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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

September 2006

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: Can I get a list of recent Supreme Court decisions related to Labor Law?

Answer: Yes, and from a resource that's pretty close to home. The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a non-profit activity of Cornell Law School that provides, among other resources, all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance. These cases are searchable by topic, author, or party, so a list of recent Supreme Court decisions regarding labor is just a click away.

Another feature of LII is Wex, a collaboratively built, freely available legal dictionary and encyclopedia. In its creators' own words, Wex "is intended for a broad audience of people we refer to as 'law novices' — which at one time or another describes practically everyone, even law students and lawyers entering new areas of law." As such, it's an excellent starting point for labor law research. It's even organized by topic, so you can cut right to the chase.

Cornell University provides access to two other resources that can prove useful for legal research: Westlaw Campus and Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. Patrons working from within Ives Hall also gain access to the BNA Labor and Employment Law Library, the BNA Workplace Law Report, the CCH Internet Research Network, and the Lexis-Nexis ILR Menu (which requires a training session to use properly, but is well worth the time).

All these and more can be found through Catherwood Library's Labor and Employment Law Subject Guide (a worthy bookmark for those with a penchant for labor law research).

— Researched by James DelRosso