California Administrative Law: A Legal Research Guide

Legal Research Guides, New Book Breanne Callahan

  • Practical step-by-step guide for tracking proposed regulations, locating administrative decisions, and researching California regulatory history tasks
  • Learn how to quickly and effectively retrieve hard-to-find materials available only in print and microfiche
  • Perfect for law librarians, attorneys, and law students researching California regulations, administrative decisions, and other materials

About This Title

California administrative law research can baffle new associates and experienced librarians alike. Sources are scattered across websites, print, and microfiche, with many major sources available only by contacting the state archives or finding a library with enough foresight to purchase duplicate print copies. Publications disappear, reappear, and change names frequently, usually due to short-term political scuffles rather than careful long-term planning.

This guide aims to cut through the chaos by providing background and practical tips for researching California administrative law. Part II provides an overview of the history of California administrative law, emphasizing the legislative reforms and political struggles that have shaped the rulemaking and administrative adjudication processes and the often confusing array of administrative materials. Part III explains how to access and use current California regulations, including where to find them and how to use them in print and on Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and free websites. Part IV explains how regulations are made, how to track proposed regulations, and how to compile comprehensive regulatory histories. Part V describes how to locate other types of administrative materials, with an emphasis on administrative decisions. Finally, Part VI provides a bibliography of additional materials both for those seeking more in-depth information on specific areas of California administrative law and for those seeking more basic introductions to administrative law research.

About the Author

Caitlin Hunter is a Reference Librarian and International and Foreign Law Librarian at William M. Rains Law Library, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Denver. Before attending law school, she worked for a lobbyist in Sacramento, attending meetings of California administrative agencies and tracking proposed California regulations and legislation.

California Administrative Law:
A Legal Research Guide*
Legal Research Guides Series, volume 75
Item #:
ISBN: 978-0-8377-4088-1
Pages: xix, 67p.
1 Volume, perfect bound…….$79.00
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2019

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