CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES LAW GUIDE
This guide was prepared for students working in the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program although some of the resources may be useful to others doing civil rights and liberties law research.
Civil Rights and Liberties law covers many areas including the right to be free from unequal treatment based upon race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age and the basic rights and freedoms that are guaranteed in the Constituion and Bill of Rights, as interpreted by the courts and laws. This guide introduces some important resources for civil rights and liberties law and information on how to find additional materials particular to the legal problem you are researching. Where appropriate this guide links to other guides prepared for the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program or by the Moakley Law Library.
Moakley Law Library Catalog
For additional information on finding general resources, see the Pro Bono Program General Resources Guide
Civil Rights Actions / Joseph G. Cook
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983 / Sheldon H. Mahmod
Search and Seizure: A Treatise on the Fourth Amendment / Wayne R. LaFave
Treatise on Constitutional Law / Ronald D. Rotunda
Criminal Procedure / Wayne R. LaFave
Employment Discrimination / Lex K. Larson
Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination Law / Allison Kaplan Romantz
Employment Discrimination in Massachusetts / Richard R. Alfred
Representing Clients Before teh MCAD in Employment Cases / Mark W. Batten
MCAD Mock Trial: Race and Sex Discrimination and Retaliation / Ellen J. Messing
MDLR/Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter
Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities / Stanley J. Eichner and Christine M. Griffin, Editors
Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual / Hon. Robert H. Bohn, Jr., editor
Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Forms / Hon. Robert H. Bohn, Jr., editor
Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual / Cathleen L. Bennett, et al, editors
Criminal Practice and Procedure / Kent B. Smith
Legal Tactics: Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts Private Housing / editor, Annette R. Duke; authors, Dick Bauer ... [et al.]
Law Reserve KFM2517.Z9 L44 2008
Available online at: http://www.masslegalhelp.org/housing/legal-tactics1
Legal Tactics: Finding Public and Subsidized Housing, Public Housing / editors, Amy E. Cooperman & Annette R. Duke
Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries:
The Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries have guides in many areas of law that include online resources, links to forms, and other helpful sources. The following guides cover a number of areas of interest:
Mass Legal Help - Housing
This web site includes self-help forms, sample letters, booklets, handbooks, and a FAQ section.
National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter
American Civil Liberties Union, of Massachusetts
Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC: Facts About Race/Color Discrimination
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Housing Discrimination
Links to Massachusetts and Federal statutes are to free sources of law. These sources may not be updated frequently and are unannotated.
Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, M.G.L. Chap. 12 Sec. 11H-11J
Discrimination in Employment, M.G.L. Chap. 151B Sec. 1-10
U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title 42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000a through 200a-6
Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights, Title 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983
Equal Employment Opportunities, Title 42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000e
Employment Discrimination: An Overview (Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute [LII])
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended, Title 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101, et seq.
The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3631 (prohibits discrimination in housing rentals)
42 U.S.C. 1404a-1440 (Low Income Housing)
*Note: Westlaw and Lexis are subscription databases with limited availability. Other databases or resources may only be available to members of the Suffolk community or from computers at the Law Library.
If you have questions or comments, please email: Ellen V. Delaney, Reference Librarian.
Created: June 18, 2010. Last Updated May 4, 2012.
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