Mundorf Cost Effective Legal Research Guide

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Carol B. Mundorf
Manager, Training Services
Ballard Spahr LLP
300 East Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

We conduct research orientation programs for each class of Summer and Fall Associates.   At these sessions, we explain how what they do in a Lexis or Westlaw research session results in the costs that appear on a client's bill.  We also tell them about alternative legal research sources (i.e., Fastcase, Intelliconnect, BNA, our print collection, etc.) that they can use without generating costs.

The handout entitled "2013 Cost Effective Legal Research Choices" was distributed at the orientation for our 2013 Summer and Fall Associates.   It lists various research tasks and sources in chart form (for example, finding research already done on your topic, reading an unannotated statute, learning if a case is good law, etc.) to indicate whether a given source is a good and cost effective choice for a given research task.  The goal of this handout is to help new hires make sense of the information we give them about costs and research sources.

Thanks to Gwen Friedman, Dave Webster, and David Proctor of the Research & Information Center at Ballard Spahr LLP for the helpful comments they made during the development of this handout.