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Legal Research

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9781401879587

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1401879586
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Pub. Date:
7/11/2005
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

This text is a rare and in-depth teaching tool covering every phase of the LEGAL RESEARCH process, including how to avoid wasted time and duplication of effort. Multiple examples, illustrations, and more assignments based on real life cases are contained in the text aiding in the instructor's teaching and the student's understanding of the concepts and principles taught in the chapters. The clearly presented, step-by-step treatment of material ensures that readers will understand all the facts, insights and knowledge presented to conduct effective and efficient LEGAL RESEARCH. A list of web sites complements the books content.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Chapter Features xiv
Support Material xv
Acknowledgments xvi
About the Author xvii
Table of Exhibits
xix
Table of Cases
xxiii
Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities and the Research Process
1(24)
Introduction
2(1)
Sources of Law
3(9)
Enacted Law
3(2)
Common Law/Case Law
5(7)
Hierarchy of the Law
12(1)
Authority
12(6)
Types of Authority
13(2)
Role of Authority
15(3)
Legal Research and Analysis Process
18(1)
Part A---Analyze the Assignment
19(1)
Part B---Conduct Research
19(1)
Key Points Checklist: Researching the Law
19(1)
Application
20(5)
Summary
21(1)
Chapter References
22(1)
Internet Resources
23(1)
Exercises
23(2)
The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research
25(22)
Introduction
26(1)
Key Terms
26(1)
Facts---In General
27(1)
Facts---Definition
28(1)
Importance of Facts
29(1)
Types of Facts
30(1)
Irrelevant Facts
30(1)
Background Facts
30(1)
Key Facts
31(1)
Key Facts---Definition and Types
31(2)
Definition
31(1)
Types of Key Facts
32(1)
Key Facts Identification---Client's Case
33(3)
Step 1 Identify Each Cause of Action
33(1)
Step 2 Determine the Elements
34(1)
Step 3 List All Facts Related to the Elements
34(1)
Step 4 Determine Which Facts Apply
35(1)
Multiple Issues
36(1)
Key Facts Identification---Case Law
36(3)
Step 1 Read the Entire Case
37(1)
Step 2 Look to the Holding
38(1)
Step 3 Identify the Key Facts
38(1)
Multiple Issues
39(1)
Key Points Checklist: Identifying Key Terms and Key Facts
39(1)
Application
40(7)
Client's Fact Situation
40(1)
Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
41(1)
Court Opinion
42(2)
Summary
44(1)
Chapter References
45(1)
Internet Resources
45(1)
Exercises
45(2)
Issue Identification---Spotting the Issue
47(24)
Introduction
48(1)
Definition and Types
48(1)
Elements
49(3)
Applicable Law
49(1)
Legal Question
50(1)
Key Facts
50(1)
Examples
50(2)
Issue Identification---Client's Case
52(5)
Step 1 Identify Each Type of Cause of Action
52(1)
Step 2 Determine the Elements of Each Cause of Action
53(1)
Step 3 Determine the Key Facts
54(1)
Step 4 Assemble the Issue
55(1)
Multiple Issues
56(1)
Issue Identification---Case Law
57(4)
Step 1 General Question
58(1)
Step 2 Look to the Holding
59(1)
Step 3 Assemble the Issue
60(1)
Other Aids---Case Law Issue Identification
60(1)
Multiple Issues
61(1)
Key Points Checklist: Identifying the Issue
61(1)
Application
62(9)
Client's Fact Situation
62(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
63(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
64(1)
Court Opinion
65(4)
Summary
69(1)
Chapter References
69(1)
Internet Resources
69(1)
Exercises
70(1)
Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules---Research and Analysis
71(48)
Introduction
72(1)
Anatomy of a Statute
72(9)
Numbers
79(1)
Short Title
79(1)
Purpose Clause
79(1)
Scope
79(1)
Definitions
80(1)
Substantive Provisions
80(1)
Other Provisions
80(1)
Annotations/Reference Information
80(1)
Statutory Research---Locating Statutes
81(12)
Federal Law
81(10)
State Statutory Law and Codes
91(1)
The Research Process---Techniques and Strategies
91(2)
Computer-Aided Research
93(1)
Ethics---Competence and Diligence
93(1)
Administrative Law
93(7)
Federal Administrative Law
94(5)
State Administrative Law
99(1)
Court Rules
100(1)
Statutory Analysis---The Process
100(7)
Step 1 Determine If the Statute Applies
101(1)
Step 2 Analyze the Statute
102(3)
Step 3 Apply the Statute to the Legal Problem or Issue
105(2)
General Considerations
107(3)
Legislative History
108(1)
Canons of Construction
108(2)
Key Points Checklist: Working with Statutes
110(1)
Application
110(9)
Chapter Hypothetical
110(3)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
113(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
113(1)
Summary
114(1)
Chapter References
115(1)
Internet Resources
115(1)
Statutory Citation
116(1)
Exercises
116(3)
Case Law---Research and Briefing
119(34)
Introduction
119(1)
Court Opinions---In General
119(3)
Court Opinions---Importance
122(1)
Court Opinions---Elements
123(4)
In General
123(1)
Elements of a Reported Case
123(4)
Court Opinions---Researching
127(10)
Publication of Court Opinions
128(7)
Researching Court Opinions---Locating Case Law
135(2)
Court Opinions---Briefing (Case Brief)
137(7)
Introduction
137(1)
Importance of Briefing
137(1)
How to Read a Case
138(1)
Case Brief---Elements
138(5)
Case Brief---Updating
143(1)
Key Points Checklist: Locating, Reading, and Briefing Court Opinions
144(1)
Application
144(9)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
144(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
145(1)
Brief of Rael v. Cadena
145(1)
Brief of Sterling Computer Systems of Texas, Inc. v. Texas Pipe Bending Company
146(3)
Summary
149(1)
Chapter References
150(1)
Internet Resources
150(1)
Case Law Citation
150(1)
Exercises
151(2)
Case Law Analysis---Is a Case on Point?
153(21)
Introduction
154(1)
Definition---On Point
154(1)
On Point---Importance
154(2)
Precedent
155(1)
Mandatory Precedent
155(1)
Persuasive Precedent
155(1)
Stare Decisis
156(1)
Determining whether a Case Is on Point
156(10)
Step 1 Are the Key Facts Sufficiently Similar?
157(5)
Step 2 Are the Rules/Principles of Law Sufficiently Similar?
162(4)
Key Points Checklist: Determining Whether a Case Is on Point
166(1)
Application
167(7)
Chapter Hypothetical
167(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
167(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
168(1)
Libel Case
169(2)
Summary
171(1)
Chapter References
171(1)
Internet Resources
171(1)
Exercises
171(3)
Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources---Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests, Shepard's
174(50)
Introduction
175(1)
Legal Encyclopedias
176(9)
National Encyclopedias
177(7)
State Encyclopedias
184(1)
Treatises
185(2)
Types and Features of Treatises
185(1)
Research Using Treatises
185(2)
American Law Reports
187(9)
ALR Components
188(6)
Research Using ALR
194(2)
Digests
196(12)
West Key-Number Digest System
197(4)
Components of the West Digests
201(2)
Types of Digests
203(4)
Research Using Digests
207(1)
Shepard's Citations
208(11)
Format and Components of Shepard's Citations
209(5)
Types of Shepard's Citations
214(3)
Research Using Shepard's Citations
217(2)
Key Points Checklist: Secondary Authority
219(1)
Application
220(4)
Chapter Hypothetical
220(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
220(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
221(1)
Summary
221(1)
Chapter References
222(1)
Internet Resources
222(1)
Citation
222(1)
Exercises
222(2)
Secondary Authority---Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities
224(37)
Introduction
225(1)
Legal Periodicals
225(7)
Types of Legal Periodicals
226(2)
Research Using Legal Periodicals
228(4)
Restatements of the Law
232(9)
Restatement Features
233(1)
Research Using Restatements of the Law
233(8)
Uniform Laws and Model Acts
241(5)
Features of Uniform Laws and Model Acts
242(1)
Research Using Uniform Laws and Model Acts
242(4)
Dictionaries and Words and Phrases
246(2)
Legal Dictionaries
246(2)
Words and Phrases
248(1)
Legislative History
248(6)
Federal Legislative History Sources
248(1)
Researching Federal Legislative History
249(5)
State Legislative History
254(1)
Jury Instructions and Other Research Sources
254(2)
Jury Instructions
254(1)
Practice and Form Books
254(2)
Loose-Leaf Services
256(1)
Presidential Materials
256(1)
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
256(1)
Key Points Checklist: Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities
256(1)
Application
257(4)
Chapter Hypothetical
257(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
257(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
258(1)
Summary
258(1)
Chapter References
258(1)
Internet Resources
259(1)
Citation
259(1)
Exercises
260(1)
Computer and Internet Research
261(18)
Introduction
261(2)
Ethics
262(1)
Limitations
262(1)
NonFee-Based Law-Related Web Sites
263(11)
Search Terms
263(1)
General Access and Links
264(2)
Federal Government Sources
266(3)
State Sources
269(2)
Secondary Authority and Speciality Areas
271(2)
Listservs
273(1)
Organizations
274(1)
CD-ROM
274(1)
Key Points Checklist: Computers and Legal Research
275(1)
Application
275(4)
Chapter Hypothetical
275(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
275(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
276(1)
Summary
276(1)
Chapter References
277(1)
Internet Resources
277(1)
Citation
277(1)
Exercises
277(2)
Fee-Based Internet Research
279(41)
Introduction
280(1)
Westlaw
280(16)
Signing On
280(1)
Finding Primary Authority
280(15)
Finding Secondary Authority
295(1)
Printing and Saving
296(1)
LexisNexis®
296(15)
Signing On
296(1)
Finding Primary Authority
296(13)
Finding Secondary Authority
309(1)
Printing and Saving
310(1)
Westlaw or LexisNexis?
311(1)
Loislaw
311(5)
Signing On
311(1)
Conducting Searches
311(4)
Updating Research
315(1)
Key Points Checklist: Fee-Based Internet Research
316(1)
Application
316(4)
Chapter Hypothetical
316(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
317(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
317(1)
Summary
317(1)
Chapter References
318(1)
Internet Resources
318(1)
Citation
318(1)
Exercises
318(2)
Legal Citation
320(39)
Introduction
320(2)
In General
320(1)
The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual
321(1)
Primary Authority
322(14)
Case Law
323(8)
Constitutions
331(1)
Statutory Law
332(3)
Rules of Evidence and Procedure
335(1)
Administrative Law
335(1)
Secondary Authority
336(4)
American Law Reports
336(1)
Legal Dictionary
337(1)
Legal Encyclopedia
337(1)
Periodicals---Law Review/Journal Citations
338(1)
Restatements
339(1)
Treatises/Books
339(1)
General Rules of Citation
340(16)
Typeface
341(1)
Italics and Underscoring
341(1)
Citation Placement in Sentences and Clauses
341(1)
Abbreviations
342(2)
Capitalization
344(1)
Quotations
344(4)
Page Numbers (Pinpoint Citations)
348(2)
String Citations
350(1)
Short Citation Forms (Id., Supra, and Hereinafter)
350(2)
Internal Cross References (Supra and Infra)
352(1)
Signals
352(2)
Sections and Paragraphs (§ ¶)
354(1)
Electronic Sources
354(2)
Key Points Checklist---Citation Checklist
356(1)
Application
356(3)
Chapter Hypothetical
356(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
356(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
356(1)
Summary
357(1)
Chapter References
357(1)
Internet Resources
357(1)
Exercises
358(1)
Counteranalysis
359(19)
Introduction
360(1)
Counteranalysis---Definition
360(1)
Counteranalysis---Why?
360(1)
Counteranalysis---When?
361(1)
Counteranalysis---Research Sources
362(1)
Counteranalysis---Techniques
363(9)
In General
363(1)
Enacted Law
363(5)
Case Law
368(4)
Counteranalysis Techniques---Comments
372(1)
Key Points Checklist: Conducting Counteranalysis
372(1)
Application
373(5)
Chapter Hypothetical
373(1)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
373(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
374(1)
Summary
374(1)
Chapter References
374(1)
Internet Resources
375(1)
Exercises
375(3)
The Research Process for Effective Legal Research
378(28)
Introduction
379(1)
Goal of Legal Research
379(1)
Legal Research Process
379(1)
Part A---Analyze the Assignment
380(9)
Assignment
381(1)
Constraints
382(1)
Organization---Research Outline
383(6)
Part B---Conduct Research
389(5)
Step 1 Preliminary Preparation
390(1)
Step 2 Issue
391(1)
Step 3 Rule
392(2)
When to Stop
394(3)
When to Stop Researching When You Find Nothing
394(2)
When to Stop Researching After Finding Several Legal Sources
396(1)
General Considerations
397(2)
Focus
397(1)
Ethics---Intellectual Honesty
398(1)
Key Points Checklist and Research Suggestions
399(1)
Application
400(6)
Chapter Hypothetical
400(2)
Chapter 1 Hypothetical Reins v. Stewart
402(1)
Chapter 2 Hypothetical United States v. Canter
403(1)
Summary
403(1)
Chapter References
403(1)
Internet Resources
404(1)
Exercises
404(2)
Appendix A---Legal Research Memorandum 406(5)
Appendix B---Research Source Chart 411(2)
Appendix C---Court Opinions Referred to in the Text 413(34)
Glossary 447(4)
Index 451


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