HISTORICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN LEGAL MATTERS
Historical information resides in a vast array of sources. I have a knowledge of the federal records system (including the National Archives) and have conducted research across the country in a wide variety of archives, libraries, government offices, and private collections. I can decipher the arcane systems used to organize historical records, effectively employ on-line resources, and develop targeted Freedom of Information Act requests to systematically gather the available historical record.
I document what is collected, but I can also document what was unavailable in the surviving records – a fact that can be just as important when addressing legal issues.
I can present findings in narrative reports, affidavits, depositions, and trial testimony, and can coordinate efforts with experts from other disciplines. I understand that the legal process requires authentication of historical evidence, and follow careful procedures to document historical research.
Research and factual investigation
Historical consulting for discovery and motions