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Shepardize

n. a method of locating reports of appeals decisions based on prior precedents from Shepard's Citations, books which list the volume and page number of published reports of every appeals court decision which cites a previously decided case or a statute. Shepard's exists for all sets of reports of appeals cases, and is updated every month with supplemental booklets. While it looks like a mathematician's book of tables, Shepard's Citations is an invaluable tool in finding appeals decisions which either follow, distinguish or deviate from prior case law. (See: reports)

Shepardize

the exercise of using a proprietary system in the USA for ensuring that a case has not been overturned, criticized, or distinguished by subsequent court decisions and for finding additional cases that stand for the same legal principle, or address similar legal issues. It is therefore a form of CITATOR.
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49) A number of courts have faulted attorneys for failing to Shepardize, either in print or, more recently, electronically.
One concrete reason given in the Rule II cases finding inadequate research is the failure to Shepardize or otherwise update.
One practitioner raises the following question: "why should I apply international human rights law, which I can't even shepardize and which I have trouble finding, in a lawsuit between Californians raising issues of California law?
Also, the researcher needs to shepardize the potentially relevant authority.
The trained research staff can quickly locate cited cases, obtain copies of some product advertisements, Shepardize, find names and addresses of corporations and process services, compile statistics and bibliographies, and locate relevant newspaper and magazine articles.
Users can also Shepardize a case to research its positive and negative treatment and validate citation formats with Autocite.
Get by Party Name - Use party name to search for documents and Shepardize.
Shepard's and Shepardize are registered trademarks and Shepardizing and SHEPARD's FOCUS is a trademark of Shepard's Company.
What about an appellate attorney who Shepardizes a brief using the print version of Shepard's.