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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blue Book Changes to 19th Edition

This may not be the most interesting topic to readers, but the Blue Book just came out with a new edition. Legal form is actually important. A uniform form is important because it makes it easier from lawyers to find the cited authority and shepardize it electronically. It is also a reflection of legal quality. A brief which is full of inappropriate citation form just does not look good.

Cynthia Pittson of Pace Law Library recently put together a summary of changes to the 19th Edition. Her summary can be found here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 26, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How To Find Out Information About A Particular Job

An over-looked research tool is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It describes jobs, training  and educational requirements. Most importantly, it provides future employment projections. That can be very valuable to students and non-students looking to change careers. It is published by the U.S. Department of Labor and it is available free of charge.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 24, 2010 in Legal Research, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Open-NYS Legislative Research

Open is a beta service of the NYS Senate. It provides a way to research legislation. A summary of what this new research tool can search is contained on its home page which provides as follows:

Be notified of updates to this page:


Readers may want to check it out.

Hat Tip: Harvey Randall, New York Public Personnel Law Blog

Mitchell H. Rubinstein


June 5, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

County Health Rankings

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have put together county health ratings which researchers may find of interest. The report describes these ratings as follows:

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

The Rankings are a real “call to action” for state and local health departments to develop broad-based solutions with others in their community so all residents can be healthy. The Rankings team is working with health departments to help them take advantage of the discussions and opportunities that will arise from the release of the Rankings. But efforts will also be made to mobilize community leaders outside the public health sector to take action and invest in programs and policy changes that address barriers to good health and help residents lead healthier lives. That includes education officials; elected and appointed officials, including mayors, governors, health commissioners, city/county councils, legislators, and staff; businesses and employers; the health care sector, and others.

This County Health Rankings Web site will serve as a corner stone of the project, a place where people from all these sectors can find Rankings data, as well as action steps and the latest news about the multiple factors that determine our health.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 9, 2010 in Legal Research, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Copies of Theses and Dissertations

Open Thesis provides access to theses and dissertations. While not geared towards law, researchers may find this site helpful.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 22, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Legal Research On I-Phone

Yes, their is now a legal research app for the I-Phone. It's called Fastcase and it can be found here. The California Blog of Appeal ran a story about this app here. Personally, I use a Blackberry so I cannot comment on this app.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 12, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Legal Research Over The Internet

Interesting article in the Litigation News By the ABA about using the internet to save on legal research costs.

The point of the article is to use the internet first, but verify everything. Adjunct Law Prof Blog has a list of free internet legal research links that users can utilize. The full article is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 12, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The National Law Review

The National Law Review is a legal magazine online which is more like a blog, than a law review. Authors seem to be mostly from law firms posting short articles discussing a recent case. Some readers may find this service, which is free, helpful.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

Hat Tip: Legal Writing Prof Blog.

April 11, 2010 in Articles, Law Review Articles, Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 5, 2010

List of 100 Search Engines For Scholars

While not geared for lawyers or law professors, researchers may find this list of search engines for scholars useful. It is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

Hat Tip: Kaitlyn Cole

March 5, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

LexOpus Limits Free Law Review Submissions To 20 Copies

The free LexOpus law review submission service (used by 477 law journals) hosted by William & Mary has changed its policy on simultaneous submissions:

Authors can select as many law journals as they wish, the system will transmit the work to up to 20 law journals concurrently, and when one of those journals rejects then an additional submission is made from the author's queue to maintain total submissions at 20.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 20, 2010 in Law Professors, Law Review Articles, Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Media Alerts On Important Circuit Decisions

The ABA Journal maintains a web site, designed for journalists that summarizes important circuit court decisions. The site is run by law professors and their students. The web site states:

Currently, the website covers the Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits, and is a pilot program.  If successful, we plan to expand coverage to include the other circuits.  From time to time, we will also include significant district court cases.  Of course, the cases selected represent just a small fraction of the more than 61,000 cases filed last year in the Federal Courts of Appeals.  For example, in 2008, 4,054 cases were filed in the Third Circuit, 7,667 in the Fifth Circuit, and 13,577 in the Ninth Circuit.

Cases are selected and summarized by distinguished law professors, supported by their students.  The content contributors are:

Third Circuit:

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Fifth Circuit:

The University of Texas School of Law

Ninth Circuit:

University of San Diego School of Law  and 
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 20, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Free Online Law Review Research

The ABA maintains a free legal search engine for law review articles, here. It appears to do a decent job of finding recent articles. It does not appear as inclusive as a Westlaw or Lexis search. But, hey- you can't beat the price.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 19, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Legal Research Saver

I recently came across Mendeley. Though not geared to the legal profession, Mendeley allows the User to download articles and presumably cases and save them either online or on your desk top. i just started playing around with this. I am not sure if it has much application to the legal profession, but it is worth a look. Oh, and by the way, its free!

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 1, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

DOJ To Spend More Than 150 Million Dollars On Legal Research

Legal Blog Watch ran an interesting Dec. 2, 2009 story stating that DOJ will spend about 150 million dollars in legal research. This article was obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. As the article states:

The documents were obtained by Carl Malamud at Public.Resource.Org, an organization devoted to publishing government documents in the public domain, pursuant to FOIA requests he filed in May with various federal agencies. He asked for documents detailing amounts spent on PACER and with commercial legal information providers for access to federal court documents and other primary legal materials.

The DOJ, responding on its own behalf as well as on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of the Solicitor General, provided Malamud with 152 pages of documents. The documents reveal many details about the DOJ's contracts for legal research.

For use of PACER, the DOJ was due to pay the U.S. courts $4 million on Nov. 13. This payment would provide access to PACER in 2010 for all DOJ employees. The cost to the DOJ of PACER access has risen sharply since 2003, the first year covered by these documents, when it was $800,000. For 2004, that more than doubled, to $2 million, and it has risen steadily ever since.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

January 20, 2010 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Supreme Court Legal Research

Researchers take note. The Supreme Court Database just got a major grant and will include all Supreme Court decisions. A National Law Journal story about this is available here. The website describes the database as follows:

The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2008 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 19, 2009 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Google Scholar Adds Free Legal Research

Google Scholar just added free journal and case law legal research to its search engine. I tried it and it works! It is, of course, not as comprehensive as Lexis or Westlaw, but it may be a way to get a quick cite. I now predict that many more clients will be doing legal research on there own. While I hesitate to state that this is a bad thing, in my experience, when clients do research they often bring irrelevant material to you and you have to spend time explaining why that lower court case from Texas in 1940 has very limited application to a different New York statute.

It would be interesting to see if Google changes the face of legal research. I suspect it will, but I am not sure that will be a good thing. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 18, 2009 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Legal Research Tool

Above the Law reported that that Bloomberg is going to release a new online legal research tool, Bloomberg Law, that will compete with Lexis and Westlaw. It will be interesting to see how they compare.

Hat Tip: Workplace Prof Blog

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 8, 2009 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

State, Federal and Local Government Research

Govengine.com is a commercial site  that complies links to most of the important state, federal and local government sites. Readers may find this web site helpful.

Mitchell Rubinstein

October 29, 2009 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Importance of Apologies

Saying "Sorry" Pays Off For Doctors, Hospitals is an important AP News article that was carried by the North County Times on September 2, 2009. It is about a law journal article which documents how medical malpractice claims went down at a major university medical center because doctors admitted their mistakes up front and offered compensation.

The article outlines the University of Michigan Health System’s success in detail also states that the university puts an emphasis on disclosure and transparency. Richard C. Boothman, et. al., A Better Approach to Medical Malpractice Claims? The University of Michigan Experience, J. Health & Life Sci. L., January 2009, at 125, 159.  

This may seem counter intuitive to some, but the importance of apologies has been well documented and I am writing an article about the implications for labor and employment law.   

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 12, 2009 in Articles, Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

English Court System

Her Majesty's Courts Service is English court systems web site. Readers as well as foreign researchers may find this web site of interest.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 23, 2009 in Legal Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)