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When we hear that something is against the law, we generally don't question where the law comes from. But 'the law' can mean a lot of things, from general ideas about jurisprudence all the way down to a written ordinance. And while the words 'law' and 'regulation' are often used interchangeably, they can refer to very distinct things.

Although the effect of laws and regulations can often be the same, it is important to understand how they are different.

Coming out of the Summer break and having completed its Long Conference, the Supreme Court is gearing up for a busy Fall. On the oral arguments calendar for the October term are cases covering juries in death penalty trials, energy consumption incentives, and whether a man who's been in prison over 50 years can be set free.

Here's what you need to know about the biggest cases coming up in the Supreme Court:

Banned Books Week: Wild Works That Shaped Our Rights and Minds

Literature provokes and exposes readers to new ideas. But some books make us uncomfortable for that very reason. So, each year, American libraries and literary institutions celebrate Banned Books Week to remind us that freedom of expression is a constitutional right, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

"Art certainly cannot advance under compulsion to traditional forms, and nothing ... is more stifling to progress than limitation of the right to experiment with a new technique," wrote Judge Augustus Hand in his opinion in United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses, a 1934 case that shaped censorship in the USA.

Welcome to the new FindLaw series, "If I Find," where we'll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you'll check back regularly!

If you've ever lost a cell phone, raise your hand. I know I have. If you find a lost cell phone, give it back!

Finding a lost cell phone, especially a shiny new iPhone, can seem like hitting a jackpot. Even if you don't need it, you could probably sell it for a lot of money (unless the phone has a new smartphone kill switch).

However, can you legally keep it?

South Carolina lowered the Confederate battle flag that had flown outside its State House this morning and moved it to a Civil War museum nearby. The law calling for the flag's removal progressed quickly through the state legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.

While many had called for the controversial flag's removal since it began flying on capitol grounds over 50 years ago, debate intensified following the racially-motivated killing of nine black parishioners in a historically black church last month.

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, is coming up soon in 2020.

A group called Women on 20s wants a woman to be featured on the $20 bill by then to commemorate the occasion.

Is this legally possible?

Bust out your American flag. Dust off your flag pole. Sunday is Flag Day!

Did you know that Congress actually passed a law to make Flag Day a holiday? On June 14, 1977, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

In honor of Flag Day, here are some fun articles about flags:

Where are you traveling to this summer?

By car, by train, by bus, and by plane, many of us will go on the open road to visit far away friends and families or see new places. So, here is a round-up of our best travel posts to help protect your rights during your summer wanderings:

Welcome to the new FindLaw series, "If I Find," where we'll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you'll check back regularly!

Ah, the bald eagle, our country's national bird.

One day you go bird watching, and as you watch a bald eager soar lazily through the sky, you see a feather fall off. You rush to find the feather where it lands.

If you find an eagle feather, can you keep it?

What Is Case Law?

You may have heard of case law, but what does the term actually mean?

Case law refers to legal principles developed through judicial decisions. As opposed to laws contained in statutes and enacted by the legislative process, case law comes about through the aggregation of court opinions interpreting and applying the law to individual cases. In the U.S. legal system, the rulings of higher courts are binding on lower courts. Courts also adhere to stare decisis, which generally requires that courts follow the precedent set by previous court decisions.

What does case law do? Here are a few important examples: