The 1990′s Thomas dot gov becomes the 00′s (beta) Congress dot gov. It’s about time, but bittersweet nonetheless. Thomas was on the cusp, riding the web wave, a time and money saver to us all, and made teaching federal legislative history a little more fun than it was in the all-paper days.
Clean sanitation is an issue for lawyers, not just public health workers (and just about everyone else). Save lives, increase infant mortality, live longer: Every day is World Toilet Day.
The Gallagher Blogs post, Bathroom Humor with a Serious Message, links to several law review articles about the subject.
For more, visit PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), which is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland, Oregon.
Remember “unfunded mandates?” They never really went away so you may as well get reacquainted with them. (See also, National Conference of State Legislatures on unfunded mandates.)
Interesting story in the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal, 11/21/13:
Excerpt: “Oregon would need to spend $16.3 million during the next six years to upgrade security measures for its driver’s licenses, or the federal government could refuse to recognize Oregon IDs for things like boarding a plane.
That’s according to a report from Oregon’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division that was requested by senators on the Business and Transportation interim committee.
The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, required each state to add 39 specific elements to its processes for issuing IDs….” [Link to full Statesman Journal article.]
Link to the Salem Statesman Journal.
From Gallagher Law Library blog: Chinese Legal Citation Guidelines:
‘”Citation Guidelines for Chinese Language Materials” is a handy guide created by UW Law School Ph.D. students …. [T]he new guidelines provide interpretations of Bluebook rules for Chinese legal citation, plus detailed examples showing good practices...”‘
The Digitization Projects Registry of U.S. Documents is an easy place to find hidden treasures!
Legal and Regulatory, Arts & Humanities, Business, Natural Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and more!
“The Digital Registry is a directory listing of U.S. Government publication digitization efforts. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive listing of all these digitization efforts….
Today, as U.S. Government agencies make information available on their Web sites, there has been an effort to digitize the tangibly distributed U.S. Government publications so that all these publications are accessible online. Libraries, government agencies, or other non-profit institutions contribute their time and resources to obtain official tangible copies of these publications, digitize them, and make them publicly available online.“
Some online research really lends itself to easy keyword searches, e.g. HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliance Checklists (but you still have to read the laws – no shortcut there)
Another easy word search if you are researching a new topic and want to explore the legal literature: libguides [subject]
For example, try these in your favorite search engine:
libguides juvenile law
1) For documents cited in Oregon court filings I recommend starting with the free, official, and online OJD Appellate Court Style Manual.
You can link to that PDF, but I prefer going through the live OJD Publications website to make sure I have the most current version (the print/PDF Style Manual says 2002, but it has been updated since then).
2) You sometimes, though rarely, need the Bluebook (Harvard et al). The Oregon Appellate Court Style Manual will tell you when you need to go to Bluebook.
(For help with the Bluebook, try Cornell’s “Introduction to Basic Legal Citation,” by Peter W. Martin.)
3) Another style manual used in many legal research and writing classes, but not always by Oregon courts is the ALWD Citation Manual.
4) Sometimes a quick and dirty way to figure out how to diagram a tricky citation is to use a legal database (e.g. Fastcase, Westlaw, Lexis). Search for the document (or type of document) to see how the court(s) cited to it.
5) Last, but not least, with all the online unofficial cases and statutes floating about, it’s sometimes hard to know how to cite to “advance sheets,” “slip opinions,” etc. I have 2 Guidelines for citing those:
a) Check to see if there is a Bluebook or legal citation example or rule that applies to a document similar to the one you need to cite.
b) Put yourself in the shoes of the judge, librarian, or lawyer who is reading your letter, memo, brief, or article and ask yourself: ”Would the reader be able easily to find an official or almost official copy of the case, statute, etc. with the information I have provided in the citation?”