Forms and Search Queries (CALI Lessons and Assessment Tool)
- On Lexis Advance, you can find Forms under Content Type and then FORMS. Then you can filter by state or by Practice Area.
On Westlaw Edge, you can find Forms under Content Types and then FORMS. Then you have the filter by Forms by State or Forms by Topic.
Both platforms are offering Forms from the materials available on their platforms which means, in all probability, the forms are from different resources. So while you have both platforms available to you, search for specific forms on both Lexis Advance and Westlaw Edge and analyze the materials received.
- Remember when you are searching for forms, do not use the terms “plaintiff” or “defendant” or other general terms. Use terms that describe the issue at hand. For example, use “substitution” and “death, ” if you are looking for a motion to substitute the executor of the estate for the deceased plaintiff in an action that the deceased deceased plaintiff filed to recover a sum of money.
One of the features of many bar bar journals or other communications from the bar is the inclusion of Discipline and Other Regulator Notices. If they are available to you, be sure to read so that you know who as been disciplined, etc. Here is a link for the Washington State Bar Journal. https://wabarnews.wsba.org/wabarnews/june_2020/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=52#pg54
Another place to find out if a member of the bar has been disciplined is the Members’ Directory or Legal Directory or something similar. These directories are available to the public. Here is a link to the legal directory on the website of the Washington State Bar Association – https://www.mywsba.org/personifyebusiness/LegalDirectory.aspx
Another feature is that bar journals publish pertinent articles of interest to bar. First, a question. Is a Third District Court of Appeals’ decision ever binding on a circuit court (trial court) within the jurisdiction of the Second District Court of Appeals? Second, an answer. Yes. The article addressing this issue is titled “CONTROLLING JURISDICTION” AND THE DUTY TO DISCLOSE ADVERSE AUTHORITY: FLORIDA’S DISTRICT COURTS OF APPEAL REIGN SUPREME ON MATTERS OF FIRST IMPRESSION by Keith Rizzardi. https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-journal/controlling-jurisdiction-and-the-duty-to-disclose-adverse-authority-floridas-district-courts-of-appeal-reign-supreme-on-matters-of-first-impression/
Bye for now.