Tip of the day: Newspapers might prove to be a useful legal research tool.

| March 12, 2014

If you are interested in seeking a specific complaint that involves a nurse, a hospital and payments for meal breaks in St. Louis,  how would you proceed?  Many experienced researchers these days know that this information may be readily available via Google. However,  it is not a secret that searches via the web often retrieve [...]

Fresh From the Press – Exotic Lizards are Now Invading Florida!

| February 26, 2014

Exotic 4-Foot Lizards are now invading Florida according to a blog post from  Paul Shin via the  ABC news blog post from today, February 26th 2014 at 6:00 am. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed more than 100 sightings of the Tegu lizard throughout Hillsborough County Exotic lizards” They are from South [...]

Here is How a Court Dealt with a Statute that Included 307 Words and a Mere One Period!

| February 25, 2014

The court ended up citing to the Spartans Battle at the Thermopylae! From your history class you may recall that the Spartan army went into battle totally silent, which really freaked out their opponents.  In State v. Willan, 136 Ohio St.3d 222 (2013)   Chief Justice Pfeifer’s dissent reads: “If a statute consists of “24 [...]

National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Settlement will be Assisted by an Appointed Special Master.

| January 30, 2014

On Monday December 9th 2013 , Judge Anita Brody appointed a “Special Master” to assist with the assessment of the proposed deal due to the financial complexity of the settlement. Even after the deal is finalized, retired players will have to prove they have suffered severe cognitive impairment in order to receive payment. See Mike [...]

What document is the most retrieved item in the history on FDsys?

| January 17, 2014

FDsys was established by the US government in 2009 to provide secure and archival  access to federal documents. According to a news release on December 11th  2013, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is currently the most retrieved item in FDsys’s history!   As of December 11the 2013, [...]

Happy Birthday FDsys!

| January 16, 2014

In 2009 on Jan 15. he U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) launched GPO’s Federal Digital System, to serve as the one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Here is a direct link to  FDsys. Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Are you interested in learning more about the ongoing National Football League Players concussion injury litigation and be notified whenever a document is filed at the court?

| December 16, 2013

Did you know that it is possible to search and access federal dockets for free? All you need to do is go to Justia Dockets and Filings.  This web site allows you to search by party name, judge, court and date. The archive goes back to 2004. It is worth a try. However, at this [...]

A legal citator does more then just validate the law!

| December 16, 2013

When using a legal citatory such as Shepard’s or KeyCite, remember that both services do more than just verify whether your primary source  is still  good law. Think of these Citators as RTV’s. They not only validate the case or statute, they also offer an option to explore secondary sources that cite to your primary [...]

Allow us to introduce you to Congress.gov!

| November 19, 2013

We recently received a research question regarding H.R. 4646, 111 Cong. (2010).   According to the researcher, the bill levied a 1% tax on all bank transactions; all direct deposits an expenditures.  The researcher stated that they had verified this information as accurate at Snopes.com.  However, this does not entirely settle the question for a [...]

Are you seeking Missouri Legislative History Documents?

| November 12, 2013

At the federal level a legislative history documents consist of bills and their amendments, hearings, committee reports, debates, and presidential statements which are easily accessible both in print and online via FDSys.  The Missouri General Assembly on the other hand does not publish any committee hearing or reports for public access. There are very few [...]

Summer Access: Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

| April 23, 2013

BLOOMBERG LAW: Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer. Graduating students will continue to have unrestricted access for 6 months after graduation. If you have not already signed up for Bloomberg Law, go to bloomberglaw.com and “Register for a Law School Account.” LEXIS ADVANCE: Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer. Graduating students [...]

Are you interested in knowing what happened today in legal history?

| December 7, 2012

The Jurist is an online legal news service, but in addition to providing updates on legal news (both in the US and abroad), it also publishes a column titled This Day at Law. The purpose of this column is to focus on historical news.  Yesterday, Kyle Webster in Jurist shared the following update via the [...]

Law Review Write-On Survival Tips

| May 8, 2012

It is spring time and a law student’s thoughts turns to the upcoming write-on competition.  Here are some resources that may be of help to you: Books: Wes Henricksen, Making Law Review: The Expert’s Guide to Mastering the Write-On Competition (2008). Law Reserve KF250 .H46 2008 Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing : Law Review Articles, [...]

Tweet, Tweet

| April 25, 2012

A student recently asked how to cite to a tweet.  While the 19th edition of the Bluebook does not explicitly cover citing a tweet, it does offer some guidance in Rule 18.2.2, The Internet, Electronic Media, and Other Nonprint Resources.  Here is what we did: We deviated from the rule in two respects.  We put [...]

A picture is worth a thousand words.

| April 20, 2012

The “Sergeant Schultz defense,” “I know nothing,” aka the Ostrich defense is when a appellant/defendant claims to be ignorant of the activities of an associate.  They hide their heads in the sand feigning ignorance and hoping it will all just go away.  Recently, Judge Poser of the 7th CA, ruled on ostrich like behavior by appellants [...]

Remember what your Mom said: “Try it, you might like it…..

| April 6, 2012

Did you know that you can download documents on WestlawNext to your Kindle?  Documents, Cases, KeyCite results, and result lists can now be delivered from WestlawNext directly to your Amazon Kindle. Click on the arrow next to the delivery icon in WestlawNext and choose the ‘Send to Amazon Kindle’ option. Type your Kindle e-mail address [...]

Updating your federal regulations has never been easier!

| March 21, 2012

As of March 16th, 2012 the migration from GPO Access to FDsys GPO’s Federal Digital system is finally complete. From now on all official and authenticated US federal government information will be centrally located at this web site. Updating a federal regulation has never been easier thanks to FDsys. For example, you can consult the [...]

When Time is of Essence

| February 3, 2012

When dealing with regulatory topics, and when your time is of essence, you may want to consult both the Federal Register and the agency’s website to learn more about recent regulatory developments. Here is why: The agency’s web site may list an upcoming final rule on its website before the final rule gets published in [...]

The Frugal Legal Researcher

| September 26, 2011

You have been asked to find a case written by Judge Denny Chin. Judge Chin commented in a footnote, “The Court notes that it has had success with its own, much simpler diet, which can be described in four words: “Run more, eat less.” You could search on Westlaw or Lexis or you could consider [...]