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Proposed Legislation

Proposed legislation may have significant implications in your field of practice. Be sure to look for requests for public commentary.


Text Books

Text books include questions and comments that may inspire you.

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Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice - Bernard E. Harcourt; Franklin E. Zimring
Call Number: KF9434 .Z56 2007
ISBN: 0314169520
Publication Date: 2007
This book creates an advanced course in substantive criminal law organized around considering whether vice behaviors--gambling, narcotics, commercial and deviate sexual prctices, pornography, drinking--are the proper subjects of criminal prohibition, and, if so, with what means of enforcement and punishment. Vice behaviors have been the subject of radical changes over the past generation, making them an ideal laboratory for the study of the law reform process. The materials used include statistical data, philosophical, historical and legal scholarship as well as policy analysis."

Additional Ideas

Important ideas:

  • Traditional method for seeking paper topics
  • Time-sensitive 
  • Issues may have more of a Constitutional focus
  • SCOTUS Blog
  • Split Circuits (blog)
  • Seton Hall Circuit Review
    Available in pdf format from HeinOnline. Using Hein is a great way to browse topics covered in a particular law review.
  • Case Digests
    Available in print in the Law Library. See West's Michigan Digest or the Federal Practice Digest for some good examples.
  • ALR (American Law Reports)
    Available in print and on Lexis Advance or Westlaw.
  • Michigan Appellate Opinion Release
    Subscribe to the Michigan Courts' Opinions and Orders--the site gives researchers a variety of options for subscribing to court publications.
  • State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section
    Researchers may find information of specific interest to those in the criminal law profession.
  • Network
    Talk to professors, peers, colleagues, employers, etc.

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