SCOTUS Online Tools: The Supreme Court Mapping Project

This is the second in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The second tool that will be highlighted is the Supreme Court Mapping Project.  This tool is a project run by the University of Baltimore School of Law and  “is an ongoing and collaborative research venture that uses original software technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship about Supreme Court doctrine.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes many useful features. Of note is the “Online Mapping Tool”, shown below, this tool allows users to create their own “network” of Supreme Court jurisprudence to see the relation between different cases and doctrines on a convenient timeline.

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The next tool included from the homepage is the “4th Amendment Atlas”, this tool provides a compilation of maps that trace various doctrines relating to the fourth amendment.  With this tool, there is no need to create a network, as that work has already been done for you.  See below for more details.

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The 2015 and 2014 Term cases provide network resources for cases decided during this period. Finally, this site provides access to various other pre-made networks and is a handy tool when researching specific topics or Supreme Court cases as it gives a holistic view and literally a map of the progress and connections across various dates, topics, and cases.

SCOTUS Online Tools: @Big_Cases

This is the first in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The first tool that will be highlighted is a Twitter feed: @Big_Cases.  This tool is a big cases bot that gives “real time updates on the latest filings in major cases in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes hyperlinks to articles, lists, and actual filings.  Users can also see what is happening within the feed by clicking on “Tweets & replies”. Below is the result when a user clicks “Tweets & replies” from the homepage.

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Finally, by clicking “Media”, users are able to directly see tweets relating purely to filing.  Here, users can also click on the filings to be redirected to the full document.

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Be sure to click “follow” at the top right hand corner to stay up-to-date on all current issues and cases before the Supreme Court!

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: Exploring a Practitioner’s Insight

This is the last in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

On the right side of the home page, you can click on insight to get a practitioner’s insight on a particular issue in energy and climate law .

Below is a view of the practitioner’s insights page.

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Clicking on an insight, you will have similar features to clicking on an article in the news tab.

Below is a view of an article. The green boxes indicate the different features available in a practitioner’s insight.

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The box at the top shows where you can see the next insight. You can also view related articles to a particular insight. Finally, you can click on the blue terms within an insight and this will redirect you to further information related to the insight.

Access to the Climate and Energy Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: Insights

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

At the top of the page and on the right hand side, you will find “insights”, which allows you to take a look at practitioners’ practical knowledge and proposals on a subject.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where Insights may be located.

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Clicking on Insights will allow you to explore practitioners’ takes on hot topics concerning energy and climate.

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Access to the Energy and Climate Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: Exploring an Article

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

Today, we will explore an article from the homepage of the Energy and Climate Report.

Scrolling down the home page, the most recent news articles are shown, an article shown below, allows a reader to utilize many different features.

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At the top of the article, you can direct between the article immediately preceding the article being viewed or the one just after.

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You can also view related documents or articles to the one currently being viewed.

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Access to the Energy and Climate Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

The Energy and Climate Report is dedicated to providing real-time coverage of climate change and emissions trading developments, in-depth analysis, interviews with policy makers, background reports, and legislation, litigation coverage and court opinions, and videos.

The Energy and Climate Report home page provides a comprehensive update beginning with the latest news.

Below is a view of the home page.

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To stay updated on a specific topic of interest, check out the news on the homepage that can be filtered by topic.

Below is the view of topics that you can filter the most recent news through.

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For quick searches of the entire database, locate the search icon at the top right corner of the page. For advanced searches, select the search icon and then select “advanced search” to the right of the search box. The advanced search tool allows you to search by term, topic, tribunal and date.

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Access to the Energy and Climate Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Texas Lawyer: News

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer magazine.

The Texas Lawyer provides users with several different ways to find information on newsworthy legal issues. On the Texas Lawyer home page, there is a News section in the center and a Trending Stories section is located on the right side if you scroll a bit down.

Below is a view of where the news is on the homepage.

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Below is an image of where the Trending Stories section is at on the home page. his shows a collection of 5 top stories from across the United States.

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Additionally, to load more news stories on the home page, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click the load more stories link. An image of that button is shown below.

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Moreover, Texas Lawyer is connected to the overall Law.com. This allows Texas Lawyer to access Press releases from news outlet, political figures, and law firms as pictured below.

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Access to the Texas Lawyer website is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Note: Texas Lawyer changed the format of their webpages after this four part series was created. This final post was updated 11.2.18 to reflect the content of their new format.