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LAW 624S - Climate Change Law (Prof. Nevitt - Spring 2024)

Federal Statutes & Legislation

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 Servicein print, are arranged by subject and located on the 3rd floor of MacMillan Law Library. 

Online access is also available through LexisWestlaw, and Bloomberg Law.  Free online access to the United States Code is available via govinfoCornell 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:

  • ProQuest Congressional: Emory-subscription access available to Emory students, faculty and staff.  PQ Congressional provides full-text federal congressional documents, including House and Senate reports, legislative histories, hearings and other congressional documents.
  • Hein Online: Emory-subscription provides compiled legislative histories, the history of Congressional Bills and Resolutions through the Congressional Record Daily, and subject-specific legislative histories. 
  • govinfo: The Government Printing Office’s digital library which provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and federal agencies. It is a great free resource for searching legislative history, presidential documents, the United States Code, the Federal Register, and the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Congress.gov: provides free access to legislative history, bill tracking, treaties, and other congressional documents.

Georgia Statutes & Legislation

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. 

Online access is available through Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.  Free online access is available through:

Georgia's laws governing climate change include but are not limited to the following O.C.G.A. titles: 

Georgia Legislation

To review current or past Georgia legislation, bill tracking, and house and senate votes, visit the Georgia General Assembly online.   Georgia Lawsthe 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:

Rules and Regulations

Federal Administrative Law

The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) are located in print on the 3rd floor of MacMillan Law Library.  Both are also accessible online:

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 

Case Law

Federal Cases

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 Cases

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:

Dockets and Oral Arguments Online

Briefs Online

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.

See also LLRX Guide to Finding Briefs and Court Documents

Court Dockets 

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.

  • Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law all provide (limited) docket information.  
  • U.S. Supreme Court website (current and prior term)
  • United States Law Week, a publication from Bloomberg BNA, includes docket information, case opinions and news related to the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. 
  • PACER is the case management system for the Federal Court system. Briefs, along with other case materials, dockets and calendars can be accessed using this fee-based system.  Coverage is generally limited to the early 2000-present.

As for oral arguments of cases, the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court with an online presence in this area.

  • U.S. Supreme Court website (2000-present with both audio and transcripts)
  • Oyez (IIT Chicago Kent College of Law; recordings and other documents; 1972-present)

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