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Keeping Up With the Judiciary in Oregon: Willamette Law Online


For many of us, keeping on top of federal case law is a lower priority than tracking changes to our state’s laws. But we still like, and need, to stay in the loop, especially since these cases affect our day-to-day lives as much as our own state laws do: family law, criminal procedure, employement law, etc.

For U.S. Supreme Court opinions (and other courts’ opinions too), you have a number of quick ways to stay current, one of which is the Willamette Law Online service:

Willamette Law Online functions as a notification service, alerting users to legal decisions and trends, and is neither intended to be a comprehensive resource of case law nor a substitute for in-depth legal research….”

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Here’s an excerpt from the email that is sent to you (full case summaries are included in the actual email):

Willamette Law Online – Willamette University College of Law
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On January 26, 2009 the United States Supreme Court decided the six cases summarized below.
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In this issue:

(1) SENTENCING (Whether the United States Sentencing Guidelines are to be seen as mandatory and presumed to be reasonable by State courts)

(2) CRIMINAL LAW (Supervising prosecutors are subject to absolute immunity in civil suits arising from failure to set policies guaranteeing the defendants’ Constitutional rights)

(3) FOURTH AMENDMENT (The search of a passenger during a traffic stop is Constitutional when the officer suspects that the passenger is armed, but has no reason to suspect a crime has been committed)

(4) INTERNATIONAL TRADE (The uranium enrichment service contract constituted the sale of merchandise under 19 U.S.C. 1673)

(5) PENSION LAW (Whether a limitation on assignment or alienation invalidated the act of a designated beneficiary under her ex-husband’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pension plan, who supposedly waived her entitlement in a divorce decree that was not a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO))

(6) CIVIL RIGHTS (Protection under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to an employee who reports workplace discrimination during an employer-initiated investigation and is not limited to an employee-initiated report)

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