Blog Posts: Aaron S. Kirschenfeld

Aaron S. Kirschenfeld

CRS Reports Now Publicly Available from Library of Congress

Section 154 of PL 115-141, passed earlier in 2018 and now codified at 2 U.S.C. § 166a, mandates that many common types of CRS Reports must be published for free on a publicly accessible website.

Before this law was passed, Members of Congress needed to choose to release reports on an individual basis for them to become public. There was no comprehensive, publicly available, official location for accessing CRS Reports. Reports that did become public were collected on non-profit websites maintained by open-government advocates or were sold to customers by legal information vendors. It was weird, and usually pretty confusing, even for experienced researchers. But now that is all changing!


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Tue. September 18, 2018 5:04 PM
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New Digital Collection: Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr.

The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library is proud to announce a new digital collection on the life and work of Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr.
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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Fri. September 15, 2017 1:49 PM
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Using the West Study Aids Collection

Did you know that the law library provides access to more than 500 online study aids to Carolina Law students and faculty? Well, we do! We provide access for the law school community to the online West Study Aids collection which includes study aids from most areas of the law. Starting this academic year, there are some changes to the way you find and use these study aid e-books.
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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Thu. August 25, 2016 9:23 AM
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Criminal Law and Comics

Are you struggling to make heads or tails of criminal law or criminal procedure? Or perhaps you’re looking for a different, nontraditional way to engage with the material? Well, have we got the books for you!


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Wed. April 13, 2016 3:24 PM
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Now in Beta: A New Go-To Source for Federal Law

Earlier this month, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) announced that a new, redesigned and expanded platform – govinfo – will replace FDsys as the go-to source for federal primary law in 2017. The site is available at https://www.govinfo.gov and is now accessible online in beta form, giving researchers the chance to familiarize themselves with the platform and offer feedback to developers. 


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Wed. February 10, 2016 3:02 PM
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Breaking Complaints on Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law has positioned researchers in more than thirty state or federal courts across the country who upload complaints as they are filed with the court. In some cases, you can find complaints that have been filed within the past hour or two! You can find a full list of the courts for which this service is available at Bloomberg Law’s Breaking Complaints Overview site.
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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Tue. February 2, 2016 1:50 PM
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New Database: ProQuest Regulatory Insight

The law library has added a new subscription of materials related to regulatory law that is now available campus-wide. ProQuest Regulatory Insight complements the ProQuest Legislative Insight database by providing collections of federal regulatory materials – such as proposed and final rules and executive orders – that follow from Congressional legislation.


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Wed. January 20, 2016 8:28 AM
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Regulation-Readers, Rejoice!

This week, the U.S. Government Publication Office (GPO) announced that it is planning to digitize every issue of the Federal Register – some 14,587 issues!


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Thu. October 15, 2015 1:22 PM
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Annotate The Law!

Here at the law library, we like to investigate new legal research tools that can help our faculty members and students. In fact, about six weeks ago we wrote about the Casetext platform on the Carolina Blawg and suggested that you try it out. Well, it just so happens that since then the folks at Casetext have introduced a new feature, called LegalPad, which aims to make writing about the law for a public audience more pleasant in a variety of ways.


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Mon. June 22, 2015 2:59 PM
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A Bluebook Summer Playlist

The brand new, hot-off-the-presses 20th Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, arrived at the law library yesterday. It was with equal parts dread and anticipation that the reference staff cracked open the pages of this latest incarnation of the ubiquitous citation manual, looking for substantive changes in the rules. New editions, you see, have been coming out about once every half-decade in recent memory. And when law students are off at internships or summer positions, the librarians prepare themselves to help cite-checkers and others in the upcoming academic year.


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Thu. June 18, 2015 9:46 AM
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