Drafting Legal Documents: Practical Resources for the Urban Communities Clinic Jennifer L. Selby University of Michigan La...
We will discuss: <ul><li>Methods for finding general sources related to drafting legal documents in the Law Library </li><...
“Just Show Me…” <ul><li>Best guidance for legal drafting is usually seeing an example or form </li></ul><ul><li>Not perfec...
Finding Books in Law Library - Lexcalibur <ul><li>Always start with  Lexcalibur :  http://lexcalibur.lib.law.umich.edu/   ...
Finding Books in Law Library – Call No. Locator <ul><li>Before going to the shelf - Always use a  Call No. Locator  to det...
Formbooks <ul><li>Contain sample legal forms </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-volume sets, arranged by topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
General Forms <ul><li>Run the gamut of legal topics, from “ A bandoned Property” to “ Z oning” </li></ul><ul><li>Not juris...
Subject-Specific Forms <ul><li>Forms related to a specific subject or area of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Often also functi...
Jurisdiction-Specific Forms <ul><li>Forms related to a specific jurisdiction, either federal or state </li></ul><ul><li>Be...
Jurisdiction-Specific Forms <ul><li>Conduct Advanced Keyword search with author:  Michigan  and  forms  and author:  Insti...
Forms Online – Michigan  <ul><li>Institute of Continuing Legal Education  (ICLE) – Michigan:  http://www.icle.org   </li><...
Forms Online - Generally <ul><li>LEXIS and Westlaw </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Lectric Law Library –  http://www.lectlaw.com/form....
Court-Prepared Forms <ul><li>Courts prepare forms for frequently used pleadings and other filings </li></ul><ul><li>“ Chec...
In-House Forms Resources <ul><li>In-house databanks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if you think you know, check an in-house fo...
Finals Tips <ul><li>Keep a research log!  </li></ul><ul><li>Stop by the Reference Desk for further help: </li></ul><ul><ul...
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  1. 1. Drafting Legal Documents: Practical Resources for the Urban Communities Clinic Jennifer L. Selby University of Michigan Law Library International Law Librarian January 11, 2007
  2. 2. We will discuss: <ul><li>Methods for finding general sources related to drafting legal documents in the Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for finding Michigan sources related to drafting legal documents in the Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>Where exactly the relevant sources are located in the Law Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. “Just Show Me…” <ul><li>Best guidance for legal drafting is usually seeing an example or form </li></ul><ul><li>Not perfectly tailored to your unique situation, but great help to get started </li></ul><ul><li>Forms are available from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercially published formbooks – general drafting info and subject, jxs, & document-type forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Court-prepared forms – standardized by courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional in-house databank – archive of forms </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Finding Books in Law Library - Lexcalibur <ul><li>Always start with Lexcalibur : http://lexcalibur.lib.law.umich.edu/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g., Michigan and Forms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject Headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g., Real Property -- Michigan -- Forms </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Finding Books in Law Library – Call No. Locator <ul><li>Before going to the shelf - Always use a Call No. Locator to determine exactly where in the Library material are located and to ensure that the material is on the shelf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.law.umich.edu/library/libserv/pdf/callnoloc.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note Location, Call Number and Status (See attachment “A”) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Formbooks <ul><li>Contain sample legal forms </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-volume sets, arranged by topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessed by index and/or table of contents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usually include multiple versions, optional clauses </li></ul>
  7. 7. General Forms <ul><li>Run the gamut of legal topics, from “ A bandoned Property” to “ Z oning” </li></ul><ul><li>Not jurisdiction-specific </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., AmJur Legal Forms, West’s Legal Forms (related to business issues) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title search in Lexcalibur: http://lexcalibur.lib.law.umich.edu/ (See attachment “B”) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Subject-Specific Forms <ul><li>Forms related to a specific subject or area of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Often also function as secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>To locate, do a Keyword search in Lexcalibur( http://lexcalibur.lib.law.umich.edu/ ): [ business ] and forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Legal forms for starting & running a small business (See attachment “C”) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fletcher Corporation Forms, Annotated </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Jurisdiction-Specific Forms <ul><li>Forms related to a specific jurisdiction, either federal or state </li></ul><ul><li>Bender’s Federal Practice Forms; West’s Federal Forms </li></ul><ul><li>To locate formbooks in Lexcalibur( http://lexcalibur.lib.law.umich.edu/ ) for a state, do a Keyword search: [ Michigan ] and forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan Real Estate Practice and Forms (See attachment “D”) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Jurisdiction-Specific Forms <ul><li>Conduct Advanced Keyword search with author: Michigan and forms and author: Institute of Continuing Legal Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan Business Formbook (See attachment “E”) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Forms Online – Michigan <ul><li>Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) – Michigan: http://www.icle.org </li></ul><ul><li>View “Partnership” section, which includes a Formbank, “How-to Kits,” MI law updates, webcasts, and ICLE seminar materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real Property </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Forms Online - Generally <ul><li>LEXIS and Westlaw </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Lectric Law Library – http://www.lectlaw.com/form.html </li></ul><ul><li>FedForms – http://www.fedforms.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Findlaw Forms – http://forms.lp.findlaw.com </li></ul>
  13. 13. Court-Prepared Forms <ul><li>Courts prepare forms for frequently used pleadings and other filings </li></ul><ul><li>“ Check-the-box” and “fill-in-the-blank” </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to use court forms may be cause for dismissal, default or discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Court’s website is a good place to check </li></ul>
  14. 14. In-House Forms Resources <ul><li>In-house databanks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if you think you know, check an in-house form the first time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The matter file </li></ul><ul><li>Your colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Your own forms file! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Finals Tips <ul><li>Keep a research log! </li></ul><ul><li>Stop by the Reference Desk for further help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffed 9am-midnight, 7 days/week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians available Mon-Wed, 10-8pm; Thur-Fri, 10-5pm, and Sunday, 2-6pm </li></ul></ul>

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