Constitutional Law Quarterly

          Table of Contents:

          Finding a Note Topic:

          Topical Newsletters

          The Library subscribes to a number of topical newsletters which follow current litigation and legislative changes. The following examples are just a few examples:     

          Newsletters on LexisNexis and Westlaw

          Westlaw contains databases of current newsletters on various current legal topics of interest.  You can search the LEGNEWSL database of all the newsletters currently available on Westlaw.

          LexisNexis has a smaller newsletter database: search Combined Legal Newsletters on Lexis.

          U.S. Law Week

          Online SubscriptionThe Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publishes US Law Week. Hastings has an online subscription to US Law Week.  Useful sections include "BNA Insights",  "Hot Topics", and "Supreme Court Today: Preview & Review".  To find possible Note topics use the search box and search for "circuit splits".

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          Legal News

          Both Lexis and Westlaw have a good selection of US newspapers, where you can read about new legal issues. Findlaw News covers legal articles written by the Associated Press. It is a good place to locate current legal news items. Lexis has Major Papers and Westlaw has West's NewsRoom Major Papers.

          The National Law Journal also has articles on Circuit splits. Search the newspaper website or on Westlaw and use "circuit split" as a search term.

          Other Websites

          The websites of various law libraries, organizations and law firms have current awareness materials covering many different constitutional law topics: 

          There are many other nonprofit organizations promoting competing positions on constitutional law. These sites are good sources of current news on a topic of interest to you. Just be sure to evaluate the information in light of the nature of the organization, the currency of the information, the source of the information, the intended audience, and common sense.

          BLOGS: SCOTUS BLOG is the oldest blog on the Supreme Court, and has a great set of links to other useful blogs. How Appealing is a blog on appellate litigation. Split Circuits is a blog dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit courts. It is run by Professor A. Benjamin Spencer of the University of Richmond School of Law.

          Doing A Preemption Check

          Hastings has created an easy-to-use seven-step online guide to doing a preemption check.  This page was created by the library to assist journal members in selecting article topics. It is set-up to allow you to quickly check various online research tools to make sure that an article has not already been researched and published about your selected topic.  Follow the seven preemption check steps below before you start writing your article.

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          Constitutional Law Research

          Research Resources:

          Other Online Resources at UC Hastings

          There are several new online resources that may help you with your Note research.

          U. S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) - Full text searchable database of US Supreme Court Briefs includes both argued and cert denied cases.Coverage: 1832 - 1978

          Current US Supreme Court Briefs: Supreme Court Preview / Supreme Court website

          Hein-On-Line - Searchable, online collections:

          Congressional Research Service (CRS) - CRS works exclusively for members and committees of the United States Congress. An arm of the Library of Congress, the agency is renowned for its non-partisanship and its in-depth analysis of issues. CRS Reports provide valuable insight into how Congress makes decisions and are excellent sources for determining historical and current legal frameworks on domestic and international issues.
          Coverage: Full-text CRS Reports and Issue Briefs from January 2003 to present. (Also includes an index to CRS Reports issued since 1995.) Updated weekly.

          Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) - The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier collection of homeland security policy and strategy related documents. The HSDL collection provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and local and state agencies. HSDL features - SeekOnce: a meta-search engine which enables searching across more than 50 article databases, quick link reference page, "On the Homefront News and Reports" with links to newly released reports, breaking news stories, and a calendar of up-coming homeland security related conferences and events. "Ask a Librarian" email reference.

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          Last updated April 1, 2013