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Hot Topic News: 1965 Voting Rights Act Faces Scrutiny with Special Focus on Section 5

In 1965, five months after Bloody Sunday which marked the peak of the American civil rights movement, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Now, the act is under intense scrutiny as Supreme Court Justices consider the challenges to the Act brought forth by Alabama’s Shelby County.  In the case of Shelby County v. Holder, Shelby County is questioning the need for Section 5 of the Act, which is the provision that requires nine mostly Southern states and some jurisdictions in seven other states to get approval from the Justice Department, known as “preclearance”, before making any changes to their voting laws.

Take a look at Google News to find links to various articles and discussions regarding this latest controversy, http://bit.ly/16lU8Eq.  Or, head over to the Supreme Court of the United States Blog (SCOTUSblog) for details and information related to the case.

Also, check out HeinOnline for a number of resources related to this hot topic including the text of the public law from the U.S. Statutes at Large, more than 1035 articles that cite the public law, a full-text legislative history of the Act, and much more.  Use the links below to explore the resources in HeinOnline.

Continue reading Hot Topic News: 1965 Voting Rights Act Faces Scrutiny with Special Focus on Section 5

Remembering a Well Known, Highly Quoted Legal Scholar: Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013)

Ronald Dworkin was a distinguished legal scholar with a focus on american philosophy and constitutional law, who advocated for a moral interpretation of the law.  In an article he wrote for the University of Chicago Law Review in 1967 he stated:

Why do we call what “the law” says a matter of legal “obligation”? Is “obligation” here just a term of art, meaning only “what the law says”? Or does legal obligation have something to do with moral obligation? Can we say that we have, in principle at least, the same reasons for meeting our legal obligations that we have for meeting our moral obligations?
35 U. Chi. L. Rev. 14 (1967-1968), Model of Rules, The; Dworkin, Ronald M.

Dworkin, who died Thursday, February 14 at age 81, was a professor of law at New York University and emeritus professor at University of College London.  A Wall Street Journal article titled Scholar Argued For Moral Understanding of Law, published on February 15, 2013, stated:  “According to the Journal of Legal Studies, he was the second-most cited legal scholar of the 20th century after 7th U.S.  Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, a frequent sparring partner.” Continue reading Remembering a Well Known, Highly Quoted Legal Scholar: Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013)

William S. Hein, Jr. to be Inducted into AALL Hall of Fame

William S. Hein, Jr.

William S. Hein, Jr., our chairman of the board at the Hein Company is one of four individuals who will be inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame at the upcoming AALL annual meeting.

The AALL Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize members whose contributions to the profession and service to the Association have been significant, substantial and long-standing. Members are selected for the Hall of Fame based on having been a member in good standing with AALL for twenty-five or more years, having provided distinguished service to the Association over a substantial portion of membership, and having made a significant contribution to the profession. Continue reading William S. Hein, Jr. to be Inducted into AALL Hall of Fame

Does Our Blog Look Different?

You may have noticed if you’ve linked to our blog from your feed reader or an email that our blog looks different! We recently moved our blog from the Blogger platform to our own domain at http://home.heinonline.org/blog.   If you have bookmarks or saved URLs to our old domain, please update them accordingly.

We are excited about this change as the blog is now more in line with our new look that we have presented on our HeinOnline public home pages at http://home.heinonline.org.

Happy Holidays from the Hein Company!

From our  neck of the woods to yours, we hope you have a happy holiday season!

At this time of year, we take great pleasure in setting aside time to send a heartfelt message to our valued customers.

We are happy to have the opportunity to express to you our sincere gratitude for your support throughout the year. Recognizing our customers has always been an aim of the Hein Company and we pledge to continue our mission of delivering quality service at reasonable prices to you in 2011.

This year, in lieu of sending a holiday card and to help support the fight against cancer, we have made a donation to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a national comprehensive cancer research and treatment center located in Buffalo, NY. The image used above was designed by Karisa, a patient-artist with The Paint Box Project at Roswell Park. The Paint Box Project uses the healing power of art to help young cancer patients and their families express themselves during and after treatment. To learn more about The Paint Box Project, click here.

All members of our staff wish you and yours our best wishes for a prosperous new year.

Sincerely,
William S. Hein & Co., Inc.