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Search for Environmental Law Cases using Westlaw

In WestlawNext, go to "Practice Areas" and choose "Energy and Environment":

On the right-hand side of your screen, click on "Cases."

Then search for cases using the search bar.  You can also narrow your search by limiting the jurisdiction to only a specific state's cases.  Finally, press the "search" button.


West Key Number System

Cases in Reporters are published in chronological order, so without a case citation it is difficult to locate a case.  Thus, a digest is used to locate cases by subject.  Over 400 subjects called “Topics” are divided into subtopics.  These subtopics are each assigned a classification number called a “Key Number.” For each case, West creates paragraphs summarizing the key legal issues in the opinion. These paragraphs are assigned a Topic and Key Number, and are called “Headnotes.”  

For a step-by-step explanation on how to use the West Key Number System, visit the tap in this LibGuide entitled "Topical Resources in Westlaw."

Search for Environmental Law Cases using LexisAdvance

In LexisAdvance, click on "Practice Area or Industry" and select "Environmental Law."

Limit your search to cases.




Federal case law is reported in the Federal Reporter and the Federal Supplement. United States Supreme Court cases are reported in the U.S. Reports, the Supreme Court Reporter, and the Lawyers Edition. All of these reporters are available in electronic format.

  • Federal Reporter - Available on Lexis or Westlaw
  • Federal Supplement - Available on Lexis or Westlaw
  • U.S. Reports - Available on HeinOnline. Remember, you need a username and password.  If you have any questions or need any further help, please contact any librarian or visit the Circulation/Reference Desk.
  • United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyer’s Edition) - Available on Lexis

To find the reporters in the McKusick Law Library:

  • The U.S. Reports and Supreme Court Reporter are available in print on the main floor of the law library.
  • The Federal Reporter 2d and 3d and Federal Supplement and Federal Supplement 2d are available in print on the main floor of the law library.



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