Wednesday, February 27, 2008

BLUEBOOK now online! 

The Bluebook is now available online. It's not free, but the subscription-based service makes searching easy, allows you to make and share bookmarks, and includes "Blue Tips", described as "authoritative guidance to reasonable questions on subjects covered by The Bluebook." And Harvard Law Review says further value-add is coming in the future. A great alternative for those who prefer online resources.

Source: Law Librarian Blog

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

EEOC Discrimination Cases 

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently instituted the
E-RACE Initiative, "designed to improve EEOC’s efforts to ensure workplaces are free of race and color discrimination. " As part of the E-RACE Initiative, the EEOC has compiled a list of significant EEOC race/color cases in both the private and federal sectors. The list contains brief sumaries of the EEOC's actions in about 100 cases from 2005 to the present, categorized by heading. For example, under the broad heading Employment Practices, cases are subdivided under subheadings such as Hiring, Compensation Disparity, and Retaliation; under the broad heading Types of Race/Color Discrimination, cases are subdivided under subheadings such as Color Discrimination, Same Race Discrimination, and Code Words. A very useful resource.

Source: Adjunct Law Prof Blog

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Public Library of Law 

You may be familiar with Fastcase, a subscription legal database. Now Fastcase has released a free online version, The Public Library of Law, self-described as "the most comprehensive free resource for legal research online." The free library contains cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, plus appellate cases from all 50 states from 1997 forward. In addition, it has statutes from all states, court rules from all states, constitutions from all states, regulations from selected states, the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, federal court rules, the U.S. Constitution, and selected legal forms. While not equivalent in scope or search capabilities to the premium Fastcase, the Public Library of Law is a handy tool to have when you can't access Westlaw or Lexis but still want to access primary legal sources online.

Source: Robert Ambrogi's Lawsites


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