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The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States

edited by Kermit L. Hall

Call Number: 347.73 OXF - Reference Collection, Non-Circulating
Publication Date: 2005


The highly‚Äźacclaimed Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court was first published in 1992, since which time the Supreme Court has continued to write constitutional history. This new edition of the Companion has been fully updated and includes new entries on key cases and full treatment of crucial areas of constitutional law, such as abortion, freedom of religion, school desegregation, freedom of speech, voting rights, military tribunals, and the rights of the accused.


This is an accessible and authoritative guide, essential for judges, lawyers, academics, journalists, and anyone interested in the impact of the Supreme Court's decisions on American society.

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment

by Anthony Lewis

Call Number: 342.730 LEW
Publication Date: 2007

More than any other people on earth, we Americans are free to say and write what we think. The press can air the secrets of government, the corporate boardroom, or the bedroom with little fear of punishment or penalty. This extraordinary freedom results not from America's culture of tolerance, but from fourteen words in the constitution: the free expression clauses of the First Amendment.

In Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Lewis describes how our free-speech rights were created in five distinct areas: political speech, artistic expression, libel, commercial speech, and unusual forms of expression such as T-shirts and campaign spending. It is a story of hard choices, heroic judges, and the fascinating and eccentric defendants who forced the legal system to come face to face with one of America's great founding ideas.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce

by Emily Doskow

Call Number: 346.7301 DOS
Publication Date: May 2018

Divorce is never easy, but with the information in Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, you can make the process as simple, inexpensive, and conflict-free as possible. 

With compassion and expertise, family law attorney Emily Doskow explains how to make divorce less painful by helping you:

  • understand the divorce process
  • minimize day-to-day conflict with your spouse
  • work with lawyers or mediators without breaking the bank
  • avoid costly, exhausting court battles, and
  • stay calm and make good decisions.

You'll learn about your legal rights and options for resolving tough divorce-related issues such as child support and custody, alimony, property division, and drafting a marital settlement agreement.

The 7th edition is completely updated wit the latest state rules on divorce, such as property division and grounds for divorce.

Includes sample forms, agreement templates, state-by-state rule charts, and additional resources.

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions

by Joseph Matthews

Call Number: 344.73 MAT
Publication Date: February 2019

The rules for claiming Social Security benefits have changed. Find out if you can still choose between your own benefits and spousal benefits. Learn this and more with Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions--completely updated for 2019. Figure out how to get retirement, disability, dependents and survivors benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Decide whether it's best to claim benefits early, at full retirement age, or not until you turn 70--and how to time your claims so you and your spouse get the best benefits. Learn how to qualify for and enroll in both programs, including Medicare Part D drug coverage. Compare Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans, and choose what's best for you. Discover when and how to claim the benefits you have earned. What's New in 2019? End of donut hole for brand name prescription drugs ; new Medicare costs and Social Security amounts for 2019, and, new Medicare Advantage features and enrollment. Whether you're looking for yourself or helping a parent, you'll find valuable information here to help get the benefits you've earned.

Every Tenant's Legal Guide

by Janet Portman and Marcia Stewart

Call Number: 346.7304 POR
Publication Date: April 2018

The only book of its kind, Every Tenant's Legal Guide gives you the legal and practical information you need (plus dozens of sample letters and forms) to find and keep a great home and landlord. Learn your rights - whether it comes to pets, guests, deposits, or privacy - including how to:

  • get your landlord to make repairs by using rent withholding or repair-and-deduct
  • avoid disputes with roommates over rent, deposits, guests, and noise
  • fight illegal discrimination, retaliation, or sexual harassment
  • deal with hazards like lead paint, mold, or bedbugs
  • break a lease with minimum liability, and
  • get your security deposit returned on time.

THe 9th edition of Every Tenant's Legal Guide includes the latest laws of your state - from security deposit rules to termination notice requirements. The book also includes expanded sections on tenant rights regarding sublets (including through Airbnb-type services), using marijuana in the rental, and self advertising (how social media can help landlords find you).

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court

by Cara O'Neill

Call Number: 347.732 EVE
Publication Date: March 2018

You don't need a lawyer to win in small claims court - you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart preparation for your day in court can make the difference between receiving a check and writing one.

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court provides the information, tips, and strategies you need to sue someone successfully or put up a winning defense in any state. Find out how to:

  • file and serve papers
  • mediate an out-of-court settlement
  • prepare evidence to support your case
  • decide how much to sue for
  • line up persuasive witnesses
  • present a winning case, and
  • collect money when you win.

The 17th edition includes the latest procedures for small claims courts in every state. You'll also find sample letters, legal forms, and a statute of limitations chart that will help you determine when you must file your case.

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

Call Number: 364.66 STE
Publication Date: 2014-10-21

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.

Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.

One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent.

New York Courts - 9th Judicial District

The 9th Judicial District of New York is responsible for serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. It encompasses all of the village, town, and city courts, family courts, surrogate courts (which oversees affairs like wills and estates), and the state-wide Supreme Courts (which are, somewhat confusingly, trial-level courts with initial jurisdiction over civil and criminal affairs).

The links below will show you how to find the appropriate courts and forms, contact local law libraries, get legal help and guidance, and find information on state law enforcement and criminal statistics.

9th Judicial District Home Page

The official home page for the New York State Unified Court System serving Orange County. Use links on this site to find specific courts, check the calendar and hours of courts, find law libraries, get help, and download official forms.

Court Help

Get legal information and help when representing yourself in court. Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for legal advice.

New York State Criminal Justice Agencies

Search a directory of every law enforcement agency in New York State in order to find their up-to-date contact information.

Legal Information & Help

Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions

Plain English definitions of legal terms and important concepts.

FindLaw - New York State

User-friendly summaries of New York laws as well as citations or links to relevant sections of New York's official online statutes.

Legal Information Institute

Cornell University's Law School works to ensure that everyone can read and understand American law. Explore the United States Law Code, learn about legal topics, and get help finding legal information.

New York Legal Assistance Group

NYLAG fights for fair and equal access to justice for those who need it the most. They have worked since 1990 to provide free legal services and empower communities and individuals struggling with poverty around the state.

Laws and Lawmaking

United States Code

The official online repository of the general and permanent laws of the United States.


The official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Congress.gov contains a complete record of bills and laws, including a timeline of their different versions, as well as all public reports and law library services, the congressional calendar, roll call votes, and video archives.

Supreme Court

The official website for the United States Supreme Court. Find the court's calendar and term information, upcoming cases, and previous opinions.