Who is the “Notorious RBG”?

Who is the “Notorious RBG”???  While cataloging books for the Law Library’s collection, I noticed several books on Ruth Bader Ginsburg coming through.  Most were serious but one caught my eye as being a humorous homage and I wondered why this fascination with RBG?  I started looking and found a profusion of books, websites, and merchandise on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Here is a quick look at some of what I found.

notorious-rbgThe book that I noticed, Notorious RBG the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon, and Shana Knizhnik.  Carmon, a reporter with MSNBC and Knizhnik, a lawyer and blogger have created a homage to feminist hero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It provides a look her life and work as well as providing a glimpse of her personality.

Other recent biographies, include; In My Own Worlds, a collection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s speeches and writings.  This book provides a serious look at how she sees the world through her own words.  Writings include items from when she was 8 years old and throughout her life. my-own-words-9781501145261_lg

51xeakvhol-_sy445_ql70_Another recent book, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, edited by Scott Dodson, offers a diverse perspective on Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her influence on the world by prominent court watchers and leading scholars.

Some of the more humorous surprises I found about Ruth Bader Ginsburg online were the blogs, coloring books, and merchandise featuring her. 51w0zsvtt6l

There are at least two coloring books, one by Tom O’Leary, The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book, which is for sale online and at various bookstores.

A free Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book can be found at the She-Knows blog. These coloring pages can be printed and colored by RBG fans.

Shana Knizhnik created a Tumblr tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Notorious R.B.G.” which allows people to post their tributes to RBG including pictures of people dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wearing RBG merchandise, as well as books and comments about her.

rbg-bobble-headGreenbag has produced a bobblehead figure of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is very difficult to find if not impossible.  The bobblehead is given away by Greenbag to their subscribers. According to Greenbag, “If you want to buy one, your best bets are those charity auctions and eBay.”

Surprisingly enough, I also found an article online from ABC News, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Birthday:  10 Gifts to Get the ‘Notorious’ Supreme Court Justice.  The article lists ten items that Justice Ginsburg might want for her birthday.  The list contained items like opera tickets, jabots, and the Lego set of the Women Supreme Court Justices (if only it existed)!

I have really enjoyed looking at and reading about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  In the process I have learned that RBG is an impressive woman who is passionate about her beliefs, works hard and plays hard, and is a true feminist icon!!! lego-supreme-court-women

American Indian Law Collection – Important Tabs

Part Two of a Four part series.

One of the most critical examinations in American Indian law comes from the legislative history. As Congress has the retained Plenary Power over tribes, congressional sources and intent are imperative to that analysis. Therefore, one of the most critical tabs that HeinOnline lists first is the Legislative Histories tab.


When going through this tab, a researcher can find not only the actual acts, but also the reports and hearing documents on the material from the various House and Senate Committees.




This tab is very helpful to understand the background and purpose of American Indian Law legislation.

Access to HeinOnline: American Indian Law Collection database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline: http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=alpha/A_amindian&collection=amindian



Flare Index to Treaties

The Flare Index is the creation of the IALS (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) and the School of Advanced Study University of London, with support and encouragement of the FLARE Group of major UK law libraries (Cambridge, IALS, Oxford, SOAS and the British Library) among other international law collections.

The database contains significant, but select, multilateral treaties from 1352 to more recent times.  Also included are bilateral treaties from 1353 to 1815.  There are clear guidelines as to what is included and what is not included in this collection, with emphasis placed on particular select resources. Their goal is to provide “a research tool aiding scholars and students, lawyers and librarians in researching the international law of treaties – whether they are new or experienced in the field.”


Queries and suggestions should be directed to Steven Whittle at steven.whittle@sas.ac.uk.

American Indian Law – Overview

Part One of a Four part Series.

The American Indian Law Collection with HeinOnline is a comprehensive group of documents and sources to help researches study this unique field of law. Most notably included is Title 25 of the U.S. Code and the American Indian Law Review.

Listed at the top of the homepage is a search tool to find resources using a variety of sources such as; “Full Text,” “Citation,” “Catalog,” and “Case Law.”


Also included at the top of the home page is a series of tabs relating to the various forms of sources HeinOnline offers for American Indian Law.


This collection features over 1,000 different titles on a wide variety of topics related to American Indian Law. This includes Scholarly Articles, Committee of Indian Affairs Hearings, and External Links.


HeinOnline provides a thorough list of sources that are curtailed specifically towards American Indian Law research.

Access to HeinOnline: American Indian Law Collection database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline: http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=alpha/A_amindian&collection=amindian


Find FREE Books with Google Chrome Library Extension

There’s a cool new tool in the Library Extension for Google Chrome. Like many people (and even as a librarian), I often find myself clicking “purchase” on Amazon before checking with my local library for a book that I am interested in.

As mentioned on Lifehacker, Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. After you install the Library Extension for Chrome, any searches that you do on Amazon will yield results from your local library, too. 

From Library Extension’s website: Easily see what titles are available at your local library as you browse for books! As you browse books and e-books, the Library Extension can check your library’s online catalog and display the availability of that item on the same page. If the book is available at your library, you’ll know instantly – and have a quick, convenient link to reserve the title! 

The extension allows you to pick your favorite local libraries and add them to a list. Then, when you shop for books on Amazon (or other), the extension adds a box that will let you know if those books are available at your library.

It’s a wonderfully ingenious extension, and it will be available for Firefox soon.

Historical Texas Statutes & Where to Find Them

One of the most common questions we get here at the Law Library is, “Where can I find historical statutes in Texas?” Historical statutes are notoriously tricky to find, and that can be frustrating. Here is a list of just some of the resources that are available to you that carry historical Texas statutes.

heinonlineHeinOnlineThe Law Library has a subscription to HeinOnline, so this resource is available to all Texas Tech Law students. There is an entire collection dedicated to historical state statutes. The Texas statutes go all the way back to 1838, but unfortunately the most recent statutes they have on file for Texas are from 1925.

texas-state-law-libraryTexas State Law LibraryThe Texas State Law Library website is a free resource for anyone to use, so this could be a useful resource even after you graduate from law school. The coverage of dates for the historical statutes in this collection range from 1879-1966. Besides historical statutes, this website has plenty of other valuable resources for you to use!

WestlawWhile Westlaw doesn’t have historical statutes dating back to the early 1900’s, they do have more recent statutes. For example, the Texas statutes range from 1987-present. To access the historical statutes on Westlaw, go to the State Materials tab and click on Texas.
Next, click on Texas Statutes & Court Rules.
Once you click this, look on the right hand side of the screen and you will see “Texas Statutes Annotated-Historical”; click there.

You will then be taken to all of the historical statutes that are available on Westlaw.
In the Library-Most law libraries in Texas will have copies of historical statutes in print. The Texas Tech Law Library has laws in our collection dating back to 1836. We have attorneys come in all the time wanting to know what a law said back in 1987. Since they don’t have access to Westlaw, the library is a great place for them to come! So even when you graduate, keep in mind that the library is a great resource.

Searching for historical statutes can be a daunting task. Hopefully these resources help, and if you require further assistance, the library and its wonderful librarians are always here to help!

World Climate Change Report: Interviews

This is the fourth post in a four blog series spotlighting http://news.bna.com/clln/

On the homepage of World Climate Change Report there is a “Key Features” tab that includes “Special Reports” and “Interviews.”


If you click on “Interviews” it will direct you to a list of transcripts of interviews from the most recent by date. The interviews will have a general topic indicator as well as a title specifically describing the interview. For example, Sustainability: Businesses Waiting to See Green Bonds Value: Moody’s Shilling.


After selecting an interview it will direct you to a transcript of the interview with the questions asked by the reporter and the response of the individual being interviewed.


As demonstrated above, the individual being interviewed is the senior vice president of environmental, social and governance for Moody’s Shillings. Notice the transcript is broken down by question of Bloormberg and the answer of Mr. Shilling.