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July 18 2016
Few legal professionals have not used Westlaw for online legal research at some point in their careers, but are they doing so efficiently?
July 20, 2016
I once had a professor who graded on a scale of 0-9 rather than 0-10 because he’d calculated the significant time he would spend over his career writing the "0" in "10."
October 11, 2016
During a recent interview with Erik Lindberg, Senior Director for Westlaw Product Management, not only did I get the scoop on the latest emerging technologies from Westlaw, but I also got to pick his brain about how younger generations are influencing advancements in legal technology and the future of the legal industry.
April 3, 2017
Billable hours are a fine balancing act, and time spent researching can easily start to accumulate, even for an experienced attorney, when encountering a new issue. Avoid having to cut precious billable hours and save...
August 17, 2016
One of the worst experiences as an attorney is realizing that a vital authority is missing from your legal argument. Your case appears weaker and incomplete as a result, and – worst of all – the omission may directly lead to...
March 8, 2017
Even though it may sound simple enough to get a "good start" on your legal research, many legal professionals spend more time than they probably should on it – which, in turn, causes the entire research process to take...
March 9, 2017
Looking for cases by a particular judge or involving a particular entity? The best legal research approach even for narrow searches is to start with the global search box on Westlaw, powered by WestSearch.
June 15, 2017
In order to brief, you’ll need to have a good understanding of the facts. Thomson Reuters Westlaw™ has tools like PeopleMap and Company Investigator to help you find all the relevant facts surrounding your case.
June 15, 2017
What are the basic elements of a legal brief? First, every standard brief starts with an introduction that articulates the party’s theory of the case and procedural history of the case.
March 8, 2017
Some things in the life of an attorney are optional. From going solo to going paperless to going to lunch, you can choose to do it or not. However, you know that being confident in the accuracy of your legal research...
July 25, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to interview Erik Lindberg, Senior Director for Westlaw Product Management to get the scoop on Westlaw directly from somebody on the front line of new product development.
March 1, 2017
Westlaw is continuously evolving to meet practitioners' ever-changing needs, and the secondary source re¬design includes a number of enhancements to help you quickly refer to familiar resources as well as uncover other...
Febuary 13, 2017
Primary sources tell you what the law is, but Secondary Sources give you the why, when, where, if and how of the law. You’ve already read the Basics of Secondary Sources; now it’s time to look more closely at how to use...
October 24, 2016
Like in almost every field, digital disruption is a major game-changer for the legal industry. The demand for legal services is evolving as segmentation grows in the nature and delivery of services.
January 23, 2017
One of the most challenging aspects of online legal research is getting started. Sometimes, you will have an idea of search terms or concepts to use in a search, but in other situations, you may be confronted with a...
Febuary 1, 2017
Although they cannot be directly relied upon as legal authority, secondary sources remain some of the most important authorities to employ in legal arguments.
June 15, 2017
Effective briefing includes identifying the issues, citing to proper authority, and crafting a legal argument. If written effectively, a brief can put a judge on your side before you ever step foot in a courtroom.
Generational shifts in the workforce are an inevitable consequence of the passage of time: As one generation of workers ages and retires, another enters the workforce to replace them.
October 31, 2016
In a previous blog post, I discussed some best practices for ensuring that your legal research process is complete. But getting to the point of feeling that your legal research is truly finished assumes that the process had a sound start.
Thomson Reuters Westlaw™ draws on over 125 years of proprietary analysis of the law and editorial enhancements to deliver you the most relevant legal documents and information available faster and more accurately than anyone else. We do this by investing in our people, process, and technology.
June 22, 2017
There is an old saying that goes “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” This adage is applicable to most situations in life, but it is particularly true when one goes before a court...
May 16, 2017
How do I know where to begin? How do I know when I’ve exhausted my resources? Online research is part and parcel to virtually every industry, personal, and professional pursuit in some way these days, but legal research is a different animal than other kinds of online search...
December 7, 2016
Legal research is a significantly easier task today than it was when John B. West first started publishing case law and classifying the law with Key Numbers more than 100 years ago.
August 4, 2017
“The Blockchain” has emerged as the hot new topic in the financial services sector and other industries, often described with bursts of exuberance.
August 29, 2017
This Guide provides an overview of legal issues relating to credit and debit card (referred to generically as “payment cards”) issuance, acceptance and processing, including both regulatory concerns and common issues in commercial negotiations
September 6, 2017
When you’re beginning research on a new practice area or matter, the route from start to finish can appear dauntingly long and unfamiliar. If you want to shorten and illuminate that path, learn from those who have come before.
September 8, 2017
Emerging Payments is a broad, diverse, and growing area of financial services technology. From phone apps, watches, connected cars, and home digital assistants, the payments industry keeps finding ways to make payments easier, faster, and cheaper.
November 15, 2017
Balancing speed and accuracy is an ever-present challenge in legal research. You require total confidence that your research is comprehensive.