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PRL 101 class slides, August 27

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August 27, 2015

PRL 101 class slides, August 27

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Ted Major

August 27, 2015
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  1. Legal research

  2. Research sources • Primary –constitutions –codes/statutes –cases • Secondary –Hornbooks/treatises

    –Formbooks –Restatements –Dictionaries/encyclopedias
  3. Electronic research • Fastcase.com • UserID signup sheet

  4. Primary law database Case law Federal & state back to

    1950 Statutes U.S. Code & official state statutes for D.C. plus 44 states Other regs. Links to state and federal administrative regulations and codes (some are searchable) Court rules Links to state and federal courts rules (some are searchable) Constitutions Links to state and federal constitutions (a few are searchable)
  5. Databases

  6. Search types • Most powerful, precise and flexible way to

    search • Allows use of Boolean operators to narrow results from the start Keyword (Boolean) • Best for non-legal professionals or brand-new to online legal research • Less precise than Keyword search Natural language • Pull up cases by reporter citation • Search for multiple cases at once Citation lookup
  7. Keyword search Operator Description And, & Results must contain both

    words specified Or Results must contain either of the words specified Not Results must not contain the word excluded w/3, /3 Results must contain the words specified within a certain distance of one another " " Results must contain the precise phrase entered ( ) Use parentheses to define the order of operations when using multiple operators
  8. And Capital Punishment

  9. Or Capital Punishment

  10. Not Capital Punishment

  11. within: jury /3 trial . . . jury trial .

    . . . . . trial by jury. . . . . . jury for the trial . . . . . . jury. Moreover, trial . . . . . . jury question, the trial . . .
  12. Bad faith failure to pay • Bad faith failure to

    pay • "Bad faith failure to pay" • "Bad faith" /6 "failure to pay"
  13. Wildcards • * : any number of letters/numbers: delib* –

    deliberate – deliberation – deliberator – deliberately • ? : one letter or number: pokem?n – pokemon – pokeman
  14. Quotation marks • Miranda warning – Miranda and warning anywhere

    in case • "Miranda Warning" – Only phrase Miranda Warning
  15. Citation lookup

  16. statutes

  17. Research question • Does Alabama recognize common-law marriages? • Statutes?

    • What are the elements of a common-law marriage? • Case?
  18. Brief assignment • Research question? • What are the elements

    of a common law marriage? • Case?
  19. Case? • Watkins v Watkins, (Ala. Civ. App. 2015)

  20. Brief format • Memo form • To: • From: •

    Date: • RE: [case citation]
  21. Brief outline • Facts: (what happened?) • Issue: (what question

    did the court address?) • Holding: (what was the answer?) • Rationale: (why?)