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Opinio Juris - May/June 2013

Scroll down to read about a Fisher v. Texas research guide, a website dedicated to women's legal history, JCARR's Rule Watch Ohio, HeinOnline's State Statutes Archive, and the end of Westlaw-provided printing options.

Fisher v. Texas research guide

The University of Texas' Tarlton Law Library has updated its research guide to the Fisher v. Texas affirmative action case to reflect the recent Supreme Court opinion and subsequent news coverage. Convenient access is available to Supreme Court and lower court documents, scholarly commentary, UT student body profiles and statistics, and other items. The guide also provides external links to case pages on Oyez and SCOTUSblog, in addition to other useful Supreme Court resources.

Women's Legal History

Stanford law professor emerita Barbara Babcock, her students, and the Stanford Law Library have collaborated to create the Women's Legal History website. The site is a "searchable database of articles and papers on pioneering women lawyers in the United States." Users can browse an alphabetical list of prominent women attorneys or search using a variety of fields including state, race, practice area, and time period. Entries include bibliographic references for further research.

JCARR's Rule Watch Ohio

Ohio's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, aka JCARR, is now providing a service called "Rule Watch Ohio," which allows users to track particular agency rules for amendments and public hearings. Users can also track rule activity in particular subject areas such as local government, higher education, disabilities, health, and more. After creating a free account, users receive email updates when there is activity related to selected rules.

HeinOnline's State Statutes Archive

The Moritz Law Library's subscription to HeinOnline now includes a database titled, State Statutes: A Historical Archive. The database contains superceded state statutes and codes for all 50 states and is an excellent source for efficiently locating statutory language at a particular point in the past. Browsing material by state is possible in addition to searching the full-text of the database. This collection works well in conjunction with HeinOnline's Session Laws Library, which provides convenient access to legislative acts passed by all 50 states since their inception. Access HeinOnline on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

End of the Free Westlaw Printing Era

As you may be aware from prior announcements, Westlaw is discontinuing its practice of providing and maintaining dedicated printers for Westlaw documents, effective June 30th, 2013. Student and faculty Westlaw printers will be removed from the Moritz Law Library computer lab shortly after this date. Lexis has indicated that it will continue to manage dedicated Lexis printers for free student and faculty use. Bloomberg has not provided printing services since Bloomberg Law's release and has indicated no plans to do so.