Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Law Library

With the recent news that Harvard is creating a digital law library and the suggestion in the comments that Google Scholar already has that, we thought it was time to revisit the topic of your sources for legal research.

Where do you turn first when you're doing research? Are you the time to physically open a dusty book on the shelf or do you head right over to Westlaw. Are you more the Lexis type? Do all your searches begin and end with Google? Do you use Fastcase? Is there another go to source you would recommend?

For those of you who reference books, what would you recommend every new attorney use?

20 comments:

  1. For any new civil attorney, Elements of Nevada Legal Theories by Klearman is a must.

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    1. I agree with this. First book I convinced my law firm to purchase when I got out of law school.

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    2. Another vote for it, but be aware that it has some errors. That said, you should be Shepardizing anyway.

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  2. Can we talk about Fiore and her amazing calendar some more. Lawd help us!!

    http://wonkette.com/595586/idiot-nevada-assemblywoman-michele-fiore-will-represent-boobs-and-guns-in-congress

    I use fastcase and google.

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    1. Fiore is as entertaining a politician as we've ever had in Nevada (and that is saying something). She is wonderful. And just because she isn't stripper hot doesn't mean she's not hot. She's hot in a big, fun, jiggly, tough, dumb kinda way. And who's to say that stripper hot is the only kind of hot?

      I want her in Congress if only to expose how ridiculous and absurd our whole political system really is. She is no more absurd than any of the idiots in that weird old uncle club we affectionately call the US Senate. And she is no more absurd than any of the other dipshits in that self-interested busybody club we call the US House of Representatives.

      I'll vote for her if only to ensure that those fabulous melons spend more time on my television screen. How much damage can she really do?

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    2. She is smarter than Laxalt.

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    3. Along those same lines, I will say that Google Scholar is quick, free, and easy when it comes to basic stuff. And if it isn't basic, I assign it to someone down the food chain.

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    4. "Sit yo ass down!"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH6HAds50-w

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    5. Very sexist! I don't see any comments about Laxalt or any other male politician's physical appearance. "She's hot in a big, fund jiggly..." this is terrible

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    6. That's because our male politicians tend to look like Frank Sorrentino, not Frank Flansburg.

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    7. Trevor Hayes is sexy!

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    8. 2:23 - Laxalt doesn't have a calendar!

      For men who like big beautiful women, Fiore is a damned unicorn! The fact that she's all brassy and loud and halfway sounds like she knows what she's talking about is just icing on the delicious cake.

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    9. 2:23 anyone who intentionally constantly puts her breasts on display in an apparent effort to get people to notice her body and puts out a calendar of herself in "sexy" poses with guns should not be surprised or offended when people remark on her body.

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    10. For research, I always go to the associates down the hall. Where they get the info is beyond me. Could be that magic box on their desk.

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  3. that calendar looks like it features about 4 different models of Fiore and 2 out of 4 ain't bad.

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    1. She is so freaking hot!

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    2. Really? I guess you never leave your house, but to each their own.

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    3. Over/Under on the hours of photoshopping involved in that calendar? I feel like the Westgate should have a line on this

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  4. New lawyers don't need your fancy libraries and research. Just hang out your shingle, advertise criminal, PI, and family law because those things are super simple, and start taking cases.

    When questions arise, just spam message boards and mailing lists, like "what's that case about people owning kids" and "what federal court do I file a wrongful foreclosure action in" and "do you have a sample [insert basic, obvious thing here]."

    Dude, simple.

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  5. Klearman's book is good, but I prefer the Trucounsel.com site created by Jared Richards as a starting point during early case assessment. I often use it when brain storming possible COA's.

    http://www.trucounsel.com/elements-of-nevadas-theories-of-liability/nevadas-theories-of-liability

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