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Fee-Based Services for Michigan Lawyers

Last Updated 5/3/2000; first compiled August 1998, for the Technology Session at the 1998 State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting, by Barbara Garavaglia, Head of Reference, University of Michigan Law Library, and Carol Parker, Head of Reference, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law Library.

By Type of Service:

By Library, Organization, or Vendor:

By Type of Service

    Document Delivery Services From Libraries

    The following libraries offer copies of material in their collections for a fee. You must provide complete citation information. No research provided. Contact each organization for details on fees, service availability and turnaround time.

    Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School. Photocopies for a fee; delivery via fax or mail. Provide your name, telephone number, billing address and complete citation information. For reference assistance, call (313) 577-6180. For copy service, call (313) 577-6170, or fax (313) 577-5498.

    Library of Michigan - Law Library. Photocopies for a fee; delivery via fax or mail. Provide complete citation information. For service call (517) 373-0630, or fax (517) 373-3915, or e-mail lmlawlib@michigan.gov.

    Michigan State University College of Law Library Group Served: MSU-DCL Alumni Only. Alumni Research Services Department maintains a Westlaw account for the use of MSU-DCL alumni who do not otherwise subscribe and who wish to purchase Westlaw documents. Call the MSU-DCL Reference Librarian at (517) 432-6870 or visit the MSU-DCL Library Alumni Website.

    Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library. Photocopies for a fee for bar members; delivery via fax or mail. Provide complete citation information. Rush service (within 2 hrs.) available for an additional fee. For service call (517) 371-5140, ext. 626, or fax (517) 334-5709, or use the order form on web site (http://www.cooley.edu).

    University of Michigan Law Library Expedited Photocopy Service Photocopies for a fee; delivery via fax or mail. Provide your name, telephone number, billing address and complete citation information. If you need to speak to a person, leave a message at (734) 763-0324 and a staff member will return your call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For service, call (734) 763-0324, or fax (734) 936-3884.

    Oakland County Bar Association. Group served: Members of the Oakland County Bar Association only. Service available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by calling (248) 858-1585.

    Document Delivery from Commercial Vendors

    Lexis-Nexis. Company offers on demand services for individual documents to non-subscribers. Online service allows attorneys to purchase individual cases and other documents from the Lexis-Nexis web site. Payment must be made by credit card. The service is available under the "Products and Services" tab on the Lexis-Nexis web site.

    WESTLAW. Company offers on demand services for individual documents to non-subscribers. The "WestDoc" program permits attorneys to obtain individual cases and other documents from the Westlaw system for a per document fee; non-subscribers may also access Westlaw's Keycite service for a per transaction fee. Payment must be made by credit card if you do not have a Westlaw account. Visit the Westlaw web site or call (800) WESTLAW to use the service or to request additional information.

    Lawyers Weekly. Selected court opinions can be obtained from Lawyers Weekly. The opinions cost $1 per page with a maximum charge of $25 per opinion. To get an opinion via fax, call (517) 374-6200 or (800) 766-0529, or place your order on their web site.

Access to Lexis & Westlaw in Libraries

    Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library. Westlaw searches for a fee. Must be requested in-person; same day cash or check payment required. Seven terminals for public internet access and access to web-based Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw are also available for attorneys with their own passwords. For details, call (248) 858-0012.

    Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School. Access to Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw terminals for attorneys with their own passwords. For details, contact the Reference Desk at (313) 577-6180.

    Michigan State University College of Law Library. Access to Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw terminals for attorneys with their own passwords. MSU-DCL Alumni Research Services Department also maintains a Westlaw account for the use of MSU-DCL alumni who do not otherwise subscribe and who wish to run Westlaw searches. Charges depend on the database(s) searched. Members of the MSU-DCL Alumni Association receive discounts charges for this service; MSU-DCL alumni who do not belong to the Association pay the full charge. For more information or to request this service, call the MSU-DCL Reference Librarian at (517) 432-6870 or visit the MSU-DCL Library Alumni Website.

    Ralph M. Freeman Memorial Library for the U.S. Courts. Group served: those admitted to practice before the federal bench. Access to Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw terminals for those with own password. For details call (313) 234-5255.

Lexis & Westlaw for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners

    Both companies offer small firm and solo practitioner programs that are more affordable than standard firm contracts.

    Lexis-Nexis. Lexis-Nexis offers a flat rate, unlimited use program called MVP Advantage that enables small firms and solo practitioners to mix and match state, federal or area of law specialty libraries. Access to MVP Advantage can be either internet or software based. Contracts are annual. Call (800) 356-6548 for details.

    Westlaw. Westlaw offers flat rate pricing to solo practitioners and firms with 2-15 attorneys with its Westlaw Pro contracts. Westlaw Pro provides access to a topical or state specific databases; contracts are month to month or annual. Call (800) WESTLAW for details.

By Library, Organization, or Vendor

Libraries Serving Michigan Lawyers

    Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library

    Special Services:

    • Westlaw searches for a fee; must be requested in-person and same day payment by cash or check is required.
    • Seven terminals for public internet access and access to web-based Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw for attorneys with own passwords
    • No research services
    • Document delivery (photocopies for a fee) service not available

    For hours and location call (248) 858-0011; for other information call (248) 858-0012.

    Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School

    Special Services:

    • Photocopies for a fee; delivery via mail or fax. For service, call (313) 577-6170 or fax (313) 577-5498 and provide complete citation information.
    • Access to Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw terminals for attorneys with own passwords
    • No research services

    For further details, contact the Reference Desk at (313) 577-6180.

    Michigan State University College of Law Library

    • Access to card catalog via telnet; see link on Web page [host: catalog.dcl.edu; login: catalog]

    Special Services:

    • Photocopy document delivery service not available
    • Public internet access
    • Will circulate materials to MSU-DCL alumni
    • MSU-DCL alumni may purchase Westlaw documents or Westlaw searches through the MSU-DCL Alumni Research Service Department. Charges depend on the service requested, and users are billed at the completion of the service. Members of the MSU-DCL Alumni Association receive substantial discounts on the service; MSU-DCL alumni who do not belong to the Association pay the full charge. For more information or to request the service, call the MSU-DCL Reference Librarian at (517) 432-6870, or visit the MSU-DCL Library Web site..

    Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library

    • Access to card catalog via Hyperterminal [see Website for details]

    Special Services:

    • Photocopies for a fee for bar members; delivery via fax or mail. For service call (517) 371-5140, ext. 626, or fax (517) 334-5709 and provide complete citation information. May also be ordered via form on Web site. Rush service (within 2 hrs.) available for additional fee.
    • No Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw access
    • No research services

    For further details contact the Reference Desk at (517) 371-5140.

    University of Michigan Law Library

    Special Services:

    • Photocopies for a fee; delivery via mail or fax. For service, call (734)763-0324 or fax (734) 936-3884 and provide your name, telephone number, billing address and complete citation information. For further details, leave a message with the Expedited Photocopy Service at (734) 763-0324 and a staff member will return your call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday–Friday.
    • No Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw access.
    • No research services

    Library of Michigan Law Library

    • Internet access to ANSWER computer catalog.

    Special Services:

    • Photocopies for a fee; delivery by fax or mail. For service call (517) 373-0630, or fax (517) 373-3915, or e-mail lmlawlib@libofmich.lib.mi.us, and provide complete citation information.
    • No Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw access
    • No research services
    • Will circulate materials to current bar members

    For further details contact the Reference Desk at (517) 373-0630.

Association Libraries Serving Michigan Lawyers

    Oakland County Bar Association

    Group served: members of the Oakland County Bar Association only

    Special Services for members:

    • Photocopies for a fee (by phone or in person) from material held by the Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library.
    • No research services

    For details or to request service, call (248) 858-1585.

    Ralph M. Freeman Memorial Library for the U.S. Courts

    Group served: those admitted to practice before the federal bench

    Special Services for members:

    • Access to Lexis-Nexis & Westlaw terminals for those with own passwords
    • No photocopy services
    • No research services

    For details, call (313) 234-5255.

Commercial Vendors

    Lexis-Nexis

    • Document delivery. The Lexis-Nexis by Credit Card program permits attorneys to purchase individual cases and other documents from the Lexis-Nexis web site. Payment is by credit card only. This service is available under the "Products and Services" tab on the Lexis-Nexis web site.
    • Small firm and solo practitioner program. Lexis-Nexis offers a flat rate, unlimited use program called MVP Advantage, that enables small firms and solo practitioners to mix and match state, federal or area of law specialty libraries. Contracts are annual. Either internet or software access is available. Call (800) 356-6548 for details.

    Westlaw

    • Document delivery. The Westdoc program permits attorneys to call to request individual cases and other documents from the Westlaw system for a per document fee. Non-subscribers may also access Westlaw's Keycite service for a per transaction fee. Payment must be made by credit card if you do not have a Westlaw account.
    • Research Service. No research service.
    • Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Program. Westlaw offers flat rate pricing to solo practitioners and firms with 2-15 attorneys with its WESTLAW PRO contracts which provide access to a state specific or topical databases. Contracts are month to month or annual. For details, call (800) WESTLAW.

    Lawyers Weekly

    • Document delivery. Selected court opinions can be obtained from Lawyers Weekly. The opinions cost $1 per page with a maximum charge of $25 per opinion. To get an opinion via fax, call (517) 374-6200 or (800) 766-0529, or place your order on their web site.
     

 

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