Legal researchers often need to search through state and federal dockets to perform due diligence searches or to find information to support litigators or students in litigation clinics. Using examples of state and federal civil court dockets, presenters will show step-by-step how to find useful information hidden in court documents. By understanding the anatomy of a civil lawsuit, librarians will be able to obtain information that is difficult to locate. Participants will save their libraries money by going directly to dockets instead of subscribing to pricey newsletters and utilizing expensive expert witness services.
Takeaway 1: Participants will gain insight into the lifeline of a civil lawsuit as demonstrated in documents found on dockets, from the summons and complaint to the final judgment.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to search through dockets effectively and efficiently for useful examples of pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and exhibits, including transcripts of direct and cross examinations, expert witness information, and other information to support litigators and business intelligence research.
Takeaway 3: Participants will learn advanced techniques of dockets searching suitable for supporting research in business development, litigation, and transactions at law schools, law firms, and courts.
Who should attend: Anyone who wants to learn to search dockets or to enhance their docket-searching abilities by gaining a greater understanding of what docket documents are in the context of civil litigation
Track(s): Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services