Bloomberg BNA Labor and Employment Law Resource Center: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Labor and Employment Law Resource Center.

Bloomberg BNA Labor and Employment Law Resource Center is a database that focuses on seven main areas of employment law, including disabilities law; discrimination law; individual employment rights; labor arbitration and collective bargaining; labor relations; occupational safety; and wages, hours & leave. This hub can connect you with primary sources of labor law, practice tools, BNA manuals, labor and employment news, professional learning opportunities, upcoming events, latest cases, and valuable Bloomberg Law Insights from practitioners.

All seven of the focus areas can be found on the upper left side of the database to sort your search, and they can also be accessed at the top of the page through their individual tabs.

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To stay updated on labor and employment related breaking news, check out the Daily Labor Report found in the first tab at the top of the page, or look in the right side column to preview the Daily Labor Report headlines.

Below is the view selected under the first tab.

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If you select one of the seven tabs at the top of the database, the related headlines from the Daily Labor Report will display on the upper left side.

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For quick searches of the entire database, utilize the middle search column. Here you can directly search for case law, U.S.C. sections, and CFRs, or select to be directed to the advanced search tool. The advanced search tool allows you to select types of sources to be searched, use specific search terms, sort by added fields, and limit the dates, as well as displays a guide of search connector terms.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA Banking Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

July 2017 New Books


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In July 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Sarah E. Redfield, ed., Enhancing Justice: reducing bias (2017).


  1. Timothy M. Ravich, Commercial Drone Law: digest of U.S. and global UAS rules, policies, and practices (2017).


  1. Jesse Eisinger, The Chickenshit Club: why the Justice Department fails to prosecute executives (2017).


  1. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., 24 Tips for Teaching Writing (2017).


  1. William E. Nelson, The Common Law in Colonial America: The Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, 1660-1730 (2016).
  2. G. Edward White, Law in American History (2012).


  1. Gary P. Bauer, Solo Lawyer by Design: a plan for success in any practice (2017).
  2. Jocelyn K. Glei, Unsubscribe: how to kill email anxiety, avoid distractions, and get real work done (2016).
  3. Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis, Telling Your Story: a step-by-step guide to drafting persuasive legal resumes and cover letters (2017).


  1. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews, Getting Started with Evaluation (2014).
  2. Robert E. Dugan, Peter Hernon, and Danuta A. Nitecki, Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: inputs, outputs, and outcomes (2009).
  3. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews, Managing with Data: using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics (2015).
  4. John M. Budd, Six Issues Facing Libraries Today: critical perspectives (2017).
  5. John Palfrey, BiblioTech: why libraries matter more than ever in the age of Google (2015).
  6. R. David Lankes, Expect More: demanding better libraries for today’s complex world (2016).
  7. Beth McNeil, Fundamentals of Library Supervision (2017).
  8. Masanori Koizumi, Inherent Strategies in Library Management (2017).
  9. Yago S. Cura and Max Macias, eds., Librarians with Spines: information agitators in an age of stagnation (2017).


  1. Pietro S. Nivola and David W. Brady, eds., Red and Blue Nation?: characteristics and causes of America’s polarized politics (2013).


  1. Todd C. Peppers, with Margaret A. Anderson, A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and her struggle against the death penalty (2017).


  1. Vincent A. Gallagher, Worker Injury Third Party Cases: recognizing and proving liability (2017).

All of these books are available at the Law Library.  If you would like to check out any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or

Bloomberg Law: Litigation Analytics – Searching by Federal Judge


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This is the fourth of a four part series highlighting Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics.

Today we are going to perform a search to track litigation by judge. We will search Judge Samuel A. Lindsay, the father of Rachel Lindsay of Season 13 of the Bachelorette fame.

This could be a great tool for researching information about federal judges before clerkship interviews.

On Litigation Analytics, select Judge in the top right hand corner to guide your search. After typing in Samuel A. Lindsay, a profile including his career history, most cited opinions, and related news will appear.

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Below the partial profile of Judge Samuel A. Lindsay, you will see the same type of chart tools that you saw in law firm searches and represented company searches. However, here the charts available are motion outcomes, appeal outcomes, length of case, and appearance & case types. Immediately below these chart options you will find his recent court opinions.

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Here is a chart showing the average length of cases in Judge Lindsay’s court. This is helpful when creating a timeline for trials.

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And finally, this Appearances & Case Types chart shows which kind of cases, which parties, and which companies appear most frequently in front of Judge Lindsay.

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From here, we can tell that he hears a majority of prisoner petitions and he also has extensive experience in general contract cases. Additionally, by looking at the top law firm appearances, you can see which firms have frequented his courtroom.

Access to the Bloomberg Law database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

July 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout July 2017, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for July 1 to July 31, 2017.

1. Alyson M. Drake, You Can’t Write Without Research: The Role of Research Instruction in the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, 18 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 167 (2017).

2. Brian D. Shannon, Competency, Ethics, and Morality, 49 TEX. TECH L. REV. 861 (2017).

3. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2017 Texas Legislature (July 19, 2017). Available at SSRN:

1. Prof. Gonzalez’s article At the Intersection of Religious Organization Missions and Employment Laws: The Case of Minister Employment Suits was cited in the following article: Jeremy D.F. Krahn, Constitutional Law: If These Walls Could Talk: Giving Undue Deference to Religious Actors by Expanding the Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine-Pfeil v. St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church of Unaltered Augsburg Confes, 43 MITCHELL HAMLINE L. REV. 304 (2017).

2. Prof. Casto’s article A Post of Great Legal Power and Even Greater Moral Influence was cited in the following article: Gregory G. Garre, On Lawyers and Leadership in Government: Lessons from “America’s Advocate,” Robert H. Jackson, 69 STAN. L. REV. 1795 (2017).

3. Prof. Casto’s textbook FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE CONSTITUTION IN THE AGE OF FIGHTING SAIL was cited in the following article: Matthew Steilen, The Josiah Philips Attainder and the Institutional Structure of the American Revolution, 60 HOW. L.J. 413 (2017).

4. Prof. Metze’s article Plugging the School to Prison Pipeline by Addressing Cultural Racism in Public Education Discipline was cited in the following article: Professor Scott Holmes, Resisting Arrest and Racism – the Crime of “Disrespect”, 85 UMKC L. REV. 625 (2017).

5. Prof. Loewy’s article Police Obtained Evidence and the Constitution: Distinguishing Unconstitutionally Obtained Evidence from Unconstitutionally Used Evidence was cited in the following article: Joëlle Anne Moreno, Flagrant Police Abuse: Why Black Lives (Also) Matter to the Fourth Amendment, 21 BERKELEY J. CRIM. L. 36 (2016).

6. Prof. Gossett’s article Take off the [Color] Blinders: How Ignoring the Hague Convention’s Subsidiarity Principle Furthers Structural Racism Against Black American Children was cited in the following article: Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose, Toward a Critical Race Theory of Evidence, 101 MINN. L. REV. 2243 (2017).

7. Dean Sutton’s article American Indian Law—Elucidating Constitutional Law was cited in the following article: Angela Melville, Educational Disadvantages and Indigenous Law Students: Barriers and Potential Solutions, 4(2) ASIAN J. OF LEGAL EDUC. 1 (2017).

8. Prof. Watts’s article Fairness and Utility in Products Liability: Balancing Individual Rights and Social Welfare was cited in the following comment: Zachary M. DuGan, 3-D Printing & Products Liability Law: Are Individuals Printing Themselves into Strict Products Liability?, 26 WIDENER L.J. 187 (2017).

9. Prof. Beyer’s work with the late Prof. Kenneth R. Redden on MODERN DICTIONARY FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION was cited by Urban environment and cultural heritage, 2 COMPARATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & REGULATION § 35:20.

10. Prof. Krahmer’s work in 1 VERNON’S TEXAS CODE FORMS ANNOTATED is cited as the model for Clause creating purchase money security interest in nonconsumer transaction, 27B MASS. PRAC., UCC FORMS ANNOTATED § 9-103 Form 5 (3d ed.).

11. Prof. Velte’s essay Obergefell’s Expressive Promise was cited in the following article: Samuel D. Brunson & David J. Herzig, A Diachronic Approach to Bob Jones: Religious Tax Exemptions After Obergefell, 92 IND. L.J. 1175 (2017).

12. Prof. Beyer’s work with John K. Hanft on WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS was cited in the following article: Hailey Burroughs, When Death Doesn’t Find You on the Battlefield: Protecting Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Estate Planning Process, 9 EST. PLAN. & COMMUNITY PROP. L.J. 111 (2016).

13. Prof. Beyer’s work on West’s Legal Forms was cited throughout 5 IND. PRAC., Essential Forms.

14. Prof. Murphy’s article Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power was cited in the following article: Ming H. Chen, Administrator-in-Chief: The President and Executive Action in Immigration Law, 69 Admin. L. Rev. 347 (2017).

15. Prof. Murphy’s article Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power was cited in the following comment: Rachel E. Holland, Setting the Caged Bird Free: Restoring Judicial Power to Meaningfully Review Administrative Interpretations of the Law, 49 TEX. TECH L. REV. 927 (2017).

16. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article Stories from Camp Automotive: Communicating the Importance of Family Dynamics to Corporate Law Students was cited in the following article: Scott E. Friedman et. al., Advising Family Businesses in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction to Stage 4 Planning Strategies, 65 BUFF. L. REV. 425 (2017).

17. Prof. Velte’s article Obergefell’s Expressive Promise was cited in the following article: Jeremiah A. Ho, Find Out What It Means to Me: The Politics of Respect and Dignity in Sexual Orientation Antidiscrimination, 2017 UTAH L. REV. 463 (2017).

18. Prof. Shannon’s article The Time Is Right to Revise the Texas Insanity Defense: An Essay was cited in the following article: George Parnham, Beyond the Andrea Yates Verdict: Mental Health and the Law, 49 TEX. TECH L. REV. 847 (2017).

19. Prof. Camp’s article The Play’s the Thing: A Theory of Taxing Virtual Worlds was cited in the following article: Adam Chodorow, Rethinking Basis in the Age of Virtual Currencies, 36 VA. TAX REV. 371 (2017).

20. Prof. Loewy’s book CRIMINAL LAW IN A NUTSHELL was cited in the following article: Rachel Lamb, New Jersey Dogfighting Law Is Not All Bark: Rico Amendment Gives Tools to Reduce Crime in the Region, 14 RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 228 (2017).

21. Prof. Soonpaa’s article Stress in Law Students: A Comparative Study of First-Year, Second-Year and Third-Year Students was cited in the following study: Lynne Taylor, et al., The Making of Lawyers: Expectations and Experiences of Third Year New Zealand Law Students (2017), available at

22. Prof. Soonpaa’s article Stress in Law Students: A Comparative Study of First-Year, Second-Year and Third-Year Students was cited in the following article: Teresa Kissane Brostoff, Meditation for Law Students: Mindfulness Practice as Experiential Learning, 41 LAW & PSYCHOL. REV. 159 (2017).

23. Prof. Casto’s article The Origins of Federal Admiralty Jurisdiction in an Age of Privateers, Smugglers, and Pirates was cited in the following article: Ann Woolhandler, Adverse Interests and Article III, 111 NW. U. L. REV. 1025 (2017).

1. Prof. Pawlowic’s article Entitlement to Interest Under the Bankruptcy Code was quoted in the following article: Jacob Dean, Finding A “Cure”: How Much Interest Is Enough for A Chapter 11 Cure?, 33 EMORY BANKR. DEV. J. 523 (2017).

2. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s article 50 Years Later: Miranda and the Police, was quoted on the following blog: Isaac Kennen, Scholarship Saturday: Miranda’s Unfulfilled Promise, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MILITARY JUSTICE’S BLOG (July 15, 2017),

3. Prof. Beyer & Naomi Cahn’s article, Digital Planning: The Future of Elder Law was quoted in the following article: Jan Zastrow, Heirlooms Then and Now—Online Legacies and Digital Estate Planning, 37 COMPUTERS IN LIBR. 12 (June 2017).

1. On July 8, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal published an article It’s Debatable: Civility in Congress where Prof. Arnold Loewy and Charles Moster debated how the lack of civility is affecting Congress. The article can be found here.

2. In connection with his service as an appointee on the NCAA Division I Governing Council, Prof. Shannon has served on the NCAA Division I Legislative Committee for the last two years. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Legislative Committee, effective on July 1. This appointment is for two years, and will continue through June 2019.

3. On July 12, Prof. Shannon spoke on the topic, “Incompetency to Be Executed: Continuing Legal and Medical Ethical Challenges,” at the XXXVth International Congress on Law & Mental Health at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

4. On July 11, Prof. Beyer was the invited speaker for a telephone seminar as part of the U.S. Trust Education Seminar Series. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Estate Planning for the “Weaponized” Client. Over 200 attorneys and other professionals from coast-to-coast listened to his presentation.

5. On July 13, Prof. Beyer was a speaker at the 51st Annual Fiduciary Law Institute sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education. To an audience of over 400 attorneys, Prof. Beyer presented his paper entitled Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” with Competent and Ethical Practices.

6. Prof. Beyer’s download ranking is now 393 out of 346,735 authors who have uploaded their papers to SSRN placing him in the top .001% of authors. Prof. Beyer’s downloads account for 48.7% of all downloads from authors affiliated with Tech Law.

7. On June 30, Texas Tech University issued the news release concerning recent Texas Supreme Court decision to reverse and remand a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits. Prof. Velte criticized this decision for failure to comport with the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.

8. On July 21, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal published an article It’s Debatable: The Case of the Same-Sex Wedding Cake where Prof. Arnold Loewy and Charles Moster debated the Supreme Court case involving a Colorado bakery refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The article can be found here.

9. Associate Dean Humphrey was elected President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. She will lead the local bar association from July 2017 through June 2018. Only two other full-time members of the Texas Tech Law faculty have served as president of this association.

10. Associate Dean Humphrey has been appointed as the Chair of the Texas Tech President’s Gender Equity Council. The university-wide Council advises President Schovanec on matters related to gender issues at Texas Tech University and makes recommendations for changes to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment.

11. Associate Dean Humphrey has been named a Co-Chair of the program committee for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, which will be held next March at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She also currently serves as a Co-Chair of the program committee for the 2018 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, which is the largest legal writing conference in the nation.