Public.Resource.Org an organization committed to making government information more accessible, will begin providing in 2011 a weekly release of the Report of Current Opinions (RECOP). The Report will be freely available in electronic format and consist of all slip and final opinions of the appellate and supreme courts of the 50 states and the federal government. The feed will be available for reuse without restriction under the Creative Commons CC-Zero License and will include full star pagination. Once available we will make the feed accessible through the Hastings Law Library web site. More details here.
Also coming early 2011, the Hastings Law Library is working with Public.Resource.Org and the Internet Archive to provide free internet access to 3 million pages of 9th Circuit briefs from 1892 to 1968. We all hope to have the project up and running within the first quarter of 2011.
The European Union Publications Office has created an electronic library of more than 14 million pages of PDFs available to the public free of charge. It includes all publications ever edited by the Publications Office on behalf of the E.U. institutions, agencies, and other bodies since 1952. Publications include “The ABC of European Union Law,” “Your Guide to the Lisbon Treaty,” “Urban Sprawl in Europe,” and much more.
December is Jewish Authors Month! If you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, consider Justice Breyer’s new book Making Our Democracy Work. Described as “provocative” by the New York Times, the book discusses “how the Supreme Court should do its work and how, in history, it has sometimes failed the challenge” (New York Review of Books). Or if you prefer lighter fare, consider this year’s Man Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question, described by Janet Maslin as “a riotous morass of jokes and worries about Jewish identity.” Happy Holidays!
Report of the comprehensive review of the issues associated with a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
Support plan for implementation
On November 30, 2010, the Department of Defense reported the results of a massive, nine month review on the effects of repealing Section 654 of Title 10 of the United States Code, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The policy forces gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to repress who they are if they want to serve their country in the military. The report incorporates survey results from over 100,000 active duty and reserve Service members, over 40,000 spouses of active duty and reserve Service members, face-to-face ‘information exchange forums’ with over 24,000 Service members on military bases around the world, opinions from foreign allies, veterans groups, Service chiefs of chaplains, Service surgeons general, members of Congress, interviews with former Service members who are gay or lesbian, and, through a private company enlisted to ensure their privacy, interviews with current Service members that self-identify as gay or lesbian.
The results of the survey indicate “around 50-55% of Service members who that that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would have mixed or no effect; another 15-20% who said repeal would have a positive effect; and about 30% who said it would have a negative effect.”
In addition to the report, a Support plan for implementation outlining recommendations and guidelines for moving forward in the event of a repeal of the policy. There are videos, photos, and much more information at the Department of Defense’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell website.
The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa and the Human Rights Documentation Systems have developed a free online collection of case law from the African Human Rights System. The Analyzer, available at http://caselaw.ihrda.org, includes the full text of each case, along with links to citing cases and cases cited in the decision.