Thursday, September 25, 2008

If you forget to Shepardize, don't do it in front of a national audience.

Thanks to our wonderful, Harvard bound law librarian Meg Kribble here at Nova Law School for finding this legal research gem on YouTube.  It's a clip from the O.J. Simpson trial during which Marcia Clark is caught by Judge Ito having failed to Shepardize a key statute.  After Ms. Clark advises the court that she found no cases interpreting the statute at issue, Judge Ito asks her if she "Shepardized" it.  He then points out that his Pepperdine law clerks found some cases which Ms. Clark missed.

Tsk, tsk.

A good reminder for both practitioners and students to Shepardize those citations before heading to court!

I am the scholarship dude.


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What's the big deal with this video? It's been around and available from Lexis for several years. We used it for several years in our research classes. One of our instructors did some research and discovered it was not a completely accurate reflection of California law.

Posted by: M. Baumgartner | Sep 27, 2008 6:38:30 AM

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