Jim Calloway (Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program) poses (and channels) the question:
“What if the clients decided to provide the templates for their legal work?”
Link to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) for more, e.g.:
‘A “template” set of model legal documents for venture capital investments put together by a group of leading venture capital attorneys. The model venture capital financing documents consist of:
- Term Sheet
- Stock Purchase Agreement
- Certificate Of Incorporation
- Investor Rights Agreement
- Voting Agreement
- Right of First Refusal and Co-Sale Agreement
- Management Rights Letter
- Indemnification Agreement
- Model Legal Opinion...” [from NVCA Model Legal Templates]
Hat tip to Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites blog post: WellSettled.com Mines Cases for Established Principles,” which introduces us to wellsettled dot com: “It is well settled…”
I bet you can’t search just one (word or phrase), but this “one” is a non-hedonic hyperphagia compulsion, so enjoy.
Rent a Law Book? Want to get App App Appy?
Read: “Legal Research Revolutionized,” by Dan Giancaterino, in GP Solo, Vol. 31 No. 3:
“…. Law libraries will survive, and even thrive, in the future. An article in the May 2013 issue of ABA Journal estimated that only 15 percent of the unique volumes in U.S. law libraries have been digitized….
Legal Books as Apps
We’ve all seen the typical legal advertisement on the Internet, on TV, or even on the covers of telephone books (remember them?): an image of an attorney sitting in front of a wall of legal books. It impresses potential clients. And it implies that the attorney is continually consulting the accumulated wisdom of legal scholars throughout the ages.
But the truth is you need most legal sources for only a few days or weeks. The rest of the time they just sit on your shelf looking impressive but presenting you with challenges:
They take up office space, which is a fixed cost you need to minimize as much as possible.
They need upkeep. You must file updated pages or pocket parts or you risk committing legal malpractice by relying on outdated materials….” [Link to full article.]
(The 15% article: “Are digitization and budget cuts compromising history?” Hollee Schwartz Temple, ABA Journal, May 1, 2013.)
This is a quick and dirty guide to free and not-free (usually subscription) databases for this kind of research; it is not a comprehensive list. (And novice researchers should be reminded that the same statutory language is not always used across states to accomplish the same purpose.)
- Lexis Zimmerman’s Research Guide, under “State Laws, generally” for some research tips.
- Levitt & Davis, “ Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers,” chapter 13, “State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Law.”
- Uniform State Laws
- Model Legislation, e.g. Suggested State Legislation and ALEC
- (More about model and uniform laws from Cornell and Law Source.)
- Some nonprofit and advocacy groups compile subject specific guides. For example, see the National Agricultural Law Center compilation.
- You can also check out other law libraries research guides, e.g. Emory and ASU.
- The Google.
NOT FREE, but priceless if you require thorough and fast research results:
- The best and most comprehensive collection is Nyberg / Boast: “Subject Compilations of State Laws.” This collection is available in print (at some law libraries) and is now available online (HeinOnline), though not generally to mere mortals unless they have database privileges at a large law library or large law firm that subscribes. (But your local public librarian may be able to ask another librarian to run a search on a specific topic.)
- There was also a book, not recently updated, but still useful, and maybe at your local libraries: “National Survey of State Laws,” by Richard Leiter (not updated regularly).
David Lankes tells a familiar “Death by Failure to Research” story in his free eBook, “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World”:
“…. In 2001 Ellen Roche, a 24-year-old lab technician, entered into a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University’s Asthma and Allergy Center. The trial was investigating how the lungs responded to chemical irritants. Researchers had Roche inhale hexamethonium. Roche was the third volunteer to do so in the study. The first volunteer had developed a slight cough that lasted a week. The second volunteer had shown no adverse reactions. Roche developed a slight cough that got worse and worse. Five days after inhaling the chemical, Roche was admitted to intensive care. Less than a month later, she was dead. What makes this story all the more tragic is that Roche’s death could have been avoided. As part of the funded clinical trial, the researcher did a literature search. He searched a database that indexed studies from 1960 to the present day. He found nothing on hexamethonium. However, had he not restricted himself to the Internet-accessible version of the database he would have found studies from the 1950’s linking hexamethonium to significant lung problems. Because of Roche’s death, all drug studies at Hopkins must now include a consultation with a librarian and pharmacist….” [Lankes, p. 80 [PDF p. 87] Link to free online versions of David Lankes’ latest book: “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World.” The digital version of this book is free to download and distribute. It is in PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and iBook formats.]
Read more about “Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Report:
“Who Has Your Back? 2014: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests “
Download the PDF and read the full “Executive Summary
We entrust our most sensitive, private, and important information to technology companies like Google, Facebook, and Verizon. Collectively, these companies are privy to the conversations, photos, social connections, and location data of almost everyone online. The choices these companies make affect the privacy of every one of their users. So which companies stand with their users, embracing transparency around government data requests? Which companies have resisted improper government demands by fighting for user privacy in the courts and on Capitol Hill? In short, which companies have your back? ….” [Link to full report.]
Hat tip to our Oregon PLF law practice management attorneys.
Gallagher Blogs reminds us that Headnote of the Day still lives!
“A dog cannot recover for emotional distress?
You are probably well aware of the West Key Number System and headnotes but are you familiar with Westlaw’s Headnote of the Day provided on Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solutions Blog? ...” [Link to blog post.]
On October 24, 2014, Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot:
“404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent”
- Keynote speech to contextualize the issues and discuss conflict between the naturally fluid state of the internet and the expectations by legal professionals that once something is published (in whatever form) that it should be static.
- Presentations and panel on “Whose problem is this?” with members from academia, government, the judiciary, law reviews
- The webmaster’s view – what pressures are there to continually change websites to reflect current look/feel trends, new usability technologies, etc. that contribute to link rot?
- Presentations and panel on current initiatives with members from organizations like The Chesapeake Project, Perma.cc, Archive.org, etc. What tools exist, and what are the remaining needs?
- Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University
- Robert Miller, Internet Archive
- Prof. Karen Eltis, University of Toronto Law School
- Rod Wittenberg, Reed Technology and Information Services
- Kim Dulin, Harvard University
- Carolyn Campbell, Georgetown University Law Library
Link to the Link Rot Symposium website.