Legal Research Program

Recorded on September 18, 2013

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Nicole Doyle - Professor, Durham College
Key To Legal Research
Learn about steps that you can take to help you be a more effective legal researcher especially when dealing with some of the key issues that can arise when doing research, including:

  • High pressure requests and tight deadlines,
  • Limitations and/or complexities of legal research tools, and
  • Searches that just don’t seem to be working

Margaret H. Kerr – Lead Author of Legal Research: 
Step by Step and Sole Practicioner
How To Think About A Legal Research Task:
What’s your most important tool for legal research? Quicklaw? Canadian Encyclopedic Digest? Canadian Abridgment? 
Hint:It weighs about three pounds and jiggles around inside your skull

James Cooper, LL.B., MFA – Cooper Legal Research & Drafting
How Lawyers and Law Clerks May Use Legal Research To Manage The Client Relationship

  • In Litigation: When the case law tells you to defend or to settle
  • In Mediation: Getting to yes with the backing of research
  • In Family Law: Using the case law to advocate the client’s interests over their interest in winning

Bonnie Fish, Director of Legal Research, Fogler Rubinoff, Adjunct Professor U of T Law School, Advanced Legal Research and Writing
The Pitfalls of Using the Internet For Legal Research 

  • The internet is a wonderful tool for legal research but must be used with caution 
  • Googling a legal research question is not an efficient or safe way to find the answer
  • Learn about the safest way to use the internet for legal research and how to access the best research sites