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This newly updated and recently released edition of Children and the Law in a Nutshell is now available on West Academic Digital Library . This edition covers "the meaning of "parent," civil and criminal abuse and neglect, the foster care system, adoption, medical decision-making, support and other...
Legal research can be challenging, especially when you don't know where to start. The librarians at Jenkins have created 66 research guides to help those who need guidance with their legal research. These guides highlight free online resources (when available), databases available 24/7 to...
The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas plans to resume in-person civil jury trials this month. Civil jury trials were suspended on March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with guidance from public health officials the Court has issued new protocols and guidelines to allow the resumption...
We recently wrote about the new Law Journal Press * (LJP) platform and how to browse, view, and search for books within it. As a follow up to that post, this blog entry will demonstrate how to search and navigate within a particular LJP title. Searching within an Online Book In the new LJP...
Legislative histories, or "the proceedings leading to the enactment of a statute, including hearings, committee reports, and floor debates" ( Legislative History , Black's Law Dictionary, 11th ed. 2019), can help researchers understand the legislative intent of a particular statute. In Pennsylvania...
Interested in finding transcripts of Philadelphia City Council sessions or committee hearings? Check out the City Council of Philadelphia's Transcript Room . The Transcript Room contains transcripts of Committee hearings and Council sessions starting in September 1997. Transcripts may include...
If you are looking for an efficient way to access Cheetah’s practical resources, check out the Practical Content Dashboard. The Practical Content Dashboard is a single access point to all of the practical material found in the individual Practice Areas. The Dashboard includes Cheetah’s Smart Charts...
The next time you read an online book using Law Journal Press * (LJP), you may notice that the database has recently updated its platform. LJP has a refreshing new user interface, and its functions are more intuitive to use. When accessing LJP from the Jenkins website, the database will...
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General OneFile is a great resource to use when looking for non-legal news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics, including business, economics, education, health care, science, technology, and many more. The Topic Finder feature is a great way to explore how different subjects may...
Use Philadelphia City Council’s Legislative Information Center to locate bills and resolutions from 2000 - current. To begin your search, select the Legislation tab: Use the search bar to search by any combination of keyword (including bill number), date , or type (i.e. bill, resolution, etc.) to...