Daily Archives: Thursday 19 September 2013

Great Resources: HeinOnline – American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

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

HeinOnline, available through the Coleman Karesh Library’s electronic resources, includes a database called “Association of American Law Schools (AALS).”  AALS is an organization that includes 170 law schools, and was founded in 1900.  The University of South Carolina has been a member since 1924.  This resource includes the AALS directories of law teachers from 1922-2012; the AALS handbook from 1984-2012; the proceedings of the AALS annual meetings from 1900-2007; Clinical Law Review Volumes from 1994-2013; and Journal of Legal Education Volumes from 1948-2013.  AALS has been involved in litigation in many high profile cases, for example having to do with the First Amendment, and the journal publications include articles about some of their activities.  They are arranged chronologically and by page number, but there is also a form to search by citation, or more generally by keyword.

To access the Association of American Law Schools, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

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 LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Legal News of the Day: Like Something on Facebook! It’s Free Speech!

facebook-like-logoOn Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in Bland v. Roberts that the use of the “Like” button on Facebook qualifies as constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be used against public employees.  The case arose after five former appointees at the Hampton, Virginia sheriff’s office were not reappointed after they used the like button to support his opponent’s campaign.  The court rule that their public expression did not interfere with their job duties as public servants and likened their actions to putting a campaign poster in their front yards, a type of speech that has long been protected.