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.
The Texas Tech University Law Library has a full subscription to Law.com. Law.com is one interconnected platform that serves all 18 online U.S. national and regional legal publications including news, rankings, reports, and strategy, produced by American Lawyer Media (ALM). It includes: The American Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Supreme Court Brief, Corporate Counsel, Legaltech News. Legal Week, Inside Counsel, The Recorder, and others.
Access to Law.com
Students can access Law.com on campus and remotely with eRaider. You need no sign-in on Law.com to access the full text of articles. In addition, students do not need to subscribe or respond to pop-ups offering a subscription. Notes: You cannot sign in with your LexisNexis account information even though you are given this option.
Faculty can use eRaider to access Law.com as well. However, faculty need to create your own username and password to receive and open topical email alerts.
A customized alert is your personalized alert generated from a keyword search or topic of your choosing. When creating an alert, you will have the option to specify the frequency – daily or weekly – as well as the day and time you would like to see it in your inbox. Faculty can easily manage your alerts from your My Account page.
Law.com has pre-created logins for TTU law faculty. To active your faculty login credentials, please reset your password Law.com login page. After entering your TTU email, faculty will need to select “Forget Password”. Then you will receive a password reset email from Law.com. Once faculty update your password, your can access Law.com with your TTU email.
For more information about Law.com, please contact Electronic and Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie.
The law library recently purchased VerdictSearch. VerdictSearch is a verdict reporter that solicits feedback from the winning and losing attorneys. VerdictSearch uses consistent data-collection criteria across all jurisdictions, so when users compare cases, you will get comprehensive and unbiased analysis.
The most common search is for case-valuation purposes. Researchers want to know what a particular injury is worth in a particular venue, for a plaintiff of a particular age and/or gender. These searches can also include the relevant insurer. Other common searches include expert-witness histories, lawyer or law-firm histories, searches for cases with comparable fact patterns, and searches for cases against particular parties.
Besides Texas, VerdictSearch also covers 13 other jurisdictions, including California, Carolinas, D.C. Metro, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and National.
VerdictSearch comprises more than 200,000 cases. In some venues, its coverage dates to the 1980s, but most venues have about 20 years of data.
Each case report includes a full narrative of the facts, allegations, injuries, damages and result. Other key data points include, when available and relevant, expert witnesses, attorneys and law firms, insurers and coverage limits, settlement offers and demands, and docket information, such as the caption, index number, court and judge.
Access to VerdictSearch
Law school users can visit VerdictSearch or find it in the Law Library Electronic Resources List. Law school users can access VerdictSearch off campus with eRaider. Though you do not need to create individual account, you must click Login icon at the top right corner to start your research.
Searching in VerdictSearch
VerdictSearch allows users to combine several or many parameters to ensure case results match your exact criteria. As users enter search terms and make selections in drop-down menus, the red preview box will display how many results match the current criteria. Run a search at any time by clicking the Search button in that red preview box. Users can use any or all criteria on the screen to narrow results. Search fields include:
Keyword box – at the top of the search screen. You can enter a single search term, using standard Boolean search operands (AND, OR, etc). Putting phrases in quotes will ensure all words are matched. Examples of searches using this field can be found by clicking the ? button at the top right of the box.
State & Venue – allows you to narrow your search to particular states or even county court systems
Case Details – allows you to search for injury type or case type, with many options
Ex. Dog Bites involving Wrist injury
Ex. Medical Malpractice involving Cardiac incidents
People – search cases involving particular judges, experts, lawyers or parties, or demographics of parties (i.e. infants or women aged 40-65)
Once a user has run a search, you will see filters on the left-hand side of the page, which allow you to further refine your results. Simply check off the boxes of the additional restrictions you’d like to place on your results and click the red Search button on the pop-up to update your results. To remove filters, click the red X next to them at the top of the Filter section.
Download Copies of Cases
Cases can be exported in PDF or Word form from the database, either singly or a full page of search results. Cases have condensed and full-view options upon printing or exporting. If you need to download more than 10 cases per day, please contact law library for help.
From the Search Results page, you can export all of your cases to PDF or Word by clicking the appropriate buttons at the top of the list. Exports are limited to a single page of search results. You can export all cases in full, or select a summary instead. You can also email a set of cases using the Email button.
From the single case view, you have the option to export the case as a PDF or Word Document, either a full case view or a one-page version. You can also email the case using the Email button.
If you have any questions, please contact Electronic & Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In June 2021, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.
Military and Government – HeinOnline’s Military and Government allows users to research the functions of the federal government in administering all six armed forces, as well as the issues confronting service personnel both on and off the battlefield. This new database includes topics such as women’s changing role in the military to the development of new weaponry to navigating benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs after service.
If you are studying for the bar exam and need some additional study aids to help you prepare, then come by the law library! The law library has brand new study aids to help you. There are flash cards and Uniform Bar Exam books. Plus, we have a large collection of study aids to help with essays, practice questions, and how to study for the bar exam.
If you have any questions about which study aid is best for you, talk to our Circulation staff! They will be glad to help find the right book for you.
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 email@example.com. Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.