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Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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.”

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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.

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

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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

 

Excellence in Legal Research

The Excellence in Legal Research is an extracurricular research program that will help you develop your research skills. Although you won’t receive course credit, you will become a more efficient and effective researcher, and you’ll impress your future employer!

Visit the guide to learn more about the Excellence in Legal Research program (ELR) https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/elr. We will host a short info session on Tuesday, November 2 at noon. Please email excellenceinlegalresearch.law@ttu.edu for additional information or see the FAQs https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/elr/faqs

FBI Records: The Vault: Record Requests

This is the last in a four part series featuring the FBI records Vault. Each part highlights a different feature of the site.

FBI records can be requested through both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. to request a record you can submit your request a couple of different ways explained on the FBI website. Once You have made a request you may check on it through The Vault site.

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Status information is updated weekly. You need your FOI/PA request number to use this feature.

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There are some exemptions to the FOIA/PA which are explained on the site.

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The Vault can be reached through the FBI website under the Services Tab.

September 2021 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of September, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for September 1st to September 30th, 2021.

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

1. Brie Sherwin, et. al., Service Learning in the First-Year Research and Writing Classroom in Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion And Equity in the Law School Classroom (2021).

2. Amy Hardberger, et. al., Groundwater Governance for Conflict-Affected Countries, UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management, Global Water Security Issues Series 3 (2021).

Citations

1. Prof. Brie Sherwin’s article Chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Fracturing Fluid: A Story of Unfettered Secrecy, Toxicology, and the Resulting Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Development is cited in the following article: Lisa A. Cumming, The Feud is Getting Old: Why The Oil And Gas Industry Should Lobby For the Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 125 Penn St. L. Rev. 905 (2021).

2. Prof. Gonzalez’ article A Tale of Two Waivers: Waiver of the Jury Waiver Defense under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is cited in § 2321 of Federal Practice and Procedure (April 2021 Update).

3. Prof. Beyer’s article Estate Planning in the Digital Age is cited in § 5.16 of the Georgia Guardianship and Conservatorship (September 2021 Update).

4. Prof. Rosen’s article Funding “Non-Traditional” Military Operations: The Alluring Myth of a Presidential Power of the Purse is cited in the following case comment: Brianna Savard, Administrative Law—Byrne Jag Funds and Immigration: How Statutory Interpretation Helped Protect the Separation of Powers—City of Providene v. Barr. 954 F.3d 23 (1st Cir. 2020), 44 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. 245 (2021).

5. Prof. Watt’s article Tyranny by Proxy: State Action and the Private Use of Deadly Force is cited in the following article: Darrell A.H. Miller, Second Amendment Equilibria, 116 Nw. U. L. Rev. 239 (2021).

6. Prof. Benham’s article Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation is cited in the following article: Chelsea Hanlock, Settling for Silence: How Police Exploit Protective Orders, 109 Calif. L. Rev. 1507 (2021).

7. Prof. Rosen’s book Military Law: Criminal Justice & Administrative Process is cited in the following article: Max Jesse Goldberg, Congressional Influence on Military Justice, 130 Yale L.J. 2110 (2021).

8. Prof. Shannon’s article Debarment and Suspension Revisited: Fewer Eggs? is cited in the following article: Alix K. Town, Ours is to Reason Why: Exploring Motivating Principles for Debarment Systems, 50 Pub. Cont. L.J. 523 (2021).

9. Prof. Metze’s article The Right to Counsel at Trial: Speaking Truth To Power: The Obligation of the Courts to Enforce the Right to Counsel at Trial is cited in the following article: Mary Vukovich, Deprivation of the Right to Counsel for Federal Pretrial Detainees During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, 54 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 695 (2021).

10. 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: Caitlin E. Daday, (Anti)-SLAPP Happy In Federal Court?: The Applicability of State Anti-SLAPP Statutes in Federal Court and the Need for Federal Protection Against SLAPPs, 70 Cath. U.L. Rev. 441 (2021).

11. Prof. Humphrey’s article “Let’s Talk About Sex”: Legislating and Educating on the Affirmative Consent Standard is cited in the following article: Ruthy Lowenstein Lazar, Epistemic Twilight Zone of Consent, 30 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 461 (2021).

News

1. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the Lubbock Area Bar Association on April 14, 2021 and gave a presentation entitled, “The NCAA Goes to the Supreme Court, the Congress, State Legislatures and More! Hot Topics in College Sports Law.” Prof. Shannon also spoke at the Texas Tech Law School Roswell Webinar on May 27, 2021 with an updated version of the presentation.

2. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law conference in San Antonio TX on July 21, 2021, and gave a presentation entitled, “Sanity, Competency, & ‘Civil’ Commitments.”

3. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the “Mental Health and Mediation – Promoting the Well-Being of Involved Parties” webinar developed by the Texas Dispute Resolution System in Lubbock on July 27-29, 2021, and gave two presentations entitled, “Impact of Mental Health on Mediation – And Vice Versa”, and “Tying it All Together – Takeaways for Mediators.”

September 2021 New Books

In September 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

AIR AND SPACE LAW

1. Annette Froehlich, ed., On-Orbit Servicing:  Next Generation of Space Activities (2020).

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

2. Nicolas Petit, Big Tech and the Digital Economy:  The Moligopoly Scenario (2020).

CIVIL RIGHTS, GENERALLY

3. Amanda Frost, You are not American:  Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers (2021).

4. Eric K. Yamamoto, Lorraine J. Bannai, and Margaret Chon, Race, Rights, and National Security:  Law and the Japanese American Incarceration (2021).

5. Robin Allen, Making Comparisons in Equality Law:  Within Gender, Age, and Conflicts (2020).

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

6. Jeremy C. Pope and Shawn Treier, Founding Factions:  How Majorities Shifted and Aligned to Shape the U.S. Constitution (2020).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

7. Michael Tonry, Doing Justice, Preventing Crime (2020).

ENERGY AND UTILITIES LAW

8. Eduardo G. Pereira, Alexandra Wawryk, Heike Trischmann, Catherine Banet, and Keith B. Hall, eds., The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry:  From Obligation to Opportunities (2020).

FOOD AND DRUG LAW

9. Nuno Pires De Carvalho, From Antiquity to the COVID-19 Pandemic:  The Intellectual Property of Medicines and Access to Health:  A Sourcebook (2021).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

10. John Fabian Witt, American Contagions:  Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (2020).

INTERNATIONAL LAW

11. Gregory Burnep, Courts at War:  Executive Power, Judicial Intervention, and Enemy Combatant Policies Since 9/11 (2021).

LEGAL EDUCATION

12. Myint Zan, ed., Legal Education and Legal Traditions:  Selected Essays (2020).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

13. Reuben A. Guttman and J.C. Lore, Pretrial Advocacy (2021).

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

14. Dennis J. Baker and Paul H. Robinson, eds., Artificial Intelligence and the Law:  Cybercrime and Criminal Liability (2021).

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

15. Linda Greenhouse, The U.S. Supreme Court:  A Very Short Introduction (2020).

16. Steven T. Seitz, Justice Rehnquist, the Supreme Court, and the Bill of Rights (2020).

TORTS

17. Martha Chamallas and Lucinda M. Finley, eds., Feminist Judgments:  Rewritten Tort Opinions (2020).

WATER LAW

18. Xu Qian, Water Services Disputes in International Arbitration:  Reconsidering the Nexus of Investment Protection, Environment, and Human Rights (2020).

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.

Legal Research Tip: Terms and Connectors

There are many ways you may choose to run a search through a legal research database. You may be more familiar with the use of keyword searching in which you enter a few terms that describe what you’re looking for. Your typical Google search is a great example of how we use this method daily. Although this method may be helpful for quick and easy research, you’ll want alternatives when conducting more complex legal research.

What are Boolean search terms and connectors?

A boolean search is conducted by entering a few specific terms and symbols that tell the search engine what you want it to return and/or what you want it to exclude. These specific terms can be used with connectors to specify the relationship between those terms. For instance, you may specify your terms be used in the same sentence (/s) or the same paragraph (/p). Boolean searching allows you to have full control over the types of results you see. This is especially useful when trying to narrow your results and cut down your research time.

The following is a table of Boolean terms and connectors that may be used to run a search through a legal research database like Westlaw or LexisNexis. Each database contains a list of connectors you may use which can be found in the advanced search.

Westlaw Connectors:

TermExplanationExample
& (AND)Results shown will include both search terms.Landlord AND Tenant. Your results will show only resources that include both the terms Landlord and Tenant. You will not receive results with only one of the terms.
Use a Space (OR)Results shown will include at least one of your search terms.Landlord OR Tenant. Your results will show resources that include either the term Landlord or the term Tenant or both terms.
NOT  Results shown will exclude words after NOT.Landlord NOT Tenant. Your results will show resources that include the term Landlord and exclude the term Tenant.
n/Replace the n with a number to receive results of search terms within “n” words of each other.Landlord /3 Tenant will show you results that contain the term Tenant within 3 words of the term Landlord.
s/Results shown will include terms within the same sentence.Landlord /s Tenant will show you results of the terms Landlord and Tenant within the same sentence.
p/Results shown will include terms within the same paragraph.Landlord /p Tenant will show you results of the terms Landlord and Tenant within the same paragraph.
!Results shown will include different root endings of a term.Damag! will show you results with any words that start with Damag such as: Damages, Damaging, Damaged.
*This allows for the results to show different letters where you include an asterisk.Plea* will show you results with any word that has a letter where the asterisk is such as: Pleas, Plead.
“ “Results shown will include the exact terms within the quotation marks.“Plea bargain” will only return results with the terms Plea Bargain as opposed to Plea and Bargain separately.
( )Can be used for group search terms.Property AND (Landlord OR Tenant) will show results that include the term Property and either the term Landlord or Tenant.
+sResults shown will include the first term preceding the second within the same sentence.  Landlord +s Property will show results that include the term Landlord preceding the term Property within the same sentence.
+pResults shown will include the first term preceding the second within the same paragraph.  Landlord +p Property will show results that include the term Landlord preceding the term Property within the same paragraph.
% (but not)Results shown will exclude terms after the % symbol.Landlord % Tenant will show results that include the term Landlord but not the term Tenant.
+nResults shown will include the first term preceding the second within n terms of each other (where n is a number) Landlord +3 Property will show results that include the term Landlord preceding the term Property within three terms of each other.
#Results shown will exclude plurals and equivalents.Perm# will not include terms such as permanent or permission.

LexisNexis Connectors:

TermExplanationExample
& (AND)Results shown will include both search terms.Landlord AND Tenant. Your results will show only resources that include both the terms Landlord and Tenant. You will not receive results with only one of the terms.
Use a Space (OR)Results shown will include at least one of your search terms.Landlord OR Tenant. Your results will show resources that include either the term Landlord or the term Tenant or both terms.
w/n or near/n or /nResults shown will find documents where the service locates the first term within a specified number of words of the second term.Landlord w/3 Tenant will show you results that contain the term Tenant within 3 words of the term Landlord.
AND NOTResults shown will exclude terms after AND NOT.Landlord AND NOT Tenant will show results that include the term Landlord but not the term Tenant.
Pre/nUse pre/n to find documents where the service locates the first term within a specified number of words before the second term. pre/n connector is used in situations where a different word order changes the meaning of a statement. For example, “summary judgment” is different than “judgment summary”, so for results that include summary judgment, enter: summary pre/2 judgment  
w/sentResults shown will include terms within the same sentence.Landlord w/sent Tenant will show you results of the terms Landlord and Tenant within the same sentence.
w/paraResults shown will include terms within the same paragraph.Landlord w/para Tenant will show you results of the terms Landlord and Tenant within the same paragraph.
w/seg Results will show documents where the service locates search terms in the same segment of a document, approximately within 100 words of each other.Landlord w/seg Tenant will show you results of to find Landlord in the same segment, within approximately 100 words of Tenant.
pre/p or +pResults shown will include the first term preceding the second within the same paragraph.  Landlord pre/p Property will show results that include the term Landlord preceding the term Property within the same paragraph.
pre/sResults shown will include the first term preceding the second within the same sentence.  Landlord pre/s Property will show results that include the term Landlord preceding the term Property within the same sentence.
not w/nResults will include the first term where there is no mention of the second term by at least the specified number of words. (Where n is a number)Landlord not w/3 Property will show results that include the term Landlord not within three terms of the term Property.
not w/s or not w/sentResults will include the first term where there is no mention of the second term by at least a sentence.Landlord not w/s Property will show results that include the term Landlord not within a sentence of the term Property.
not w/pResults will include the first term where there is no mention of the second term by at least a paragraph.Landlord not w/p Property will show results that include the term Landlord not within a paragraph of the term Property.
not w/segResults will include the first term where there is no mention of the second term by at least a segment (approximately 100 words).Landlord not w/seg Property will show results that include the term Landlord not within a segment of the term Property.

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