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UMUC Week 3 Introduction to Legal Research Case Study Project

UMUC Week 3 Introduction to Legal Research Case Study Project

Description

Background: Martinez is preparing to write memorandums to several different clients discussing case law and making recommendations to those clients. He wants to ensure all the information in the memorandums is precisely correct. He asks you to complete the research to ensure the accuracy of the cases, case names, and citations.

Instructions:

Part A: Case Names

Number each response below; do not copy/paste the questions.

For questions 1 – 6:

  • Cite the case names only, using Bluebook format
  • Use information in this week’s Instructor’s Notes and relevant Tables in The Indigo Book, as needed

Example:

Case: William Lee, Plaintiff–Appellant, versus York County School Division, an opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Case name in Bluebook format: Lee v. York Cty. Sch. Div.

Questions:

1. Timothy F. Sullivan et ux. versus William F. Mosner et al., an opinion issued by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

2. Darrayl John Wilson versus the State of Maryland, an opinion issued by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

3. Kevin D. Gray versus the State of Maryland, an opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

4. Ryder Truck Lines, Incorporated, versus Goren Equipment Company, Incorporated, an opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

5. May Department Stores, Assignee, versus Montgomery County, Maryland, et al., an opinion issued by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

6. Stanley Jeffrey Penley, Plaintiff-Appellant, versus McDowell County Board of Education; Gerri Martín, in her official and individual capacities; Natalie Gouge, in her official and individual capacities; Robert Gillespie, a/k/a Mitch Gillespie; H. Russell Neighbors, in his official and individual capacities, Defendants-Appellees, an opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Part B: Reporters

Number each response below; do not copy/paste the questions. List the letter that corresponds to the correct answer. NOTE: There is only one correct answer per question.

7. Opinions from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland would be found in which reporter?

a. Maryland Reports

b. Maryland Appellate Reports

c. District Court Decisions

d. Federal Supplement

8. Opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit would be found in which reporter?

a. United States Reports

b. United States Appeals

c. Circuit Court Decisions

d. Federal Reporter

9. Opinions from the Maryland Court of Appeals would be found in which reporter?

a. South Eastern Reporter

b. Maryland Appellate Reports

c. Federal Reporter

d. Atlantic Reporter

10. Opinions from the Virginia Court of Appeals would be found in which reporter?

a. Atlantic Reporter

b. South Eastern Reporter

c. Federal Reporter

d. Virginia Reports

Part C: Citations

11. The citation that follows is what’s known as a parallel citation:

Anderson v. State, 385 Md. 123, 867 A.2d 1040 (Md. 2005).

This parallel citation describes where to find the same court opinion in multiple different reporters. Here, the first set of publication data is for the official reporter, Maryland Reports (Md.). The second set of data is for the unofficial, regional reporter, the Atlantic Reporter, Second Series (A.2d).

Use the information given above to provide the correct, complete Bluebook citation to the unofficial, regional reporter only; omit the official reporter.

12. The information provided below was copied from Westlaw:

Simopoulos v. Virginia

Supreme Court of the United States

June 15, 1983

462 U.S. 506, 103 S.Ct. 2432, 76 L.Ed.2d 755 (Approx. 15 pages)

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