Module 6 Assessment Questions, CALI Lessons, and Forum Discussions

Assessment Questions

JUST ASK:   The acronym is to use when you are receiving an assignment at work so that you are sure that you learn as much as possible about the assignment.  You do not want to go back 2 or 3 times to ask for more information.  You may receive an assignment in a hallway or in the restroom when you are not thinking about receiving an assignment!  In these situations, especially, it may help to remember JUST ASK so that you can focus your questions to learn as much as possible about the assignment.

JUST:  Jurisdiction, Useful Tips, Sources, Terms of Art

ASK:  Acronyms, Scope of Research, Key Cost Restraints

Forms need to be used carefully.  You can’t assume that the form is up to date unless you are told by the attorney giving you the assignment that the form is current. Also, the first place usually to look for a form is the firm’s form bank.  Forms can be extremely useful but do not simply fill in the blanks.  They are usually a good place start in drafting the document.


CALI Lessons

All but one of you missed this question the following question.

Now that we have selected relevant terms, let’s turn to the Index.

Looking up the word “Chiropractor” in the Index sends you to a number of subtopics, including “Negligence per se” 44 COA 2d 95. This tells you that if you go to volume 44 and look at page 95, you will see a section titled “Cause of Action for Chiropractic Negligence.”

Take a look at the picture of the Causes of Action outline. What section in the outline will help you find the elements needed to prove a breach of duty of care in a malpractice action?

Here is a link to the Causes of Action on Westlaw.

Please email me the answer to the question by Monday, July 15.  I want to be sure that y’all can interpret the outline.  These outlines / table of contents are very useful and are found in print and online.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Forum Discussions

Find the docket sheet on Bloomberg Law for this case – this is all you know. This information is from a WSJ article on May 25 2017. Many times a newspaper and other media outlets will not give you the docket number, name of the case, etc.

“A Virginia-based federal appeals court on Thursday rejected President’s Donald Trump’s request to reinstate his revised executive order on immigration, saying that the president likely acted with improper motives when seeking to temporarily bar U.S. entry for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.”

What is the name of the case and the docket number? Give one take away from looking for and pursuing the docket sheet for this case.

Here are two links to the case.

Take a look at the decision found on Bloomberg Law (Pacer) which was published by the Court.  Take note that it states that this is a published decision.  Then take a look at Westlaw and you can see all the editorial features that are added.   If you looked at Lexis, you would also see all of their editorial features.  It is hard to say if you were doing this research on the the day that the WSJ article was published if you would have found the case on Westlaw or Lexis.  Westlaw and Lexis try to get the cases up as quickly as possible but it will take them a moment or two since they are adding their editorial features.  Although, I recall seeing cases being uploaded before all editorial features are added just to be sure that the case is available in their database.  I hope that took the opportunity to take  good look at the docket sheet.  If you did not, I suggest that you do so so that you know what is included in a docket sheet.

Link on Bloomberg Law (Pacer)

Link on  Westlaw

For those who did not find the case, try again if you have not already done so.  Locating and understanding dockets is a useful skill.

Stolley’s article

Take a look at the  excerpt of Stolley’s concerns on TWEN.


You will notice that he is suggesting to use sources that are online.  You may or may not find them in print when you are researching.  One take away is that you need to need to learn how to use these sources (encyclopedias, ALR, law review articles, etc.)  online in the same way as you might use them in print.  Browsing the pages.  Taking a look at the index and outlines / table of contents.  Etc.  It is just  different technique of online searching.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please let me know.