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Paralegal's Guide to Understanding Legal Citation

OnDemand Webinar (119 minutes)

Learn the ins and outs of legal citation to ensure your sources are properly cited.Cases are based on the briefing, and strong briefing requires citation to legal authority. Lawyers and paralegals need to know how to find case law precedent, interpret precedent to select the strongest possible authorities, and then properly cite to those cases. Mistakes at any of these steps may doom a motion, brief, or an entire case. This topic educates lawyers and paralegals on the importance of proper legal research, case selection and citation, with an emphasis on how to ensure that legal briefs include the best possible presentation of case law authority.

Authors

Benjamin G. Shatz, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Agenda

Understanding Court Systems and Court Decisions

• Trial and Appellate Courts

• Stare Decisis

• Published and Unpublished Decisions

Choosing the Best Authority

• How to Find Case Law

• Understanding Case Reporters

• How to Evaluate the Best Case to Cite

Citation Format

• Why Citations Format Matters

• The Bluebook vs. Local Styles

• How to Edit for Citation Format