September 27, 2012
Legal Research on WestlawNext – Link it and they will come!
When a customer brings up the United States Supreme Court opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, they are treated to a wealth of information beyond the decision itself.
As you can see from the screen shot, there are links to hundreds of different relevant documents. The customer can view Profiler information about Chief Judge Roberts (did you know that he graduated with honors from Harvard for both his A.B. and J.D. and clerked for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 Term?), and also information about all of the attorneys involved in the case.
The customer can also see all of the Trial Court documents that cite the case, including Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc v. Betlach. Why is this important? Because this is arguably the most historic decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme court since Bush v. Gore and researchers will be tracking its affect on our country’s health care system and the economy for years.
Considering that customers can also link to the hundreds of appellate briefs filed in the case, other case law cited by the court, relevant treatises and forms directly from this seminal opinion, I believe that our customers receive the most valuable treasure trove of information that will result in success in their legal research. Westlaw users have access to more than 2.4 million appellate briefs and more than 5.8 million trial court documents. The ability to link directly from a relevant case on Westlaw to the underlying court documents can save significant time and costs as you prepare your case.