A Format for Decision Making: Docket Research and Management
Duration: 67 minutes
American physicist and Episcopal Priest, William G. Pollard famously noted: “information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.”
This is certainly true when it comes to docket research and management.
The numbers are startling! There are approximately 175 million federal and state court dockets and documents in the United States today. However, only about 3% of all cases in the state and federal courts ever reach the point at which they generate a published, reported decision. This means that 97% of all docket materials fall outside the reach an attorney who relies on state and federal case reporters to learn of new court decisions, to identify litigation trends, to obtain information about opposing counsel, judges, and expert witnesses, to conduct case evaluations, and to effectively manage litigation.
Fortunately, technology has provided us with docket research tools that now allow us to search the millions of dockets and documents that previously fell outside the reach of traditional legal research. These docket research tools allow you to:
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