Back when I was a little bitty first year law student one of the first things I learned was how to run a West key number through the decennial digests. But it is a skill I assumed had died out, sort of like mastadon hunting.
Prompted by a question Ted Frank posed over on Facebook, however, I just went over to West Publishing's website and discovered they still make decennial digests. Who knew? It's been 20 years since I had a graduate research assistant who knew how to run West key numbers in the hardbound decennial digests. Indeed, I had assumed West had stopped making them. But now that it turns out you still can buy the decennial digests, the questions become (1) do any law schools still teach how to run key numbers in the decennial digests and (2) does anybody still do this in the real world?