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

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