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

Free Online Research Tools: FDsys Retiring Soon

govinfo logoDon’t forget, the Government Publishing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) website will be retired on December 14, 2018 and replaced by Govinfo, which has been available in beta since 2016, has all of the content available on FDsys, but with improved search capabilities and new features. The enhancements include a mobile-friendly interface, links to related documents for some collections, sortable search filters, and notification feeds. Govinfo also offers expanded help information and tutorials. As with FDsys, content on govinfo is authenticated by GPO using digital signatures and validation icons. Existing links to FDsys content will automatically redirect to the equivalent page on govinfo, as closely as possible.

This Just In: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

On the heels of C|M|Law’s successful RBG: Justice Ginsburg Live via Skype Chat and RBG Film Screening comes one of the newest additions to our library’s collection Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.

Jane Serron DeHart, a Professor of History and Women’s Studies, has written an in-depth, insightful, and groundbreaking work on the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The book, written in cooperation with Ginsburg, took 15 years to research and write. Dehart interviewed Justice Ginsburg, her husband, family, friends, and colleagues for the tome.

At over 500 pages, this a biography for biography lovers, legal historians, and fans of the “Notorious RBG.” Ginsburg’s desire for gender equality is a focus of the book. It covers her early life in Brooklyn, NY, time at Cornell and Harvard Law School, relationship with her husband, attempt to break into a legal career in the male-dominated law environment of the 1950s, work with the ACLU, and career as a jurist. Academics will especially like the 100+ pages of notes and bibliography at the end of the book.

The documentary film RBG is also available in our collection.

Use Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions to Find Information Before Proposed Rulemaking

Learn the status of proposed rules and administrative agency areas of activity that have not yet reached the proposed rulemaking point through the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions from the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This is a great place to find summaries of regulatory actions under development along with information on the projected completion date. The Unified Agenda webpage provides more detailed info, while an abridged version on rulemaking actions is published in the Federal Register twice a year.

For more research help with Administrative materials, please visit our Administrative Law research guide.

Access to Justice News Service

Earlier this week, Law360 announced a new section on its website called Access to Justice. Law360 is a legal news service under the LexisNexis umbrella and requires a subscription, however this new section will be available free to the public. Access to Justice will focus on coverage of rule of law issues for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. According to LexisNexis and Law360, there are four components to the rule of law: “transparency of the law, access to legal remedy, equal treatment under the law, and independent judiciaries.” Readers may sign up to receive a weekly Access to Justice newsletter via email, or access the content from the Law360 homepage. LexisNexis also offers a Rule of Law Impact Tracker that “quantifies the relationship between rule of law and social and economic development.”

Banned Books Week

 September 23-29, 2018 is Banned Books Week, the annual recognition by librarians, teachers, publishers, readers and book lovers of all types, of the dangers of censorship. Books featured during this week have all faced removal or restriction from libraries and schools. Despite court decisions such as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969), Board of Education v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982), and more locally Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District, 541 F.2d 577 (6th Cir., 1976), books continue to be challenged and banned.  According to the American Library Association (ALA), “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.”

The ALA keeps track of the most frequently banned and challenged books, which ranges from children’s books such as Harry Potter, to books with more serious themes such as The Handmaid’s Tale. One of the most challenged books since its publication is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and it appears as #7 on the list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2017. A copy of Lee’s famous novel is sent to each admitted C|M|Law student for its iconic portrayal of a lawyer fighting for truth. Other banned books featuring lawyers are John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.