Statutory Research Practice Exercise #2 – Dacia’s Answer

1. Find the 2010 Statute Providing Consumer Financial Protection (a) Search terms: Consumer, Financial, Protection (b) This search was not useful as an index search because it produced many irrelevant results. More importantly, there was no way to know whether a result was from 2010 because the U.S. Code is organized topically, not by date.…

Authorship

This introductory text incorporates Dana Neacsu‘s Introduction to US Law and Legal Research (2005, 2011), as well as homework assignments of Dana’s former PRATT students Dacia Cocariu, J.D., Megan Roberts, J.D., and Andrew White,

Completing Administrative Law Research

Updating a federal regulation digitally free-of-charge has never been easier. For example, you can consult the digital List of Parts Effected to learn whether a change has been made to a federal regulation since the annual edition of the Code of Federal Regulations was last published. As mentioned earlier, all CFR volumes are issued each year in sets on a staggered, quarterly…

How to Locate Specific Primary Sources of Administrative Law

If you understand the piece of legal information you are searching for, its role and how it is published, then you will have no problems locating it, especially if you follow the following mechanical steps. Finding an administrative regulation when you know its citation If your task is to find a specific regulation when you…

Repositories of Administrative Law

Federal Repositories of Administrative Rules For almost a century, administrative law research has been possible because in 1935, Congress passed the Federal Register Act, c. 417, 49 Stat. 500 (1935) which required all federal agencies to timely publish their regulations. Since then, federal administrative rules and regulations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents,…

Introduction to Administrative Law Research: Researching Administrative Rulemaking (Rules) and Administrative Adjudication (Decisions)

Agencies entrusted with lawmaking activities by their enabling statute can act as if they were mini legislative bodies. The number of administrative agencies continues to rise as the complexity of running a government has increased. Today, there are 429 federal agencies, whose listing is easily accessible online. Some of them work as independent agencies and government corporations.Others functions…

Completing Case Law Research

As you know by now, the U.S. legal system consists of dynamic norms which reflect social-economic changes as well as our changing mores. Like with statutory law, the final research step for case law research is making sure that subsequent law — statutes or court decisions — has not affected what you have deemed to be…

Researching Case Law

Finding the binding authority can be a daunting task, and that is why you may want to find it in many ways, so by coming across the same case over and over you can validate your finding. Often researchers find the seminal relevant case from secondary sources. Many times they find it by going to…

Finding cases by citation 

The steps to find cases identified by their citation are the following: 1. First, make sure that you have a correct, or at least a proper citation. Use the Bluebook, now in its 19th edition, to identify all available case law repositories. It lists abbreviations for the reporters which cover the United States Supreme Court…