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Looking for an unpublished opinion from the Pennsylvania Superior or Commonwealth Court? Older memorandum opinions are sometimes difficult to track down. Generally, opinions prior to 2013/2014 can be especially challenging for the researcher. One great resource to try is our new database,...
Theodore "Ted" Simon, criminal defense attorney and president/board member, Jenkins Law Library
By Theodore Simon Criminal defense attorney and president/board member, Jenkins Law Library What does being a Philadelphia lawyer mean to me? A lot! I would imagine for me, like so many other Philadelphia lawyers, it is not just the technical or historic definition but rather it is deeply personal...
"An insanely good resource!"
That's how one of our members recently described our research service , after we helped track down an 80-year-old document that isn't available online. Ever wonder what other type of research requests our librarians have assisted with? Requests can range from something as simple as pulling a...
This year Jenkins is celebrating our 220th anniversary! We were founded in 1802 in a small room in Independence Hall by a group of lawyers who combined their financial resources to purchase legal books for the growing law community in the city. We hold the prestigious position as "America's First...
HeinOnline recently introduced a new database that explores the history of legal education in Pennsylvania, specifically as it pertains to The Law Academy of Philadelphia. Edited by Dr. Joel Fishman, the Law Academy Project grew out of a paper Dr. Fishman wrote for the Duquesne History Forum. Among...
Jenkins has added Google Translate as a new feature on our website! Users now have the option to view and read our website in over 50 langauges, including Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese, and more. The Google Translate feature can be found near the top...
Back to Normal-ish!
Jenkins has reopened to all visitors with no appointment necessary! * As of Monday, September 13 our onsite hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors must wear masks in our space and also in our building's lobby and elevators. The library stacks are open for browsing and all the computer workstations...
It's National Librarian Day!
Today the nation recognizes and celebrates National Librarian Day. And today our legal community extends our grateful thanks to Jenkins Co-Executive Directors Ida Weingram and Nancy Garner and the entire Jenkins staff for their extraordinary and dedicated work over this past difficult year. Thank...
Bookmobile
Want a book from our collection? We have staff in the library Monday through Friday and can pull whatever material you need for curbside pickup at 1801 Market Street from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. In Center City we can also arrange to have a courier deliver the books right to you! To borrow material,...
June Janda
This past Friday morning, June 26, Jenkins Law Library lost one of our most loyal and dedicated staff members, June A. Janda. June was hired at Jenkins over 34 years ago as a bookkeeper. Through the years she took accounting and other classes towards a degree, was mentored by both Regina Smith,...