Primary Sources, Secondary Sources and Beyond

Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline has long been known as an excellent platform for historical and current periodicals, books, and government documents. HeinOnline also has extensive case law coverage, much of which is provided through a partnership with Fastcase. The U.S. Reports, which contain the officially-published opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court, are available from inception to current in HeinOnline’s U.S. Supreme Court Library.

The partnership HeinOnline has with Fastcase provides access to case law from additional courts, including:

  • Federal circuit courts
  • Federal district courts
  • State appellate courts
  • Many more!

Coverage of case law powered by Fastcase dates back…

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U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Author Profile Pages, Case Law, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Hein Blog, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Bonnie Hein

neilgorsuchsupremecourtnominee

On January 31, 2017 Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was officially nominated by President Donald J. Trump to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy.  The vacancy was created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia last year on February 13, 2016.

Born in Denver, Colorado, he moved to Washington, D.C. when his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was appointed as the first female head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He went on to graduate from Columbia University with honors and earn his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he received a Truman Scholarship. As a Marshall Scholar…

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Dakota Access Pipeline Project: Good or Bad?

American Indian, Case Law, Citations, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Hein Blog, U.S. Supreme Court, World Treaty Library
Bonnie Hein

On Monday, the Department of the Army announced their denial of the final easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline project under Lake Oahe, stating: "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."  To the protestors recently numbering more than 2,000, this decision is a great victory at the Standing Rock site; however, their fight may be far from over.

The announcement comes after months of litigation, protests, and at times violence, over the completion of the DAPL project.  On the recent Sunday evening of November 20th, 400 protesters collided with police, leading to the hospitalization of many protesters…

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HeinOnline, Case Law, and Football

Case Law, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase
Shannon Sabo

The National Football League made the news recently when a former player sued the league for $5 million after the player was preliminarily diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is caused by repeated head trauma. This lawsuit follows a 2015 class-action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former players which provides up to $5 million per retired player for medical conditions caused by repeated head trauma.

HeinOnline's partnership with Fastcase provides access to state and federal case law to all HeinOnline Core subscribers free of charge. Users can obtain the full text of case law from all federal district and circuit courts, bankruptcy courts, and state courts for all 50 states…

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Netflix's "Making a Murderer" Is Captivating Everyone

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Law Journal Library, Searching
Shannon Sabo

Thank goodness winter has finally arrived.

Prior to the recent arctic blast, we felt compelled to venture outdoors and actively participate in society. Now, with temperatures in the teens and cars covered in ice, there is zero shame in curling up on the couch and binge-watching Netflix's popular documentary, Making a Murderer.

Spoiler Alert

This 10-episode true crime series from filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi follows the story of Steven Avery, a man erroneously convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985. After being exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison in 2003, he was later accused and convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach…

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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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NOW AVAILABLE: Fastcase/HeinOnline Account Synchronization and Fastcase Premium!

Case Law, Enhancements, Fastcase, What's New
Shannon Sabo

As most of you know, HeinOnline partnered with Fastcase  to release Case Law Powered by Fastcase in December of 2013, which provides access to case law for HeinOnline Core subscribers at no additional cost! This partnership is the winner of the 2014 AALL New Product of the Year Award and has been extremely well-received by our customers.

This partnership has recently been enhanced: users who subscribe to both HeinOnline and Fastcase now have the ability to synchronize their accounts and take advantage of additional features of case law powered by Fastcase via HeinOnline, again at no additional charge

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AALL Awards 2014 New Product of the Year to Publishing Partners Fastcase & HeinOnline

AALL, Fastcase, Press Release, What's New
Jackie Stanley

AALL Awards 2014 New Product of the Year to Publishing Partners Fastcase and HeinOnline

Integrating Legal Research Libraries and Smarter Tools Benefits Legal Profession

WASHINGTON, DC and GETZVILLE, NY (May 14, 2014) – The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has named publishing partners Fastcase and William S. Hein & Co., Inc. as joint winners of its 2014 New Product of the Year Award. AALL is recognizing the partners for integrating the Fastcase and HeinOnline legal research libraries and research tools. The companies will accept the award during the association’s 107th Annual Meeting this July in San Antonio, Texas.

The New Product of the Year award recognizes new legal information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures…

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Parallel Case Law Citations

Case Law, Fastcase, Miscellaneous, What's New
Miranda Rosati

Case Law is now available on HeinOnline powered by Fastcase and available to all HeinOnline Core Subscribers! Have you checked this out yet? If not and you are a core subscriber, you can do so now.

You may have noticed parallel citations showing as you view case law in HeinOnline. Since cases or judicial opinions can be published by more than one publisher, the case name may be followed by one or more parallel citations. The official reporter is provided by the publisher with which the court has contracted to publish the reports; any other citation is called unofficial. It is acceptable to cite either the official or unofficial versions as the text of the opinions will be the same…

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Press Release – Hein and Fastcase Announce Publishing Partnership

Fastcase, Miscellaneous, What's New
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PRESS RELEASE

Hein to Include Hyperlinks to Caselaw and Bad Law Bot;
Fastcase to Offer Law Reviews and Historical State Statutes and Session Laws

BUFFALO, NY and WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2013 – Independent legal publishers William S. Hein & Co., Inc. and Fastcase today announced a new partnership in which the companies will share complementary strengths for the benefit of their members.

Under the agreement, Hein will provide federal and state case law to HeinOnline subscribers via inline hyperlinks powered by Fastcase. In addition, Fastcase will completely integrate HeinOnline’s extensive law review and historical state statute collection in search results, with full access available to Fastcase subscribers who additionally subscribe to Hein’s law review database…

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