Posts by Jenny Hohenstein

Last year Pennsylvania's General Assembly was the first state in the U.S. to pass a clean slate law. Governor Wolf signed the bill into law on June 28, 2018 . The law created an automated process to seal certain criminal and non-conviction records. It also expanded the number of misdemeanor...
Fastcase offers a research tool called Authority Check , which helps find later citing cases to a particular case. Authority Check can be used to locate related authority on your topic or to prioritize your research by looking for the most fequenty cited cases. In the Fastcase Classic interface,...
Now that we are located at 1801 Market Street, our Westlaw stations have been in high demand. To accommodate our members and the self-represented litigant users, we have just added an additional Westlaw station for research at the library. This gives us a total of four stations. These public access...
Jenkins' Philadelphia City Solicitor Opinions Database contains over 2100 full text searchable opinions issued by the Philadelphia City Solicitor. It includes both formal and informal opinions with coverage going back to 1952. Close to 100 new opinions have recently been added, expanding content...
Fastcase * offers a great feature called Public Link . This tool provides a link that can be embedded in a memorandum or other document to quickly pull up a case. You don't have to be authenticated into Fastcase for the link to work. Once you have pulled up a case in Fastcase, look for the Public...
Pennsylvania Judicial Discipline Handbook by Sarah A. Steers, J.D. and Joel Fishman, PH.D., M.L.S. (George T. Bisel Company, 2018) pulls together important information and case law on judicial discipline. It is a great resource for attorneys and judges, and specifically for those who serve as...
The PA Supreme Court adopted new rules concerning custody that went into effect 3/1/2019. The new rules relate to parenting coordinators and open the possibility of a judicial district implementing a parenting coordination program. These programs incorporate the concept of mediation to assist in...
The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network offers thousands of old maps, plans and surveys that show the development of the city from 1600 forward. This site is a pilot project of Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). Institutions such as the Athenaeum of...
One of our most popular questions at the Reference Desk at Jenkins involves finding old versions of the Pennsylvania Statutes. The people we help often need to know how a section of Purdon's read in a specific year, since a case may hinge upon the language of the statute at a particular time. In...
Need to find the current zoning of a property in Philadelphia? Take a look at Atlas , a search tool available from the city's Zoning, Planning and Development website . When available, Atlas provides zoning information for specific city addresses, including base district zoning maps, associated...