I'm putting some final touches on the Hennepin County Law Library CLE powerpoint I'll be presenting this Friday. A colleague (Charlie Wilson at Ballard Spahr) and I wrote an article ("How Do You Feel About "Good Enough?": Another Look at Citators") and we're going to discuss the article and ethical issues around performing competent legal research. Charlie and I have both spent some time trying to bridge the distance between what is taught in law school (extensive, exhaustive, expensive research) with what attorneys confront in practice (time and money limitations). Especially for solo and small firm attorneys who make up a fair percentage of our Hennepin County Law Library patrons, we wondered whether there was an objective way to determine what was "good enough" both ethically and competitively for attorneys who can't afford the premium research platforms. We chose citators as a discreet research tool to analyze. The results reminded us that even the most expensive and historic citators don't give consistent results; and that caselaw by its nature defies an easy solution for determining whether a case remains "good law."
You've read the article, @Michael Carlson
- what did you find that was interesting in our results? Hope you'll be able to join us on Friday at 12:15 in the Jury Assembly Room on the 24th floor of the Courts Tower. No advance registration required (and it's a free Ethics credit!).