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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Wikipedia as Legal Authority

If you are wondering whether or not it is a good idea to cite Wikipedia in an appellate brief, this Above the Law post on the subject might be as good a starting place as any.

Craig Estlinbaum

May 9, 2014 in Legal Research, Procedure, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Supreme Court Links To Nowhere

Adam Liptak has an interesting essay in today's New York Times about ill-fated hyperlinks in online United States Supreme Court opinions and discusses possible solutions.

Craig Estlinbaum

September 23, 2013 in Legal News, Legal Research, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Legal Search Engine

I recently came across freeality.com which is an interesting legal search engine. Check it out.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 15, 2013 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Android Apps For Lawyers

Sui Generis recently published an interesting article about Android Apps for lawyers. This article will be very useful to lawyers like me who cannot live without an Android Smartphone. My current choice, by the way, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As the article states:

For conducting free legal research on the fly, look no further than the Fastcase app. Another great resource is dLaw, which provides free access to federal statutes and rules along with access to Google Scholar’s legal research capabilities, and also offers paid access to various state statutes and rules.

For a functional legal dictionary, there’s LawGuide. Another great resource is the NYSBA’s ethics app, which provides full, searchable access to all New York ethics opinions.

For specific practice area tools, there’s Karl’s Mortgage, a mortgage amortization app and QuickTax, an app that is chock full of tax-related information.

Picture it Settled is an app that is currently free, although that may start charging an access fee down the road. This app aids in settlement negotiations by using predictive analytics — including vast amounts of settlement data — to assist lawyers during negotiations.

And of course, there are apps devoted to legislative and Supreme Court topics, including We the People (the full text of the U.S. Constitution), Congress (everything you ever wanted to know about Congress and pending bills), and PocketJustice (everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court).

If a mobile office is what you seek, the following apps will help you achieve that goal. First, there’s Documents to Go, which is a great, albeit somewhat pricey ($24.95), word processing app that allows you to create Word documents.

Hat Tip: New York Public Personnel Law

June 13, 2013 in Lawyers, Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

First All Digital Library

A rural county in Texas has the distinction of having the first digital library. Details from Legal Skills Prof Blog.  Though in fairness, I would not characterize this as a library. It does have its place and is probably what the future looks like.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 5, 2013 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New York Style Manual (2012)

The New York Style Manual (2012) was recently published. It is bluebook form for New York courts and can be downloaded here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 4, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

US Supreme Court Citator Service

If you looking for a U.S. Supreme Court case, an easy way to find it may be to use this citator service which is free. It is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 11, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

NY Official Reports Citator Service

If you have a case name, you may be able to find it using this free service, here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 9, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Handbook For Federal Clerks Available To The Public

Here

Hat Tip: Legal Writing Prof Blog

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 10, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Academic Search Engines

For those of you who have missed it, Google Scholar allows you to research cases and Google Citations allows you to keep track of who is citing your publications. Now, Microsoft is getting into the Act. Microsoft Academic searches scholarship. Unfortunately, they do not search legal publications. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

January 22, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

PACER Training

PACER maintains a free site where you can test out the system with old cases. It is available here. Anyone looking to brush up may want to check it out.

Hat Tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

January 11, 2012 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations is out and it is free to join. Simply put, this service searches the web in seconds and lists all of your articles as well as other articles on the web that cite to it. It works sort of like Shepards. Law professors as well as college professors should join this service. My profile can  be found by clicking here. Best of all, its free.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 17, 2011 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Search U.S. Code For Free

A complete and searchable copy of the US Code is available here. Legal Skills Prof Blog reports that it is in beta, but it appears to work great.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 10, 2011 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Searchable New York Appellate Briefs

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I just noticed that briefs filed in the New York Appellate Division can be freely searched and downloaded. This is accomplished via the Uniform Court System web site, here. Frankly, I do not know why the other Departments do not make their briefs available. My guess is that they will all be available in a matter of time.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 21, 2011 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Top Legal Research Apps For Smart Phones

Findlaw's Technologist posted an interesting article on May 12, 2011 which outlined their top Smart Phone Apps. So what are they?

1. LawBox: Available through iTunes.

2. LawStack: Available for iPhone and in a universal version

3. Fastcase: Plans start at $65 per month.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

 

June 1, 2011 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Federal Contractor Violations

The GAO in Sept. 2010 issued a report on federal contractor violations, here. Many corporations rely on governmental contractors and if they loose their contract because they violated a law, such as the National Labor Relations Act, perhaps less contractors will violate the law. My guess is that is where the Obama Administration is heading.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 22, 2011 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Open Jurist-Free Federal Legal Research

I just came across Open Jurist which allows you to search Supreme Court, Circuit court decisions and the U.S. Code for free. Readers may find this helpful.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 10, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Low Cost Legal Research Alternatives

Our sister blog, Legal Skills Prof Blog, which is edited by Adjunct Law Prof Blog contributing editor Jim Levy, recently posted a list of alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw which found courtesy of the Wisconsin Law Journal. They are  Fastcase, Loislaw, VersusLaw and The Law.net. 

I have only used Loislaw. I do not think much of it. I found it to be slow and the interface to be rather cumbersome. Note that the above are not free. On the left side of this blog, I have a list of free legal research cites. None of the free cites do as comprehensive job as westlaw or lexis. 

Readers should bookmark and regularly Legal Skills Prof blog as it is full of useful information for lawyers and law students.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

 

October 27, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lawyer File Sharing Service

Ever need a form complaint or a canned brief? Now there is a file sharing service where lawyers can post and retrieve procedural forms, motions and briefs. You can also set a price that someone will have to pay if they want to download the item. The web site is called Example Motion. From their web site:

To share your documents on the site, first redact any information from the document that you do not want shared with the public, then click any upload link on the site. The upload page allows you to name the document, create any tags that will help others find it more easily, fill in a description telling others about the content, use filters to put the document in the appropriate jurisdiction and category, name your price, and then upload the file from your computer. If you want to store the document for your own use and not allow others to see it, just click the privacy box on the upload page, and you can easily find it in your My Account section until you delete it.

To search for a document, start with the search tab on the homepage. Once you have entered your search terms, you can then sort through the various database filters to limit the search results to those that you are interested in. For example, if you are only interested in California contracts cases, you can limit your search results to “California” and “Contracts” using the database filters. To purchase and download a document, simply add it to your cart and click the “checkout” box. After purchasing, the document will be permanently stored in your My Account section. The document will be available in the format that it was uploaded (for example, .pdf, .doc, or .wpd) and will always be available in .pdf format, no matter the original format. Once you have uploaded a document, you may then choose to be displayed on our home page to give your practice free exposure to thousands of visitors!

ExampleMotion.com also allows you to request documents from other lawyers and respond to requests from those that are looking for research and analysis that you have already performed. This section is intended to unite lawyers looking for documents with those that have already created them.

Small law firms or solo's (if there still are any out there!) may find this service helpful.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 10, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mass. Evidence Guide

The state of Mass. put our a evidence guide that litigators and researchers may find helpful. That guide is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 6, 2010 in Legal Research, Litigation | Permalink | Comments (0)