Fastcase training

by Ted McClure 15. September 2011 10:49

If you are going to be practicing law in Arizona, remember that the Arizona State Bar has bought access to Fastcase for its members. While not as fancy as Wexis or Lexlaw, it has most of the legal research basics.

Case Law Research Nuts & Bolts [Sep. 22 @ 12pm EST]

Searching for Statutes [Oct. 4 @ 3pm EST]

Fastcase Research Tips [Oct. 12 @ 3pm EST]

Here is their full webinar schedule for the rest of this year.

Strongly recommended.

Workshop on Reporters and Digests at ONC this week

by Ted McClure 12. September 2011 11:09

To learn about how opinions are published and how to find the opinions you need, come to our Library workshop this week. Case law is at the heart of the common law system. For 900 years, judges in England and then America have created law by adjusting existing law to novel facts. Published judicial opinions coupled with the doctrine of stare decisis guide further application of the common law and provide stability in the legal system.

  • Monday evening, 7:45-8:45pm, Room 1821
  • Tuesday day, noon-1:00pm, Room 1821
  • Wednesday evening, 7:45-8:45pm, Room 1821
  • Thursday day, noon-1:00pm, Room 1735


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Workshop: The Bluebook

by Ted McClure 6. September 2011 17:06

The Library will be presenting an Introduction to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation this week.

  • Wednesday, September 7, 7:45 to 8:45pm (yes, that's tomorrow night)
  • Thursday, September 8, noon to 1:00pm
  • Friday, September 9, noon to 1:00pm

In Room 1821. Please bring your Bluebooks with you.

Understanding The Bluebook is really, really important for your success in law school. There are two big reasons we inflict it on you. First, every jurisdiction has rules for preparing and filing court documents, usually based on The Bluebook or something similar, and you need to know the vocabulary. Second, using The Bluebook is an exercise in following the dots. Lots of dots. Following complicated instructions, understanding and using complicated rules, these are essential skills in the practice of law. So you need this class. See you there.

Forms and other useful goodies from the Practical Law Company

by Ted McClure 11. August 2011 14:41

Faculty and students at PSL can get FREE (well, no additional charge) access to materials from the Practical Law Company. Most of these materials are business law oriented and from the perspective of the business attorney, although some have applications in other areas of law and other contexts. The kinds of materials available include:

  • Practice notes (including "Overviews" and "Toolkits")
  • Standard documents and clauses
  • Checklists
  • Articles
  • Updates

Practice notes, standard documents and clauses, and checklists are continuously updated. Some examples:

  • Tribal Finance: Overview (Practice Note)
  • Confidentiality Agreement: General (Mutual) (Standard Document)
  • Fiduciary Duties of the Board of Directors (Practice Note)
  • Bankruptcy: Overview of the Chapter 11 Process (Practice Note: Overview)
  • Sexual Harassment Toolkit (Practice Note: Overview)
  • US Copyright Duration Flowchart (Checklist)
  • Drafting arbitration agreements: checklist (Checklist)
  • Removal: How to Remove a Case to Federal Court (Practice Note)
  • Office Leasing: Tenant Estoppel Certificate (Standard Document)
  • Debt v. Equity Tax Classification Checklist (Checklist)

To set up your own account, click on "PLC LAW SCHOOL", click on "FREE PLC Access for Students, Faculty and Staff", fill in the blanks (use your phoenixlaw dot edu email address), agree to their terms of use, and click on "Register". They will send you your password (your email address will be your Username).

Sneaky legal research trick

by Ted McClure 28. June 2011 07:35

Ever need to find out what court handled customs appeals before the creation of the Court of International Trade? What the trial courts are called in Massachusetts? Well, you can quickly find answers to questions like these in an unlikely reference book that you almost certainly have within reach.



Yes, the BLUEBOOK. The book that has all those fussy rules about how to cite cases, statutes, and kitchen sinks. (Maybe not kitchen sinks, but I wouldn't be surprised.) Because it must provide complete guidance on how to cite cases from all courts over all time, with appropriate abbreviations, somebody has done extensive research on which courts have existed when. For United States jurisdictions, go to Table T1. It will tell you which courts were reported in which reporters at what times. This doesn't work as well for foreign jurisdictions in Table T2, because the focus is on reporters rather than courts, but it's worth a shot. At least it will give you some words to start searching on in other resources.


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