Animal Law Resource Center

 

According to their website, The Animal Law Resource Center  (http://www.animallaw.com/) provides information and access to legislation and legal matters dealing with animals, including animal cruelty and control, laboratory welfare, as well as wildlife.  The site is the creation of the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), a not-for-profit group devoted to promoting science while not harming animals.  The website is updated and maintained largely due to the students from various Chicago area law schools, such as Chicago Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, and Northwestern.

 

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The site provides access to various different types of information, and allows you to search in various different ways.  These include jurisdiction and subject as well as others.

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Another handy feature is the Model Laws section, which provides sample text for various animal related legislation that can be adapted to your jurisdiction.

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There is also a section for those wishing to do literature research on the area of animal law.  Various books and law reviews are listed for ease of access and use.

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Miscellaneous features of the website are also helpful.  There is an FAQ section to help answer questions.  There is also a section that provides information on how you can Take Action.  Please also note their disclaimer: “Please note that the Animal Law Resource Center does NOT provide legal advice or referrals and is not responsible for the timeliness or accuracy of information on third-party websites.”

 For further information, the Animal Law Resource Center can be contacted at:

Animal Law Resource Center
National Anti-Vivisection Society
53 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 1552
Chicago, IL 60604
800.888.NAVS (6287) or 312.427.6065
A project of the International Institute for Animal Law

 

 

Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter Featured Spotlight: Recent Topics

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter.

The Family Law Reporter provides updates on areas of family law organized topically. Some of these topics may be accessed on the main page under the “Hot Topic” link. Alternatively, you can create your own quick links using the “Customize” feature in the “Recent Topics” Section to link a particular category straight to your main page.

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Selecting “All Recent Topics” under the “Recent Topics” section takes you to an index of family law topics organized alphabetically. This page can also be accessed by selecting “Recent Topics” from the tool bar.

For example, if we were trying to find recent developments on community property cases we can select “C” in the alphabet above and expand the “Community Property” section to view the community property updates from the most recent issue.

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Here, we find two headlines of recent community property cases. Selecting one will take us to a brief summary of the listed case.

Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter Featured Spotlight: Insights

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter.

Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family Law Reporter includes “Bloomberg Law Insights.” Insights are short scholarly articles providing perspectives on varying family law issues from experts in the field. They may be accessed from the main page by selecting “All Bloomberg Law Insights” under the “Bloomberg Law Insights” section. The main page also displays some of the more recent articles.

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Scrolling through the insights, each entry includes a short biography of the author and often the beginning sentences of the article. Here, there is an article by Natalie Lemos and Paul Leinoff entitled: “Interspousal Agreements: Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Do They Really Work?”

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Selecting the link will take us to the brief article, written by two experienced practitioners, on the effectiveness of interspousal agreements.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg/BNA The Family Law Reporter: What is it?

This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter.

The Family Law Reporter by Bloomberg/BNA is a database that provides notifications and analysis of current Family Law cases, legislative activity, and trends within the field.

The BNA highlights, issued biweekly, provide current family law developments. The Family Law Reporter’s default will display some headlines with their summaries as “Highlights,” and will provide the remaining headlines in a section below labeled “In This Issue.”

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This setting may be changed by selecting the links above the “Highlights” section to provide all headlines either with or without summaries. For example, if we select “All Headlines” then that issue’s headlines will be displayed without summaries—organized topically.

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The main page will sometimes present a “Breaking News” section with summaries of recent decisions. This section will provide updates more frequently than the headlines from the most recent issue.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s The Family law Reporter database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

5 Ways to De-Stress After Finals

The semester is coming to a close and as everyone gets finished up with all of their final exams, here are just a few ideas on how you can relax once everything is turned in and finished!

  1. Celebrate!!!-You can celebrate being done with the semester many different ways. Go out for drinks with friends, do some kind of recreational activity (bowling, golf, hiking, etc.), or just go home and binge watch TV shows/movies while eating some delicious snacks. Anything that makes you happy, do it! Please be smart, and celebrate responsibly!
  2. Go See Family-Most of you will probably do this around the holidays regardless, but there’s nothing quite like seeing family after a semester of law school. They’ll be there to comfort you, make you nice meals, and just be there to help get your mind off of school work even if it’s just for a few weeks.
  3. Go On Vacation-What better way to de-stress than to forget all of your troubles and go somewhere different! For most, a grand vacation may not be financially possible, but even going somewhere reasonably close and just getting away from Lubbock for a weekend can be a good way to recharge!
  4. Read-I know that some of you may be tired of reading after the semester, but reading for pleasure is not only fun, but it can help keep your brain fresh so that you’re not completely out of it once the Spring semester starts back up again.
  5. Relax-This is probably the most important thing you can do. Some of you may be able to do this by doing any of the four previous options and that’s great! Just make sure to rest your brain and body after a long and arduous semester of law school. destress

Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor Featured Spotlight: Water Basin Customization

This is the fourth and final post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor.

The Bloomberg/BNA Water & Law Policy Monitor provides a customizable feature on its front page that allows the reader to easily access water law updates regarding a specific water basin.

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In Texas, the third largest river basin is the Colorado River Basin. You can customize your main page to display a link to the developments that effect this region. If we select “Colorado” we can access headlines that pertain specifically to the Colorado River Basin.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

November 2016 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout November 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 November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016.

Published:

  1. Vaughn James, Texas Elder Law 2017 (2017).
  2. Alexander Pearl, Redskins: The Property Right to Racism, 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 231 (2016).
  3. Bryan T. Camp Collecting Tax Liabilities From Third Parties, 152 TaxNotes 11, 1549 (2016)
  4. Gerry W. Beyer, Transfer of Death Deeds: A Texas Primer, Est. Plan. Dev. for Tex. Prof., (Oct. 2016), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2853757

Cited:

  1. Professor Murphy’s book Administrative Law and Practice was cited in the following article: Aaron Saiger, Agencies’ Obligation to Interpret the Statute 69, Vand. L. Rev. 1231 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy’s book Punitive Damages, Explanatory Verdicts, and the Hard Look, was cited in the following November 2016 updated Litigation Guide: Lawrence G. Cetrulo, 1 Toxic Torts Litigation Guide § 4:32 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Weninger’s article Electronic Discovery and Sanctions for Spoliation: Perspectives from the Classroom, was cited in the following article: Clare Kealey, Discovering Flaws: An Analysis of the Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) and Its Impact on the Spoliation of Electronically Stored Evidence, 14 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 140 (2016)
  1. Professor Chiappinelli’s, Red October: Its Origins, Consequences, and the Need to Revive the National Market System, was cited in the following treatises: Thomas Lee Hazen, 4 Law Sec. Reg. § 14:18 (Nov. 2016); Thomas Lee \ Hazen, 1 Law Sec. Reg. § 1:76 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Dean Dickerson’s Contractual Jury Waiver Provisions: A Striking Idea, was cited in the following updated West’s Legal Forms: Frederick H. Miller, 12 West’s Legal Forms, Commercial Transactions 6:39 (2016). Frederick H. Miller, 12A West’s Legal Forms, Commercial Transactions 23:22 (2016)
  1. Professor Beyer’s articles, Avoid Being a Defendant: Estate Planning Malpractice and Ethical Concerns and Web Meets the Will: Estate Planning for Digital Assets were cited in the following treatise: Henry J. Lischer et al., 16 West’s Legal Forms, Estate Planning Pt. I Introduction (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Beyer and Kerri Griffen’s article, Lady Bird Deeds: A Primer for the Texas Practitioner, Estate Planning Developments for Texas Professionals, was cited in the following updated treatise: Mary F. Radford, 1 Ga. Wills & Administration § 2:3 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Beyer and Naomi Cahn’s article, When You Pass On Don’t Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets, was cited in the following article: Suzanne Brown Walsh & Catherine Anne Seal, The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act: Striking a Balance Between Privacy Expectations and the Need for Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets, 12 NAELA J. 101 (2016).
  1. Professor Krahmer’s article, Commercial Transactions, was cited in the following updated treatise: Mike Baggett, 15 Tex. Prac., Texas Foreclosure Law & Prac. § 6.11 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Christopher’s article, “Whack-a-Mole: Why Prosecuting Digital Currency Exchanges Won’t Stop Online Money Laundering” was cited in the following: Timothy Bierer, Hashing It Out: Problems and Solutions Concerning Cryptocurrency Used As Article 9 Collateral, 7 Case W. Reserve J.L. Tech. & Internet 79 (2016).
  1. Professor Camp’s article How the IRS Can Regulate Return Preparers without New Law was cited in the following articles: 75 Tax Prac. 843 (Nov. 2016). 2016 TNT 223-31 (Nov. 2016)

Quoted:

  1. Professor Benham’s, Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing was quoted in: Michael Thomas Murphy, Occam’s Phaser: Making Proportional Discovery (Finally) Work in Litigation by Requiring Phased Discovery, 4 Stan. J. Complex Litig. 89 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy and Sid Shapiro’s Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure out about Controlling Administrative Power was quoted in: Cary Coglianese & Kristin Firth Separation of Powers Legitimacy: An Empirical Inquiry into Norms about Executive Power 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1869 (2016).
  1. Dean Torres’s MacCrate Goes to Law School: An Annotated Bibliography of Methods for Teaching Lawyering Skills in the Classroom was quoted in: Jules Epstein, The “Ohlbaum Paper” and Advocacy Scholarship – Why Now?, 88 Temp. L. Rev. 507 (2016).

News:

  1. Professor T. Pearl was invited as a Guest Blogger on PrawfsBlawg for the month of November, she contributed 5 blog posts. Her blog post Two Roads to the Future on PrawfsBlawg was quoted in Scott H. Greenfield’s Simple Justice Criminal Defense Blog Post Baby You Can Drive my Car.
  1. On November 2, 2016, Professor Beyer presented a one hour webinar entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration which was sponsored by the CPA academy. The webinar was viewed by approximately 300 CPAs, attorneys, and other professionals across the nation and even internationally.
  1. On November 7, 2016 Professor Casto spoke at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law about Advising Presidents: Private Advice and Public Advocacy.
  1. On November 8, 2016, Professor Beyer was the invited speaker at the monthly meeting of the Midland Odessa Business & Estate Council in Midland, Texas. His topic and accompanying article were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 10, 2016, Professor Beyer was the featured speaker at a program hosted by the Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas. The topic of his presentation and accompanying article was Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 15, 2016, Professor. Beyer was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Houston Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, a more than 80-year old organization which provides lay individuals with expert assistance for estate, retirement and financial planning; employee benefits; business and compensation planning; and life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 17, 2016, Professor Beyer was the featured speaker for the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Fort Worth Business and Estate Section’s November meeting. His topic and accompanying article were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 21, 2016, Professor Beyer presented a one hour synchronous webinar entitled Estate Planning Essentials: Avoiding Costly Mistakes which was sponsored by the CPA academy, the largest provider of free CPE webinars in the CPA profession. The webinar was viewed by over 825 CPAs and other professionals from coast to coast.
  1. On November 29, 2016 Professor Beyer taught a class titled Estate Planning– “I Didn’t Know That!” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
  2. Professor Baker’s blog “The Ginger (Law) Librarian” was chosen as one of The ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. Editors of the ABA Journal announced they have selected The Ginger (Law) Librarian as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.“For 10 years, the Blawg 100 has helped shine a light on the stunning breadth of legal topics and voices to found in the legal blogosphere,” Acting Editor-Publisher Molly McDonough said.
  3. Professor Chiappinelli was listed as part of the Members Consultative Group for the following updated group: Principles of the Law, Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes.
  4. Dean Huffman was selected to be a part of the U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Service Academy Nomination Board where he will review application and make recommendations of who Sen. Cruz should nominate to the U.S. Service Academies.
  5. Professor Shannon was quoted in Targeted News Service article The National Football Foundation, Fidelity Investments (R) Highlight 2016 Faculty Athletics Representative Honorees.
  6. Dean Dickerson was quoted in the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram newspaper article The Texas Law Hawk is flying high for the holidays. The article was on a Tech Law Grad, the Texas Law Hawk- Bryan E. Wilson.