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Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases now on Hein Online

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, published by the American Bar Association, has moved to Hein Online. There are eight issues per term. The first seven issues report on oral arguments, and the eighth issue gives a roundup of the term. All published issues are available, back to the 1973 term.

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases is the best place to find the briefs of the parties, amicus briefs, and oral argument transcripts for cases from the Court’s current term. Click on the case’s docket number in the table of contents to get a list of briefs and transcripts.

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Consult our Supreme Court research guide for more sources of news and information about the Court.

 

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

Hein Online has just added a new library, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. This library brings together “all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.” This includes every state and federal statute dealing with slavery, and every reported case dealing with slavery, including cases that arose after the abolition of slavery. The library also includes hundreds of pamphlets and trials, every legal article about slavery published before 1920, and modern histories of slavery in America. Editor-in-chief Prof. Paul Finkelman wrote his dissertation about slavery at the University of Chicago, and his published collections of primary sources on slavery and the law are included in the library.

William S. Hein & Co. is making Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law available without charge. This library will be invaluable to researchers studying slavery, and to anyone researching American history in the slavery era.

Looking for foreign laws? Start with the vLex Global database

The Library subscribes to vLex Global, a database that covers legal sources in 13 languages for 132 countries. In particular, it has codes, statutes, and other legislation, case-law/jurisprudence, books, articles, and news sources for these jurisdictions:

  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Colombia
  7. France
  8. India
  9. Italy
  10. Mexico
  11. Peru
  12. Portugal
  13. Spain
  14. United Kingdom
  15. United States
  16. Venezuela

In an assessment from several years ago, there was the most content in vLex Global for these countries in the following order from most strong: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Italy, the UK, Belgium, France, and the U.S. vLex also covers primary law sources for the European Union, the Andean Community, and Mercosur.

vLex is browsable by country, type of source, and searchable by keyword. The Advanced Search has a “translate search terms” option such that the user can enter a search in English and retrieve foreign language search results. Documents retrieved can be auto-translated into Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Galician, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Note that vLex Global has a 1 simultaneous user limit, so if you are not able to access it because it is in use, please try again later.

Supreme Court Sluggers at D’Angelo Law Library

From the Green Bag, creators of the Supreme Court bobblehead dolls, come the newest Supreme Court collectibles, the Supreme Court slugger “baseball” cards—and ours have been added to the Law Library collection just in time for opening day of baseball season in April. These cards, which are modeled after baseball cards, have a picture of each justice as a baseball player and are complete with their Supreme Court “player” statistics. There are currently 8 cards available, of past and present Justices of the Supreme Court. Each card has a Justice in an appropriate position on the baseball team, and features paintings by John Sargent or Alec Spangler, based on paintings in the collection of the Supreme Court. Instead of RBIs, hits and errors, the statistics include Supreme Court opinions each justice was involved in, both before and during his/her tenure on the Supreme Court, in a number of statistical categories. Each card is accompanied by a pink “Thought Bubble Gum” magnet , completing the baseball card theme.

Photo of Justice Antonin Scalia's baseball card, with thought bubble gum.

Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Slugger

Details about the statistical methods are included in an article by Law School alum, Ross Davies (JD ’97) and Craig Rust, about the first card for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, “Supreme Court Sluggers: Behind the Numbers” [PDF]. Scans of all available cards with statistics and pictures are available at the Green Bag “Sluggers: Cards & Stats” page.

Currently, the D’Angelo Law Library has 5 cards: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Abe Fortas, James Iredell, John G. Roberts, and Antonin Scalia. The cards are not sold, but made available to subscribers of the Green Bag journal, and are picked up in person by a friend of D’Angelo Law Library. Each card is cataloged separately and they can all be located in the online catalog by searching the series “Supreme Court sluggers.” The cards are stored in a baseball card collectors box in the Law Rare Book Room, along with the Supreme Court bobblehead dolls.

New online resource: Greenleaf Online Library

University of Chicago researchers now have access to Greenleaf Online Library.

Greenleaf Online Library crosses over all sectors of business with an emphasis on ‘green’ greenleafmanagement, ethical business and corporate social responsibility.  It contains approximately 4,000 items, including ebooks, case studies, research papers and journal articles.

Topics covered include:

  • Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Innovation, enterprise and social enterprise
  • Environmental management
  • Industry sectors including extractives, fashion and textiles, banking and finance, transport, engineering, construction
  • Corporate governance
  • Responsible leadership
  • Social responsibility/business in society
  • Government, policy and compliance
  • Reporting and standards
  • Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Poverty
  • Gender and diversity
  • Responsible investment and finance, including microfinance

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New online resource: National Survey of State Laws

The National Survey of State Laws, by Richard Leiter (7th ed.) is now available as a database on Hein Online. For more than fifty topics, you get a synopsis of every state’s laws, presented as a table, with complete citations. Subjects run from family law to drug laws and minimum wage laws. You can customize the table to show only the states you are interested in, and also see the laws as they stood in 2008 and 2005. The print edition is on order.

Other handy sources of 50-state law summaries include the Subject Compilation of State Laws, which lists statute surveys that appear in law journals and legal treatises; Westlaw 50 State Statute Surveys, and LexisNexis 50 State Surveys: Statutes and Regulations.

TRIAL: Ravel Law Judge Analytics

Ravel Law is a relatively new legal research and analytics platform that recently announced a project with the Harvard Law School to digitize Harvard’s entire collection of U.S. case law and make the collection available online for free. In addition to providing access to case law, Ravel Law also features data visualization tools to help legal researchers analyze relationships among cases.

Through December 31, 2015, University of Chicago Law School users also have access to another Ravel tool called  Judge Analytics, which provides an overview of an individual judge’s entire career, showing every decision and every citation in a single location. Students interested in studying judicial behavior, as well as those considering clerkships and summer externships with judges, can take advantage of this tool to learn more about specific judges.

Judge Analytics uses citation information to show which cases, circuits, and judges a judge has cited most often. Users can use it determine when a judge may look to law from an unexpected jurisdiction, to see when a judge demonstrates historical patterns on a subject or procedure, or to see which cases, rules, and exact language a judge may prefer and uses often. Judge Analytics currently covers all Federal Supreme, Circuit, and District Court judges.

To access the Judge Analytics trial, go to https://www.ravellaw.com/academics to set up an account and then select “Judge Analytics” from the list of products.

Historic database on Chicago Police misconduct launched

The groundbreaking Citizens Police Data Project, launched yesterday by the Invisible Institute and the Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic, is a searchable database that contains more than 56,000 complaints filed against more than 8,500 Chicago police officers between 2001 and September of this year. There are gaps in that 14-year period, but the database has every allegation of misconduct made against an officer between March 2011 and this September.

This data set is based on requests made under the Freedom of Information Act which became public information in 2014, when the Clinic won the landmark Illinois appellate case Kalven v. City of Chicago, 7 N.E.3d 741 (Ill. App. Ct. 2014). The database offers a variety of tools for sorting, filtering, and mapping the data. Each record contains information about the complaint and its outcome; the accused officer, including the officer’s name, race, age, gender, and unit of assignment; demographic information on the complainant, including race, age, and gender; and geographic information on where the incident occurred.

For related information on the topic, see the D’Angelo Law Library’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability research guide.

New online resource: IBISWorld

University of Chicago researchers now have access to IBISWorld.

IBISWorldIBISWorld is a database that provides comprehensive industry reports for over 700 industries ranging from biotechnology to pawn shops.  These reports provide strategic insight and analysis which can be used to gain a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts, industry supply chain, and competitive landscape.

The reports include breakdowns of industry performance, outlook, products and markets, major competitors and operation conditions.  In addition to being able to download the complete report, key statistics can be downloaded to excel and specific infographics can be downloaded and inserted into your own reports and presentations.  

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New online resource: ProQuest Legislative Insight

We are happy to announce that the Library now has access to ProQuest Legislative Insight, a research tool for federal legislative history research. It brings together various legislative history documents for federal laws passed since 1929, including the public law, all bill versions, floor debate from the Congressional Record, committee reports, committee hearings, presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and other miscellaneous congressional publications. All documents are full-text, searchable PDFs. In addition to searching by keyword and popular name, users can search Legislative Insight by Public Law Number, Statutes at Large citation, or enacted bill number.

Once you select the appropriate law, you can keyword search within the full text of all the related documents to find specific words or phrases. Search results can be displayed by publication type or by date. Legislative Insight also includes the Legislative Process outline, which allows you to choose only those documents created during a given phase of the legislative process.