If your looking for a “cream of the crop” legal research tool then you should buy a subscription to an expensive service like Westlaw Next or Lexus Research. But if your looking for a convenient and simple “one-stop” (and did I mention free) legal research tool then the best option for Minnesota legal practitioners is the “Minnesota Judicial Training & Education Blog”
In addition to the Blog site containing the complete repository of all past Judicial Training Updates, it is also home to the most comprehensive convenient and free legal research tool that I’ve been able to find for Minnesota legal practitioners.
This legal research site was created out of frustration with my inability to find a centralized website that could give me direct links to the legal resources that attorneys, judges and other legal practitioners use on a regular basis. I wanted simple, direct and convenient.
This Update (20-04) gives you a short introduction to this new online legal research library.
In a perfect world judges make decisions by applying legal analysis to the facts of a case in a rational, fair and deliberate manner. But in the real world, judges, despite their best efforts, are often subject to the same foibles, biases and imperfections that affect everything humans do.
One of those rarely discussed factors that every judge and attorney should be aware of is referred to as JUDICIAL DECISION FATIGUE.
One of the most common complaints raised by judges regarding written submissions filed by attorneys, guardians, child protection workers (and others), involves an issue that is surprisingly easy to fix .
There is a myriad of publications dedicated to the improvement of legal writing. Unfortunately, you often need an English degree to understand anything past the first paragraph. There is, however, a simple way to dramatically improve any style of legal writing that has nothing to do with dangling participles or misuse of pronouns.
This Training Updates explains how to accomplish that goal.
Message From Site Manager Alan Pendleton (Former District Court Judge)
This training site contains the complete repository of the "Pendleton Judicial Training Updates". Training Updates are designed to be short, concise, easy to read judicial tips that every judge and attorney should know. Many of the updates are designed for use "in court" by judges and attorneys as resource guides to ensure the making of a full and complete record.
Past Training Updates are listed under "TABLE OF CONTENTS" and "SUBJECT MATTER INDEX" above and "CATEGORIES" below. The five most recent Updates are posted to the left.
This Blog also serves as a judicial resource library with hyperlinks to numerous legal research and reference sites.
Many judges and attorneys bookmark the blog for easy access while in court. Add your email below and receive notification whenever a new update is posted.