In the box below, find out how you can perform a preemption check using resources available through the UNM School of Law Library.
To perform a preemption check, conduct a thorough search of available legal publications. Here are a few resources and tips to get you started:
If your topic is one in a specific legal discipline or a quasi/non-legal discipline like economics or sociology, you should look for substantial treatment of the topic in those subject specific legal databases or non-legal databases as well.
Search for annotations on your topic by searching in American Law Reports on Lexis or Westlaw
Another helpful resource which can also help you keep your research updated is WestClip, a Westlaw service that allows you to keep track of issues of interest to you. WestClip runs your Terms and Connectors queries on a regular basis and deliver the results to you automatically. You can conduct your preemption checking using a variety of Westlaw databases to track your issue and automatically notify you of developments that may affect it. You can create an entry using a particular search string that you found useful to have Westlaw run that search string periodically.
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