Historical Volumes Of The United States Code – Federal Legislative History Internet Source

Historical United States Code volumes available online

The Library of Congress is making available online the collection of historical volumes of the United States Code, both main volumes and supplements.  The earliest volume was published in 1926 and covers the laws which were in force as of December 7, 1925.  The collection continues through the supplements to the 1988 edition.

The United States Code is a compilation of the general and permanent laws of the United States, arranged by subject.  Prior to the first edition’s publication, the only codification of laws was in the Revised Statutes of the United States.  The second edition was published 1934 and thereafter main editions have been published every six years with annual cumulative supplements in between.

The collection is both searchable and browseable.  To browse the collection, begin at //www.loc.gov/law/help/us-code.php and click on the year for the edition of the code.  From there, select the title, and then sort the results set or narrow the search by using the facets on the left-hand side.  Full-text searching of the collection is also available via the search platform, and the results can then be narrowed by facets as well.

This version of the United States Code does not include the annotations that are provided by commercial publishers in their respective series –  Thompson Reuters’ United State Code Annotated or Lexis’ United States Code Service.

More information about this new resource is available on the Library of Congress’ In Custodia Legis page.


One Of The Many Dedicated Volunteers For Alameda County’s Lawyers In The Library Program

One of the many dedicated attorney volunteers for Alameda County’s Lawyers in the Library program – Ted Stalcup

We have recently heard from a staff member at the Pleasanton Public Library.  She wanted to be sure that ACLL gave a hat tip to an attorney – Ted Stalcup – who regularly stops by their library to meet with patrons seeking free legal advice offered as part of their Lawyers in the Library sessions. 

We, here at Alameda County Law Library, know Ted as one of the many dedicated volunteer attorneys who staff the Alameda County Lawyers in the Library program.  Volunteers provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues.  These consultations take place at East Bay public libraries on a rotating basis throughout the month.  The Lawyers in the Library program is an important step in our library’s mission of providing access to justice to its community.

For more information about the Lawyers in the Library program including volunteer opportunities, please contact Emily at ACLL at emily.bergfeld@acgov.org or call the Reference Desk at (510) 208-4832.

Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession – MCLE – January 23, 2018

Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession

MCLE, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Noon to 1:00 pm

Speaker: David Mann, Northern CA Consultant, The Other Bar

$25.00 advance registration, $35.00 day of event

Mann approaches this very serious topic in a manner that incorporates humor and irony and invites attorneys to engage in a bit of sometimes much-needed self-reflection. He incorporates his own situation as a case study of an addict.

Online registration at ACLL’s secured Eventbrite site – http://tinyurl.com/yckr8x9r

Copy of the full flyer –

Parentage Law: Jeopardy, Bachelor in Paradise, or Father Knows Best? – MCLE – January 18

Parentage Law: Jeopardy, Bachelor in Paradise, or Father Knows Best?

MCLE Thursday, January 18 from Noon to 2:00 pm

2 hours Participatory MCLE credits

Register online at ACLL’s secure site – http://tinyurl.com/yb37alul

Download program flyer – http://www.acgov.org/law/2018_012018_ParantageLaw_flyer_draft.pdf

California Cases – Online and Free – Lexis Advance

California Official Reports website

Anyone who regularly researches California appellate cases should have the Lexis Advance California Official Reports site bookmarked in their internet browser.  This is a free internet website that allows a researcher to retrieve the text of California appellate decisions.  The site has recently been re-formatted by Lexis.  The publisher has added to the screen its Big Red search box as found on the screens of the subscription version of Lexis Advance.  Lexis provides this free, limited service as part of its contractual relationship with the California courts.

Searching on this site does not have all the capabilities that a full Lexis subscription offers.  Keywords searching is available.  But, by knowing a few search tips beforehand (no information is available on the public site) you can limit your search results to a more manageable file.

  • Know the name of one of the parties?   Use name search shorthand.   name(levi)
  • Use phrase searching.  yellow w/2 cab  The “w/” stands for “within” and the number for the number of words between the keywords
  • or even  name(yellow w/2 cab)
  • Have a sense of the date of the opinion?  Use the date shorthand with the keywords.   and =2017   or    and  <2015  (before 2015)   or    and >2009  (after 2009)

  You can be more specific with a date and a keyword.

Here is an example:

will return one case from 2017 with a named party “Levi”

Need more up-to-date resources?

This public resource should be viewed as a repository of opinions.  The database is not current.  It is only updated monthly.  Opinions are available through the site within 60 days.

You can search for the more recent opinions on the official California courts site but searching capabilities are limited.  No keyword searching.

To obtain electronic copies of recent unpublished decisions use  –  http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions-nonpub.htm

  • Unpublished or “non-citable” opinions are opinions that are not certified for publication in Official Reports and generally may not be cited or relied on by other courts or parties in other actions (see California Rules of Court, rule 8.1115).

To obtain more recent electronic copies of recently published decisions  – http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions-slip.htm

  • Published or “citable” opinions of the appellate courts are opinions ordered published in the Official Reports, and may be cited or relied on by other courts and parties.

Here is the message from the free case site from Lawrence W. Striley, Reporter of Decisions for the California appellate courts.  The Reporter of Decisions is responsible for supervising the preparation of more than 12,000 California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal opinions each year, including opinions published in both the Official California Reports and the Official California Appellate Reports as well as unpublished opinions posted on the judicial branch’s California Courts Web site.




Last Minute Reminder

The holidays are here.

If you will be busy doing your last minute shopping online, can we remind you to shop at smile.amazon.com and increase Alameda County Law Library‘s AmazonSmile donations?

Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6000109 and Amazon donates to Alameda County Law Library.

Thank you for your support throughout the year.