Friday, April 17, 2009

Practice pointer - how to handle citations to those pesky, disappearing websites

A few days ago, we posted about a potential problem facing attorneys who cite to online authority - it can disappear!  And, indeed, it actually happened in this Florida appellate decision that cited to the website Encarta which will soon vanish from the web.

Well, a loyal reader of this blog and all around legal research superstar Chris Wren made this simple, yet fiendishly clever, suggestion in response to our post:  Get in the habit of attaching to your brief or office memo, as an appendix, a hard copy of any web authority you cite.   Chris also suggests saving any online resource in an Internet Explorer "mht" file (a single-file archive that preserves on your hard drive a complete copy - hyperlinks, ads, etc) of the websites you plan to cite.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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