April 02, 2019

Online Tools for Background Research

Carole A. Levitt

In your law school legal research class, you were primarily taught how to find relevant cases, statutes, and regulations—what I label as “traditional” legal research. But once you began practicing law, you probably realized early on that you also needed to conduct background and fact-finding research such as (1) gathering background information about people (e.g., potential clients, judges, opposing attorneys); (2) finding current addresses for service of process; (3) digging up “dirt” about opposing parties, witnesses, and experts; or (4) learning about a non-legal topic for a particular case.

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