In this section,
I introduce a fictitious problem that is used throughout this chapter.
In 2005, there were
47,562 law firms (according to American Bar Association), with 49%
being one-person or solo shops. Whether large or small, with big
clients or small ones, they all need information, including case law
administrative codes, and public records. This need is fulfilled
with modern technology by computer assisted legal research (CALR),
which is defined as “a mode of legal research
that uses databases of court opinions, statutes, court documents,
and secondary material. Electronic databases make large bodies of
case law easily available.” (Wikipedia).
Databases are available through paid subscriptions.
One fee-based CALR provider ...