***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***
Resources for Professor Mandelker's
Environmental & Land Use Litigation Seminar
by Dorie Bertram, Director of Public Services and Lecturer in Law
Technical Note: Links may require your LexisNexis or Westlaw passwords
Legislation & Ballot Measures
(Federal, State & Local)
List from the Castle Coalition
Construction and Application of "Public Use" Restriction in Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause--United States Supreme Court Cases, 10 A.L.R. Fed.2d 407
What constitutes "blighted area" within urban renewal and redevelopment statutes, 45 A.L.R.3d 1096
Jan G. Laitos, Law of Property Rights Protection: Limitations on Governmental Powers. [Law LC Collection KF5599 .L28 1998]
Brian W. Blaesser, Alan C. Weinstein and Daniel R. Mandelker, Federal Land Use Law and Litigation.
2005 ed. [Law LC Collection KF5698 .F43 2005]
2006 ed. [Law LC Collection KF5698 .F43 2006]
Online via Westlaw: Database Identifier FEDLANDLAW
Philip Nichols. Nichols on Eminent Domain.
Online via LexisNexis. Source Path:
Legal > Secondary Legal > Matthew Bender(R) > By Area of Law > Real Estate >Nichols on Eminent Domain
In addition to keyword searching, try the following subject headings:
- Dedication to Public Use
- Economic Development
- Eminent Domain
- Right of Property
In addition to keyword searching, try the following subject headings:
- Eminent Domain (Law)
- Kelo v. City of New London
- Public Use
- Property Rights
Remember that running your primary sources through a citator is an important step in your research process. Citators will:
- verify that your case or statute is still good law
- expand your research
- find other relevant primary sources
- find secondary sources
Try running Kelo through Shepard's and/or KeyCite.
Keycite tip: Once you KeyCite 545 U.S. 469, select "Citing References" from the left hand frame. Then use the "Limit KeyCite Display" button towards the bottom of the screen.
Shepard's tip: Once you Shepardize 545 U.S. 469, click on the "FOCUS - Restrict By" link to limit your results.
Organizations Working on Eminent Domain Issues
- Institute for Justice
- Castle Coalition: Citizens Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse
|Title||Legal writing in a nutshell / by Lynn Bahrych, Marjorie Dick Rombauer.|
|Published||St. Paul, Minn. : Thomson/West, 2003.|
|[Law Library Reserve KF250 .S68 2003]
See Ch. 9, "Argumentative Memoranda and Persuasive Writing"
|Author||Re, Edward Domenic|
|Title||Brief writing & oral argument / by Edward D. Re and Joseph R. Re.|
|Published||Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Oceana Publications, 1999.|
|[Law Library Reserve KF251 .R4 1999]|
|Author||Aldisert, Ruggero J.|
|Title||Winning on appeal : better briefs and oral argument / by Ruggero J. Aldisert.|
|Published||Notre Dame, Ind. : National Institute for Trial Advocacy, c2003.|
|[Law Library Reserve KF9050 .A935 2003]|
|Author||Oates, Laurel Currie|
|Title||The legal writing handbook : analysis, research, and writing / Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist, Kelly Kunsch.|
|Published||New York : Aspen Law & Business, c2002.|
[Law Library Reserve KF250 .O18 2002]
See Ch. 9 "Writing an Appellate Brief"
TITLE: Some random thoughts on brief writing.
AUTHOR: Kapelke, Robert J.
Publication Date: January 2003. Page: 29-26.
32 Colo. Law. 29
TITLE: Appellate brief writing in the Eighth Circuit. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit).
AUTHOR: Owens, Dennis. Publication Date: March-April 2001. Page: 75(10).
57 J. Mo. B. 75
TITLE: Judges on briefing: a national survey.
AUTHOR: Garner, Bryan A. Publication Date: Annual 2001. Page: 1-34.
8 Scribes J. Legal Writing 1
TITLE: Wisdom's idiosyncrasies. (transcript of Judge John Minor Wisdom's grammatical preferences for legal writing taken from a May 31, 1990 manuscript) (Transcript).
AUTHOR: Wisdom, John Minor. Publication Date: April 2000. Page: 1273.
109 Yale L.J. 1273
TITLE: Pursuing quality: writing a helpful brief. (Appellate Law in the New Millennium: Bridging Theoretical Foundation with Practical Application).
AUTHOR: Duncan, Sarah B. Publication Date: Summer 1999. Page: 1093-1136.
30 St. Mary's L.J. 1093
TITLE: Points to ponder before writing your next appellate brief.
AUTHOR: Walsh, Michael G. Publication Date: June 1998. Page: 15(10).
44 Prac. Law. 15
TITLE: The art of writing a really bad brief.
AUTHOR: Weis, Joseph F., Jr. Publication Date: October 1996. Page: 39(2).
43 Fed. Law. 39
TITLE: The art of persuasive legal writing: briefs come alive when every word sings to the reader.
AUTHOR: McElhaney, James W. Publication Date: January 1996. Page: 76(2).
82 A.B.A. J. 76
TITLE: Hints on writing law court briefs from some people who read them.
AUTHOR: Carnathan, Sean T.; Kemble, Karen T. Publication Date: September 1994. Page: 318(6).
9 Me. B.J. 318
1. Briefs on Microfiche
We have a collection of Supreme Court Records and Briefs on microfiche. This includes the Applications for Writ of Certiorari, Briefs and Amicus Curiae Briefs.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Finding Records and Briefs on Microfiche/Microfilm
2. Briefs Online
Briefs on Westlaw
Legal briefs on Westlaw include briefs, joint appendices and petitions for certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court (1976 to the present and selected coverage back to 1871), U.S. Court of Appeals (selected coverage from 1976 to the present). Briefs from several states including California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania are among a growing list of state filings. Some Trial Court, District Court, and Bankruptcy Court Filings, including motions and pleadings, have been added to the Westlaw menus.
You'll find direct links to legal briefs from cases in Westlaw. Relevant legal briefs are also listed in the KeyCite® references for any case you cite.
Full text Briefs and Amicus Curiae Briefs are available on Westlaw (Database SCT-BRIEF) and on Lexis/Nexis (Source: US Supreme Court Briefs). The advantage here is that you can word search the briefs (e.g., all briefs containing the term "NEPA").
|Database Name: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Database Identifier: SCT-BRIEF-ALL
|Source Name: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Source Locator: Area of Law - By Topic > Litigation > Cases > Trial Transcripts & Briefs > U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
|Database Name: United States Court of Appeals Briefs
Database Identifier: CTA-BRIEF
|Database Name: All State Briefs
Database Identifier: (STATE-BRIEF-ALL)
|Database Name: Briefs Multibase
Database Identifier: BRIEF-ALL
(combination of the three databases above)
|Source Name: Brief Reporter
Source Locator: Area of Law - By Topic > Litigation > Cases > Trial Transcripts & Briefs > Brief Reporter
(Brief Reporter publishes legal briefs obtained from attorneys throughout the country. Currently over 5,000 briefs are available online.)
If you need any additional research assistance, you can contact me at 935-6484, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my office in Room 455G in the Library.
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