Not a Lawyer? Not a Problem!

Looking for government or legal documents but not sure how to find them? You don’t need a law degree, or even a background as a law librarian. You just need a refresher on legal research resources, and you can get one from Abigail Ross at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference.


Abigail, the library manager at Keller and Heckman LLP in Washington, D.C., will present “A Perfect Balance: Legal Research for the Non-law Librarian” on Sunday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. Her session will explain the fundamentals of basic legal research and provide an overview of the U.S. legal system and essential print and Web-based resources. She will address frequently asked legal research questions, cost-effective search strategies, and accessible resources, with an emphasis on free or low-cost alternatives.

“When Founding Father John Adams designed our current government structure in his Massachusetts home, he could not have imagined how complicated it would grow to be,” Abigail says. “Let’s play a legal research numbers game: 7,383 state legislators making state laws, 2,000-plus agencies making their own regulations, 535 federal legislators making federal laws, 89 federal district courts, and 100-plus online legal research databases. They all add up to one overwhelmed non-law librarian.”

Learn how to conduct basic legal research (even if you don’t remember your American Government class in high school). Register now to attend SLA 2015!

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