The Process of Legal Research Authorities and Options

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2012-06-13
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers

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Long a favorite among students, The Process of Legal Research: Authorities and Options, Eighth Edition, combines instruction, examples, and illustrations with well-crafted problem sets that immerse students in the process of legal research. Stressing optimal options, the research and writing exercises in proven-effective text reflect the realities and needs of today's lawyers.

Table of Contents

Exhibitsp. xv
Charts and Examplesp. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introduction: Literacy in the Lawp. 1
The FEAT of Legal Researchp. 2
American Legal Sourcesp. 4
Legal Research Resourcesp. 6
Work-Flow in Legal Researchp. 8
Planningp. 8
Searchingp. 8
Monitoringp. 10
Stoppingp. 10
An Illustrationp. 10
A Counterpoint: Google Researchp. 20
Test Your Understandingp. 22
Reflection Questionsp. 22
Your Scenariop. 22
Focusing on your Client's Situationp. 23
Study Your Client's Situationp. 24
Gather Informationp. 24
Synthesize Informationp. 25
Summarize Informationp. 25
Develop Your Research Vocabularyp. 26
Generate Research Termsp. 27
Draft Research Issuesp. 28
An Illustrationp. 29
Test Your Understandingp. 34
Reflection Questionsp. 34
Your Scenariop. 34
Framing Your Legal Researchp. 37
Overview of Commentary Sourcesp. 39
Encyclopedias and Treatisesp. 39
Skill Set 1. Using Print Finding Toolsp. 41
Skill Set 2. Updating Print Resourcesp. 45
Periodicals: Law Reviews and A.L.R Annotationsp. 49
Skill Set 3. Using External Finding Toolsp. 51
Skill Set 4. Key-Word Searching in a Full-Text, Online Databasep. 52
Restatements of the Law and Jury Instructionsp. 60
Practice Guidesp. 68
Summary of Commentary Researchp. 68
Plan Your Research in Legal Authoritiesp. 72
Test Your Understandingp. 73
Reflection Questionsp. 73
Your Scenariop. 73
Case Law Researchp. 75
Litigated Disputes, Judicial Decisions, and Guidance for Your Clientp. 78
Litigated Disputes and Judicial Decisionsp. 78
Guidance for Your Clientp. 82
The Common Law Systemp. 84
Whose Law Governs?p. 84
Which Decisions Matter Most?p. 86
Overview of Case Law Research Optionsp. 88
The Classic Approach: the West Reporter System in Printp. 89
Understanding the West Systemp. 89
Using the West Systemp. 94
The Major Commercial Online Services: Westlaw and LexisNexisp. 97
Westlawp. 97
LexisNexisp. 107
The Alternative Commercial Online Servicesp. 122
Court Resourcesp. 126
Summaryp. 128
Test Your Understandingp. 129
Reflection Questionsp. 129
Your Scenariop. 129
Research in Enacted Lawp. 131
The Statutory Systemp. 133
Legislative Processp. 133
Statutory Texts and Guidance for Your Clientp. 135
Statutory Interpretationp. 138
Overview of Statutory Research Optionsp. 140
Unannotated Official Codesp. 141
Annotated Codes in Printp. 142
Commercial Online Research in Statutesp. 150
Newly Enacted Laws and Session Lawsp. 155
Summary of Statutory Researchp. 159
Constitutionsp. 160
Charters and Ordinancesp. 161
Test Your Understandingp. 163
Reflection Questionsp. 163
Your Scenariop. 163
Research in Legislative History Materialsp. 165
Overview of Legislative History Materialsp. 167
The legislative Processp. 167
Legislative history Materialsp. 169
Overview of Options for Researching Legislative Historyp. 179
Statutory Codesp. 179
United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.)p. 180
Compiled Legislative Historiesp. 182
THOMAS, a Government Websitep. 183
Commercial Online Servicesp. 185
ProQuest Congressionalp. 185
LexisNexis and Westlawp. 185
Hein Onlinep. 189
Summary of Legislative History Researchp. 191
Options for Researching Pending Legislationp. 193
Test Your Understandingp. 193
Reflection Questionsp. 193
Your Scenariop. 196
Research in Administrative Materialsp. 197
Rules and Regulationsp. 199
Connections to Statutesp. 199
The Rulemaking Processp. 200
Researching the Regulation Itselfp. 203
Updating the Regulationp. 207
Researching the Regulation's History and Statutory basisp. 211
Summaryp. 214
Decisions and Ordersp. 215
Parallels to Case Lawp. 215
Case Adjudication Proceduresp. 215
Researching Agency Decisionsp. 224
Summaryp. 225
Non-legislative Rules and Other Guidance Materialsp. 225
Loose-leaf Servicesp. 226
Test Your Understandingp. 226
Reflection Questionsp. 226
Your Scenariop. 228
Researchin Rules of Procedurep. 229
Procedural Lawp. 231
Overview of Procedural Research Optionsp. 237
Deskbooksp. 237
Court Websitesp. 238
Commentaryp. 238
Annotated Rulesp. 242
Case Lawp. 245
Summary of Research in Rules of Procedurep. 246
Rules of Professional Responsibilityp. 247
Understanding Professional Responsibility Rulesp. 247
Researching Rules of Professional Responsibilityp. 248
Test Your Understandingp. 251
Reflection Questionsp. 251
Your Scenariop. 251
International Law and Tribal Lawp. 253
Legal Research in Public International Lawp. 253
Foreign Lawp. 253
Public International Lawp. 254
Treaties and Conventionsp. 255
Customary International Lawp. 258
Decisions by Courts and Arbitration Panelsp. 260
UN Materialsp. 262
Commentary and General Principlesp. 263
Private International Lawp. 264
Legal Research in Tribal Lawp. 265
Federal Indian Lawp. 266
Tribal Lawp. 267
Indexp. 269
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