The Oyez Project, run by Chicago-Kent School of Law, is a one-stop shop for Supreme Court oral arguments from the current term.
You can now listen to the oral arguments for the first big case of the term, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
To find other cases, click Cases from the bar at the top of the Oyez Project homepage. Simply find the case you’re looking for (they’re organized by date) and select the title. Once on the individual case’s page, click the link next to the audio button, and you’ll get an audio player to listen to the oral argument. A transcript of the argument will also play, including the picture of the person speaking so you can follow along. The case page also includes a brief set of facts and the issue before the Court.
On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state must begin recognizing same sex marriages. Thew lower court ruling found that civil unions deprive same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples. That ruling was challenged by Governor Chris Christie, but the Chief Justice rejected the state’s claim that it would suffer irreparable harm if the order was allowed to stand. As such, the lower court’s ruling was allowed to stand, pending a hearing on the merits in January.
This fifty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
The United States Statutes at Large is the official source for laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Originally published by Little, Brown and Company beginning in 1845, responsibility for publication was transferred to the Government Printing Office in 1874. HeinOnline now offers access to the entire archive of the United States Statutes at Large, dating back to 1789. Every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress is included in the U.S. Statutes at large, including all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate prior to 1948. Also included is the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, Indian and international treaties, and presidential proclamations.
Researchers can browse by volume, popular name, or public law number, as well as browse within Indian or international treaties. The collection features a convenient Citation Navigator to help find documents easily. The collection also includes several helpful compilations, including compilations of early federal codes, as well as titles compiled by subject, to help the researcher find subject-specific documents without having to search the entire collection.
To access U.S. Statutes at Large, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
Google has added one more tool to its internet search arsenal: access to world constitutions. Constitute is a part of the Comparative Constitutions Project, a joint effort between University College London, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago, and powered by Google Ideas. Constitute allows constitution scholars, drafters, or just curious world citizens to explore and compare constitutions from all over the world all for free. Users can view constitutions by country or year, by topic, or run a search for keywords. Constitute makes for a great addition to constitutional research resources.
This fifty-second installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
While the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications collection may be small compared to other HeinOnline databases, the documents it offers are an extremely valuable resource for one searching for sources of commentary in this field. Slightly larger than 50 items, this collection is made up largely of publications from the 1950s-1970s and focuses largely on US foreign relations with many European nations and especially with the Soviet Union.
Among these are materials on comparing Soviet and Western law as well as commentary and histories of the Soviet legal system. The materials also include interpretations of foreign legal codes as well as selected readings on foreign and comparative law. This collection would definitely be worth a look for anyone interested in, or researching, international law.
To access the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!
This fifty-first installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline, available through the Coleman Karesh’s electronic resources, contains a database called “Cataloging Online,” which provides users with access to various catalogues, classification schedules, and reference materials. Some of the available materials include Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University, which is a two-volume set from 1909; Finding the law: A Workbook on Legal Research for Laypersons; Law Books, Their Purposes and Their Use; Cataloging Rules with Explanations and Illustrations; and Library of Congress Subject Headings manuals. Users may browse Library of Congress subject headings and also perform searches within them. This resource includes some obscure materials, and is a useful tool for learning more about legal research.
To access Cataloging Online, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
One of the big cases in the Supreme Court’s upcoming term is Town of Greece v. Galloway, which will look at whether prayer before a town hall meeting violates the Establishment Clause. SCOTUSblog once again offers excellent coverage, with a series of posts on the upcoming case by law professors and legal professionals from all over the country.
Check it out!
This fiftieth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
For anyone interested in researching international or comparative law, HeinOnline provides access to a complete online collection of exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications. The collection is divided into nine unique sections: Treaty Publications, International Court of Justice (ICJ), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS), United Nations Yearbooks, United Nations Serials, Codification and Progressive Development of International Law, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and Other Related Works. Each of these sections contains numerous resources that can provide a wealth of information on a broad range of topics regarding international law.
In order to facilitate research and decrease the amount of time spent searching for relevant documents, this collection features unique Finding Aids that allow researchers to search this voluminous collection quickly and easily. Researchers can search by United Nations or League of Nations Treaty Series Citation, search the full texts of documents for key words or phrases, or search International Agreements by Popular Title, just to give examples of a few of these helpful tools.
To access The United Nations Law Collection, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This forty-ninth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s Code of Federal Regulations database provides access to the CFR from its beginning in 1938 to the present day. This collection, while not as diverse in its content as some others, certainly provides in-depth coverage of the regulations. The database is searchable by Year, Title, Part or Section – as well as through a convenient citation locator tool. And, as with much of the content available on Hein, the items retrieved are presented as scanned images of the actual documents.
One may also further explore the collection through helpful links found to the left of the screen: these resources include indexes, lists of sections affected by updates, reference/research guides, and help features. This database would be an excellent research tool for anyone seeking to compare changes in certain regulations over a number of years, or even someone working from home and needing a section of a recent volume.
To access the Code of Federal Regulations database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!
This forty-eight installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s database called “Bar Journals” contains publications from various states’ and cities’ bar associations, and other lawyer-related magazines. Among those available are South Carolina Lawyer, including issues from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar News, from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar Association News Bulletin, from 1955-1989; as well as publications from every other state and Washington DC; some from law schools, such as Duke Bar Association Journal; and more general publications, such as Appellate Advocate. Some of the journals are accessible back to the 1920’s; most of them contain all volumes published. There are also some foreign journals, for example, Nassau Lawyer. The publications are listed in alphabetical order, and the articles are listed by title and in the order in which they appeared in the original magazine.
To access Bar Journals, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.