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Bar News - March 16, 2016

Want to Become a Casemaker Power User?

Attend the April 20 Demonstration Workshop with Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett of Casemaker talking about legal research with NHBA members at a past Annual Meeting.

Have questions about Casemaker? Want tips on how to sharpen your searches and find useful information faster?

Come to the New Hampshire Bar Center in Concord from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, for “office hours” with Jim Corbett, Casemaker’s director of marketing and a legal research industry veteran with degrees in law and library science. Corbett, who has presented at NHBA CLEs on Casemaker in the past, will be on hand for small-group discussions and demonstrations of various aspects of the Casemaker legal library.

Casemaker’s offerings have been enhanced in the past year with citators that show whether case law remains relevant and annotations for statutes.

Cite Checking – Casemaker’s CaseCheck+ is a true citator that can be relied on to determine negative effects of later cases. Legal editors, rather than computer algorithms, evaluate cases to determine impact, similar to the review process for citators by Lexis’ Shepards and West’s KeyCite.

CaseCheck+ covers cases from all state and federal courts and is updated on a daily basis. Later cases with negative treatment are linked at the point in the case providing the negative treatment. Green and red thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons are displayed in results lists to point out cases the researcher may want to examine further.

Case Law – The New Hampshire library has extended coverage back to the initial volume of NH Reports (1 NH, 1816).

Digests of Cases – Brief “headnotes” for cases are now available for all new cases issued by the NH Supreme Court. Digests of cases from other states also will be accessible. Users can subscribe to Casemaker Digest, choosing jurisdictions and/or keywords to have selected types of cases sent to them when the summaries are posted.

Statutes – Casemaker updates statutes on a rolling basis as new laws are enacted. Also, statutes now feature “annotation.” Under the text of the statute will be links to cases referring to that particular statute.

Unpublished Decisions – Non-precedental decisions of the NH Supreme Court (3JX orders) and orders from the Business & Commercial Docket of the Superior Court are now posted on Case-maker. In the future, administrative agency decisions will be added to Casemaker.

Suggest a Resource – Under its contract with the New Hampshire Bar Association, Casemaker will, at no charge, add access to databases of relevant information such as administrative agency decisions or other resources. Please contact Dan Wise, Communications Director with your suggestions for resources to forward to Casemaker.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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