Three Eras of Legal Research | from Yearbooks to ChatGPT

The methods attorneys use to access legal information has changed over the centuries, most radically in the last few decades. The tools we use to gather information and form persuasive arguments frames our thinking about the very nature of what the law is and how we ought to practice it. So, in this session we’ll take a very broad look at the history of legal research (from ‘print’ to ‘search’ to ‘find’) in order to identify:

• Research strategies which ought to be preserved for effective information gathering (Boolean, data analysis, use of secondary sources, etc.)

• Shifting views of what makes the law a professional discipline (Or, when do the robot lawyers take over?)

• Methods for helping clients manage increasingly complex legal landscapes.

This CLE is approved for credit through September 15, 2025.

Mike Carlson is founder of Gray Paper Legal, LLC, a legal research firm headquartered in Minneapolis. Mike honed his research expertise at Thomson Reuters where he served 10 years as Reference Staff Attorney. Later, Mike was Attorney Editor of the practicelaw library at the Minnesota State Bar Association and Template Specialist for Lawyaw, a Clio company.

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 492205

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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