Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Resource for High Court of Australia

Calling all foreign law fans! Melbourne Law School has launched the first legal academic blog covering the High Court of Australia. The blog, “Opinions on High,” went live today and offers posts on most important cases from 2013 forward, as well as Features on the Court. You can also find links to opinions, acts, and other resources. You can access the blog here.

Hat tip to Carole Hinchcliff at Melbourne Law School for getting the word out!

Legal News of the Day: Baby Veronica Case Back at the Supreme Court

The birth father in the Baby Veronica case has asked the Supreme Court to postpone the South Carolina Supreme Court decision that would move the child to live with her adoptive parents.  In June, the decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl held that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) did not protect the birth father from having his parental rights terminated.  The S.C. Supreme Court had previously ruled in the father’s favor as it interpreted ICWA, but last week awarded full custody to the adoptive parents based on the holding in the Supreme Court’s decision.SCSupremeCourt

The adoptive father argues that the Supreme Court’s decision provided an opening for him to pursue a new claim to the child’s custody, specifically that the state court would have an opportunity when the case returned to it to consider adoption by others in his family, as well as an opportunity to consider what would be in the current best interest of the child.  The application argued that the South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision that it was in the best interest of the child to live with the adoptive parents could not have been based on the current best interests of Baby Veronica, who has spent the last 19 months living with her father.  Furthermore, attempts have been made by the child’s Cherokee grandparents and the adoptive father’s wife to adopt the child.

According to SCOTUSblog, Chief Justice Roberts has called for a response to the application, which must be filed by two o’clock Friday afternoon.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Trends in Law Library Management and Technology

heinonline-logoThis twenty-fifty installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

“Trends in Law Library Management and Technology” is a journal published on HeinOnline, which is accessible through the electronic resources on the Coleman Karesh Law Library website.  The database includes publications going back to the first issues published in 1987, and up currently through 2013.  Having access to issues going back to 1987, when computers were just starting to be widely used by the public, allows a user to see how dramatically the available technology, particularly in libraries, has developed and grown over such a relatively short period of time.  In addition, there are articles on space usage and allocation in law libraries, which has also changed over the years with the evolving technology.  The database is arranged in chronological order by issue, and also has forms to allow users to search by citation or keyword.  This resource is useful not only for law librarians, but also for those interested in learning more about technology in libraries and relating to legal research.

To access the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, and Pentagon Papers.

Legal News of the Day: Baby Veronica Adoption Finalized

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court ordered into effect a decision awarding full legal custody of Baby Veronica to her Charleston, S.C.-located adoptive parents, rejecting a postponement request by the father, a member of the Cherokee nation.    This follows the Supreme Court’s SCSupremeCourt5-4 decision last month in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not bar termination of the father’s rights in this case.

The adoptive parents have proposed a transitional plan for moving the child back in with them, in which the family will go to Oklahoma for up to two weeks and work with a counselor to transition Baby Veronica into their family.  The court said it hoped “that the parties will work together in god faith and place the best interest and welfare of Baby Girl above their own desires.”

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Pentagon Papers

This twenty-fourth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

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One of the more focused resources available on HeinOnline, the Pentagon Papers collection provides a detailed account of both the political and military involvement of the United States in Vietnam from 1945-1967. These documents are the result of a study produced by the Department of Defense and contain a history of both the year-to-year developments of the armed conflict and the corresponding political implications on a global scale. This includes the transition from French involvement to U.S. continuance of the conflict, including reports on major operations such as Rolling Thunder. These documents provide a multifaceted look at the many concerns facing multiple administrations during this time.

To access the Pentagon Papers collection in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, and the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

heinonline-logoThis twenty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline provides users with access to a database called “U.S. Federal Legislative History Library,” which contains the texts of many legislative acts, along with other materials related to the history and passage of the acts.  The materials are arranged alphabetically by title, but the user may also choose to view them in order by public law number or popular name.  Another browsing option available is the “Legislative Reference Checklist,” which is similar to an index.  There is also an option called “Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database,” which allows the user to view assorted legislative histories by year, starting with the 1st Congress in 1789 (though there are some gaps in coverage, especially in the earlier years), or alphabetically by list of public law numbers.  There are also various search options available within the database.

The resources provided vary widely, including many well-known and important legislative acts, including the Administrative Procedures Act, NAFTA, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Federal Tort Claims Act, and various acts related to veterans’ benefits, as well as many other less familiar or somewhat obscure acts.  The materials available include House and Senate hearings and debates, amendments, votes, the text of the acts, and in some cases, research that has been done on the subject matter.

To access the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, and the History of International Law.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – History of International Law

This twenty-second installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoThe History of International Law collection contains over 850 titles, dating back to 1690.  It includes works by prominent international law scholars, such as Hugo Grotius and William Douglas.  The collection also includes significant serials, including Judicial Settlement of International Disputes, Studies in Transnational Legal Policy, and Decisions of the Federal Maritime Commission.  A bibliography of other significant works and numerous scholarly articles on the topic are also included.

The History of International Law collection is divided into subjects such as the Law of the Sea and the Hague Conference and Conventions to allow the researcher to browse by topic, and the entire collection is searchable, making this an efficient and easy-to-use resource for anyone researching international law.

To access the History of International Law, click here and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, and the Legal Classics Library.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Legal Classics

This twenty-first installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logo     HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library is a wonderful resource made up of more than 3,000 influential works of legal literature. Familiar names such as those of Blackstone and Cardozo permeate this comprehensive collection of legal thought and theory. The database is searchable by title, author, subject or date; there is also a separate browsing option for the collections’ “History of Remedies” set.

For anyone researching historical figures, the Legal Classics Library is most definitely worth considering. A quick sampling of its contents includes important and interesting materials such as an 1851 printing of John C. Calhoun’s Disquisition on Government, works by Alexander Hamilton, and books addressing the life of Abraham Lincoln. The collection includes international law materials as well, including works from China, Canada, Italy and many other nations.

Many of the materials in this collection are older works, but each provides valuable information and historical perspective. This is especially true of certain included works, as Hein touts the collection as containing some rare books available in “only a handful of libraries” worldwide. This database is certainly worth a look!

To access the Legal Classics Library in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, and the Statutes of the Realm collection.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Statutes of the Realm

heinonline-logoThis twentieth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline contains a database called “Statues of the Realm.”  This database contains a historical archive of British statutes arranged in volumes from 1-11, and ranging from 1235-1713, or from the “Magna Carta to the End of the Reign of Queen Anne.”  Most are not statutes as we understand them, as much as they are simply the orders of Kings and Queens of England.  The earliest volume, beginning in the year 1235, starts with “Statutes of King Henry the Third”, and is written with two columns on each page, one in English and the other in Latin.  One interesting section was in volume 3, in which Henry VIII dealt with his various marriage problems, particularly with Anne Boleyn, as well as his daughters’ statuses and the Order of Succession.  The statutes of Queen Elizabeth I also contain interesting and useful resources.  There was no standardized spelling of the English language at the time, so reading any of these very old materials takes some effort, but they provide invaluable resources.  The materials may be browsed chronologically, searched by an alphabetical index and a chronological index, or the user may perform a keyword search within the database.

To access the Statutes of the Realm Collection, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, and History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III

This nineteenth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoPart III of HeinOnline’s Taxation & Economic Reform in America [find information about Parts I & II here] includes documents, treatises, and legislative histories related to bankruptcy law in America.  A few of the many prominent resources included in this collection are Collier on Bankruptcy (1st-12th editions), Administration of the Bankruptcy Act, and Bankruptcy Reform: The Legislative History of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.  The collection also includes numerous books and scholarly articles on the topic.

HeinOnline has included many features to aid in searching for documents in the History of Bankruptcy collection.  The collection can be browsed by public law number or by popular name, and the user can choose to include search results from the Federal Legislative History Library and the Taxation & Economic Reform in America Archive in order to reduce search time and increase efficiency.  In addition, HeinOnline’s ScholarCheck allows convenient and quick navigation from statutes to legislative history to supporting law review articles.

To access History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, go here and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, and the American Law Institute Library.