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Overview: Searchable online resource for California practice guides, reporters, and Action Guides published by CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar). This database currently covers 90 publications and includes links to case law, statutes and forms.
Coverage: CEB practice guides organized by legal areas including business law, civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, estate planning, evidence, family law, real property, torts and workers’ compensation.
Features: You can for a case, a statute, a form, and by keyword. The keyword search finds pages on specific topics, and allows Booleans operators such as an exact phrase, words near each other, and excluding irrelevant terminology.
Here are two books that might be helpful when you start writing your law review note or seminar paper:
- Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, by Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R. Falk (4th ed. 2011)
- Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, by Eugene Volokh (4th ed. 2010) [See author's website]
They both include information about choosing a topic, writing & editing your paper, and getting your paper published.
The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect’s cellphone without a search warrant when they make an arrest. Courts in California and Massachusetts have split on the issue, and the justices agreed to hear cases from both states to decide the issue this year… Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.
Fourteen years ago, the Colorado’s 8-foot “floating” buffer zones around individuals to protect patients and staff entering and exiting these clinics. Since then, buffer zones have prevented demonstrators from closely approaching patients and staff without permission.
But the issue is back before a different and more conservative Supreme Court. More on NPR
The Constitution Annotated Website “contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution’s provisions. “
Happy New Year to everyone! Today we would like to highlight Plainsite, a site which contains over 750,000 California county-level dockets from six counties, including San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County. The site usefully cross-links the attorney, firm and party records with attorney, firm and party profiles, and all of the dockets are standardized in the same format.