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Energy and Environmental Law Research Guide

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
  • provides free access to legislative history, bill tracking, treaties, and other congressional documents.


Federal 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 via 

The following Code of Federal Regulation titles are notable for their focus on climate change issues.

Federal Agencies & Adjudication

Many federal agencies establish rules and regulations related to energy and environmental 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:

Agency Decisions and Rulings can be found online through government websites or legal databases:

Federal 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:

Court Briefs and Dockets

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)


PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records): Federal court dockets and some court documents are available in PACER. Use requires a PACER password; Emory law students should see a reference librarian about using PACER.  Since PACER is not keyword searchable, start with a docket number. There are fees for using PACER.

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