Saturday, January 25, 2014
Inefficient research can do more than hurt you in a legal research and writing class. Check out this recent order from a New York City Civil Court. The judge scrutinizes a claim for attorney’s fees and ultimately rejects it because the bill included unnecessary and duplicative legal research. This should serve as an effective cautionary tale for law students and new associates alike. The court opined that "[w]hile legal research may be billed for under appropriate circumstances, merely reading a court rule is not research." Other examples included repetitive research-and-writing tasks and billing to research what should be within the common knowledge of any lawyer.