CaseMap® - One Stop Shopping for Critical Case Knowledge

CaseMap® provides a central repository for all the critical information in a case, allowing you to easily organize the key facts, characters, issues, evidence, and legal authorities. The CaseMap linking feature makes it simple to evaluate relationships and draw critical connections between different components of your case: for example, identifying the facts and case law to support a claim or issue. The easy-to-use reporting feature lets you instantly share your overview and analysis of a case with a few clicks of the mouse (from web site).

This software is free for law school students and faculty. To download the software, go to www.lawschool.lexis.com and then click on ‘Download Tools’ link on left. Online tutorials are available at the bottom of the screen.

US GAO Federal Legislative Histories now on Westlaw!

Thanks to a partnership with the GAO, you now have access to complete federal legislative histories as compiled by GAO law librarians on Westlaw (FED-LH). Over 1,400 histories were added to Westlaw in November, with over 20,000 histories from 1915 - 1995 to be added over the next four years. That’s nearly one million documents available in PDF!

 You can access these histories in a variety of ways:

  1. Using a Template on the Federal Legislative History tab.

  2. Searching the database FED-LH using Terms & Connectors, Natural Language or a Template.

  3. On the “Links For” tab when you are viewing a USCA section or a US Public Law.

  4. From a Graphical Statutes view when viewing a USCA section.

Major Federal Civil Procedure Rules Changes Effective December 1, 2007

In response to the discussion about the far-reaching changes to the Federal Civil Rules of Procedure, we have posted a 5-minute video featuring the authors of the Federal Civil Rules Handbook. The authors, Steven Baicker-McKee and Professor William Janssen, discuss the dramatic amendments to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, and why every major rule and form is changing on December 1, 2007. The video can be found under the "What's New for Law Librarians" section at:  www.west.thomson.com/librarian.

 The changes have mostly come about as a result of a comprehensive overhaul by a federal style committee. There are stylistic and substantive changes, and all the forms have changed as well.

Thomson West has published the Federal Civil Rules Handbook just in time for the coming rule changes. All rule changes will be in this volume, along with all the new forms, and a great deal of annotated commentary. There will also be a "roadmap" at the end of each rule indicating the Style Project changes and the non-stylistic (substantive) changes to the rules. Here is a handy Compare/Contrast Chart for Rules Volume and Handbook.

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