A Link For My Loyal Attorney Readers


As a special thanks for inciting the wrath of everyone favoring tort reform who reads this blog, I present to you a money-saving link. Seriously.


Back in November, Google Scholar started making case law searches available for free.

Now you can type in a case citation or a search topic and can get cases mentioning the topic as well as citations to the cases and links to other related topics. See the screen grab below when I clicked on the first link from a search using the term “tort reform.” Going to the Advanced Search allows you to limit your search to specific jurisdictions.

Maybe now you can drop those subscriptions to WestLaw and Lexis. The yacht payments are coming due soon, you know.

By the way, the site isn’t just for attorneys. Anyone can use the site to find case law information that has been unavailable or difficult to obtain up until this point.

And … the site also does a great job at searching scientific papers as well.



  1. Google Scholar totally save my butt for a 6 page research paper I had to write over the summer. 2 hours GS-ing vs. 10 hours in a library pouring through books with no guarantee of success or recent material is a no brainer.

    PS – I think you get a lot more out of GS if you go to a university which pays for database subscriptions, since GS automatically would say “Full text provided by [My university library]”.

  2. It’s good, but frustrating since you can’t go deep into the citing references.

    For example, let’s search for the phrase “kill all the lawyers.”


    Not bad! The first result, Walters v. National Assn. of Radiation Survivors, 473 US 305 (1985), indeed quotes Shakespeare.

    And if you want to see “How Cited,” it gives you a great set — better than Lexis or Westlaw — of how the case has actually been cited. Like so:


    But, you can’t go deeper into each cite, which seriously limits the use as a tool for practicing lawyers.

    I imagine that’s on purpose; they want it useful for the general public to research major Supreme Court cases and general principles of law, but, for some business reason, don’t want a full-fledged legal tool.

    Alas, since I’m keeping the Lexis subscription, I’m going to have to settle for my Gulfstream V, instead of upgrading to the G550.

    Woe is me.

  3. Intriguing, thanks.

    However, my Lexis subscription barely buys a days gas in the Maserati. It won’t even pay for the Windex the servants use in an hour on the yacht.

    See if you can find a way to eliminate the client part and just have your insurers direct deposit the millions in my checking account. Now THAT would be an innovation.

  4. I have to admit that both Max and Matt’s comments made me laugh.
    I might not agree with everything you write, but you’re both definitely good sports.

  5. I don’t get sued as often now that I refer patients to get a consult with a trial lawyer prior to any treatment plan.

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