Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do You Know About Google Scholar?

I am a fan of Google.  Regardless of what the critics say, I think the company tries harder.  They are innovators, and in my opinion they like us lawyers.  Take Google Scholar as an example.  It is a wonderful tool for legal professionals.  Through the Scholar portal you can have access to California case law, legal articles, and so much more.  The interface is clean and easy to use, and its free!

Let me give you a taste. . . Here's the opening screen for Scholar, with the California Courts option selected.  Next we type in "marriage of feldman" Then hit the blue search button.

The hits come up, including the famous Feldman decision.

Click on the case, and voila' there it is.

Pretty slick!

Let's try something different.  Say we want to spend a bit of leisure time refreshing our knowledge on california spousal support.  Simply go to the Scholar home screen, click the "Legal documents" button, and the type "california spousal support" into the search bar.  Then hit the search button.

By clicking on the Articles link we get a great listing of scholarly articles.

We'll pick the first one, and up comes a very informative article from the Pepperdine Law Review.

How handy is that!

There is much, much more to Scholar.  The best way to learn it to visit and play on the site.  Take a look, I am sure you will be glad you did.  Click here to go to Google Scholar.

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