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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

USA.gov

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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

The Very First Labor Day

September 5, 1882 
The very first Labor Day was held on a Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The day was celebrated with a picnic, concert and speeches. Ten thousand workers marched in a parade from City Hall to Union Square.

Soon after that first celebration, the holiday was moved to the first Monday in September, the day we still honor. Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday in 1894.

Labor Day Parade in Buffalo, New York, 1900

A Labor Day Parade in Buffalo, New York in 1900

CREDIT: “Labor Day parade, Main St., Buffalo, N.Y.,” Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-D4-12909. 

Miners with their children at a Labor Day celebration in Silverton, Colorado

Miners with their children at a Labor Day celebration in Silverton, Colorado

CREDIT: “Miners with their children at the Labor Day celebration, Silverton, Colorado,” 1940. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USF33-012909-M1. 

The Gilded Age (1878-1889) and Industry

'Mark Twain,' America's best humorist, 1885.
Writer and humorist, Mark Twain, wrote the novel The Gilded Age, ridiculing Washington D.C. and many of the leading figures of the day

 

Massachusetts laws regulating minors’ work hours

 

National Voter Registration Day

September 24, 2019: National Voter Registration Day.  Massachusetts Register to Vote online.

Immigration and Child Welfare Immigration Gateway

Immigration Law Section 1325

Supreme Court of the United States

 

Search Results:
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Title:William P. Barr, Attorney General, et al., Applicants v. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al.
William P. Barr, Attorney General, et al., Applicants Response to application from respondents East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al. filed. Party name: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al. 
file type icon  Docket for 18A615
Title:Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, et al., Applicants v. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al.
Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, et al., Applicants Response to application from respondents East BaySanctuary Covenant, et al. filed. Party name: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al. 

MassLegalHelp.org  Detention

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Planning for a Family Emergency

FLORES V. RENO

The 1997 settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno set national standards for the treatment and placement of minors in what was then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) custody. INS obligations under the agreement are now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The agreement establishes minimum standards for initial detention and a policy favoring release of minors. It also requires that children who remain in federal custody be placed in the least restrictive environment and mandates provision of information, treatment and services.

 

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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 Govtrak.us.

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.

 

 

DialALawyer

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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