We’re excited to announce that additional continuing learning content from the partnership between the American Law Institute (ALI) and the American Bar Association (ABA) is now available in HeinOnline’s American Law Institute Library! Originally, nine of these titles previously existed in a subcollection called ALI-CLE. However, with this update, we have added approximately 170 new titles—at no added cost to subscribers! Keep reading to learn more about this content and how you can access it.
The ALI and ABA Partnership
The American Law Institute was founded in 1923 by a group of American judges, lawyers, and law professors interested in clarifying the fundamental principles of common law, which could often be complex, and to decrease variations in interpretations of the law across jurisdictions.
However, by the 1940s, America was distracted by World War II, and when lawyers returned from the battlefields of Europe back to their law offices in the states, they struggled to adjust to all that had changed in the field and in the world during their time abroad. To help fill the gap in legal knowledge, those in the legal profession began to request programs for continuing education. In 1947, the American Bar Association approached the ALI to create a national continuing education program—this would become ALI-ABA, or the American Law Institute – American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. Over the years, this program would include literature, lectures, panelists, and publications dedicated to continued legal learning. The ALI-ABA partnership ended in 2012, but both organizations continue to produce CLE materials.
About the Subcollections
Now, users will find that the ALI-CLE subcollection in the American Law Institute Library has been replaced by two new subcollections: ALI-ABA Books and ALI-ABA Periodicals. Between these two subcollections, there are approximately 170 new titles, including:
- Blessings of Liberty: The Constitution and the Practice of Law
- From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate’s Guide
- Plain and Accurate Style in Court Papers
- Practical Lawyer’s: Manual on Legal Research, Writing, and Indexing
- White Collar Crimes
- And much more!
HeinOnline plans to continue adding to these subcollections regularly with the plethora of content that had been published during the ALI-ABA partnership.
The American Law Institute Library in HeinOnline
HeinOnline’s American Law Institute Library is a digital collection that provides easy access to invaluable American Law Institute projects and documents that have influenced modern law and society. These include Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and Principles of the Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. The collection features an easy-to-use Restatement Section Locator for ease or research.
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Restatements of the Law
In American jurisprudence, the Restatements of the Law are a set of treatises on legal subjects that seek to inform judges and lawyers about general principles of common law and are one of the most respected and well-used sources of secondary authority. Not only does HeinOnline contain current and historical restatements, but it also provides an easy-to-use Restatement Section Locator Tool.
Principles of the Law
Principles of the Law are publications which recommend changes in legal areas in need of reform.
Uniform Commercial Code
The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is a comprehensive code addressing aspects of commercial law. HeinOnline contains UCC Drafts from 1944 through current.
Model Penal Code
The Model Penal Code assisted legislatures in making a major effort to appraise the content of the penal law. It has played an important part in the revision of criminal law in the U.S.
The Institute’s quarterly newsletter contains the latest information about ALI projects, meetings and members. HeinOnline contains the full run of the newspaper dating back to 1978.
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