Legislative Intent and Statutory Interpretation

Exploring HeinOnline, Searching, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In cases that involve a statute, there is often a need for statutory interpretation. Some statutes can have straightforward meanings, while others can be ambiguous. In cases where a statute may be vague, judges must step in to decipher the legislative intent.

Statutory Interpretation

The language is the most important part of a statute. If the language itself is straightforward and plain, it must be applied according to its terms. However, if a statute is unclear, the interpretative process begins. Read about this process in the CRS Report…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Affectionately Known as The Notorious RBG

Navigating, Women and the Law
Kaylyn Zurawski

Her Team Supreme

On August 10th, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th Supreme Court justice, making her the second woman and first Jewish female justice to sit on the distinguished bench. Since being sworn in, Justice Ginsburg has established herself in America’s history as a legend— and not just for her decisions in the courtroom. 

Ginsburg is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, where she tied for first in her class. Before she became a judge, she spent her career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle…

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Do You Know How Much You’re Eating?

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

By May 7th, 2018, restaurants and food establishments in the United States will be required to comply with requirements to add calorie information labels to foods that are offered and served. In early February, the House passed legislation which would amend how restaurants would provide the calorie count. Although restaurant owners are in favor of the updated legislation, public health experts are raising concerns.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama on March 23…

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Citizens United and Its Impact on Campaign Financing: A Brief Overview

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline
Shannon Sabo

Money and politics have strolled hand-in-hand since the founding of the United States, when wealthy, well-connected candidates financed their own political campaigns and were essentially the only people who ran for office. In fact, George Washington spent about $8,000 in today’s currency on alcohol to “treat” voters on election day.

Andrew Jackson was the first presidential candidate who didn’t come from a wealthy background. He ran for office for the second time in 1828 and became the first organized campaigner.  While he didn’t seek financial support, he was an early practitioner of rewarding political loyalists with the only thing some find more valuable than money: power…

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New Language Facet Feature in the Law Journal Library!

Law Journal Library, Searching, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

A new facet has been added to the Law Journal Library which allows users to refine search results by language. This new tool is useful for users who are looking for journals written primarily in a specific language. All languages are coded at the journal title level.

Using the Language Facet

Enter the Law Journal Library and use the Full Text tab to construct a search. For this example, enter the French phrase voir dire into the search box and click the search button…

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Deadly Shootings and Gun Laws

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In the first seven weeks of 2018, there have been several school shootings in the United States. The latest occurred on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, where seventeen people were killed. With the latest school shootings, and other mass shootings, there has been on ongoing debate circling gun laws. Let’s take a look at what has been happening and what laws are currently in place.

Timeline of Deadly Shootings

Looking back at the past ten years, there have been seven particularly deadly shootings. Two of the five deadliest shootings took place within a month of each other in late 2017…

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Legal Classics: From the Minds of Key Historical Scholars to HeinOnline

Legal Classics, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Last month, HeinOnline’s Legal Classics database reached another milestone: it now contains more than 11,000 titles!

Last year, we blogged about the incredible collection of books contained in HeinOnline in its entirety. In total, there are nearly 50,000 books in HeinOnline.* Many HeinOnline databases contain books, including:

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Shane P. Marmion Named President of William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

Company Info, What's New
Shannon Sabo

We are pleased to announce an important change at William S. Hein & Co., Inc. and HeinOnline! Shane P. Marmion, former Vice President of Product Development, is now the fourth president in the company’s history. He replaces his father, Kevin, who served as Hein’s president for more than twenty years. Kevin remains at Hein as CEO and will continue to develop long-term strategic goals for the company.

Shane’s fast facts:

  1. He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Management.
  2. He has been employed with Hein since 1996.
  3. Despite being born and raised in Buffalo…

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Map View in State Reports: A Historical Archive Enhanced to Include Court Districts

State Reports: A Historical Archive, What's New
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline’s State Reports: A Historical Archive is now color-coded with numbers indicating geographic boundaries of United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts. New databases added with a map view tool will also include this handy feature.

About Court Districts

The United States Federal Court System includes twelve regions of district courts and courts of appeal. These courts handle both civil and criminal cases. Each district court is associated with a United States bankruptcy court and each judicial district has at least one courthouse…

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Everything You Need to Know about Author Profile Pages

Author Profile Pages, Exploring HeinOnline, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Author Profile Pages are an excellent way to showcase and promote an author’s scholarly work. This page automatically displays a list of an author’s articles and ScholarCheck statistics and can be enhanced to include a photo, biographical information, and links to the author’s website and social media accounts. Use email alerts to stay up to date with authors’ works. Let’s take a closer look at this HeinOnline feature and what’s new!

Accessing Author Profile Pages

To find an author profile page, use the Advanced Search option found on the Law Journal Library homepage…

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