Services Manager at Freeborn & Peters, LLC, provided advice for new lawyers who are transitioning from doing research in the law school environment to doing research in the law firm environment. She offered the following pointers. Learn what partners expect, and what resources are available to the firm or prac- tice group. Get to know the firm’s librar- ians. Before researching, check the firm’s document management system, which may already have document examples or research. Learn the costs associated with fee-based services. Some content may be outside the firm’s agreement with a service
and may be billed at a higher rate. She also urged participants to take advantage of training sessions, and not to delay in asking for help if needed. At Hudson’s firm, many follow the maxim that when using a fee-based service, log off and seek help if there are no results after 6 minutes. Consider the best way to use others’ time, which may or may not be billable. Determine who might be the best person to assist with a particular task, such as a law librarian, clerk, or paralegal. Before asking for help, know the ultimate question that needs to be answered, the jurisdiction, the client file number, and the deadline for
getting results. Be prepared to explain any research steps already taken. Participants also offered useful tips. For example, for additional resources beyond what a firm offers, both the Cook County Law Library at the Daley Center and the Rinn Law Library at DePaul College of Law are open to the public. The Cook County Law Library offers public access toWestlaw and Lexis, among many other resources. The Rinn Library offers an “ask-a-librarian” feature that can be accessed by phone or online at https://law.depaul.edu/library/ services/Pages/online-reference.aspx.
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The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Texas Hold’em Tournament & Casino Night Fundraiser Gatsby’s Speakeasy February 20, 2020 • 6:00 PM School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Proceeds Benefit The Chicago Bar Foundation
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