Westlaw tip: The appendices of Black’s Law Dictioary Deluxe Ninth Edition

July 20, 2011

From the Westlaw Reference AttorneysBlack’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Ninth Edition has many helpful appendices.

Appendix A is a Table of Legal Abbreviations and Authors.

This table is very helpful if you are wondering what a legal abbreviation is or run into one while researching.  An example would be the abbreviation J.L. & Pol. which is the Journal of Law and Politics.

Appendix A shows both J.L. & Pol. and J.L. & Pol’y which are different publications.

Appendix B provides many Legal Maxims in Latin.

If you are like me and don’t have the ability to instantly translate Latin to English this can be a helpful tool.

For example looking for the Latin phrase for “inclusion to the exclusion of others”.

Inclusio unius est exclusio alterius was ultimately found searching in cases.

Remember this appendix the next time you hear a Latin phrase and need some English terms to use for a search.

Appendix C is the Constitution of the United States, which is always helpful.

Appendix D is a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Appendix E lists all members of the US Supreme Court, where they were from, who appointed them, and their tenure on the Court.

Appendix F is a Federal Circuit Map.