Go to the Source

Today’s Tip: Go to the source

What I mean by go to the source is this:
If you have exhausted the traditional places to look for something (case law databases – both free and commercial; journal article sources; local libraries that you may borrow from; a general web search) and have not located a specific item that you need, go to the source.

Who authored the work?

  • Phone the arbitrator
  • Call the judge’s assistant
  • Email the news reporter

People are amazingly helpful and willing to share what they have or what they know if you ask, infrequently and politely of course.

Special thanks to Arne Peltz of the Winnipeg law firm of Orle • Davidson • Giesbrecht • Bargen LLP for the advice this week on where to find one of his arbitration decisions from the late 90’s.


  1. That is so true! Once I contacted a publisher to direct me to an author because of something written in her text. I got the author’s correct interpretation (it didn’t help my cause though!).

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