Wednesday, December 5, 2012
My sources say "yes." For the record, I still spend class time telling students about pocketparts so that in the (concededly) unlikely event they do get a query from a partner, they don't respond with that vacant, Village of the Damned stare betraying their utter cluelessness. After all, newly minted lawyers usually don't go to work for some hotshot digital native in her 20's. Instead, they work for some old codger ready for the glue factory but who nevertheless had it burned into his 1L analog mind a very long time ago that it's malpractice, malpractice I tell you! . . . not . . to . . . check . . . the . . . pocketpart!
OK, so if the pocketpart isn't quite dead yet, the author of the FutureLawyer blog says we should seriously consider administering last rites. What do you think? If you teach legal research, do you still cover pocketparts in class? If you're a practitioner, do you ever use them or even subscribe to them anymore? (One commenter at FutureLawyer says she does). Have pocketparts kicked the bucket? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Hat tip to Legal Blog Watch.