United States Code
While most laws governing adoptions are state-specific, additional federal statutes may also address domestic, international, and other adoption-related legal issues. The United States Code, United States Code Annotated and United States Code Service, in print, are arranged by subject and located on the 3rd floor of MacMillan Law Library.
Online access is also available through Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. Free online access to the United States Code is available via govinfo, Cornell LII, and the U.S. House - Office of the Law Revision Counsel.
The United States Code with topics related to climate change includes:
Notable Federal Statues related to climate change include:
Federal Legislation - Legislative History
For an in-depth understanding of the Congressional legislative process, check out Emory Law's Legislative History guide.
For general bill tracking, congressional hearings, committee reports, and other legislative proceedings and documents, take a look at the following sources:
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) is the official compilation of Georgia law. As an annotated code, the O.C.G.A. is an excellent resource for important judicial decisions and law reviews. Laws can also be found in the unofficial West’s Code of Georgia Annotated. The O.C.G.A (Lexis) and West’s Code of Georgia Annotated are available in print and located at MacMillan Law Library in the King and Spalding Room, 3rd floor.
Georgia's laws governing climate change include but are not limited to the following O.C.G.A. titles:
To review current or past Georgia legislation, bill tracking, and house and senate votes, visit the Georgia General Assembly online. Georgia Laws, the compilation of Georgia’s session laws (the Acts & Resolutions of the Georgia General Assembly), is a multi-volume set and is available in print at MacMillan Law Library in the King and Spalding Room, 3rd floor.
Georgia’s session laws are also available online through:
Federal Administrative Law
The following Code of Federal Regulation titles are notable for their focus on climate change issues.
Georgia Administrative Law
The Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia is the compilation of state agencies’ rules and regulations, including those related to juvenile justice. Georgia's rules may be accessed in print or online. While the print version does not have an index, online versions are searchable by the chapter or rule number, popular name or by agency. The official looseleaf print version is located in the King and Spalding Room, 3rd floor of the MacMillan Law Library. Free access is available to the unofficial online version from the Secretary of State’s website.
Georgia rules and regulations are also accessible via
Many federal agencies are involved in establishing rules and regulations related to energy, environment, and climate change law. The following agencies are generally involved in issues of climate change, energy, and environmental law, though the list is not exhaustive:
Many agencies also have adjudicatory powers. The following agencies provide administrative decisions and guidance related to climate change:
U.S. Supreme Court cases are published in the official U.S. Reports and the Supreme Court Reporter. Georgia is located in the 11th Circuit and cases arising from federal law can be found in print federal reporters, along with other appellate court opinions published in the Federal Reporter and selected district court decisions published in the Federal Supplement.
U.S. Supreme Court and federal reporters are located on the 3rd floor of MacMillan Law Library. Court opinions are available online at HeinOnline (U.S. Reports collection), Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law.
Free online access to Supreme and appellate court decisions is also available, and includes the following:
Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases are reported in the official Georgia Reports and Georgia Appeals Reports, respectively. Georgia appellate court decisions can also be found in West’s Georgia Cases and the South Eastern Reporter. Print versions of the aforementioned reporters, except the South Eastern Reporter, are located at MacMillan Law Library in the King and Spalding Room, 3rd floor. The South Eastern Reporter is located on the 3rd floor, core 2.
Online access is available through Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. Free online access is also available through:
Federal court briefs are generally the easiest court documents to access but there are still limitations. The following are commercial and freely available resources providing access to briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, other Federal Courts and State Courts.
Court Dockets provide an index of all filings in a given case. Most courts at all levels now have some type of online docket presence. For state courts, the court's web site may be your best bet for docket information. However, for the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Courts, there are other options.
As for oral arguments of cases, the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court with an online presence in this area.
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