November's Featured Library: American Indian Law Collection

American Indian, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Special Promotions
Shannon Sabo

November is Native American Heritage Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to discuss some of the incredible contributions that Native Americans have made to our daily life in the United States and to various cultures around the world. We would also like to highlight the wealth of material available in HeinOnline's American Indian Law Collection, and offer an unprecedented discount in order to give all of our customers the chance to acquire this valuable collection.

Native American Contributions

Indian governments served as models of federated representative democracy for Europeans and for American colonists; the United States Constitution borrowed many principles from the Iroquois Constitution

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Women and the Law: Start Your Research in HeinOnline

Current Events, HeinOnline, Women and the Law
Shannon Sabo

In March 2014, HeinOnline released Women and the Law, a collection of books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This collection provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women's roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.

Today, the next United States presidential race is underway, and Hillary Clinton is favored to win the Democratic nomination. Carly Fiorina is a contender for the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are not the first women to run for president; in fact, five women since 1872 have sought the White House, according to this Time article

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Fantasy Sports, Insider Trading, Legal Questions, and HeinOnline

Current Events, Hot Topic News, Law Journal Library, Searching, Statutes at Large
Shannon Sabo

In addition to providing endless hours of interactive and strategic entertainment and further irritating football widows and widowers, fantasy sports are now sparking nationwide controversy and accusations of behavior akin to insider trading, according to this article from the New York Times.

Thanks to lobbying by professional sports leagues, fantasy sports are exempt from the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act because they are "games of skill" as opposed to games of chance. The games are legal in all but five states, according to this fortune.com article. However, the recent events depicted in these articles is bringing national attention to the fantasy sports industry.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is Title VIII of Public Law number 109-347 in the U.S…

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Happy 15th Birthday, HeinOnline!

Company Info, Current Events
Shannon Sabo

It's difficult to believe that HeinOnline has been serving the electronic needs of the law library community since May 8, 2000. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate HeinOnline's birthday and to thank our loyal and fantastic customers for their unwavering support and assistance in making HeinOnline the legal research powerhouse that it is today!

In the year 2000, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the United States was about $1.50. Mad Cow Disease was causing alarm in Europe because of its rapid growth, and Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate, representing HeinOnline's home state of New York! HeinOnline contained about 270,000 total pages and the content consisted only of law journals…

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Research What's In the News with HeinOnline: Officer Involved Shootings

Current Events, Fastcase, Law Journal Library, MyHein, Searching
Shannon Sabo

Darren Wilson and Michael Brown became household names in 2014 when Officer Wilson shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed, during an altercation that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting sparked much controversy and debate about what constitutes justifiable use of force by police.

According to Mother Jones, no agency or database tracks the number of police shootings or killings of unarmed persons in a systematic, comprehensive way. This Washington Post article notes that the Justice Department allows the nation's law enforcement agencies to "self-report officer-involved shootings as part of the FBI's annual data on 'justifiable homicides' by law enforcement."

Are you interested in researching this controversial topic…

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Research Net Neutrality in HeinOnline!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Federal Register, Law Journal Library, Searching, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

Net neutrality, also known as network neutrality, Internet neutrality or net equality, is the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. It means that ISPs should allow access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of net neutrality regulations which ban companies from being able to pay for faster access to web surfers in a practice called "paid prioritization." These new regulations classify ISPs as  "common carriers" or a public utility, like gas or electricity, under Title II of the Communications Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court Does What?!

Current Events, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Sabo

Recently, the New York Times published this article discussing the interesting fact that the Supreme Court sometimes revises the text of its decisions, even years after the decisions were issued, without any public notification of the changes.

Did you know that with HeinOnline you can access both the slip opinions and the final version of a decision to compare the two? HeinOnline contains the full archive of the U.S. Reports as well as the United States Slip Opinions and United States Reports Preliminary Prints from 2002 to date. Let’s take a look at one of the cases discussed in the New York Times article, Lawrence et al…

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Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With All Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Company Info, Current Events
Miranda Rosati

To All Our Customers Affected by Hurricane Sandy,

All of us here at William S. Hein & Co., Inc. wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of our friends and their families, colleagues, and customers that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

To our valued customers, if you are unable to access the resources in your library and would like to request a password for remote access for yourself or any member of your staff, please contact us for complimentary remote access.

If you experience significant downtime due to Hurricane Sandy, we may be able to issue your organization a credit for the period during which you have not been able to access HeinOnline…

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IN THE NEWS: President Obama Nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court

Current Events, News
admin

On Monday May 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Much has already been written in the media and on law blogs around the web, so we won’t go into the details that have already been publicized.  We do however provide links to some of these posts and articles if you would like to check them out.  These links are at the bottom of this post under Related Posts From Around the Web. For now though, we turn our attention to the law review articles within HeinOnline that were authored by Supreme Court Nominee, Elena Kagan.

As a scholar who focused on issues ranging from freedom of speech to government policy making…

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CURRENT EVENTS: Today is Presidents' Day in the U.S. – Take a Look Inside HeinOnline For Historical Information & Insights

Current Events, U.S. Presidential Library
admin

Today is commonly known as “Presidents Day” in the United States.  It is a federal holiday celebrating Washington’s Birthday that is celebrated on the third Monday of February every year.  Washington’s actual birthday is February 22nd, but the Uniform Monday Holiday bill passed on June 28, 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington’s Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.

Contrary to common belief, this federal holiday’s official title is “Washington’s Birthday” according to 5 USC 6103.  While several attempts were made to change the title to “Presidents Day”, no law was ever passed to officially change the name of the federal holiday to Presidents Day.  By the late 1980’s though…

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