New Resource in the Library: Hein’s National Survey of State Laws

The library is excited to announce a new addition to the collection: Hein’s National Survey of State Laws in both print and electronic format. The survey focuses on the more controversial and popular legal topics in the United States. The print edition is organized alphabetically by category and then alphabetically by subtopic within the category.

The electronic version is packed with functionality, including the ability to browse laws by category, subtopic, and the ability to browse all previous print editions. Additionally, the electronic version contains a searchable database which includes all previous editions.

Below are a few examples of why a researcher would want to use this resource.

Suppose you want to know what the civil statutes of limitations are on breach of contract for a client who does business in different states. With one click on the topic for “civil statutes of limitations” in the electronic database, you can see this information for all 50 states. What is particularly helpful is that you also get the citation information for each statute.
Perhaps you are a faculty member doing research on capital punishment and want to see what states have a death penalty statute and what language variations exist between the statutes. Furthermore, you might want to know any changes in the statute language over a period of time. A researcher can easily see this information by viewing previous editions of the survey which are readily accessible within the topic.
This resource is not only a tremendous time saver but also offers an easy to navigate platform to gather needed information.

To browse other electronic resources you can access through the Charlotte School of Law Library, check out our ResearchGuide Going Digital: Electronic Research Resources. And, as always, contact the LUX desk if you have any questions or need any assistance!

Holmes and Jobs: Lessons for and about Charlotte School of Law

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. noted that “[t]he best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919)(Holmes, J., dissenting). Coupled with his observation “that time has upset many fighting faiths,” Justice Holmes illuminated the path that new ideas typically must travel as they vie for acceptance and predominance. Implicit in this premise is the understanding that the viability and utility of an idea are measured not by the moment but over the course of time.

Charlotte School of Law, in the most fundamental sense, is an idea. It is an idea whose time came because of legal education’s slow response to the dramatic changes that are transforming the legal profession. The model for what became Charlotte School of Law was conceptualized and developed by legal educators who have responded to the legal profession’s plea for law schools to become more closely aligned with the new realities of law practice. What has emerged is an institution more centered on facilitating student success, enabling professional readiness, and providing opportunities for qualified students who too often have been denied opportunity due to a perverse obsession with an increasingly outmoded ranking system. Our mission has attracted the support and engagement of recognized leaders in legal education and the legal profession.

Professor Bill Henderson (recognized by National Jurist as the second most influential person in legal education) has observed that, as most law schools struggle to adapt to new market realities, leadership in legal education is “up for grabs.” Schools that best adapt invariably will capture the mantle of leadership for the 21st Century (which, incidentally, is our mission). Noting that new leadership in legal education will emerge within the next two decades, Professor Henderson has characterized us as “people who could make a difference.”

As we pursue our mission of leadership through change, it is worth recalling Steve Jobs’ observation that “people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Our objective is to change not the entire world but the world of legal education. The path for change leadership is not a straight line or without its speed bumps or setbacks. New ideas also encounter resistance and detractors. The reason that our “idea” ultimately will prevail in the “competition of the market” is because it represents what the market itself has been demanding. As judgment becomes increasingly informed about us, and so long as we maintain the courage of our convictions and commitment to continuous improvement, some of today’s “fighting faiths” will become unsettled. It will be these developments over the course of time, as opposed to any given moment, that establish our leadership and consequent appreciation in the value of the education we provide.