Articles Tagged with Online legal research

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When you rely on a judicial opinion to support your cause, which version of the case do you carry into court? This is the 21st century law librarian and bench-bar dilemma.

Even if you solve the authenticity and and copyright problems (and we’re nowhere near doing that), what are we going to do about the Supreme Court?

See, Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing,” by Adam Liptak, May 24, 2014 (re the upcoming article, The (Non)Finality of Supreme Court Opinions,” by Richard J. Lazarus, 128 HARV. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2014)).

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed S 1356, Idaho’s version of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, on 26 March making Idaho the fifth state in our region, after California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon, to enact this uniform law.

Alaska, Utah and Wyoming might be next to introduce UELMA.

More information about UELMA and the states that have enacted versions of the uniform law.

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Oregon’s Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA):

1) Oregon’s UELMA is codified at 2013 ORS 192.715 et seq.

2) Session law: Oregon UELMA: Chapter 221, (2013 Laws): Effective date May 23, 2013

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It’s that time of year again to sign up or reset your profile with the Willamette Law Online service from Willamette University College of Law

Find links to these Summary Services from the Willamette Law Online website:

  • 9th Circuit Case Summary Service
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May 7, 2013, UELMA (Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act) update:

The Judiciary Committee is holding UELMA (HB 2944, Intro) over until Thursday, May 9th, to get some more of their questions answered. (There was a brief hearing on HB 2944 on May 6, 2013.)

UELMA Primer: Authenticating the Law

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Are the state and federal laws you find online authenticated and permanently preserved?

Oregon’s Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (popularly known as UELMA) is moving through the 2013 Legislative Session as HB 2944.

UELMA aims to ensure preservation of and permanent public access to official electronic legal documents. Oregon’s UELMA does not include court decisions, unlike the uniform law.

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How to Find a Case Online (using free resources)
(if you have the citation)
 
It isn’t always possible to use a physical reporter to locate a case using a citation.  If you don’t have access to a bound reporter, here is a quick overview of a few of your free options for locating cases online.
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The Washington County (Oregon) Law Library tries to keep its list of “Oregon Legal Research Resources NOT Online” up to date and we welcome feedback from researchers.

Sometimes we discover that NOT online materials have gone online (yay!) and sometimes we discover yet another resource a legal researcher needs is still not online, so email us or leave a Comment if you notice that we need to update our Not Online list.

You can link to it from our Legal Research Resources page or our Documents Index. Just look for the “Not Online” title.

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It will be many years before you can do all your legal research online all the time.

Librarians get daily requests for documents that aren’t online or are behind firewalls or are available only to subscribers of particular databases.

You can find a “Not Online guide for Oregon legal researchers at the Washington County Law Library Document Index website.