Federal Law – Information & Resources


The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence
Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the
Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from
only two states were at first present, the members adjourned
from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained
on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear
by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles,
the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of
government and law. All through the summer, in closed sessions,
the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of
the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue
were how much power to allow the central government,
how many representatives in Congress to allow each state,
and how these representatives should be elected directly
by the people or by the state legislators.

How many courts of appeals are there?
Q: How many district courts are there?

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Federal Agencies

of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
is a
law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of
the Treasury whose unique responsibilities include protecting
the public and reducing violent crime by enforcing Federal
laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco products,
firearms, explosives, and arson.
Enforcement Administration
for news about the
latest statistics on drug use and abuse, including state-by-state
trends, innovative new programs in fighting addiction,
and to find out what Congress is doing in the fight
against drugs.
Bureau of Investigation
for the latest news
on the war against terrorism and FBI’s most wanted.
Bureau of Prisons
National Institute of Corrections
Department of Justice
for the latest homeland
security news, alerts, threats, or for emergency planning
Marshals Service
is responsible for providing
protection for the federal judiciary, transporting federal
prisoners, protecting endangered federal witnesses and
managing assets seized from criminal enterprises.

Code of Federal Regulations

(Rules made
by federal agencies and executive departments)

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U.S. Code

the U.S. Code, which is a consolidation and
codification by subject matter of the general and
permanent laws of the United States
the U.S. Code
at Cornell Law School

U.S. Constitution

work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model
of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

the Constitution
– find out about its history
and interpretation, as well as the history and interpretation
of other historical documents
the Constitution
– read the Constitution
the Bill of Rights
– read the Bill of Rights