Legal Research: Modern online legal research tools, strategies, and techniques
Ana Ramirez Toft-Nielsen | Greenberg Traurig
Ana Ramirez Toft-Nielsen has over twelve years of experience in higher education services and providing legal research training and support to law schools and law firms. In her current position, she organizes, conducts, and trains incoming associates, laterals and partners in legal research techniques, strategies and litigation preparation.
Having strong legal research skills is crucial for saving time and money for your clients. Whether you are an entry level associate or partner, legal research is a vital daily task and one that must be continually developed. This course will survey modern online legal research tools, strategies, and techniques. It will begin with an in-depth review of legal research methods and progress into sophisticated research techniques to be used while searching electronic online legal resources.
Key topics to be discussed:
Strategic Legal Research Plans
Researching primary and secondary legal sources
Advanced Searching Skills
Date / Time: December 15, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific
Choose a format:
Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit.
On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.
Ana Toft-Nielsen | Greenberg Traurig
Ana Ramirez Toft-Nielsen has over twelve years of experience in higher education services and providing legal research training and support to law schools and law firms. In her current position, she organizes, conducts, and trains incoming associates, laterals and partners in legal research techniques, strategies and litigation preparation. She received her my J.D. from the University of Miami and practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, business immigration and intellectual property. After practicing, she worked in the legal research area and later received a Masters in Library Sciences from Florida State University. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Florida International University College of Law and an active member in the American Association of Law Libraries.
I. Evaluate, select, and use appropriate legal research tools with a particular emphasis on cost-effective research. | 2:00pm – 2:30pm II. Construct a legal research plan and implement the plan using major legal sources, including, butnot limited to, Westlaw and LexisNexis. | 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
III. Identify which resources to use, when and how the resources relate to one another, and whereto find various types of legal information and sources. | 3:10pm – 3:40pm
IV. Examine research resources, strategies, and techniques – topics include: | 3:40pm – 4:10pm
a.Developing an efficient and cost-effective research strategy
b.Case law including verdicts and settlements
c.Advanced searching skills in legal research databases