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NUR6170: Legal Issues for School Nurses: Federal Legal Resources

This guide provides links to federal and state legal resources relevant to this course.

Federal Legal Resources in Nexis Uni

Similar to searching Nexis Uni  for NJ Legal resources, you want to use the Guided Search feature to search for federal cases.  


  • To locate statutes, search for United States Code. This will allow you to just search for federal legislation.  Enter your search terms and view your results. The table of contents feature in the USCS is very helpful. 
  • For codes (regulations), search for the Code of Federal Regulations.   Enter your search terms and view your results. The table of contents feature in the code is very useful. 
  • Links are embedded throughout cases, statutes and codes and you may find them useful. Also be sure to use the email, save and print features within the database.


  • Nexis allows you to enter a citation to locate a case, a statute or a code. Simply enter the citation and click search.
  • 526 U.S. 66
  • 42 USCS § 297n-1
  • 34 CFR 99.31

Federal Citations

Select Federal Legislation

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) 20 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 42 U.S.C. § 300 gg and 20 U.S.C. § 1301 et  seq.          

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq

Selected Federal Court Cases

Supreme Court 565 U.S. 469 Ryburn v. Huff, et al  

U.S. Court of Appeals 652 F.3d 565 Kowalski v. Berkeley County Schools

U.S. District Court 779 F. Supp. 2d 289 T.K. v. New York City Dept. of Education

You may also find cases that just have a Lexis citation such as 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85672 R.G. v. Hill 

Selected Federal Regulations

May an educational agency or institution disclose personally identifiable information from education records?

34 CFR 99.31

Definition of individualized education program. 34 CFR 300.320

Federal Legal Basics of Education

The United States Department of Education provides an overview of federal legislation, policies and regulations pertaining to elementary and secondary schools.

The Law Library of the Library of Congress provides an extensive overview of the federal legal system.

The United States Courts site provides an overview of the federal court system.

The site is the source for federal legislative information. It provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative information.

The United States Code is the codification of all federal laws.

The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of rules issued by federal departments and agencies of the government.