Published on February 21, 2022  
HeinOnline’s Social Justice Suite is a collection of databases offered by the Hein Company to its core American and international subscribers. The suite is, also, offered for free to the libraries of any other institutions that are interested in the suite’s materials. The Social Justice Suite consists of the following three databases:
Civil Rights and Social Justice
The Civil Rights and Social Justice database consists of more than 650 titles from the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a collection of approximately 1,000 congressional hearings, almost 50 legislative histories, and much more.
Gun Regulation and Legislation in America
In addition to Congressional Research Service reports, congressional hearings, and legislative histories, the database contains an extensive bibliography and links to external resources. Important titles include The Omnibus Anti-Crime Act: A Legislative History of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act: A Legislative History, and more.
Open Society Justice Initiative
The collection contains reports, handbooks, briefing papers, and other publications that explore issues that relate to human rights. Currently, the database contains 310 titles and 13,935 pages. Learn more.
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture and Law
This is a collection of essential legal materials related to slavery in the United States and English-speaking countries. It “includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.” The database, also, includes books, papers, and much more.
Members of the Cumberland School of Law community can access the databases by signing into HeinOnline with their assigned Samford usernames and passwords.  If there are any questions about how to access HeinOnline (or any of the other resources that are available through the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library), please send an email to
*This is an updated version of a post that was first published on January 18, 2021.