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This guide lists the sources that have proven most useful for students completing the spring LRW & AP letter, motion/answer, and pleading writing assignments.
Remember, that librarians are still able to assist Drake students, even if you are remote. Use your Drake email account to email us a request for reference assistance. Librarians will respond during business hours. ( PC/Mac/Android email link and iPhone/iPad email link.)
For additional resources, see the full research guides
Jury Awards, Judgments, and Settlements
Click on the links below to bring up a list of library books that contain samples of each kind of legal writing, as well as information about how to craft them.
Top Resources: Causes of Action
Iowa Practice: Vol. 8 Civil Litigation Handbook (Riley & Riley)
The Iowa Practice set offers forms, commentary, and analysis on multiple areas of Iowa law. This link will open one of the titles within this series: Civil Litigation Handbook in Westlaw. (You will have to log in using your Westlaw credentials to access.)
Note that you have several options to find content within this title:
1. The Westlaw search box indicates you will be searching just within this title.
2. You can also use the table of contents to locate content. Click on the plus sign to see the subsections of that chapter, or check the box next to the chapter name to further limit your Westlaw search to selected chapters.
3. Finally, in the far right there is a link called Civil Litigation Handbook index. Click on that and then click on Index content to see an A-Z list of index terms.
Iowa Practice series (print)
Library Location: Reserve KFI4280 .I532 (Older editions in Iowa Wing)
Iowa Civil Jury Instructions
Library Location: Reserve (Information Desk) on CD
Iowa State Bar Association members may access through the above link. Note: Drake law students can join the ISBA
as student members for free.
Also accessible through Lexis
Iowa Pleading, Causes of Action and Defenses (LaMarca)
Library Location: Reserve (Information Desk) KFI4735 .L362
This book outlines Iowa civil litigation requirements and includes such appendices as sample forms, statute of limitation lists, and a table correlating Iowa jury instructions, traffic rules, and code sections. No online version available.
Top Resources: Damages
Polk County Jury Verdicts: 1993-2002 and 2007-2014
Compiled and categorized by the Polk County Court Administration. The listings include the following data, as applicable: date of trial, type of injury, sex and age of plaintiff, medical special damages, last demand before trial, last offer before trial, and jury verdict and percentage of comparative fault.
What's It Worth? A Guide to Current Personal Injury Awards and Settlements
Library location: Reserve KF1257 .M9 2012 (older editions in stacks)
This source summarizes personal injury damage awards, with each edition covering a three-year time period.
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