Tuesday Tips: What is the Legal Issue Trail on Lexis Advance® and how do you use it?

Posted on 09-26-2013 by
Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance®

Have you ever found a key passage in a case discussing your research issue and wished you could just jump quickly to a list of other case opinions citing that passage?

If so, you should be using Legal Issue Trail, a newly patented technology found exclusively on Lexis Advance. Put simply, the Legal Issue Trail lists cases that cite to the opinion you are viewing on a particular issue – as well as cases your opinion has cited to on that issue – so you can understand how the issue has evolved over time in a very efficient way.

Here’s how it works:

1. From within a case, click on Activate Passages link under Legal Issue Trail in the “About this Document” right pane. This converts the opinion you’re looking at into a series of boxed passages – one for each of the legal issues discussed in the opinion. These could be issues covered by a Headnote, or more broadly, any legal issue that the opinion discusses. (This gives Legal Issue Trail a decided advantage over the Shepardize® by Headnote feature on lexis.com.)

2. Simply click on the box containing the issue that you would like to research further.    This opens up the Legal Issue Trail tab, which lists:   1) the text of the passage you’ve selected at the top; 2) all of the cases that your opinion has cited on this issue – with their current Shepard’s® status; and 3) all of the subsequent cases citing your opinion on that issue – with their current Shepard’s® status.   

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