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District of Columbia Legal Research

A short guide to researching the law of the District of Columbia using the resources of the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library.

Practice Manuals

The District of Columbia Practice Manual (Reference KFD1281 .D522) - a two-volume set with comprehensive coverage of 34 legal topics, including a chapter on "Finding the Law."

Trial Handbook for District of Columbia Lawyers (KFD1738 .S74) - details every aspect of a trial in a sequential manner, with references to D.C. case law, statutes and regulations.

Civil Practice in the Superior Court of D.C. (Reserve KFD1729.5 .S78 M35). 

Topical Treatises

Domestic Relations Manual for the District of Columbia (Reserve KFD1294 .B74 2002-). 

D.C. Landlord and Tenant Law: a Landlord Practitioner's Guide (Reserve KFD1317 .L63 1998).

Real Estate Practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (KFD1326 .A73 R4 1995).

Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner (KFD1342 .W28 2004-). 

The Law of Evidence in the District of Columbia (Reserve KFD1740 .G71 2011). 

Legal Newspapers

Daily Washington Law Reporter (KFD1269 .D3) - published select D.C. court opinions with abstracting and commentary, legal notices and announcements of law-related events. 

Legal Times (in print, it is now a weekly pull-out section of the National Law Journal, located in Casual Reading) - offers news on law firms, lobbying and legal developments, along with digests of decisions from the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Washington Lawyer (Library Lobby) - a monthly publication of the D.C. Bar.

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