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Opinio Juris - February 2013

Scroll down to read about a consent decree repository for federal employment discrimination class actions, the Foreign Law Guide, increased federal opinion access on the GPO website, the video archives of C-SPAN and The Ohio Channel, and OSU's annual Innovate conference.

Consent Decree Repository

Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School has established a database of consent decrees negotiated in employment discrimination class actions filed in federal court. The consent decrees are searchable by a variety of categories including case name, attorney, circuit court of appeals, industry, protected class, and theory of discrimination. Users can view the full-text of the consent decrees in pdf form or view a summary of the case data. Downloading a set of results in spreadsheet form is also possible.

Foreign Law Guide

The Moritz Law Library subscribes to the Foreign Law Guide, which contains information on primary and secondary sources of foreign law. The guide covers nearly 200 jurisdictions from major nations to small, semi-independent states. For each entry, the authors provide background information on the legal system of the particular state before discussing useful print and electronic resources. English translations are noted where available. The guide is accessible from any networked computer in Drinko Hall.

More Federal Court Opinions on GPO Site

The Government Printing Office continues to expand access to federal court opinions on its FDsys website, building on its pilot project with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Opinions for recent years in the Second and Tenth Circuits have been added to the current collection of Eighth Circuit cases, along with opinions from 19 district courts. Opinions are available in pdf format, digitally certified as authentic by the GPO.

C-SPAN and Ohio Channel Video Archives

C-SPAN's massive, constantly expanding video library offers access to every C-SPAN telecast since 1987 - approaching 200,000 hours of video including committee hearings, Congressional floor proceedings, state of the union addresses, and more. Programs are thoroughly indexed and searchable in a variety of ways including by subject, speaker name, Congressional committee, organization, date, and program text. Use the advanced search page to locate relevant broadcasts.


The Ohio Channel provides a substantial video library of Ohio General Assembly proceedings, various events involving the governor, and Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments beginning in the late 1990s. Earlier this month, the Ohio Channel added committee hearing coverage with video of House Finance and Appropriations Committee proceedings on Governor Kasich's proposed budget. A recent Columbus Dispatch editorial described the newly-added committee coverage as important though "a bit eye-glazing."

Innovate Conference

OSU's annual Innovate conference will take place Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 at the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on campus. The conference is billed as an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge approaches to technology-enhanced learning and research across campus and the state. This year's theme, "engage," focuses on technology's ability to connect with students, bring scholarship to global audiences, and build bridges across communities. The conference home page has information about presenters and registration.