News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Foreign Parliamentary Information Online

flags of the world If you are conducting foreign and international law research, the Law Library of Congress recently released a new report that is probably of interest to you. The new report, Features of Parliamentary Websites in Selected Jurisdictions, reviewed the parliamentary websites from 50 different countries and explored the content, enhancements, and tools on each. The report summarizes the findings in a table, detailing for each surveyed country what languages are available, whether audio and video streaming are offered, and what types of search features, tracking functions, and other tools are available.

This report is part of the Law Library of Congress’s collection of legal reports. The reports cover a variety of topics and contain commentary and recommended resources on issues and events. Each report lists the date that it was last updated. Many of the reports include information from several different countries, not just the United States, making this collection another useful source for foreign and international law research.

Free Online Research Tools: Casetext

casetext logo Casetext is one of a growing number of free online sources for legal research. Developed by attorneys, data scientists, and engineers, Casetext offers free access to over 10 million cases, statutes, and regulations, plus articles and commentary from leading litigators. Coverage includes all United States Supreme Court decisions, Circuit Court and District Court decisions from 1925-present, all State Supreme and Appellate Courts decisions from 1950-present (including Ohio), federal statutes and regulations, and statutes from selected states (not including Ohio). To access the free database, enter your search terms in the search box at the top of the page. Then use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow your results.

When accessing court opinions, several features are included for free. Casetext shows negative treatment flags, “key passages” that highlight the most cited and discussed passages of your case, “summaries from subsequent cases” showing how your case fits into a legal argument, and “insights from experts” commentary from litigators and/or law professors.

Additional features are available for a fee. Casetext also offers CARA, a subscription-based research tool that uses machine learning and AI to assist with your legal research. For example, paying users can upload briefs, memos, and other legal documents, and CARA will find relevant cases, statutes, and regulations for you.

Free Online Research Tools: Oyez.org

  Oyez is a multimedia archive dedicated to providing free access for all to materials from and about the Supreme Court of the United States. The project is maintained by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Justia.com. An audio recording system was installed in the Court in October of 1955, and Oyez offers an extensive collection of transcript-synchronized and searchable audio recordings. Audio recordings can be accessed by locating a case, then clicking on the oral argument link. Once the media window opens, users can search within the transcript, play the entire recording, or click on a paragraph in the transcript to jump to that clip in the recording. Unfortunately, not all post-1955 cases have audio recordings available due to degradation of the original reels and other issues as explained here.

Oyez also features full text Supreme Court opinions, along with case summaries and decision information. If you are interested in learning more about individual justices from any time in the Court’s history, Oyez has detailed biographies. You can also view a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building and justices’ chambers.

TWEN-Based Law Library Seminars Available through April 25th

image of superhero womanThere are two TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars, available through Friday, April 25th, that you can “attend” at your convenience:

Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)

Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

 

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars –  from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminar.  No worries!  All of your past points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • To access the TWEN-based Seminars, log onto Westlaw, then connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course & add it to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn points for “attending” a TWEN-based Seminar by correctly answering at least 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Free Online Research Tools: Justia.com

Justia logo Justia.com is an online legal resource portal that provides free case law, statutes, and regulations. The website also includes legal articles, blogs, social media databases, and attorney and legal aid directories. Justia’s stated mission is “to advance the availability of legal resources for the benefit of society.” Virtual Chase by Justia contains legal resource guides and information on locating law libraries, plus links to law library blogs and social media. Justia enables users to browse by legal practice area to access articles on numerous legal topics, with links to primary sources on that topic. Users may also browse by jurisdiction or type of primary source. Justia also has a collection covering Mexico, and Central and South America. This collection contains codes, constitutions, and law, but be aware that all documents are in Spanish.

For more free legal research sources, check out our Free Electronic Legal Research Guide.