Women's Law Journal

          This page is a step-by-step guide for students on the Hastings Women's Journal to choose a note topic and perform a preemption check.

          Finding A Note Topic

          Read about current legal issues that may be of interest to you:

          Topical Newsletters:

          The Library subscribes to a number of topical newsletters which follow current litigation and legislative changes. Some examples which may be useful are:

          Newsletters on LexisNexis and Westlaw:


          Both LexisNexis and Westlaw have a good selection of U.S. newspapers, where you can read about new legal issues. Available at LexisNexis (Major Papers) and Westlaw (NewsRoom Major Papers).

          Hastings Electronic Resources:

          San Francisco Public Library:


          Since the Hastings Women's Law Journal provides a forum for voices outside the traditional scope of legal academic scholarship, internet resources outside of Law Reviews and newspapers can provide help in identifying current issues.

          • Women's Health Initiative - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI addressed cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. The WHI was a 15 year multi-million dollar endeavor, and one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind.
          • Women's Health Initiative Scientific Resources Website - Publications and Scientific data from the WHI study.
          • NGO Research Guide - NGO Database - a listing of the larger and more influential NGOs, limited in scope to those NGOs which produce publications of research value to university scholars. Maintained by Duke University Libraries. To limit the results to the 56 NGOs working on women's topics, use the "subject" box on the right side of the page and select "women."
          • Law Professor Blogs - a guide to group of law professors who discuss current topics on their blogs.
          • Work / Life Law Center - Hastings center that focuses on a number of workplace discrimination issues.
          • Work / Life Law Research Page - includes library resources as well as links to many useful many online resources.
          • Workplace Fairness - a non-profit organization helping to preserve and promote employee rights. This website provides information about job rights and employment issues around the country and in all 50 states. It is for workers, employers, advocates, policymakers, journalists, and anyone else who wants to understand, protect, and strengthen workers' rights.
          • Center for Reproductive Rights - the Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. Topics covered are Abortions, Adolescents, Contraception, Human Rights, Safe Pregnancy.
          • Youth Coalition - YC is an international organization of young people between the ages of 15 & 29 committed to promoting youth sexual and reproductive rights at the national, regional and international levels.
          • Amnesty International, Women's Human Rights - reports, news and current concerns about the human rights of women throughout the world.
          • Women Watch - a gateway to information and resources from UN agencies working on women's issues worldwide.
          • Women's Human Rights Resources (Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto) - includes a searchable database of hundreds of resources -- articles, documents and links -- related to international women's rights law.

          Gender and Refugee Law Websites:

          • Professor Karen Musalo has a website for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies with databases of gender asylum cases and relevant law, useful web links, and links to topical news stories.
          • Human Rights Watch -Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. Their website provides a wealth of current information, news, international legal standards and publications for topics such as women's rights, refugees, prisons arms and children's rights.
          • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - Works to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Includes the Network News newsletter.

          Youth Law Websites:

          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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          Last Updated: April 9, 2013