Monthly Archives: January 2014

Research & Writing Advice: Law Review Notes & Seminar Papers

Here are two books that might be helpful when you start writing your law review note or seminar paper:

They both include information about choosing a topic, writing & editing your paper, and getting your paper published.

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches

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.

Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

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

Constitution Annotated

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. “

Plainsite Dockets

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.