Lexis-ing… for fun

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 15, 2009 in The 1L Life | Subscribe

I guess it was only a matter of time. I’ve officially turned into one of those people who randomly pull up cases on Lexis-Nexis for the hell of it :beatup:

It started earlier this week studying for CivPro. Venue is the last topic we’re learning before final exams, and one of the cases in the notes involved one of my favorite presidents — Livingston v. Jefferson (15 F. Cas. 660).  Reading that case reminded me how under-developed our judiciary still was back in the early 1800s, which somehow in my mind prompted me to look up one of the landmark cases in American jurisprudence: Marbury v. Madison (5 U.S. 137).

Then I used Lexis’s built-in Shepardize thing — I didn’t actually discover what it was/did until a couple weeks ago — and started poking through cases that referenced Marbury. And once I ran out of reading material I started picking some other major cases we all learn about in high school history and civics classes.

Long story short: pulling up old cases is almost as addicting as reading blawgs :)

Finally separating myself from the laptop to go back to CivPro studying. Have a great night everybody! :D

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10 Comments

idwsj
Nov 15, 2009 at 10:36 PM

You were meant for law school.


 
TDot
Nov 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Let’s just hope my professors think the same thing after final exams ;)


 
You Wish I would Tell You
Nov 16, 2009 at 11:54 AM

I am no going to lie, I have done the same thing but whats creepier is I am not even in law school nor do I ever plan on becoming a lawyer or attending law school. So the searching under Lexis-Nexis has been for the shear joy of looking up interesting cases. Wow! Can you say I need another hobby?


 
TDot
Nov 16, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Neither a current nor aspiring law student??

You may want to consider psychiatric help. Our school has a full-time psychiatrist who might be able to help you :beatup:


 
You Wish I would Tell You
Nov 16, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I am a psychology major. I think I can help myself. Thanks for the suggestion.


 
TDot
Nov 17, 2009 at 9:24 AM

That explains a lot ;) But are y’all allowed to self-diagnose? :P


 
You Wish I would Tell You
Nov 17, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I have no need to self-diagnose. I am a rare case of perfection. There is not diagnosis for me other than that of perfection.


 
TDot
Nov 18, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Almost sounds like my admissions essay for law school ;)


 
You Wish I would Tell You
Nov 18, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Cocky much? See, I am not cocky, I know that the diagnosis of perfection is true…my mother told me so.You however, what is your reasoning behind your diagnosis of perfection?


 

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