NEW BOOK: Weather and Climate Law: A Legal Research Guide

Legal Research Guides, New Book Breanne Callahan

  • A one-of-a-kind legal reference guide on primary state and federal weather-related issues
  • A must-have title for all lawyers and laypeople addressing legal matters caused by extreme climate conditions
  • Includes valuable secondary sources related to weather and climate

About This Title

Weather and law. These two matters may appear unrelated, but they’re not. Peoples’ problems caused by weather is where the law comes into play.

Take, for example, extreme hot or cold temperature conditions—the law might forbid eviction or place a moratorium on utility shutoffs for gas, electricity or water. Another example is road, highway, or sidewalk conditions where snow or ice have rendered roadways or walkways dangerous. Who is responsible for cleaning or de-icing, or if an accident happens? Laws, both statutory and case, address these matters.

In addition to state and local laws, federal laws also address weather- and climate-related matters, such as rebuilding after a weather disaster, and protecting health and welfare in the workplace, whether an employee is working inside a building without air conditioning on a hot day or working outdoors in sub-zero temperatures. Federal laws as well as federal agency regulations and policies protect peoples’ lives during extreme weather events.

This guide surveys the cases, statutes, regulations, agencies, and organizations dealing with weather and sets out the resources required for the layperson and lawyer alike researching these issues pertaining to weather and the law.


About the Author

Carol A. Fichtelman is an attorney and legal editor/writer based in St. Louis. She received her B.A. in History at Ohio State University and her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. Licensed to practice law in Michigan, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Missouri, she worked as a Staff Attorney for Monroe County Legal Services in Michigan and for Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, D.C. In addition, she served as an Elder Law Advocate for nursing home residents in Virginia, before moving to Missouri where she became Managing Attorney and Director of the Pension Benefits Project. Her experience practicing law consisted chiefly of advising older adults of their rights to pension and government benefits, including: Black Lung; ERISA and pension benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security; and veterans’ benefits. As a writer/editor for legal publishers, she has written legal research guides and monographs on such legal issues as: elder law rights; nursing home rights of residents in long-term care facilities; Medicare home health benefit rights; age discrimination employment issues; veterans’ benefits for the elderly; and claiming pension benefits and tracking a lost pension.

This title is Fichtelman’s fifth volume in Hein’s Legal Research Guides series. She’s also written Prisoners’ Rights (2017), Right to Be Forgotten (2018), Drones (2019), and Campaign Finance Law (2020).

Weather and Climate Law:
A Legal Research Guide*

Legal Research Guides, Volume 85
Carol A. Fichtelman, Esq.
Item #: 1006972
ISBN: 978-0-8377-4142-0
Pages: xix, 70p. (90p. total)
1 Volume, perfect bound…….$91.00
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2021

*Standing order customers automatically receive this title

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