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..When researching the definition of “shepherd”
I came across “Shepard’s Citations” * and had a “duh”
moment with the spelling…it seemed to fit the “shepherd”
 definition of  “One who cares for and guides a group of people….”
I now realize I probably misspelled the word in the search,
also, but I became really interested in the word as I read
more…til my “duh” moment. 
This definition solved my curiosity as to how the lawyer’s could
find all the information of precedents in previous similar cases.
 
In the legal field, Shepard’s is a highly regarded citation index.
It allows researchers to track particular judicial decisions, statutes,
and other legal resources as they are invoked at different historical moments
for a range of purposes.
Shepard’s citations provide references to when and how cases and
 law review articles were cited by other sources.
Citations exist for both federal and state jurisdictions.

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Shepard’s Citations*
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lawyers research precedents
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quoting makes trials   l o  n  g

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* Resource guides for lawyers to help them find precedents to help
their clients case.  See above longer explanation at beginning of
post.

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