Factual Research     Fall 2011    Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Credible sources• Once you venture outside of trusted  legal databases like Westlaw and  LexisNexis to do non-legal resear...
Finding PeopleExamples: • missing heirs • witnesses                         • former spouses            Florida State Univ...
Finding People               Telephone                directory              whitepages.com                               ...
Social Security Death indexhttp://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/           Florida State University College of Law Research C...
Finding Lawyers & Judges• Lawyer with expertise   about a subject area• Pro hoc vice• Opposing counsel’s   demeanor & thei...
FindLaw Lawyer Directory  http://www.findlaw.com/       Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Finding Lawyers & Judges       Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Finding Lawyers & Judges       Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Finding Lawyers & Judges       Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Background info on Lawyers &              JudgesWestlaw Profiler                   Florida State University College of Law...
Finding ExpertsDirectories:* ALM Experts* Experts.com                         *Jurispro expert                          wi...
Finding Experts – Jury Verdict Reporters             Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Finding Experts Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Evaluating Experts• Review an expert’s publications such as scholarly articles, and  presentations.• Review prior trial te...
Science & Medicine–   Examining experts–   Forensics & evidence–   Abbreviations, terminology–   Background information to...
Medical dictionaries & encyclopedias            Florida State University College of Law Research Center
NCSTL.org Forensic Database        Florida State University College of Law Research Center
NCST.org Forensic Database        Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Corporate Information                                   *Terminology                         *Company addresses           ...
Corporate InformationEDGAR search of publiccompany filings with the SEC         Florida State University College of Law Re...
Yahoo Finance - Source for business news              Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Florida Corporate Info      Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Public Records• Freedom of Information Act• Florida – Fla. Stat. Chapter 119• Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce  records• ...
Foreign Countries   Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Foreign Countries   Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Ethics & Research• Pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley  Act it is illegal to obtain private  financial information under fa...
Research Guidehttp://guides.law.fsu.edu/factualresearch           Florida State University College of Law Research Center
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Factual research

  1. 1. Factual Research Fall 2011 Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  2. 2. Credible sources• Once you venture outside of trusted legal databases like Westlaw and LexisNexis to do non-legal research on the web, you need to evaluate the credibility of the resources you are using. Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  3. 3. Finding PeopleExamples: • missing heirs • witnesses • former spouses Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  4. 4. Finding People Telephone directory whitepages.com Fee-basedNewspaper service articles Accurint Dept. of Corrections Inmate locater Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  5. 5. Social Security Death indexhttp://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  6. 6. Finding Lawyers & Judges• Lawyer with expertise about a subject area• Pro hoc vice• Opposing counsel’s demeanor & their prior cases• Judge’s demeanor & rulings in other cases Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  7. 7. FindLaw Lawyer Directory http://www.findlaw.com/ Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  8. 8. Finding Lawyers & Judges Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  9. 9. Finding Lawyers & Judges Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  10. 10. Finding Lawyers & Judges Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  11. 11. Background info on Lawyers & JudgesWestlaw Profiler Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  12. 12. Finding ExpertsDirectories:* ALM Experts* Experts.com *Jurispro expert witness directory Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  13. 13. Finding Experts – Jury Verdict Reporters Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  14. 14. Finding Experts Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  15. 15. Evaluating Experts• Review an expert’s publications such as scholarly articles, and presentations.• Review prior trial testimony to make an informed decision about their knowledge within their field of expertise.• If possible, talk to other attorneys to find out about their reputation and credibility.• Justia.com & Westlaw’s e-learning center also provide a helpful overview for finding and choosing experts to testify in your cases. Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  16. 16. Science & Medicine– Examining experts– Forensics & evidence– Abbreviations, terminology– Background information to understand medical or scientific issues in worker’s comp, medical malpractice, and personal injury Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  17. 17. Medical dictionaries & encyclopedias Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  18. 18. NCSTL.org Forensic Database Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  19. 19. NCST.org Forensic Database Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  20. 20. Corporate Information *Terminology *Company addresses *Competitive intelligence *Business development *Conflict research *Background info. *Industry news Start your research - Company website Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  21. 21. Corporate InformationEDGAR search of publiccompany filings with the SEC Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  22. 22. Yahoo Finance - Source for business news Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  23. 23. Florida Corporate Info Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  24. 24. Public Records• Freedom of Information Act• Florida – Fla. Stat. Chapter 119• Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce records• Professional licenses• Court records• Criminal records• Bankruptcies, liens, judgments,• Assets Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  25. 25. Foreign Countries Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  26. 26. Foreign Countries Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  27. 27. Ethics & Research• Pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act it is illegal to obtain private financial information under false pretenses or to hire someone to use false pretenses to receive the information. Florida State University College of Law Research Center
  28. 28. Research Guidehttp://guides.law.fsu.edu/factualresearch Florida State University College of Law Research Center
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