Monthly Archives: November 2012

Deering’s California Codes Collection

The San Francisco office of Pillsbury Winthrop has recently donated to the Hastings Law Library its collection of Deering’s California Codes.  Dating back to 1866 when the Bancroft-Whitney Company of San Francisco began publishing the codes in 1866, this collection includes not only the bound volumes, but all of the supplements and pocket parts.  These volumes promise to be an invaluable tool for conducting California legislative history research or finding the law exactly as codified in any particular year.  These codes find a welcome home at the alma mater of its namesake, James H. Deering.  An 1881 Hastings College of the Law graduate, Deering’s accomplishments include not only editing the California Codes, but building the San Francisco Law Library into a nationally recognized institution and rebuilding it after the 1906 earthquake destroyed its collection of 30,000 volumes.  This set is shelved in the southwest corner on the Library’s 6th floor (the McAllister Street side nearest Larkin Street).  For more on the life of Deering, see James H. Deering Has Crossed the Bar, 46 Law Libr. J. 242 (1953).

CRS Tax Report Withdrawn After GOP Protest

According to a recent New York Times article, “the Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republications raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.”

The Congressional Research Service is a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress that works exclusively for the U.S. Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members.  You can find other CRS reports at (on-campus) and (off-campus).  You can browse reports by category (abortion, agriculture, animals, etc.) or use the advanced search option to search for reports by keyword.

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New Database for Researching Case Law in Francophone Countries

Juricaf is a free, searchable, francophone database of primarily Supreme Court decision from over 40 countries. Developed with the support of the International Organisation de la Francophonie and the French Ministry of Justice, its objective is to make supreme court decisions, particularly those of African countries, freely available. Coverage varies country to country.  The database includes over 700,000 French court decisions, over 4,000 decisions of the Canadian Supreme Court, and a handful of decisions from a number of African countries. You can browse case law by country or search across multiple jurisdictions.