ABA Model Rules
The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here:
Any other ABA publications you want to look through, try searching their website and if that doesn't work, try searching Google, findaw.com and law.cornell.edu.
In most cases, the judge is not permitted to meet with one party to a case without the other po\arty being represented in the meeting. You defend yourself IN COURT, not in a private meeting.