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This Library Guide includes pages about law, legal studies, political science, and current events related to law and government. Click on the tabs above to explore library resources and reliable internet sources. See also the Constitutional Freedoms LibGuide.
Law in the News
The Revised Citizenship Test
"Applicants for naturalization who are required to take the 2020 version of the civics test will need to study 128 questions about American government and history."
Topics in 2020
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on originalism: "... the position that the original public meaning of the Constitution is the law."-Amy C. Barrett, & John C. Nagle, Congressional Originalism, 19 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1 (2016). Available at: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/jcl/vol19/iss1/1
Legal originalism is not the same as literal interpretation, according to two professors at Villanova University.
The Electoral College Explained: why the U.S. President is not elected directly by the citizens.
SCOTUSblog: Amy Coney Barrett
A detailed biography and judicial analysis of the judge nominated to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Rules Against Longer CensusTime
The official ruling, in Justice Sotomayor's words, in which "the Court stays a preliminary injunction requiring the Census Bureau to follow the data collection plan the agency once described as necessary to avoid 'risking significant impacts on data quality'."
Coronavirus and COVID-19
Reports from the Congressional Research Service
Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States
"Focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present. Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation." Published by MacMillan Reference.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020
An article from the Associated Press news service.
Living Originalism by
Publication Date: 2011
Yale law professor Balkin synthesizes two dominant interpretations of the US Constitution, originalism and living constitutionalism.
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment by
Call Number: KF5082 .F44 2014, at Watson
Publication Date: 2013
The 25th Amendment regulates the succession of the presidency when the current holder is unable to perform its duties.