Flare Index to Treaties


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The Flare Index is the creation of the IALS (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) and the School of Advanced Study University of London, with support and encouragement of the FLARE Group of major UK law libraries (Cambridge, IALS, Oxford, SOAS and the British Library) among other international law collections.

The database contains significant, but select, multilateral treaties from 1352 to more recent times.  Also included are bilateral treaties from 1353 to 1815.  There are clear guidelines as to what is included and what is not included in this collection, with emphasis placed on particular select resources. Their goal is to provide “a research tool aiding scholars and students, lawyers and librarians in researching the international law of treaties – whether they are new or experienced in the field.”


Queries and suggestions should be directed to Steven Whittle at steven.whittle@sas.ac.uk.

American Indian Law – Overview



Part One of a Four part Series.

The American Indian Law Collection with HeinOnline is a comprehensive group of documents and sources to help researches study this unique field of law. Most notably included is Title 25 of the U.S. Code and the American Indian Law Review.

Listed at the top of the homepage is a search tool to find resources using a variety of sources such as; “Full Text,” “Citation,” “Catalog,” and “Case Law.”


Also included at the top of the home page is a series of tabs relating to the various forms of sources HeinOnline offers for American Indian Law.


This collection features over 1,000 different titles on a wide variety of topics related to American Indian Law. This includes Scholarly Articles, Committee of Indian Affairs Hearings, and External Links.


HeinOnline provides a thorough list of sources that are curtailed specifically towards American Indian Law research.

Access to HeinOnline: American Indian Law Collection database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline: http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=alpha/A_amindian&collection=amindian


Find FREE Books with Google Chrome Library Extension



There’s a cool new tool in the Library Extension for Google Chrome. Like many people (and even as a librarian), I often find myself clicking “purchase” on Amazon before checking with my local library for a book that I am interested in.

As mentioned on Lifehacker, Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. After you install the Library Extension for Chrome, any searches that you do on Amazon will yield results from your local library, too. 

From Library Extension’s website: Easily see what titles are available at your local library as you browse for books! As you browse books and e-books, the Library Extension can check your library’s online catalog and display the availability of that item on the same page. If the book is available at your library, you’ll know instantly – and have a quick, convenient link to reserve the title! 

The extension allows you to pick your favorite local libraries and add them to a list. Then, when you shop for books on Amazon (or other), the extension adds a box that will let you know if those books are available at your library.

It’s a wonderfully ingenious extension, and it will be available for Firefox soon.

Historical Texas Statutes & Where to Find Them


One of the most common questions we get here at the Law Library is, “Where can I find historical statutes in Texas?” Historical statutes are notoriously tricky to find, and that can be frustrating. Here is a list of just some of the resources that are available to you that carry historical Texas statutes.

heinonlineHeinOnlineThe Law Library has a subscription to HeinOnline, so this resource is available to all Texas Tech Law students. There is an entire collection dedicated to historical state statutes. The Texas statutes go all the way back to 1838, but unfortunately the most recent statutes they have on file for Texas are from 1925.

texas-state-law-libraryTexas State Law LibraryThe Texas State Law Library website is a free resource for anyone to use, so this could be a useful resource even after you graduate from law school. The coverage of dates for the historical statutes in this collection range from 1879-1966. Besides historical statutes, this website has plenty of other valuable resources for you to use!

WestlawWhile Westlaw doesn’t have historical statutes dating back to the early 1900’s, they do have more recent statutes. For example, the Texas statutes range from 1987-present. To access the historical statutes on Westlaw, go to the State Materials tab and click on Texas.
Next, click on Texas Statutes & Court Rules.
Once you click this, look on the right hand side of the screen and you will see “Texas Statutes Annotated-Historical”; click there.

You will then be taken to all of the historical statutes that are available on Westlaw.
In the Library-Most law libraries in Texas will have copies of historical statutes in print. The Texas Tech Law Library has laws in our collection dating back to 1836. We have attorneys come in all the time wanting to know what a law said back in 1987. Since they don’t have access to Westlaw, the library is a great place for them to come! So even when you graduate, keep in mind that the library is a great resource.

Searching for historical statutes can be a daunting task. Hopefully these resources help, and if you require further assistance, the library and its wonderful librarians are always here to help!

World Climate Change Report: Interviews

This is the fourth post in a four blog series spotlighting http://news.bna.com/clln/

On the homepage of World Climate Change Report there is a “Key Features” tab that includes “Special Reports” and “Interviews.”


If you click on “Interviews” it will direct you to a list of transcripts of interviews from the most recent by date. The interviews will have a general topic indicator as well as a title specifically describing the interview. For example, Sustainability: Businesses Waiting to See Green Bonds Value: Moody’s Shilling.


After selecting an interview it will direct you to a transcript of the interview with the questions asked by the reporter and the response of the individual being interviewed.


As demonstrated above, the individual being interviewed is the senior vice president of environmental, social and governance for Moody’s Shillings. Notice the transcript is broken down by question of Bloormberg and the answer of Mr. Shilling.

World Climate Change Report: BNA Insights

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting http://news.bna.com/clln/

On the home page of World Climate Change Report you will find a section on the right side of the screen titled BNA Insights.


By clicking on “All BNA Insights” the link will take you to a page that gives background information about the authors of the articles that are presented in the World Climate Change Report.



This feature allows for the writers to put their profile and a picture of themselves for the reader to get to know the writers background in the field of climate change and how the article came to be in existence. The page also allows you to look for an article by date and title. If you click on an article it will take you to the full profile of the writer(s).



For example, the page captured above includes the article name, the name of the writer, a profile of the writers area of practice and the writer is able to talk more in depth on the background of the particular article. This is a great starting place when first starting research in a particular area that you may not be familiar with.


bna-insight-4At the bottom of the writer’s profile you can find “Related Articles” tab. This tab can help direct your research in a particular area of the law relating to the article selected. For this particular article on “EPA Resolves Scope of Federal Oil & Gas Air Permitting Authority As It Braces for Battle Over Greenhouse Gas Regulation” the website recommended specific Topics:”climate change mitigation”, “environmental permitting”, and “existing sources (air pollution).” Additionally, it recommended “Agencies” and “Countries” to the related article search.

Black History Month Display

In honor of Black History Month, the Law Library has featured a display of prominent black attorneys and judges in the United States. The display will be up in the Collaborative Commons through the month of February. Take a moment to stop by and peruse the posters and biographies of people who helped pave the way for equality and racial freedoms in the United States.

display-picture-2The display includes prominent figures such as:

  1. Thurgood Marshall – The first African-American justice of the Supreme Court
  1. Fred Gray – Attorney who defended both Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks
  1. Constance Baker Motley – The first female African-American federal judge in 1966
  1. George Washington Williams – A pastor, attorney, legislator, and the first African-American to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives
  1. Wade H. McCree – The first African American appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the second African-American Solicitor General in the history of the United States
  1. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. – The youngest and first African American to ever serve on a federal regulatory commission—the Federal Trade Commission.
  1. Charles Hamilton Houston – Dean of the Howard University School of Law where he had direct influence on nearly one-quarter of all the black lawyers in the United States—including former student Thurgood Marshall
  1. Charlotte E. Ray – The first Black American female lawyer in the United States
  1. Eleanor Holmes Norton – Lawyer who specialized in freedom of speech cases, and represented women’s rights to be reporters at Newsweek in 1970.
  1. Donald L. Hollowell – A civil rights champion who helped defended Dr. King and hundreds of civil rights activists in the historic civil rights campaign in Georgia

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World Climate Change Report: Search by Countries, Agencies, and International Organizations.

This is the second post in a series of four posts spotlighting http://news.bna.com/clln/

World Climate Change Report has a useful feature that allows the researcher to search for a topic by Countries, Agencies, and International Organization. For example, by clicking on “All Agencies,” a list of agencies populate to narrow the scope of the search.

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The list contains 65 different agencies to choose from and allows for a narrower search of a particular area within an agency. To find out more, click on the box to the left of the selected agency and all recent blogs posted about that agency will appear.

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Once the search is narrowed to “Agencies” than under each tab there will be a list of the relevant and up to date articles regarding that search.


The same process can be used to search recent articles pertaining to energy and climate by “Countries” and “International Organizations.”


January 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout January 2017, the Law Library’s Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Department received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017.


  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning and Probate Law, B.J., (2017).
  2. 9 & 10 Gerry W. Beyer, Texas Practice: Texas Law of Wills (4th 2016-2017).
  3. Gerry W. Beyer, Transfer of Death Deeds: A Texas Primer, Lubbock Law Notes, Dec. 2016, at 1.
  4. Gerry W. Beyer & Brooke Dacus, Estate Planning for Mary Jane and Other Marijuana Users, Plan. Dev. for Tex. Prof., Jan. 2017, at 1.
  5. Gerry W. Beyer, Texas Trust Law – Cases and Materials (3rd 2017).
  6. Tracy Hresko Pearl, Far from The Madding Crowd: A Statutory Solution to Crowd Crush, Hastings Law Journal, 68 Hastings L.J. 159 (2016).
  7. Brie D. Sherwin, Organochlorine Pesticide Residues in Caudal Scutes of Belize Morelet’s Crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii), Journal of Herpetology 50(4):552-558 (2016).
  8. Brie D. Sherwin, Chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Fracturing Fluid: A Story of Unfettered Secrecy, Toxicology, and the Resulting Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Development, 77 Ohio St. L.J. 593 (2016).
  9. Gerry W. Beyer, Feature: 2016 The Year in Review: Estate Planning and Probate Law, 80 B. J. 28 (2017).
  10. Eric A. Chiappinelli, Jurisdiction Over Directors and Officers in Delaware, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Dec. 2017.


  1. Professor Murphy’s article Abandoning Standing: Trading a Rule of Access for a Rule of Deference was cited in the following article: Alexander Tom, Standing in a Federal Agency’s Shoes: Should Third-Party Action Affect Redressability under the National Environmental Policy Act?, 43 Ecology L.Q. 337 (2016).
  1. Professor Metze’s article, Plugging the School to Prison Pipeline by Addressing Cultural Racism in Public Education Discipline, was cited in: Sarah E. Redfield and Jason P. Nance, American Bar Association: Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 47 Mem. L. Rev. 1 (2016).
  1. Professor Loewy’s article Statutory Rape in a Post Lawrence v. Texas World was cited in: Dr. Anna High, Good, Bad and Wrongful Juvenile Sex: Rethinking the Use of Statutory Rape Laws Against the Protected Class, 69 L. Rev. 787 (2017).
  1. Professor Batra’s article Judicial Participation in Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective was cited in: Nancy J. King & Ronald F. Wright, The Invisible Revolution in Plea Bargaining: Managerial Judging and Judicial Participation in Negotiations, 95 L. Rev. 325 (2016).
  1. Professor Velte’s article Egging on Lesbian Maternity: The Legal Implications of Tri-Gametic in Vitro Fertilization was cited in: Deborah Zalesne, The Intersection of Contract Law, Reproductive Technology, and the Market: Families in the Age of Art, 51 Rich. L. Rev. 419 (2017).
  1. Professor Casto’s articleThe Federal Courts’ Protective Jurisdiction Over Torts Committed in Violation of the Law of Nations was cited in: Dustin Cooper, Aliens Among Us: Factors to Determine Whether Corporations Should Face Prosecution in U.S. Courts for Their Actions Overseas, 77 L. Rev. 513 (2016).
  1. Dean Torres’,Is Link Rot Destroying Stare DecisisaAs We Know It? The Internet-Citation Practice of the Texas Appellate Courts was cited in: Lee F. Peoples, Is the Internet Rotting Oklahoma Law?, 52 Tulsa L. Rev. 1 (2016).
  1. Professor Casto’s article, Advising Presidents: Robert Jackson and the Destroyers for Bases Deal was cited in: Harold Hongju Koh, Triptych’s End: A Better Framework To Evaluate 21st Century International Lawmaking 126 Yale L.J. F. 337 (2017).
  1. Professor Casto’s article, The Federal Courts’ Protective Jurisdiction over Torts Committed in Violation of the Law of Nation was cited in: Lyle D. Kossis, The Define and Punish Clause and the Political Question Doctrine, 68 Hastings L.J. 45 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy’s & Sidney A. Shapiro, Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure out About Controlling Administrative Power, was cited in: Jud Mathews, Minimally Democratic Administrative Law, 68 L. Rev. 605 (2016).
  1. Professor Metze’s article Death and Texas: The Unevolved Model of Decency, was cited in: Amy L. Greenbaum, The Death Penalty: Mentally Ill Men Are Executed; Mentally Ill Women Are Committed, 42 Marshall L. Rev. Online 1 (2016).
  1. On January 18, 2017 Professor Baker’s blog post AI as Premature Law Librarian Disruptor was cited in a Canadian online legal magazine, Slaw, in a column titled The Magic Ingredient.


  1. Professor Murphy’s & Sidney A. Shapiro, Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure out About Controlling Administrative Power, was quoted in: Aram A. Gavoor & Daniel Miktus, Public Participation in Nonlegislative Rulemaking, 61 L. Rev. 759 (2016).
  1. Professor’s Murphy’s article Measure Twice, Shoot Once, Higher Care for CIA-Targeted Killing, was quoted in: An Thien Tran, A Trifold Regulatory Convergence: Medical-Device Drones Under the Faa, Fda, and State Regimes, 68 Admin. L. Rev. 701 (2016).
  1. On January 21, 2017 Dean Rosen was quoted in a Huffington Post article by Matt Fuller titled, President Trump Just Told The CIA The U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraq’s Oil.
  1. On January 22, 2017 Professor Shannon was quoted in a Victoria Advocate article by Jessica Priest titled, Local Judge Shaped Mental Health law.
  1. Professor Beyer was quoted in a January 30, 2017 article titled Fake Will Scheme Puts Camden Real Estate Agent in Hot Water by Mark Friedman published in the Arkansas Business Weekly Journal.


  1. On December 15, 2016, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was notified that he was reappointed as Chair of the State Laws Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Its more than 2,700 members practice throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries.
  1. Professor Soonpa and Professor Beyer were part of the Blogger Panel during the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco on, the program was titled “Building and Sustaining Academic Communities Through Blogging and Other Tools.”
  1. Professor Chiappinelli was invited back as a Guest Blogger on PrawfsBlawg for the month of January, he contributed 6 blog posts.
  1. On January 10, 2017, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker at the January meeting of the Siouxland Estate Planning Council in Sioux City, Iowa. Prof. Beyer’s presentation was titled “Planning for Digital Assets” was attended by estate planning professionals from the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
  1. The fifth edition of Prof. Beyer’s 10.5-hour discussion of Wills and Trusts was recently released by West Academic Publishing as parts of its Sum +Substance CD Series.
  1. Professor Beyer’s Feature: 2016 The Year in Review: Estate Planning and Probate Law was listed highlighted article by the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors.
  1. On January 5, 2017, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a panelist at the AALS Annual Meeting for an “AALS Arc of Career Program” titled Building and Sustaining Academic Communities Through Blogging and Other Tools. Beyer shared his experiences as being the editor of the Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog since he started it in 2005. His blog was five times named as part of the ABA’s Blawg 100 and was inducted into the ABA’s Blawg 100 Hall of Fame in 2015.  His blog is the most popular estate planning blog in the nation and is the 22nd most popular blawg overall.
  1. Professor Beyer’s presentation to the Tarrant County Bar Association—Fort Worth Business & Estate Section on Nov. 17, 2016 Cyber Estate Planning and Administration was cited in: Marvin Blum, Filling in the Gaps, Wealth Management, January 26, 2017.

World Climate Change Report: What is it?


This is the first post in a four part series spotlighting http://news.bna.com/clln/

World Climate Change Report is a database that contains various resources in regards to the laws effecting energy and recent climate issues both nationally and within the United States. For example, the site gives access to daily updates of hot topic issues within the specific areas such as “Carbon Emissions Trading,” “Carbon Sequestration,” “Clean Power Plan,” “Renewable Energy,” and “Sustainable Development.”



Users can access full articles of information by clicking topic of choice under “News” which provides the ability to print the article, see related articles, and to contact the editor of that specific article.


There is also a “Recent Topics” link on the home page that will lists the most recent topics in a particular area.


Access to World Climate Change Report is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Database tab.