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  • Do you want to retrieve federal dockets for free? You have an option—RECAP. It is an innovative—and free—alternative to the federal courts’ official online retrieval system, PACER.

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    An effective method to win on appeal is to insult the intelligence of the judge on the lower court. Judges sitting on an intermediate appellate court or a state’s highest court really listen when the insults start flying.

  • Well, I promised you an explanation of why Google Scholar will not put LexisNexis or Westlaw out of business. Here is the promised post.

    1. You cannot use proximity connectors. Thus, if you want to find cases where “tortious interference” appears in the same sentence or paragraph as “improper conduct,” you cannot. But Google Scholar does have one little known proximity connector—AROUND.

  • If you have not tried Google Scholar for your legal research needs, you should. This post will explain why—or fail trying.

    1. It is free. We all like free research, right?

    2. You can find federal and state cases with Google Scholar’s powerful search algorithm (similar to WestlawNext and Lexis Advance), and it will likely return relevant results even if you do not use the proper search terms. Its algorithm works best for issues that are commonly litigated.

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    Aristotle identified three elements of a persuasive argument: logos (appealing to logic and reasoning), ethos (based on the credibility of the speaker), and pathos (appealing to an audience’s emotions and values).

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