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This research guide is created for the Drug Policy and Public Health Strategies Clinic. The guide was created to provide the student attorney in Maryland with a starting point for practice-oriented legal research. The guide has a special emphasis on the areas of health care policy reform and improving access to drug treatment for addictions, such as through the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and preventing discrimination in the areas of insurance, employment, and housing through enforcing the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
With any project, unless you are already knowledgeable about the topic area, it's best to start with secondary sources and then to consult primary sources.
Secondary sources such as handbooks, guides, and manuals, as well as sample forms and other practice materials, provide an attorney with rules and guidelines for law practice within certain jurisdictions.
Articles and books can provide you with an overview of your topic and help you think of search terms you might not have thought of otherwise. They also cite primary authorities such as statutes and cases. You can use the primary sources cited in secondary sources as a jumping off point to find other primary sources.
Handbooks, guides, manuals, sample forms and other secondary materials provide an overview of practice areas and legal issue areas. The following is a brief list of some secondary practice materials available in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library.
Books and Databases
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For more information please see:
Maryland Specialty Research Page, Marshall Law Library (required reading in Clinic)