Helpful Resources for Students

Late September, early October is when 1L students start realizing that the law school workload is unquestionably intense, and the Law Library is here to help. In addition to having a diverse array of legal information, the Law Library also features librarians, staff, and resources that can guide you through the maze of coursework. The following are a few of the many helpful resources available to students.

1. Research Guides

The Law Library Reference Team has created a rich set of research guides to assist students to gain a better understanding of course materials, instruction, general reference, and other topics. For instance, the Law Library’s Research Guide Series contains explanations of the major concepts and related resources, references to study guides, and other helpful information for 1L, advanced required, and particular elective courses.

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2. List of Books, Study Aids, & Other Resources

The Reporter (Law Library Blog), has published multiple references to books and online resources available to students to augment class materials. In particular, see prior postings on:

  1. Entering 1L Students: The Law Library’s Selective Summer Browsing List (by Arturo Torres). The list contains a short list of books highlighting general information on what to expect and how to succeed in law school.
  2. CALI Lessons (by Jamie Baker). CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) includes over 50 web-based tutorials and lessons covering more than 35 law school subjects. Also, this post provides registration information and how to start using your CALI account.
  3. Study Aids in the Law Library (by Sue Kelleher). The post explains the different types of study aids and where you can find them.
  4. Study Guides Available in Print and Online (by Marin Dell). This provides additional descriptions of the Law Library’s collection of study guides and treatises for all 1L and upper-level law courses.

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3. Law Library Reference Support Team

The Law Library Reference Team is available and ready to assist by phone 806-742-7155, via email, walk-ins, or by appointment to answer questions about searching and navigating within the Library’s print and online resources. Reference team members are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct: What is it?

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This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

Bloomberg BNA’s ABA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct is a database that contains news and analysis divided into four main sections: Ethics Rules, Current Reports, the Practice Guides, and Ethics Opinions.

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This front page provides quick links to these sections as well as highlights from recent rulings and current events in the field.

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The manual provides a number of helpful tools, including a “My Favorite Documents” tool. Available on the toolbar, this feature allows users to quickly access selected documents. Finally, the “Recently Visited Docs” section on the main page allows users to keep track of their research by easily accessing documents that were recently viewed.

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Access to the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week Featured Spotlight: On the Merits Blog

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week: On the Merits Blog

This the final post in a four part series spotlighting Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week.

 

Bloomberg’s U.S. Law Week: On the Merits Blog focuses on recent Supreme Court decisions, current issues on the docket, and constitutional issues that are in the news. Occasionally, the blog will have posts on the intersection of politics and judicial issues. For example, the blog recently published a post of Vice President Joe Biden’s criticism of Donald Trumps’ treatment of the judiciary. The Blog posts are written by legal scholars and pre-law scholars with political science backgrounds. Clicking on “more” in the box on the main page will open up a separate browser that leads to the blog’s site.

 

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Most of the blog posts contain photographs that describe the issues in the posts. Many of these photographs are of protestors or parties to major Supreme Court cases outside of the Supreme Court.

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The blog also contains many helpful features that the reader can use to navigate through the blog’s material.

RSS feed: With this feature, readers can see recently updated content, can sort by date and title, and can also use a search box to look for a specific topic. To use the RSS feed, click the orange button on the top right hand corner that reads RSS.

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Timeline: The reader can look at posts as far back as 2013. There seems to be no consistency in updating posts. However, a reader can expect a new post every few days if one is not posted every day.

Layout: The scroll down function allows you to see all the articles on one page. Overall, the site is very easy to use and readers can just click on the blog posts they want.

 

Legal Research: Knowing When to Stop

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Beginning researchers often ask, “How do I know when I’m done?”

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This is a legitimate question because legal research can send you down many rabbit holes with seemingly endless resources to sort through. The University of San Francisco School of Law put together a wonderful research guide on point.

Here are a few good indicators that you’ve reached the end of your research project:

  • You’ve found the answer. Sometimes — this is rare — you will quickly find the authoritative law that applies to your fact pattern. Be sure to Shepardize or KeyCite to check to see if your sources are still good law.
  • You keep finding the same primary authority no matter which research method you use or which sources you consult. It’s usually a good idea to double-check your research by checking two or three sources on the same topic to see if they all cite to the same authority. When you’ve done thorough research, and you keep turning up the same citations no matter where or how you look, that’s a sign that you’ve reached the foundational cases on point. Again make sure to Shepardize or Keycite.
  • Your project deadline is fast-approaching. Remember that the best research is pointless if you don’t leave enough time to write the paper or to tell the client or assigning attorney what you’ve found.

What if you’re not finding authorities that address your research issue?

If research hasn’t yielded any results after 30-45 minutes, it may be time to reevaluate your research strategy. Think comprehensively and creatively. Research broader rules, analogous facts or doctrines, and⁄or the law of other jurisdictions.

Make sure you are:

  • applying a variety of research techniques
  • using both primary and secondary sources
  • using both print and online sources
  • consulting resources from different publishers or vendors (remember that Lexis and Westlaw offer a lot of the same primary sources (cases, statutes, regulations, etc.), but the secondary sources available on each system, like treatises and practice guides, tend to not overlap very much.)

Ultimately, please make sure to consult a librarian if you’re having trouble.

Apps for What’s in the News

It seems like the world is busier with more and more happening.  So how do you keep up with the news during these turbulent times?  One of the easiest ways to stay current while on the go is with an app!  Here are some of suggestions to help keep you up-to-date with both national and local news.

National news is exploding with armed conflicts, the presidential election, and the wild weather we’ve been experiencing!  There are world-wide and national events occurring constantly.

ap-iconAn easy way to keep up with national news is by downloading the AP Mobile app.  This app provides news from the Associated Press and is a trusted source of information.  The AP Mobile app is available both for Apple products via the iTunes store and through Google Play for Android devices.

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kcbd-iconOne choice for keeping up with local news is the mobile app offered by KCBD News Channel 11.  Their app provides weather, news, and sports, plus a wealth of other local information.  This app has an interactive radar, alerts you can set so you are notified of any watches and warnings, as well as the ability to contribute your stories, videos, and images.  The app is available both in the iTunes store and through Google Play for Android devices.

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These are only two choices from a myriad of news and weather apps on the market.  Here are a couple of additional apps that may also be good choices.

klbk-kamcFor more local information, you may want to try EverythingLubbock KLBK KAMC available from either the Google Play Store or from iTunes.

bbc-newsIf you’re more interested in an international perspective, try BBC News, which is also available from either the Google Play Store or iTunes.

UNC Press Law Publications Available on HeinOnline

HeinOnline is a wonderful resource that is available to you through the Law Library’s subscription. Hein has all kinds of documents available including law review articles, historical statutes for all states, and so much more!

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Recently added to HeinOnline, are books published by the University of North Carolina Press. Hein has added more than 120 titles from this publisher and they are available at no extra cost! The UNC Press has a national and international reputation for publishing quality books. These books cover a variety of topics and include both current and historical titles. They can be found throughout HeinOnline in their subject-appropriate collections. Some of the popular titles include:
captive-nationCaptive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era (2014) written by Dan Berger

sexual-injusticeSexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (2010) written by Marc Stein

national-insecuritiesNational Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy Since 1882 (2012) written by Deirdre M. Moloney

 

There are many more titles available to you covering a multitude of subjects! For the full collection from the UNC Press in alphabetical order, please click here.

BNA U.S. Law Week Featured Spotligtht: Podcasts

BNA U.S. Law Week Featured Spotlight: Podcasts

This is the third post in a four part series spotlighting Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week.

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week features podcasts concerning recent Supreme Court happenings. Some examples of titles are: Supremely Funny, Ruckus Over Raisins, and Friends in High Places.

 

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To access the podcast, the reader must click on the highlighted word at the end of the description. Usually the word is “more”, but sometimes the word is “listen”. After clicking the highlighted, linked word, the reader is lead to a page with the title of the podcast and a brief summary of the content. How long the podcast will last is in parenthesis.  Readers must click “Listen” to access the podcast. A separate page for the podcast will open up on your computer.

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Access to Bloomberg B.N.A. U.S. Law Week database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Database tab.

Scholarly Research Resources

Are you researching and writing a journal comment or a scholarly research paper for a seminar course or independent study?  The library has many resources to help you succeed!

For one-on-one assistance, contact Instructional & Student Services Librarian Alyson Drake to set up an appointment to talk research strategies specific to your research topic.  We can also talk paper organization, academic paper Bluebooking, and publication strategies when the time comes.

If you prefer a group setting, join the Scribes Student Writing Group on Wed., September 7th from 2:00-3:30pm in the Collaborative Commons to talk about the writing process, outlining, and the parts of the comment or seminar paper.  The students at the first meeting, covering topic selection, reported that it was a helpful experience.

To get information on topic selection, preemption checks, and the scholarly research process, check out our newest research guide, Scholarly Research Resources.  It has many useful tips for writing a strong paper or comment.

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August 2016 Law Faculty Publications & News

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Throughout August 2016, 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 August 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016.

Published:

  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Beyer’s Texas Property Code Annotated with Related Texas Law (2016 ed.).

Op/Ed:

  1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Commenting in Anonymity, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Aug. 7, 2016, 12:02 AM), http://lubbockonline.com/editorials/2016-08-07/its-debatable-supreme-courts-ut-ruling-good-or-bad#.
  2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Is Supreme Court’s UT Ruling Good or Bad?, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Aug. 21, 2016, 12:12 AM), http://lubbockonline.com/editorials/2016-08-21/its-debatable-commenting-anonymity#.V7tIMVsrLcs.

Cited:

  1. Professor Camp’s article, Form Over Substance in Fifth Circuit Tax Cases, was cited in the following article: Susan C. Morse & Robert Deutsch, Tax Anti-Avoidance Law in Australia and the United States, 49 Int’l Law. 111 (2016).
  1. Professor Soonpaa’s article, Stress in Law Students: A Comparative Study of First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Law Students, was cited in the following article: Todd David Peterson, The Moral Obligation of Law Schools to Address Law Student Wellbeing: A Review Essay About the Happy Lawyer, 30 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 67 (2016).
  1. Dean Dickerson’s articles, Deposition Dilemmas: Vexation Scheduling and Errata Sheets and The Law and Ethics of Civil Depositions, were cited in the following article: Matthew Rogers & Suzanne Valdez, “Retreat to the Boundary of the Rules”: Resurrecting Professionalism in Depositions and the Implications of Gamesmanship for Kansas Practitioners, 64 U. Kan. L. Rev. 1065 (2016).
  1. Professor Murhpy’s treatise, Administrative Law and Practice, was cited in the following article: Jonathan S. Marashlian et al., Confusion, Uncertainty, and Fear: How the FCC’s Increased Reliance on Adjudication is Harming Carriers, Competition, Consumers, and Investment, 68 Fed. Comm. L.J. 207 (2016).
  1. Professor Christopher’s article, Eye of the Beholder: How Perception Management Can Counter Stereotype Threat Among Struggling Law Students, was cited in the following article: Judith Welch Wegner, Contemplating Competence: Three Meditations, 50 Val. U. L. Rev. 675 (2016).
  1. Professor Rosen’s article, Civilian Courts and the Military Justice System: Collateral Review of Courts-Martial, was cited in the following article: Christian R. Burset, Merchant Courts, Arbitration, and the Politics of Commercial Litigation in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire, 34 Law & Hist. Rev. 615 (2016).
  1. Professor Metze’s article, Plugging the School to Prison Pipeline by Addressing Cultural Racism in Public Education Discipline, was cited in the following article: Jason P. Nance, Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change, 48 Ariz. St. L.J. 313 (2016).
  1. Professor Krahmer’s article, Foreign Currency Instruments Under the U.C.C., was cited in the following statute: U.C.C. § 4-212 (Am. Law Inst. & Unif. Law Comm’n 2016).
  1. Professor Krahmer’s article, Commercial Transactions, was cited in the following statute: U.C.C. § 1-201 (Am. Law Inst. & Unif. Law Comm’n 2016).
  1. Professor Pawlowic’s article, Framework for Analysis of Tranfer, Assignment, Negotiation, and Transfer by Operation of Law, was cited in the following provisions of the U.C.C.: U.C.C. §§ 5-101, 5-111, 5-116, 5-106, 5-103 (Am. Law Inst. & Unif. Law Comm’n 2016).
  1. Professor Weninger’s article, The Abolition of Plea Bargaining: A Case Study of El Paso County, Texas, was cited in the following article: Russell D. Covery, Plea Bargaining and Price Theory, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 920 (2016).
  1. Professor Casto’s book, The Supreme Court in the Early Republic, was cited in the following article: John O. McGinnis, The Duty of Clarity, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 843 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy’s article, Separation of Powers and the Horizontal Force of Precedent, was cited in the following article: John O. McGinnis, The Duty of Clarity, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 843 (2016).
  1. Professor Velte’s article, So You Want to Have a Second Child? Second Child Bias and the Justification-Suppression Model of Prejudice in Family Responsibilities Discrimination, was cited in the following article: Julie Manning Magid, Cloaking: Public Policy and Pregnancy, 53 Am. Bus. L.J. 439 (2016).
  1. Professor Benham’s article, Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation, was cited in the following article: Craig Smith et al., Finding A Balance Between Securing Confidentiality and Preserving Court Transparency: A Re-Visit of Rule 76A and its Application to Unfiled Discovery, 69 SMU L. Rev. 309 (2016).
  1. Professor Weninger’s article, Electronic Discovery and Sanctions For Spoliations: Perspectives From the Classroom, was cited in the following treatise: 14 Washin. Prac., Civil Procedure § 21:28 (2ed.) (2016).
  1. Professor Benham’s article, Beyond Congress’s Reach: Constitutional Aspects of Inherent Power, was cited in the following article: Kevin M. Clermont, Civil Procedure’s Five Big Ideas, 2016 Mich. St. L. Rev. 55 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s article, Pet Animals: What Happens When Their Humans Die?, was cited in the following article: Kelsey Kobil, When It Comes To Standing, Two Legs Are Better Than Four, 120 Penn St. L. Rev. 621 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s article, Cyber Estate Planning and Administration, was cited in the following article: Jared Walker, Return of the UFADAA: How Texas and Other States’ Adoption of the RUFADAA Can Change the Internet, 8 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 577 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s article, Decanting is Not Just for Sommeliers, was cited in the following article: Caroline M. Watson, Why Oh Why Wyoming: Why Connecticut Should Amend Its Trust Situs Laws And Move Onward And Westward With Wyoming, 29 Quinnipiac Prob. L.J. 469 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s article, 2015 Texas Estate Planning Legislative Update, was cited in the following article: Brent Debnam, Deadly Intentions: Posthumously Modifying Unambiguous Wills to Protect the Actual Intentions of Texas’s Testators, 8 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 461 (2016).
  1. Professor Velte’s article, Obergefell’s Expressive Promise, was cited in the following article: Morgan Shell, Transgender Student-Athletes in Texas School Districts: Why Can’t the UIL Give All Students Equal Playing Time, 48 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1043 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s book, Modern Legal Dictionary For The Legal Profession, was cited in the following article: Yoshinori H.T. Himel, Americans’ Misuse of “Internment,” 14 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 797 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy’s article, Abandoning Standing: Trading a Rule of Access for a Rule of Deference, was citing in the following article: Rachel Bayefsky, Psychological Harm and Constitutional Standing, 81 Brook. L. Rev. 1555 (2016).

Quoted:

  1. Professor Beyer was interviewed by VICE news about pet trusts. The article can be found here.
  2. Professor Rosen was interviewed by POLITIFACT about military and court-martial laws. The article can be found here.

News:

  1. Professor Beyer’s pet trust expertise was highlighted in Vice Media article: Jules Suzdaltsev, Why Rich People Set Up Trust Funds for Their Pets, Vice, July 31, 2016 (containing extensive interview with Prof. Beyer).
  2. On August 19, 2016, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was an invited speaker at the annual Advanced Estate Planning Conference sponsored by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants in San Antonio, Texas. His presentation, attended by over 300 CPAs, attorneys, and other professionals, was entitled Anticipating Will Contests and How to Avoid Them.
  3. On August 7th, Professor Tracy Pearl delivered a talk entitled “50 Years Later: Miranda & The Police” at the Southeastern Association of Law School’s 2016 Conference on Amelia Island in Florida.
  4. On August 17, 2016, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker at a two-hour program in Kansas City sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City. His presentation was entitled Digital Assets, Pets, and Guns: Estate Planning Does Not Include Just Grandma’s Cameo Brooch Anymore.
  5. The Governor’s Task Force on Infectious Diseases met in Austin, Monday August 8th, and member, Prof. Victoria Sutton participated. The charge of the Task Force includes making recommendations regarding Texas responses to Zika.
  6. Dean Amy L. Jarmon presented on a panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August on the topic “Adapting to New Realities in Legal Education.”

September at the Law Library

It’s going to be a very busy year for calendarthe library. We’ve got plenty of classes, events, and other sessions planned. To help you out with scheduling, we will be posting a blog at the beginning of each month that will show you what events are happening for the corresponding month! Take a look at what’s happening in the library in September:

 

Tuesday, September 6: ELR Class-Federal Statutory Law (3 p.m.-5 p.m., Lab 226)

Wednesday, September 7: Scribes Student Legal Writing Society-Writing Process/Outlining (2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Collaborative Commons)

Thursday, September 8: Welcome Back Event for Faculty (12 p.m.-1 p.m., Faculty Conference Room)
ELR Class-Federal Statutory Law (3 p.m.-5 p.m., Lab 226)

Monday, September 12: ELR Class-Federal Legislative History (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Lab 226)

Tuesday, September 13: PB&J Bar (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Collaborative Commons)

Wednesday, September 14: ELR Class-Federal Legislative History (3 p.m.-5 p.m., Lab 226)

Wednesday, September 22: ELR Class-Case Finding Tools (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Lab 226)

Saturday, September 24: ELR Class-Case Finding Tools (1 p.m.-3 p.m., Lab 226)

Tuesday, September 27: ELR Class-Federal Administrative Law (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Lab 226)

Friday, september 30: ELR Class-Federal Administrative Law (2 p.m.-4 p.m., Lab 226)

If you are interested in registering for any of the ELR classes, please contact Alyson Drake, the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program (alyson.drake@ttu.edu).