This is a two-hour CLE designed to help practitioners, associate attorneys and paralegals locate information resources, both legal and non-legal, with cost effective techniques. It will also address effective writing tips and discuss how ChatGPT fits in with legal research and legal writing.
Key topics to be discussed:
Getting Started: Where Do I Begin?
Primary Sources of American Law (Federal & State)
What exists besides Westlaw and Lexis?
Secondary Sources of Law
Research Strategies Worksheet
Getting Started with Legal Writing
Did I Say What I Intended to Say?
Date / Time: January 23, 2024
Lisa Smith-Butler | Charleston School of Law
Lisa Smith-Butler is a tenured associate professor of law at the Charleston School of Law where she teaches Torts I, Torts II, Professional Responsibility, and Children and the Law. She previously taught Legal Bibliography and Advanced Legal Research courses from 1995 onwards at Georgia State University College of Law, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, and the Charleston School of Law.
Experience & Activities at Charleston School of Law
Smith-Butler helped guide the law library successfully through the final ABA accreditation process in 2010 and served as the library dean until December of 2017 when she moved over to the faculty full time.
Smith-Butler practiced law in Georgia and Nebraska between 1984 – 1992 as a solo and small firm practitioner as well as working for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. In 1993, she moved full time into the field of law librarianship. As a law librarian, she worked for the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Fraser & Murphy (now Bryan Cave), Georgia State University, and Nova Southeastern University. At NSU, she served as the assistant dean of the library from 2003 until 2009.
She received her J.D., Cum Laude, from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1984 where she served as an assistant editor for the Creighton Law Review and on the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in 1982 from Hastings College where she received the Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award and was a Bellevue Academic Scholar. Her M.L.S. is from Clark Atlanta University.
Publications & Presentations
Her best-known publication is the book, Law Librarianship in the 21st Century, co-authored with two Florida colleagues. She has authored articles on legal research, social media and school bullying, and workplace privacy. She has presented programming at: