Daily Archives: Friday 16 August 2013

Great Resources: HeinOnline – U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals

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

heinonline-logoThe U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals collection brings together the official case law of some of the United States’ most important government institutions.  This case law, also commonly known as decision law, is the body of reported opinions that are published by each agency.  Some of the most significant items included in the collection are the Decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (1934-Current), the Federal Communications Commission Record (1986-Current), and the Internal Revenue Cumulative Bulletin (1919-Current).  While agencies are not strictly bound by prior decisions, the decisions do have precedential value, so these decisions constitute an important primary source of the law.

In addition to agency decisions, this collection includes many interesting and useful government documents, including the Annual Energy Outlook, Crime in the United States, and the Budget of the U.S. Government.  These documents, along with the decisions, provide an important resource for attorneys practicing before an agency, anyone studying a particular field in which an agency operates, or anyone studying or researching administrative law and government operations in general.

To access U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, click here and go to 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, theAmerican 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 LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional DocumentsEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, and Foreign Relations of the United States.

Legal News of the Day: 6th Circuit Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Begging

Assorted_United_States_coinsOn Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional on the basis that such a law would be a violation of free speech rights and upheld a lower court decision holding that Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless individuals for asking for change.  According to the court, 399 people were arrested or issued a ticket for begging between 2008 and 2011.  The state’s argument was that it has an interest in preventing fraud, as not all who are begging are actually homeless or use the money to meet basic human needs.