Legal Research: Westlaw Reference Attorney Blog Roundup

August 31, 2012

AttorneysIn addition to being incredible legal researchers, our team of bar admitted Westlaw Reference Attorneys also share their legal research expertise on their blog.


Here is an overview of this week’s research posts from their blog:

The Expansion of Online Legal Research
Even though lawyers, librarians, and other legal staff frequently use non-legal websites for leads or ideas on research, how accepting are courts of documents or materials from these types of websites? The answer seems to be not very.

Different States, Different fates for Voter I.D. laws.
Why is the  challenge in Pennsylvania proceeding so different from those in its sister states?  The underlying laws are not particularly different; compare TX LEGIS 123 (2011) with 2012 Pa. Legis. Serv. Act 2012-18. The difference, of course, comes from the Voting Rights act, which celebrated its 47th anniversary earlier this month.

DNA Collection and the Fourth Amendment-Maryland v. King
On July 30, the US Supreme Court granted a stay of judgment to the state of Maryland in the case of Maryland v. King (2012 WL 3064878, Petition for Writ for Certiorari found at 2012 WL 3527847).  At issue is whether the warrantless collection of DNA samples prior to conviction pursuant to the Maryland DNA Collection Act (MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 2-501, et. seq.) is constitutional under the Fourth Amendment….If the US Supreme Court grants certiorari for this case, how is it likely to rule?

Further Issues in International Family Law: Child Custody
The Supreme Court recently granted cert in a case involving the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 11601 et seq, and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction…I recently wrote about the Supreme Court’s grant.  I mentioned that the Hague Convention does not deal with the underlying custody determination.  So, the question remains, what law does apply?