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Pennsylvania Legal Research 2010

  1. 1. <ul><li>Dittakavi Rao </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director </li></ul><ul><li>Duquesne University School of Law Center for Legal Information/ Allegheny County Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>(Copyright 2009) </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>State Government – </li></ul><ul><li>Appellate Courts – </li></ul><ul><li>Allegheny County Court – (Fifth Judicial District) </li></ul><ul><li>Philadelphia County Court – (First Judicial District) </li></ul><ul><li>General Assembly – </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Reference Bureau – </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Code – </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Bulletin – </li></ul><ul><li>Palawlibrary – </li></ul><ul><li>Rao’s Pennsylvania Site – </li></ul><ul><li>MyPLS – </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Allegheny County Bar Association – </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Bar Association – </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Bar Institute – </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners – </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania CLE – </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pa.Legal Intelligencer – </li></ul><ul><li>Pa.Law Weekly – </li></ul><ul><li>Philadelphia Bar Association – </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Court Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (select Supreme Court) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Superior Court </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (select Superior Court) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth Court </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (select Commonwealth Court) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trial Courts </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (subscription required). You may use official county court websites. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Cases from Supreme Court are available from 1996 to current. Superior Court cases from 1997 and the Commonwealth Court cases from 1997. Cases are available in pdf (portable document format). </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, cases are posted on the same day they are decided. </li></ul><ul><li>You can retrieve cases by author (judge),caption (name of the parties), and date. </li></ul><ul><li>You can retrieve all appellate court cases from a link “Search contents of opinions and postings from all appellate courts.” </li></ul><ul><li>You can also select individual court and retrieve cases. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Trial court cases are published individually in each county court reporter and also in Pennsylvania District and County Reports (Pa D&C reports). </li></ul><ul><li>Cases from some counties and complete set of Pa D& C Reports are available from for fee. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the County Courts have official websites and post cases. </li></ul>
  9. 11.
  10. 12. Supreme Court Superior Court Commonwealth Court
  11. 20. <ul><li>LexisOne ( ) provides FREE case law from all 50 state Appellate Courts and Federal Courts. </li></ul><ul><li>Cases are available from the last ten years. U.S. Supreme Court cases are from 1781. </li></ul><ul><li>You can retrieve cases by using cite or keyword search. You can use Pennsylvania Reporter case cite (581 pa 1) or Atlantic Reporter cite (855 A.2d 648). </li></ul><ul><li>Full text of a case is available upon free registration. </li></ul>
  12. 25. <ul><li>General Assembly </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislative Reference Bureau </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Legislative Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 26. <ul><li>Full Text of Bills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available from 1969-70 Regular Session to 2009-10 Regular Session. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Floor Debates (Legislative Journal) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislative Journals (Senate) from 1993 Regular Session to 2009 Regular Session. For House 1975 Regular Session to 2009 Regular Session. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full Text of Acts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutes At Large from 1682 to 1809 (vol.1-18); Smith’s Laws from 1700 to 1802 and Pamphlet Laws from 1970 to 2009. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purdon’s Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offered by Westlaw the text of all 79 Titles are available without annotations (no case law and other library references). You can search all titles by phrase/natural language/cite or browse each title. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 31. 2009 – 1975 Full Text of Acts
  15. 32. Remember this is not annotated Code. No Case Law.
  16. 38. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Bulletin (Weekly publication) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Code (Loose-leaf binders) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Bulletin is available from vol.26 (1996) from the official site ( ) . You can use search function to find information in all volumes or in a single volume. Also you can browse individual volume. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Code can be accessed by Search (All or Individual Title) and Browse (Individual Title) methods from the official site ( ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Index and Finding Aids (paper) will help in locating information. The code is updated monthly and/or quarterly. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 44. Counties Home Rule Charters
  18. 45. Master Index Pa.Code References To Purdon’s Statutes Sections
  19. 46. Release Number and Issue Date Topic Outline
  20. 49. <ul><li>Agency decisions are available from the agency websites. You can access agency websites from any comprehensive legal website such as Findlaw ( ) or from the Pennsylvania Government website ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis and Westlaw has several Pennsylvania Agency decisions databases for fee. A detailed list can be found from the Drexel Law School website ( ) </li></ul>
  21. 50.
  22. 51. Journal conducts annual Survey on Adm. Law.
  23. 53. Members of Pennsylvania Bar Association have free access to InCite that provides access to LexisNexis
  24. 68. <ul><li>LexisNexis and Westlaw are required subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>Full Subscription (all databases), package subscription (state or federal), and transaction (pay as you use) payment methods are available. </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Authority materials such as Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative materials, Cases (state & federal), briefs, trial transcriptions, public records, legal periodicals, newspapers, jury instructions, law encyclopedias, legal forms, practitioner guides, texts etc. are available. </li></ul><ul><li>Following is the list of secondary materials available in both systems. </li></ul>
  25. 69. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Business LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Civil Procedure and Evidence LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Criminal Law LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Employment Law LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Estates and Probate LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Family Law LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Litigation LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Personal Injury LexisNexis Forms </li></ul>
  26. 70. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Real Estate LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>All Pennsylvania LexisNexis Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Dunlap Hanna – Business Law Forms & Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Dunlap Hanna – Civil Procedure & Evidence Law Forms & Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Dunlap Hanna – Criminal Law Forms & Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Dunlap Hanna – Estates and Probate Law Forms & Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Dunlap Hanna – Family Law Forms & Commentary </li></ul>
  27. 71. <ul><li>Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Benchbook for Criminal Proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Business Law Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Civil Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Civil Procedure & Evidence Encyclopedia (PLE) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Criminal Law Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Estates and Probate Law Encyclopedia (PLE) </li></ul>
  28. 72. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Evidence Courtroom Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Family Law Encyclopedia (PLE) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Personal Injury/Torts Law Encyclopedia (PLE) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Tax Practice Insights </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Real Estate Law Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Transaction Forms LexisNexis </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Business Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Estates & Law & Forms </li></ul>
  29. 73. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Family Law </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Real Estate Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Legal Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Remick’s Pennsylvania Orphans’Court Practice </li></ul>
  30. 74. <ul><li>Admissibility of Evidence: A Manual for Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers (PAAOE) </li></ul><ul><li>Goodrich Amram 2d (GOODRICH) </li></ul><ul><li>Goodrich Amram 2d – Construction Law (GOODRICH-CSTR) </li></ul><ul><li>NBI CLE PA Estate Planning and Probate (NBI-PAEPP) </li></ul><ul><li>NBI CLE PA Family Law (NBI-PAFL) </li></ul><ul><li>NBI CLE PA Business Organizations (NBI-PABUS) </li></ul><ul><li>NBI CLE PA Real Property (NBI-PARP) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Business Organizations Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-BUSFORM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Practice Series: Discovery (PAPRAC-DISC) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania – Criminal Litigation Combined (PA-CRIMLIT) </li></ul>
  31. 75. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Contracts/Commercial law Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-CMLFORM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania DUI Forms, Checklists & Clauses (PA-DUIFORM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Estate Planning & Probate Texts (PAEP-TEXTS) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Family Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-FAMFORM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Forms: Business & Commercial (PAFORMS-BUS) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Forms: Family (PAFORMS-FAM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Forms (West’s) (PAFORMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania Federal Courts (PAFD-FRMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts and Agencies (PA-FRMS-ALL) </li></ul><ul><li>Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania State Courts and Agencies (PA-FRMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Personal Injury Texts & Legal Forms (PAPI-TLF) </li></ul>
  32. 76. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Practice Library (PAPRACLIB) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Practice Series – Family Law (PAPRAC-FAM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Texts, Periodicals, and Legal Forms (PA-TPLF) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice (PAPRAC-WC) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania/National Transactional Forms (PA-TRANSFORMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Real Property Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-RPFORM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania: Standard Pennsylvania Practice: Family (SPP-FAM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania: Summary of PA Jurisprudence (PAJUR) </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Forms, Checklists & Clauses (PA-WCFORM) </li></ul>
  33. 77. <ul><li>When in doubt go to the library </li></ul>