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  • 1. LEGALLEGALRESEARCHRESEARCHAn IntroductionAn Introduction
  • 2. The Fabric of LawConstitution, Common Law, Statutory, Administrative, Executive,Treaties, etc.Federal, State, Local
  • 3. The law leaves a “paper trail”•Need to be able to figure out what has been decided/passed before(precedent)•Need to know how current decisions/laws fit into that history•Need to be able to find out if a 1945 court decision is still valid•Increasingly, the “paper trail” is digital . . . .but the paper organization is stillimportant
  • 4. Reporters and DigestsReporters = ChronologicalDigests = By TopicReporters = usually one court (system), agency, or bodyDigests = often combining of multiple courts, statutes, etc.
  • 5. Federal Court ReportersSupreme CourtU.S. Reports (U.S.)Circuit (Appeals) courtsFederal Reporter (F., F.2d, F.3d)District (Trial) courtsFederal Supplement (F.Supp, F.Supp.2d)
  • 6. Federal Statutory Law“Reporter” = Statutes at Large (STAT)“Digest” = U.S. Code (U.S.C.) (U.S.C.A.)
  • 7. Federal Administrative Law“Reporter” = Federal Register (FR)“Digest” = Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)
  • 8. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).
  • 9. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).Name of CaseParty initiating case (Plaintiff or Appellant)listed first
  • 10. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).Name of CaseParty initiating case (Plaintiff or Appellant)listed firstBook Series(Reporter/Digest)
  • 11. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).Name of CaseParty initiating case (Plaintiff or Appellant)listed firstBook Series(Reporter/Digest)Volume Number
  • 12. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).Name of CaseParty initiating case (Plaintiff or Appellant)listed firstBook Series(Reporter/Digest)Volume NumberStart Page Number
  • 13. Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).Name of CaseParty initiating case (Plaintiff or Appellant)listed firstBook Series(Reporter/Digest)Volume NumberStart Page NumberDate
  • 14. Sidis v. F-R Publishing Company, 113 F.2d. 806 (2d Cir. 1940).Lower Court Cases add indicationof what court decided case.
  • 15. Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)
  • 16. Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)
  • 17. Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)
  • 18. Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)
  • 19. Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn, 420 U.S. 469 (1975)