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To insert your company logo on this slide • From the Insert Menu • Select “Picture” • Locate your logo file • Click OK • To resize the logo • Click anywhere inside the logo. The boxes that appear outside the logo are known as “resize handles.” • Use these to resize the object. • If you hold down the shift key before using the resize handles, you will maintain the proportions of the object you wish to resize. Legal Reference Service for Public Librarians in the Internet Era A presentation for the Ohio Library Council regional meetings, Spring 2002 Jan Ryan Novak Director, Cleveland Law Library Association
Caution: • Finding “the law” can be more complicated than it seems • Interpreting, applying are tasks for lawyers • Librarians help users find, evaluate legal information
Common law marriage in Ohio Boyfriend moved in 15 yrs ago, etc., Passed away owning assets What is my share of his estate? Legal information Fact analysis - lawyer’s job! Legal advice - lawyer’s job! Legal Information vs. Legal Advice
Basic Vocabulary • Authority • - Primary: cases, statutes, regulations, decisions of administrative bodies - The “raw law” • - Secondary: encyclopedias, treatises, articles, annotations, handbooks, loose-leaf services, etc
Citations • 86 Ohio St. 3d 451 • ORC sec. 3109.11 • 24 U Dayton L. Rev. 513 (Spring 1999) • 2000 S 180, eff. 3-22-01 • 2000 wl 1706390
Updating • Citation verification - Shepards and Keycite • Pocket parts, supplements • Note the currency of the resource used • Caution the user about subsequent events
Jurisdiction • What law governs • Are there additional jurisdictions to consider • Define the jurisdictional coverage of sources used • When in doubt, find general coverage
Vocabulary • Http://www.Nolo.Com/lawcenter/dictionary/wordindex.Cfm • Http://dictionary.Lp.Findlaw.Com/
The Key: • Find someone who has done the work for you! • Precedent • Authority • Verification
Portals Findlaw http://www.findlaw.com LexisONE http://lexisone.com Legal Information Institute http://www.law.cornell.edu
Go Straight to the Horse’s Mouth: Primary Source Materials • Unannotated codes, regulations, rules • Recent cases, administrative rulings • Forms • Explanatory materials • Contacts
Ohio Case Law: • Specific cases by citation • Specific cases when only some information is available • Cases on a subject • The “best case”
Local Ohio Resources: • Local court web pages - dockets, opinions, faqs, forms, rules, guidelines • Municipal government resources - ordinances
Secondary Resources • Remember the key: FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE THE WORK FOR YOU! • Who is responsible for the site • What are the motives for posting the information
Ohio Secondary Resources • Legislative Service Commission briefs • Ohio State Bar Association public resources • Local bar association, law firm public service resources
General Secondary Resources • Nolo • LII • Findlaw • ABA