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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

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Education and the Law - Stuart Biegel
Call Number: KF4118 .B54 2009
ISBN: 0314191089
Publication Date: 2009
This updated casebook focuses on both K-12 and higher education issues, addressing legal and public policy controversies that impact communities across the nation. Fifty-five original hypotheticals are included throughout the ten substantive chapters, which contain extensive material on technology-related issues, recent developments in First Amendment law, and equal access to quality education generally. Topical coverage includes campus safety and privacy, copyright issues, the rights of educators, the No Child Left Behind Act, charter schools, bilingual education, special education, religion in the schools, and values-related curriculum disputes in the aftermath of the 2008 election.

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Cases and Materials on Juvenile Justice Administration - Barry C. Feld
Call Number: KF9778 .F45 2004
ISBN: 0314152490
Publication Date: 2004
Casebook focuses on three themes: legal and administrative consequences of regulating children rather than adults; procedural and substantive implications of a justice system that emphasizes treatment rather than punishment; and tensions between discretion and rules that occur in a system that treats children rather than punishes adults. Incorporates empirical evaluations and presents psychological research into controversial issues such as gender and racial disparities in juvenile justice administration. Examines the pretrial detention of juveniles and examines how and when states try youths in criminal court rather than in juvenile court. Also explores the alternative sentencing options available to juvenile courts.

Family Law - Peter N. Swisher; H. Anthony Miller; Helene S. Shapo
Call Number: KF504 .S95 2012
ISBN: 1422429652
Publication Date: 2012

Additional Ideas

Important ideas:

  • Traditional method for seeking paper topics
  • Time-sensitive 
  • Issues may have more of a Constitutional focus
  • SCOTUS 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.
  • Network
    Talk to professors, peers, colleagues, employers, etc.

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