We’ve taught Advanced Legal Research at Stanford Law School since the fall of 2005. And, it has been a tremendous experience. This blog provides us with a space where we can share a bit of what we’ve learned. We also hope to have our students and fellow librarians contribute to this space.

Paul Lomio is library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. He has a JD from Gonzaga Law School, an LLM from the University of Washington, and an MLIS from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe and he has a chapter in the new book How to Manage a Law School Library (Aspatore Books, 2008). He also likes to ride his bicycle.

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. She has a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from the University of Illinois. In addition to advanced legal research, she has co-taught women’s legal history at the law school with the amazing Barbara Babcock. And, she’ll never turn down a good chocolate chip cookie.

George Wilson is a reference librarian and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. He started working at the Stanford law library in late 2005, after having spent seven years in corporate law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, as well as around a decade as a researcher and administrator in various Stanford departments. He has a BA from the University of California-Berkeley, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Sergio Stone is the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian at Stanford Law School. He received his JD degree from NYU and MLIS degree from the University of Denver.

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  1. Your readers may be interested in my recent letters to the Administrative Office of US Courts and Senator Lieberman with a proposal to open up access to the database of district and bankruptcy court opinions that exists “virtually” as a sub-set of the CM/ECF (aka Pacer) database. Lieberman is sponsoring the reauthorization of the E-Government Act of 2002. We wish to have more specific discussion of what the US Courts should be doing. The documents are posted at http://www.hyperlaw.com

    Last year there were over 95,000 court decisions in the Lexis U.S. District Court database, and only a small percentage (perhaps you could help me and figure this out) end up in West’s printed volumes.

    Thus, scanning in only printed case reporters is only a partial solution and keeps much now citable law hidden or less accessible.

    The proposal also discusses the issue of federal judges properly marking documents as written opinions, so as to identify the written opinions within the millions of documents on the CM/ECF system. Incidentally, for federal court litigators this system is highly appreciated and praised.

    The proposal also discussing persistent file naming using the docket entry number on the courts docket sheet, access to search engines, inclusion of metadata, and bulk downloading.

    Alan Sugarman

    Matthew Bender v. West, 158 F. 3d 674 (2nd Cir. 1998), aff’g, No. 94 Civ. 0589, 1997 WL 266972 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 1997), cert. denied sub. nom. West v. Hyperlaw, 526 U.S. 1154 (1999).

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