Saturday, April 7, 2007

More reading and a neat collection

A litigator in my network on ( found this link which has an eclectic and good collection of legal research articles:

Litilaw: Published Articles for Litigators

On this site I found this gem: (The Corruption of Legal Research ( by Scott P. Stolley) It was a gem because as I was reading I had all kinds of reactions. Recent conversations with various partners flowed through my head, past stories from young associates, and conversations from our recent meeting. One paragraph caused me to sit up and say (to myself): "No!! He's got some of that all wrong!" and perhaps this will start a dialogue among us as well:

Law schools and law librarians (both at law schools and in lawfirms) also promote the seduction. It saves librarians valuable shelf space if they can shift information to the computer. It’s also easier to teach computerized methods than traditional research methods. Even better, Westlaw and other vendors will send representatives to do the teaching. At my firm, these vendors come one a week to offer instruction and free computer time. p. 8

Maybe, buttressed with other arguments and scenarios, this article could be used as a line of communication to jump-start a legal-research program in your firm with senior associates and partners?

Anyway, here's another article of interest on this page:

Gearing up to do Legal Research
Texas focus, but still very good - though I have a few quibbles.


1 comment:

Amy Wright said...

I assign the Stolley article to my students during the first two weeks of class, and I think Susan does, too (I'm sure I probably found out through Susan's syllabus!). Remind me to share with the group my students' reactions to this piece.