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Internet Research

Sometimes, doing research on Lexis, Westlaw, or in a law library can be needlessly time-consuming. Treatises, handbooks, and encyclopedias are helpful, but they aren’t always organized intuitively or updated often enough to provide guidance when I’m dealing with a rapidly-evolving issue. Although it’s essential to verify everything and ultimately base any argument or advice on proper sources, occasionally I’ll use a simple internet search to get an overview of an issue.

This is one of my favorite legal websites. It’s very interesting and seems to turn up frequently with Google search terms relevant to the confrontation clause. The sixth amendment is a fairly tricky area of law, and new cases tend to pop up relatively often. It’s nice to know that I can keep abreast of some of the latest developments, and reading the blog in its entirety helps shed a little light on the ins and outs of some of the cases interpreting Crawford v. Washington over the past few years.

A lot of lawyers and law professors have blog or websites that are highly informative, and I think that much of the information they post isn’t presented nearly as well anywhere else. I’m not canceling my research subscription anytime soon, but I think the internet can do a lot to supplement even the most knowledgeable attorney’s understanding of an area of law.

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