The Law Library is pleased to announce that our HeinOnline databases now include four new titles:
- The American Law Institute Library includes the Restatements of the Law and associated drafts. Restatement topics include Agency, Business Associations, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Economic Torts and Related Wrongs, Employment Law, Foreign Relations Law, Information Privacy Principles, Judgments, Law Governing Lawyers, Law of American Indians, Property, Restatement in the Courts, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, Sales of Land, Security, Suretyship and Guaranty, Torts, Trusts, Unfair Competition, and U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Some topics are still in draft form only – but those drafts are included! This Library also includes ALI Annual Reports (1937-2010), Proceedings of ALI Annual Meetings (1923-2011), ALI Annual Meeting Speeches (1923-current), ALI Reporter (vols. 1-33), Statement of Essential Human Rights Archive, Principles of the Law, Uniform Commercial Code (including drafts), Model Penal Code (including drafts and other miscellaneous documents, 1951-2011), ALI-ABA Periodicals and other ALI documents.
- History of Bankruptcy: Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Part III includes legislative histories, treatises, documents, and other materials related to bankruptcy law in America; books dating back to the late 1700s; and links to scholarly articles useful in the study of bankruptcy law.
- The U.S. International Trade Library includes more than 4,000 publications from the U.S. International Trade Commission, dating back to 1951; legislative histories of free trade agreements and trade statutes; more than 200 books about international trade; United States Court of International Trade Reports (1980-current), and other materials.
- Women and the Law contains nearly 500,000 pages from books, biographies, and periodicals about women’s roles in society and the law. It also includes more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project.
Remember that HeinOnline databases include images of the original publications and allow full-text searching across each library.
We’ve also just purchased a large collection of law e-books from the publisher Edward Elgar. They’re full-text searchable and include easy PDF downloads of chapters using the platform ElgarOnline. Click “Law-Academic” in the left column for the full list of over 400 e-books, then narrow to your chosen subject using the subject list in the left column. New titles will be added throughout the year.
Another newly available database is voxgov. As the publisher explains, voxgov provides access to “unfiltered original source news, media and information direct from all branches of the U.S. Federal Government,” including Facebook and Twitter posts from legislators and others. Save your searches and set up email alerts by registering for a free myvoxgov account.
Carrel signups will be next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3 and 4. Carrels located on the first, fourth, new ground, and basement floors may be reserved for one semester at a time by 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students. Carrels located on the second floor may not be reserved and are available daily on a first-come, first served basis. All carrels are numbered. A carrel map will be made available with the signup form for easy identification. Each carrel must be shared by two students. Students may select a carrel partner or choose to have the library assign one.
Students may reserve carrels in person at the Law Library on a first-come, first-served basis. The signup period will span two days:
- Tuesday, September 3: Reserved for students who are serving on journals, moot courts, or working for a professor.
- Wednesday, September 4: For the remainder of the students identified above.
Please see Janet Gillespie in room 352 between the hours of 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm on the appropriate day. Questions may be directed to Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-255-5854.
Since classes begin next week, the Law Library will have new hours starting tomorrow. Fall semester hours are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday, 8am-8pm
- Friday, 8am-5pm
- Saturday, 10:30am-5pm
- Sunday, 10:30am-8pm
The United States is not the only country whose supreme court is the exclusive subject of a blog. Here’s a rundown of a few blogs about other countries’ high courts:
- Australia’s Opinions on High just went live on July 31. Described in the press release as the “first comprehensive Australian academic legal blog dedicated to the proceedings of Australia’s High Court,” the blog is based at Melbourne Law School. Follow the blog on Twitter: @opinionsonhigh.
- Canada has The Court, “a site where scholars, practitioners and other interested citizens can discuss the recent work of the Supreme Court of Canada” (http://www.thecourt.ca/about-us/). Osgoode Hall Law School students edit the blog.
- New Zealand Supreme Court Blog was launched in 2011 by New Zealand law students to cover the Supreme Court of New Zealand; its current editors are Sam Bookman (University of Auckland) and Asher Emanuel (Victoria University Wellington). Students, practitioners, and academics all contribute to NZSC Blog, which can be followed @nzscblog.
- South Africa’s Constitutional Court (its highest court on constitutional matters) is covered by ConCourtBlog.com. South African lawyers and legal researchers are the editors and contributors. The blog includes statistics and justice profiles.
- United Kingdom solicitors and barristers maintain UKSC Blog. It covers the UK Supreme Court from a variety of angles, with case comments and previews, news stories, and feature stories.
Cornell University has always been “an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” Professor Kevin Clermont‘s new book, The Indomitable George Washington Fields, is about Cornell Law School’s first African-American graduate, who received his law degree in 1890, having entered with the school’s very first class in 1887.
Fields was, indeed, indomitable: He was born a slave but escaped from slavery with his mother and siblings during the Civil War. He attended Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) and then, after working both in the south and the north, Cornell Law School. After returning to Hampton, Virginia, he practiced law for forty years until his death in 1932. For most of his years in practice he was blind as the result of an 1896 accident.
The details of Fields’ life, while fleshed out by Clermont in the first part of the book, are primarily presented in Fields’ autobiography, a transcript of which is included in the second part of the book. Clermont found the manuscript autobiography at the Hampton History Museum after his interest in Fields was piqued by Fields’ thesis advocating abolition of trial by jury. The thesis is also included in Clermont’s book.
In the past, many of you have told us how much you like the Legal Research Engine. For those of you not familiar with the Research Engine, it searches a librarian-curated selection of online legal research guides from many different sources to help users easily find the guide covering their topic of interest.
We really appreciate everyone’s compliments on, and use of, the Research Engine. We have had to take it down, however, to perform maintenance and update content. It should be running again this fall with an improved search engine experience. An announcement will appear here as soon as it’s up to snuff and ready to use.
The Law Library has acquired two major databases for the use of Cornell students, faculty, and staff.
HeinOnline Session Laws Library contains fully searchable images of the official bound session laws of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands from inception to date. Session laws for all states are current within 60 days of the printed publication. Finally, it includes Acts of the Parliaments of Australia (1901-2011) and of Canada (1792-2011) and the Official Gazette of the Bahamas (1968-1996).
Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970, was just released this week. It offers fully searchable images of over 1500 historical legal codes, statutes, regulations, and commentaries on codes from the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, and Switzerland.
Both databases may be used by all Cornell students, faculty, and staff both on and off campus with the links given above.
These are all pamphlets digitized in the Cornell University Law Library Trial Pamphlets Collection, which has just received the American Association of Law Libraries’ Law Library Publications Award, Nonprint Division.
We call them trial pamphlets because most are contemporary accounts of trials of prominent citizens or that dealt with especially controversial or lurid topics. Some are confessions; some include “execution sermons” (in which readers were given a moral lecture). As the titles quoted suggest, they were sold to a public eager to learn the juicy details of a recent murder or other crime.
For present day scholars, the pamphlets offer not only valuable evidence, such as trial transcripts, frequently not available elsewhere, but also indications of the political, economic, and social transformation of the United States, especially in the 19th century.
The trial pamphlets are freely available for full-text searching or browsing on the Trial Pamphlets Collection site. Law Library staff responsible for the project are Thomas Mills, Associate Director for Collections and Administration and Rare Book Curator, and Janet Gillespie, Access Services Manager. Barbara Berger Eden, Cornell University Library’s Director of Preservation, and the entire project staff made the digital collection possible.
The Law Library is pleased to announce that HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is now available to Cornell alumni. This database contains more than 1,700 law and law-related journals with a broad range of coverage. Alumni can search the database by article title, author, subject, state or country published, or by using keywords. Articles can be downloaded in a searchable PDF format.
Cornell alumni can log in to Law Journal Library using their NetID. A log-in link is also available on our website (on the home page, scroll down to the link for HeinOnline Alumni Access in Research Tools). Don’t have a NetID? Go to Cornell University NetIDs to set up alumni access to this and other electronic resources provided to alumni by Cornell University Library.
Currently, HeinOnline Alumni Access does not work with Internet Explorer 8 or earlier. If you are having trouble logging in to HeinOnline, please try using Internet Explorer 9 or 10, Firefox, or Chrome.
For answers to questions about using Law Journal Library, please contact Nina Scholtz.