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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Legal Blogs & Podcasts

Legal Feeds & Blogs from LOC

Links from the Law Library Division of The Library of Congress to RSS feeds and Email Subscriptions.

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Legal News Websites - Keyword or Topic

Jurist is one source for keeping up with national legal news of interest.

Search for news by topic or keyword using the links below.

Massachusetts Laws in the News

For recent legislation, search the Session Laws which are arranged in chronological order.  For current bills before the Massachusetts General Court (legislature), click on Bills Search.  Sign up to receive a free State House newsletter called MASSterList.

For a specific day's legislative information, search the Senate and House Journals.

Cases in the News

Federal News

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Historical News

The main index generally covers the years 1878-1937, although there are selected entries for earlier and later dates. Entries include obituaries, coverage of political events, speeches, dedications, visits of foreign dignitaries and general news events. The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, and Boston Transcript were indexed most consistently, although there are entries for other newspapers as well. A later index, covering the years 1960 to 1983, includes articles from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald which are primarily political or governmental in nature.

Legal Periodicals Searching

Use the advanced search feature in Gale's Academic OneFile database to limit search to legal journals.  Also try Google Advanced Scholar Search for searching legal journals. If you have a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card, search HeinOnline.

What's New or Timely

June is....

Executive Branch Documents

Library of Congress Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Month


Library of Congress Research Guides: LGBTQ

June 4th is....

Women voting in 1920

Women vote around 1917 in New York. Some states had the right to vote before the 19th Amendment.

Digital Public Library.  Campaign for the 19th Amendment.  

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.  

LexisNexis  How is the Constitution Amended?

Library of Congress Web Guide: 19th Amendment to the Constitution

  Scholastic Teachers' Activity Guide: Women's Suffrage

Effie Hobby's Story : When women got the right to vote, Effie was 23, and she made sure that she would vote. The presidential election was between Republican Warren G. Harding and Democrat James M. Cox. Effie voted for Harding, who won the election to become the twenty-ninth president of the United States. 

In the News....

State-by-State News NCSL Blog  

issues confronting state legislatures

Image result for american bar associationImproper Detention of Immigrant Children

American Bar Association.  Public Education.

Landmark Cases: from Marbury v. Madison (1803) 

Roe v. Wade (1973) Issue: Does the Constitution prohibit laws that severely restrict or deny a woman's access to abortion?
Result: Yes. The Court concluded that such laws violate the Constitution's right to privacy. The Court held that, under the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause, states may only restrict abortions toward the end of a pregnancy, in order to protect the life of the woman or the fetus.
Importance: Roe has become a center-piece in the battle over abortion-rights, both in the public and in front of the Court.

Cornell Law Legal Information Institute Roe v. Wade Decision

JustiaLaw : Persons subject to impeachment

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About the Law Collections at the Library of Congress

The [Redacted] Special Counsel's Report


Bills in the news --Track Congress with

House Live  Live and on-demand video access to the Floor proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senate Floor Webcast Stream live Senate floor proceedings while a meeting is in progress. Search, watch, and download previous proceedings starting with the 2nd session of the 112th Congress.




Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer

Offers free legal advice on the first Wednesday of each month. 

Call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

2019: April 3, May 1, June 5,  July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2,  November 6, December 4

Supreme Court of the United States

 SCOTUS Blog gives Monday and Friday Round-ups, Petitions of the Week, and more.

Oral Arguments by the week, plus transcripts, audio and much more. Search: JUSTIA: US LAW FOR U.S. CASE LAW.

To find opinions of a nominee for the Supreme Court , use Google Scholar and set radio button to Case Law search.

To find articles by a nominee for the Supreme Court, use Google Scholar and set radio button to Articles.  This may take you to HeinOnline.  Use that first if you have access, or ask a librarian to log you into the Social Law Library.  The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries is another source, either in person at one of the 17 law library locations, or asking online.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service 

Locations and Contact Information for Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Social Law Library

New! Ask  your Massachusetts public librarian to search Social Law Library databases

Massachusetts Public Libraries: LIBRARIANS LOGIN ONLY.



MASSterList.  News stories from Beacon Hill.  ALSO: Job Seekers: On Mondays, check the Job Board Listings!


In Your Opinion

Want to write an op ed or letter to the editor?  Try this box for guidelines and contact information.

Massachusetts Legal Newspaper

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly ONLINE is available on Newton Free Library online with our e-journal logon, and through Gales's Massachusetts History Online (Gale)

  Date restrictions apply for accessing full text.  Allow 6 weeks for current issues.  Database begins with 2001.

HeinOnline is available with a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card.  You must apply in person for a library card.

Look for IMPORTANT OPINIONS OF THE WEEK on the front page column on Monday's print format.

THOMAS (Library of Congress) Daily Digest

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