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  • 1. Finding Practice Tools by Sue Altmeyer for the National Business Institute Program, “Finding it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web” November 3, 2008
  • 2. Using Attorney Work Product - Caveats
    • Do your own research
    • Tailor to your facts
    • You may have other arguments
    • May be out of date or wrong
  • 3. Using Attorney Work Product – Copyright Issues?
    • Stueber Article:
    • Document used original?
    • Copying text or ideas?
    • How much is borrowed?
    • Isaacs Article:
    • Attorneys HAVE sued
    • Fair Use if ADAPT document
  • 4. Briefs, Motions & Pleadings On Lexis & Westlaw
    • Ohio briefs 1990-, motions & pleadings 1999/2000-
    • Full text searching–type of case & document, attorney
    • At public or county law library
  • 5. Briefs/Motions in Dockets
    • Search by type of case:
    • PACER
    • Montgomery County Docket
    (search by attorney on Montgomery Docket) Search by type of document: Summit County Docket
  • 6. Finding Court Dockets
    • LLRX Court Rules Forms and Dockets
    • Cleveland Marshall’s Court Webpages , Dockets & Briefs.
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  • 9. Example
    • Find an Anders Brief filed in Ohio
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  • 25. U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
    • Findlaw Supreme Court Briefs (2007-1999)-
    • ABA’s Briefs for the 2007-2008 Term
    • Where to Find Briefs of the Supreme Court of the U.S. –pay & free databases, document retrieval services
    • Yale University – Curiae Project – selected cases.
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  • 28. Federal & State Court Briefs
    • Ohio Supreme Court Briefs (2006 -)
    • Articles:
    • Free and Fee Based Appellate Court Briefs Online - Links for state & federal courts.
    • A Brief Summary: Free Briefs on the Web
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  • 31. Shared Legal Document Sites
    • JDSupra - Documents are tied to attorney profiles
    • Scribd
    • DocStoc
    • LawLink
    • Legal On-Ramp
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  • 41. General Internet Searching for Briefs
    • Clusty , Google, Dogpile , etc.
    • LexisWeb or Westlaw Webplus (if you subscribe to Westlaw)
    • Try blog search directories - Justia Blog Search ; U.S. Law Blog Directory
  • 42. Forms and Sample Contracts
    • Cleveland Marshall Law Library’s Research Guide: Forms and Practice Materials
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  • 44. Forms and Sample Contracts
    • Who publishes the site? A legal publisher? bar association?
    • Does the site sell forms?
    • Who wrote the form?
    • Use with caution, tailor to your facts
  • 45. Sites for Transactional & Litigation Forms
    • LexisONE Automated Forms
    • Registration required
    • free & fee
    • some free HotDocs forms.
    • Download Hotdocs Player
    • interview-style questions gather information, custom document generated based on answers.
    • You can purchase Hotdocs software to convert your document into a Hotdoc
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    • Possibly a demo here of Lexis One or Hot docs
  • 48. Sites for Transactional and Litigation Forms
    • Legal Forms Menu
    • Findlaw Forms
    • All About Forms.com
    • Freelegalforms.net
    • ‘ Lectic Law Library Forms Room
    • WashLaw Legal Forms
    • Gale LegalForms – via Public Library
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  • 54. Attorney Work Product Sites
    • JDSupra - Documents are tied to attorney profiles
    • Scribd
    • DocStoc
    • LawLink
    • Legal On-Ramp
  • 55. Transactional Documents via SEC EDGAR
    • sample SEC filings
    • other documents attached: management contracts, executive compensation plans, articles of incorporation and by-laws, material contracts, voting trust agreements See Item 601, Regulation S-K.
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  • 63. Forthcoming SEC Database
    • IDEA - Interactive Data Electronic Applications
    • tagged fields of information
    • search for precise information
    • generate reports.
    • Edgar available during transition
    • SEC's Press Release .
  • 64. More sophisticated SEC Filing databases
    • Lexis and Westlaw, GSI, Mergent
    • SECInfo.com
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  • 73. Transactional Forms
    • CORI: Contracting and Organizations Research Institute –from Edgar
    • Home Business Online Legal Forms
    • Legal & Business Forms
    • WorldLawDirect -22 forms in MS Word
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  • 78. Transactional Forms – Other Ideas
    • Clusty , Google, Dogpile , etc.
    • LexisWeb or Westlaw Webplus (if you subscribe to Westlaw)
    • Use court dockets to find
    • Cleveland Law Library FAQs – ex. Living Wills Durable Power of Attorney
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  • 80. Legal Drafting Advice
    • Cleveland Marshall Law Library’s Research Guide: Forms and Practice Materials
    • AdamsDrafting Blog
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  • 82. Agency Forms
    • Forms.gov – federal. Some fillable.
    • USA Fed Forms.com - federal. Some fillable.
    • State of Ohio - Agency Forms
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  • 86. Court Forms – Lucas County
    • Sixth District Court of Appeals
    • Lucas County Common Pleas Court – Jury Instructions
    • Probate Court Forms
    • Clerk of Courts
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  • 89. More Ohio Court Forms
    • Cleveland Marshall Law Library’s Research Guide: Forms and Practice Materials
    • Cleveland Law Library FAQ – Self Help
  • 90. Nationwide Court Forms
    • LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets
    • American Law Sources Online
    • Findlaw Forms
  • 91. Jury Verdicts
    • Preferred Sources:
    • Westlaw or Lexis search (Casemaker database for Ohio OK)
    • PLUS
    • JVR Case Evaluation Manual (LRP)
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  • 95. Jury Verdict Internet Sources
    • MoreLaw Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements – full reports free
    • Verdict Search (By American Lawyer Media) – free lists w/ name & jurisdiction
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  • 108. Jury Verdict Internet Sources, Cont’d
    • National Law Journal (also published by ALM) – one year of newspaper searchable for free. List of a few recent verdicts and settlements
    • Verdicts.com – free list, no party names. Advanced field searching
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  • 118. Jury Verdict Internet Sources, Cont’d.
    • Jury Verdict Review and Analysis – free list w/jurisdiction but no names, free emails
    • Lawyer’s Weekly USA - free list w/jurisdiction but no names
    • Jury Verdict Research.com – for fee staff search
    • Jury Verdict Publications – a few free issues online
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  • 121. General Internet Searches for Jury Verdicts
    • Try a search for "jury verdict", jurisdiction, keywords