Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library has compiled a timely guide (https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/coronavirus) to help locate legal responses to COVID-19.  According to the guide, “many units of government at all levels (federal, state, and local) have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid sick leave.  This [sic] goal of this guide is to provide links to primary sources and high-quality summaries to these.”


The federal materials provided in the guide include links to items published by various federal agencies as well as Public Laws about COVID-19.  While the major focus of the guide is on federal and California resources, there are sections dedicated to other state and local jurisdictions.

There is also a useful section that provides links to “Other Resources” that users might find educational.


Among the Other Useful Resources is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Kit from LexisAdvance and the COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit from the HHS.






For assistance with locating further information on COVID-19, please contact the Law Library Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu

Phone:  806-742-7155


July 2020 New Books

2020 July new books

In July 2020, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, eds., Corporations and American Democracy (2017).
  2. Morgan Ricks, The Money Problem: Rethinking Financial Regulation (2016).
  3. Ester Herlin-Karnell and Nicholas Ryder, Market Manipulation and Insider Trading: Regulatory Challenges in the United States of America, the European Union and the United Kingdom (2019).


  1. Mary E. Adkins, Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution (2016).
  2. Richard Albert, Menaka Guruswamy and Nishchal Basnyat, eds., Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (2019).


  1. Mark J. Phillips and Aryn Z. Phillips, Trials of the Century: A Decade-by-Decade Look at Ten of America’s Most Sensational Crimes (2016).
  2. Andrew Porwancher, The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America (2017).
  3. Francine Banner, Crowdsourcing the Law: Trying Sexual Assault on Social Media (2019).


  1. Richard L. Hasen, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections (2016).


  1. James C. Hathaway, ed., The Michigan Guidelines on the International Protection of Refugees (2019).
  2. Dree K. Collopy, AILA’s Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure (2019).


  1. Catherine L. Fisk, Writing for Hire: Unions, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue (2016).
  2. Christopher Heath and Anselm Kamperman Sanders, eds., Intellectual Property and International Dispute Resolution (2019).


  1. Owen Fiss, Pillars of Justice: Lawyers and the Liberal Tradition (2017).


  1. Victoria Nourse, Misreading Law, Misreading Democracy (2016).


  1. Xan Arch and Isaac Gilman, Academic Library Services for First-Generation Students (2020).


  1. Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., David I. Durham and Michael H. Hoeflich, Law and Miscellaneous Works: The Lives and Careers of Joel White and Amand Pfister, Booksellers and Publishers (2019).
  2. Charles E. Wright, Law at Little Big Horn: Due Process Denied (2016).
  3. Kurt X. Metzmeier, Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (2017).
  4. Andrew Porwancher, John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence: The Hidden Origins of Modern Law (2016).
  5. Maria Isabel Medina, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law: A History (2016).
  6. Philip R Wood, The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers (2016).


  1. Julie Todaro, Emergency Preparedness for Libraries (2020).


  1. Karen Engle, The Grip of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Feminist Interventions in International Law (2020).


  1. Cecil C. Kuhne, A Litigator’s Guide to Convincing the Judge (2019).


  1. James W. Endersby and William T. Horner, Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation (2016).


  1. Justice Stephen Breyer, John Bessler, ed., Against the Death Penalty (2016).
  2. Keramet Reiter, 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement (2016).

All of these books are available from 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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.


June 2020 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of June, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for June 1st to June 30th, 2020.


1. Gerry W. Beyer, COVID-19 and the Estate Planner, Est. Plan. Dev. for Tex. Prof. (2020).

2. Gerry W. Beyer, Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” With Competent and Ethical Practices, TSBB22 Ali-Cle 85, (2020).

1. Prof. Christopher is quoted and cited in the following article: Peter Nemerovski, Help Wanted: An Empirical Study of LRW Hiring, Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 315 (2020).

2. Prof. Robert Sherwin is quoted and cited in the following article: Sydney Buckley, Getting Slapp Happy: Why The U.S. District Court For The District Of Kansas Should Adopt The Ninth Circuit’s Approach When Applying The Kansas Anti-Slapp Law, 68 U. Kan. L. Rev. 791 (2020).

1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s debatable: Should Voting By Mail be Expanded in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic?, Lubbock-Avalanche J. (June 28, 2020 at 12:01 am);
available at: https://www.lubbockonline.com/opinion/20200628/should-voting-by-mail-be-expanded-in-light-of-covid-19-pandemic


1. Prof. Beyer’s article Statutory Will Methodologies–Incorporated Forms vs. Fill-In Forms: Rivalry or Peaceful Coexistence? is cited in the following article: Bridget J. Crawford, Blockchain Wills, 95 Ind. L.J. 735 (2020).

2. Prof. Murphy’s article Hunters for Administrative Common Law is cited in the following article: Hannah Cohen, When Will Asylum Law Protect Women?: The Abusive Relationship Between Agency Decision Making and Asylum Claims Involving Domestic Violence, 61 B.C. L. Rev. 1855 (2020).

3. Prof. Beyer’s article The Fine Art of Intimidating Disgruntled Beneficiaries With In Terrorem Clauses is cited in the following law review article: Evan J. Shaheen, In Terrorem Clauses: Broad, Narrow, or Both?, 95 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1763 (2020).

4. Prof. Murphy’s work Modern Arbitrariness Review–Start Farm Synthesis is cited in the following article: Cormac M. Bloomfield, The Endangered Species Act and Delisting Distinct Population Segments: Antithetical to the Statute or Permissible with Guidance?, 30 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F.317 (2020).

5. Prof. Christopher’s article Will I Pass the Bar Exam? Predicting Student Success Using LSAT Scores and Law School Performance is cited in the following article: Eric J. Segall, Adam Feldman, The Elite Teaching The Elite: Who Gets Hired By The Top Law Schools?, 68 J. Legal Educ. 614 (2019).

6. Prof. Christopher’s article The Bridging Model: Exploring The Roles of Trust and Enforcement in Banking, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain is cited in the following article: Christopher Lloyd, The Privacy Revolution Begins: Did Carpenter Just Give Bitcoin Users a Chance to Strike Down the Bank Secrecy Act?, 88 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 204 (2020).

7. Prof. Loewy’s article Protecting Citizens from Cops and Crooks: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Interpretation of the Fourth Amendment During the 1982 Term is cited in the following article: Cynthia Lee, Probable Cause With Teeth, 88 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 269 (2020).

8. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article The Myth of Director Consent: After Shaffer, Beyond Nicastro is cited in the following article: Charles W. Rhodes & Cassandra Burke Robertson: A New State Registration Act: Legislating A Longer Arm for Personal Jurisdiction, 57 Harv. J. on Legis. 377 (2020).

9. Prof. Shannon’s article Debarment and Suspension Revisited: Fewer Eggs in the Basket? is cited in the following work: Robert F. Meunier, Trevor B. A. Nelson, Commentary And Proposed Unified Suspension And Debarment Rule For Procurement And Nonprocurement Activities, 49 Pub. Cont. L.J. 243 (2020).

10. Prof. Gossett’s article The Client: How States Are Profiting from the Child’s Right to Protection is cited in the following article: Maggie Wong Cockayne, Foster to Adopt: Pipeline to Failure and the Need for Concurrent Planning Reform, 60 Santa Clara L. Rev. 151 (2020).

11. Prof. Christopher’s article Putting Legal Writing on The Tenure Track: One School’s Experience is cited in the following article: Rachel Arnow-Richman, Integrated Learning, Integrated Faculty, 92 Temp. L. Rev. 745 (2020).

12. Prof. Christopher’s article Putting Legal Writing on The Tenure Track: One School’s Experience is cited in the following article: Cody J. Jacobs, The “Other” Market, 92 Temp. L. Rev. 765 (2020).

13. Prof. Beyer’s book Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples and Explanations is cited in the following article: Eva Saulnier, Disinheriting Your Children: A “Non” “Non” In France; An Accepted Use Of Testamentary Freedom In America, 52 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 669 (2020).

14. Prof. Casto’s article The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth is cited in the following article: Todd B. Adams, Using Game Theory To Better Understand The Role Of The U.S. Supreme Court In The Catastrophe That Befell American Indians In Georgia, 46 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 331 (2020).

15. Prof. Loewy’s article Arnold Loewy, Ernesto Miranda, Earl Warren, And Donald Trump: Confessions and the Fifth Amendment is cited in the following article: Michael Vitiello The Warren Court’s Eyewitness Identification Case Law: What If?, 51 U. Pac. L. Rev. 867 (2020).

16. Prof. Loewy’s article Arnold Loewy, Ernesto Miranda, Earl Warren, And Donald Trump: Confessions and the Fifth Amendment is cited in the following article: Michael Vitiello, Introducing the Warren Court’s Criminal Procedure Revolution: A 50-Year Retrospective, 51 U. Pac. L. Rev. 621 (2020).

17. Prof. Gonzalez’s article A Tale of Two Waivers: Waiver of the Jury Waiver Defense under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is cited in the following article: Susan E. Provenzano, Brian N. Larson, Civil Procedure As A Critical Discussion, 20 Nev. L.J. 967 (2020).

18. Prof. Henry’s article The General Motors Recalls at the Dangerous Intersection of Chapter 11, Article 9 and TARP is cited in the following article: Timothy R. Zinnecker, Nine Questions For The Article 9 Professor, 64 St. Louis U. L.J. 311 (2020).

19. Prof. Robert Sherwin’s article Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence!: How Ambiguity In Some States’ Anti-Slapp Laws Threatens To De-Fang A Popular And Powerful Weapon Against Frivolous Litigation is cited in the following article: David L. Hudson, Jr., Anti-Slapp Coverage And The First Amendment: Hurdles To Defamation Suits In Political Campaigns, 69 Am. U. L. Rev. 1541 (2020).

20. Prof. Beyer’s blog post titled Standby Guardianships on his Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog is cited in the following article: Joshua S. Rubenstein, Standby Guardianship Legislation Summer 2019, 12 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 287 (2020).

21. Prof. Beyer’s supplement to Texas Practice: Marital Property and Homesteads is cited in the following article: Avery Rios, Divorce Destroys The Community: An Examination Of The “Texas Method” Community Property Principles Upon Divorce And Its Effects On Informal Marriage, 12 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 437 (2020).

22. Prof. Beyer’s book Texas Practice Series: Law Of Wills (4th Ed. 2019) is cited in the following article: Katherine C. Akinc , Austin, Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden, Inside The Mind Of A Trustee: The Importance Of Understanding A Trustee’s Perspective, 12 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 185 (2020).


1. On June 3, 2020, Prof. Beyer spoke at the 44th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, delivering it entirely online to an audience of 400 Texas attorneys. He discussed recent judicial developments relating to the Texas law of intestacy, wills, estate administration, trusts, and other estate planning matters, and his article, Case Law Update, accompanied his presentation.

2. On June 3, 2020, Prof. Humphrey was featured in a Texas Tech news release that detailed her commitment to education and her students. The interview is titled Professor Combines Passions for Law, Education to Benefit Students.

3. Prof. Beyer’s posting on his Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog titled Dog ‘ate the will’ case headed to trial was named to Top 10 on Texas Bar Today for the week of June 8, 2020. Prof. Beyer gives recognition to his assistant, Trevor Shoels, for his assistance in drafting this posting.

4. On June 26, 2020, Prof. Beyer spoke at the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education’s Estate Planning in Depth program. His hour-long live-streamed presentation was titled Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” with Competent and Ethical Practices. His paper with the same title was distributed to all attendees.

5. Prof. Beyer was recently mentioned in Hunter, Jr. v. Hunter, as Trustee of Third Amended and Restated Theresa E. Hunter Revocable Living Trust, 838 S.E.2d 721, 724 (Va. 2020) (citing Gerry W. Beyer et al., The Fine Art of Intimidating Disgruntled Beneficiaries with In Terrorem Clauses, 51 SMU L. Rev. 225, 231 (1998) for historical research of Mesopotamian wills using forerunner of in terrorem provisions and tenth-century and eleventh-century English wills warning the contester of the “torment of hell” and the “Day of Judgment”).

Ask A Librarian

The Texas Tech Law Library has added a new service for our faculty, staff and students. You are now able to chat with a librarian during our normal reference hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday). Outside of our reference hours you can still send a question and it will be responded to the next business day.

June 2020 New Resources

2020 June new books

In June 2020, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

New Resources


AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE (AEI) – Our newest HeinOnline resource is the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The AEI was founded in 1938 for the purpose of “bringing about a greater public knowledge and understanding of the social and economic advantages accruing to the American people through the maintenance of the system of free, competitive enterprise.” A public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., AEI scholars conduct original research that advocates for free enterprise and focuses on the world economy, U.S. foreign policy and international security, and domestic political and social issues. The American Enterprise Institute database brings AEI’s collection of scholarship to HeinOnline, providing access to works published by the Institute in HeinOnline’s fully-searchable image-based format. Unique to this collection is the ability to search by Policy Area.

New Books


  1. Melba Pearson, ed., Can They Do That? (2020).


  1. Michael A. Olivas, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA (2020).


  1. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Guidance on Preparing for Workplaces for COVID-19 (2020).


  1. Eduardo Salas, Ramon Rico and Jonathan Passmore, eds., The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Team Working and Collaborative Processes (2020).

All resources are available from 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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.

All electronic databases are available through the Library’s webpage, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/law/lawlibrary/index.php.

Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items or helping you contact the Librarian on call for questions about electronic resources.

2020 Legal Analytics Study, What Does It Mean to Law Libraries?

LexisNexis released its third annual LexisNexis ALM Study survey. This Survey suggests 90% of survey respondents agree: legal analytics makes them a better legal practitioner. You can find the full survey here.

The study shows 70% of large law firms use legal analytics tools, with 75% of respondents citing an increase in usage at their firm over the last year. Individually, 73% of respondents at firms with access to the tools report using legal analytics either directly or indirectly. Among users, 90% say the technology makes them better lawyers, and 92% plan to increase use over the next year.

The study indicates 98% of lawyers believe legal analytics has improved their law firm’s performance. Among firms that do not utilize legal analytics, 58% of attorneys believe lack of training/understanding of how the technologies work is one of the top challenges for adoption legal analytics.

It brings a question to academic law libraries. Should we add legal analytics as a part of the law school legal research training? Legal market changes, then law schools’ legal research training changes. We want to make our law students more competitive in the job market. This is true if we compare the current legal research curriculum with the curriculum in the 1980s. When attorneys use printed materials for their daily research, we teach students how to use printed materials. When practitioners use databases regularly, we have to teach our students how to use databases to do legal research accordingly.

This technology, legal analytics, is too new to both law firms and law libraries. It is hard to say if firms, especially small firms, would prefer students with legal analytics training or not. What should we do? Librarians should wait and observe the legal industry’s reaction to legal analytics in the next few years.