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Casetext Training Session in October

2L Brittany Chung, our local Casetext Student Ambassador, will be hosting a Casetext demonstration training session in October.

The session is on Monday October 9 at 5pm in room A059 in the law library.

During each session participants will learn:

  • the basics of Casetext
  • how to set up a Casetext account
  • how to use Casetext
  • about CARA, the artificial intelligence feature for writing briefs

Refreshments will be served.

DACA Information from Lexis with Points Contest

Jennifer Durkin, our Lexis representative just sent us great information on a current event topic in the law: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  This is a great way to learn more about this issue, get to know Lexis and get a chance to win some points from Lexis.

Fifteen states have filed suit against President Trump and his administration for the decision to end the DACA program.  This decision has sparked a major legal debate.  Learn more about DACA and the lawsuit so you can be informed and win Lexis points (see below).

Log onto Lexis before clicking on the Lexis links.

What is DACA?
DACA (from Wikipedia) is an immigration policy that allows certain illegal immigrants (often referred to as “dreamers” under the DREAM Act) who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

Learn more about the lawsuit
View the docket: New York v. Trump 1:17-cv-5228
View the latest legal news on the lawsuit and set up an alert to stay informed.  (Click the bell icon at the top of the page.)
The case has been assigned to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.  View the judge’s legal analytics on Lex Machina(right frame) and Litigation Profile Suite .

CONTEST: To earn 50 points and a chance at 500, simply print out any of the Lexis links above and give it to one of your Lexis Associates or email it to our Lexis rep Jen Durkin at jennifer.durkin@lexisnexis.com.

Foreign Parliamentary Information Online

flags of the world If you are conducting foreign and international law research, the Law Library of Congress recently released a new report that is probably of interest to you. The new report, Features of Parliamentary Websites in Selected Jurisdictions, reviewed the parliamentary websites from 50 different countries and explored the content, enhancements, and tools on each. The report summarizes the findings in a table, detailing for each surveyed country what languages are available, whether audio and video streaming are offered, and what types of search features, tracking functions, and other tools are available.

This report is part of the Law Library of Congress’s collection of legal reports. The reports cover a variety of topics and contain commentary and recommended resources on issues and events. Each report lists the date that it was last updated. Many of the reports include information from several different countries, not just the United States, making this collection another useful source for foreign and international law research.

Free Online Research Tools: Casetext

casetext logo Casetext is one of a growing number of free online sources for legal research. Developed by attorneys, data scientists, and engineers, Casetext offers free access to over 10 million cases, statutes, and regulations, plus articles and commentary from leading litigators. Coverage includes all United States Supreme Court decisions, Circuit Court and District Court decisions from 1925-present, all State Supreme and Appellate Courts decisions from 1950-present (including Ohio), federal statutes and regulations, and statutes from selected states (not including Ohio). To access the free database, enter your search terms in the search box at the top of the page. Then use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow your results.

When accessing court opinions, several features are included for free. Casetext shows negative treatment flags, “key passages” that highlight the most cited and discussed passages of your case, “summaries from subsequent cases” showing how your case fits into a legal argument, and “insights from experts” commentary from litigators and/or law professors.

Additional features are available for a fee. Casetext also offers CARA, a subscription-based research tool that uses machine learning and AI to assist with your legal research. For example, paying users can upload briefs, memos, and other legal documents, and CARA will find relevant cases, statutes, and regulations for you.

Need to Search Interstate Compacts?

The National Center for Interstate Compacts Database is a great place to start if you need to research interstate compacts.  An interstate compact is an agreement between two or more states.  Those agreements which would increase the power of states at the expense of the federal government require approval of Congress.

The National Center for Interstate Compacts assists states in the review, revision, and creation of new interstate compacts as solutions to multi-state problems or alternatives to federal preemption.

The database allows users to search more than 1,500 statutes for state-by-state interstate compact membership.  Search via the interactive map or advanced search options. Once located, the compact statutory language is available as a PDF.