What can I get at the Circulation desk?

Students, don’t forget the staff at the Circulation desk are here to help you!  They are here to ensure you get what you need, when you need it.  Here are some of the services and helpful items that are available to you from the Circulation desk:

Office Supplies:  Whether you forget your pencil bag at home or urgently need to staple an assignment minutes before class starts, the Circulation desk has what you need. Pens, pencils, erasers, calculators, paper clips, rulers, staplers, hole punch, tape, and scissors are all available upon request.

Umbrellas:  It doesn’t rain in West Texas very often, but when it does you might need an umbrella.  The Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas available to keep you, and your pricey books, dry when the rain catches you unprepared.  All we ask is, if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!

Electronics and Chargers:  Forget your charger at home? The Circulation desk has a wide variety of charging cords available so you can spend less time commuting and more time studying. Additionally, the Circulation desk also carries thumb drives and cords for connecting to video equipment, small camcorders, and projectors.

Pain Medication:  Headaches and muscle aches can slow your study pace to a crawl, so it is important to get relief as soon as possible.  The Circulation desk has ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin available upon request.

First Aid Supplies:  The Circulation desk has a variety of bandages, alcohol pads, and antiseptic available for minor cuts and abrasions. A bigger first aid kit is also available for more serious situations.  Additionally, the Law Library has two defibrillators: one by the 1st floor elevator and one out side the Library entrance, under the message board.

Cleaning Supplies:  For life’s little messes, the Circulation desk has an assortment of cleaning supplies you may borrow at your convenience.

Study Room Reservations:  Law Library Study Room reservations can be made at the Circulation desk.  If you want to make sure a study room is available for you at the time you need it, come by the Circulation desk and reserve the room you need.

Last but most importantly, the Circulation desk has Answers!  If you need help, but are not sure where to go or who can help; the Circulation Desk staff can help!  Ask, and the Circulation desk staff will either provide you the answer or connect you with the person who can help.

Banned Book Week–Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

banned book week displaySeptember 24-30, 2017 is Banned Book Week.

This annual event celebrates the right to read! Banned book week is important because it celebrates freedom from censorship and restriction on literary materials.

In honor of this week, the Law Library has placed a Banned Book Exhibit displaying just a few previously challenged books, along with a short summary of cases in which they were challenged.

This exhibit is located in the Collaborative Commons on the first floor of the library.

But wait there’s more! Love shopping on Amazon? You could win a $25 Amazon gift card by playing the Banned Books game located in the exhibit. The rules are simple. Name as many of the books on the box located in the exhibit without using the internet. The person who answers the most correctly by Friday September 29th at 2 p.m. will win a $25 Amazon gift card!  If there’s more than one person who get the same number correct, we’ll do a random draw of those people to select the winner.  So come have some fun and maybe you’ll be the big winner!

So take a study break and stop by the collaborative commons to browse the books and submit your entry!

In honor of this week, the American Library Association (ALA)-Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes a list of challenged books for the year.

You can find the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 here http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/NLW-Top10

Here is a list of 15 popular books that have previously been challenged:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
  2. Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck
  3. Harry Potter-J.K. Rowling
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Maya Angelou
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey-E.L. James
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time-Mark Haddon
  7. The Holy Bible
  8. Two Boys Kissing-David Levithan
  9. The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
  10. Captain Underpants-Dav Pilkey
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
  12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian-Sherman Alexie
  13. The Hunger Games trilogy-Suzanne Collins
  14. Brave New World-Aldous Huxley
  15. Gossip Girl-Cecily von Ziegesar

Source: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#2015


Arthur Miller Articulates the Importance of Legal Research

Arthur R. Miller CBE is this nation’s leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and is co-author with the late Charles Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, the legendary treatise in the field. Professors Miller and Wright are among the most-often cited and well-regarded law treatise writers today. Their multi-volume series is an essential reference for judges and lawyers.

Below, Arthur Miller articulates the importance of legal research for practice:

And here:

As you consider the importance of legal research, don’t forget the 4-step legal research strategy for effective and efficient results.

Writing a Seminar Paper This Semester? We Can Help!

Many students fulfill their upper-level writing requirement by writing a research paper for a seminar course.  However, this type of research and writing may be new to you!  After all, it’s very different than the research you do for your LP classes and out in your clerkships.

We have a number of resources here in the library that can help!


  1. Our Scholarly Research Resources research guide.  It has information on resources for picking a hot topic that will appeal to those selecting articles to be published–and if you’re going to spend a whole semester on it, why not try to get it published?  There’s also information on how to run a preemption check to make sure no one else has taken your exact approach to a topic, on the scholarly research process and the parts of a scholarly paper, and how to avoid plagiarism.
  2. Attend our Scribes Student Legal Writing events–especially our write-in on Saturday, October 28th.  We’ll provide breakfast and lunch, and Professors Baker and Drake will be on hand to help you with any problems you’re currently having with your paper.
  3. Set up a research consult with Professor Drake or Professor Baker.  These types of paper are research heavy and we can help with paper organization, finding strong resources to back up your arguments, and much more!

The Study and Practice of Law and Stress—A Modest Law Library Response

There is no doubt that a strong correlation exists between the study and practice of law and stress. Stress in the legal profession is prevalent. It’s not a new phenomenon. Stress and related causes in the legal profession have been around ever since I can remember and I am sure even well before I started law school many years ago. Stress can manifest itself in many ways, but arguably the most widespread form is associated with substance abuse. A recent story in the New York Times highlights the fragility of even the most successful and capable attorney. A high-powered Silicon Valley attorney dies. His ex-wife investigates and finds pervasive drug abuse in the legal profession.

However, this does not need to be the case. We all know about the value of eating right, regular exercise, and proper rest to keep the body functioning properly, but a mental or spiritual component is equally important. Mindfulness places a strong emphasis on breathing and meditation, which have proven to be effective stress fighters. Numerous studies have noted the importance and benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress. One recent study notes.

Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.

We previously have written about wellness and stress reducing techniques and available Law Library resources. For example, see

·         Law Library Resources for Stress-Free Law Student and Attorney Careers

·         How to Reduce Stress in Three Minutes

·         5 Ways to De-Stress After Finals

2017 Law Library Refective AreaExperts say that meditation can be done anywhere. However, since many of you spend a good deal of time in the Law Library, we have set aside space on the first floor in the NE corner of the west wing for meditation and breathing, or just plain reflection and rest. We highly encourage its use. Your wellness is paramount.

August 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout August 2017, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for August 1 to August 31, 2017.


1. Rishi Batra, Using the Terms Integrative and Distributive Bargaining in the Classroom: Time for Change?, 2017 J. DISP. RESOL. 29 (2017).

2. Gerry W. Beyer, Keeping Current-Probate, PROB. & PROP. 14 (2017).

3. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2017 Texas Legislature, EST. PLAN. DEV. FOR TEX. PROF., July 2017, at 1.

4. Vaughn E. James, Planning for Incapacity: Helping Clients Prepare for Potential Future Health Crises, 9 EST. PLAN. & COMMUNITY PROP. L.J. 227 (2017).

1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Can a President pardon himself?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Aug. 18, 2017 08:56 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2017-08-18/it-s-debatable-can-president-pardon-himself/.

1. Prof. Murphy’s work on ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS was cited in the following article: Kourtney Lanea Kech, Supply and Demand, One and the Same Since When?: The EPA’s Failed Attempt to Find a Loophole in the Renewable Fuel Standard, 5 LSU J. ENERGY L. & RESOURCES 397 (2017).

2. Prof. Beyer’s article Anticipating Will Contests and How to Avoid Them was cited in ESTATE PLANNING FOR UNMARRIED COUPLES Course Materials, June 25 – 30, 2017, CY020 ALI-CLE 1461.

3. Prof. Loewy’s article Police Obtained Evidence and the Constitution: Distinguishing Unconstitutionally Obtained Evidence from Unconstitutionally Used Evidence was cited in the following article: Christopher Slobogin, Manipulation of Suspects and Unrecorded Questioning: After Fifty Years of Miranda Jurisprudence, Still Two (or Maybe Three) Burning Issues, 97 B.U.L. REV. 1157 (2017).

4. Prof. Batra’s article Using the Terms Integrative and Distributive Bargaining in the Classroom: Time for Change? was cited in the following article: John Lande, Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding, 2017 J. DISP. RESOL. 1 (2017).

5. Prof. Sutton’s article Is There a Doctor (And a Lawyer) In The House? Why Our Good Samaritan Laws Are Doing More Harm Than Good for a National Public Health Strategy: A Fifty-State Survey was cited extensively in the following article: Vincent C. Thomas, Good Samaritan Law: Impact on Physician Rescuers, 17 WYO. L. REV. 149 (2017).

6. Prof. Velte’s article All Fall Down: A Comprehensive Approach to Defeating the Religious Right’s Challenges to Antidiscrimination Statutes was cited in the following article: Terri R. Day and Danielle Weatherby, Contemplating Masterpiece Cakeshop, 74 WASH. & LEE REV. 86 (2017).

7. Prof. Cochran’s article It Takes Two to Tango!: Problems with Community Property Ownership of Copyrights and Patents in Texas was cited in the following article: Loren E. Mulraine, Collision Course: State Community Property Laws and Termination Rights Under the Federal Copryight Act-Who Should Have the Right of Way?, 100 MARQ. L. REV. 1193 (2017).

8. Prof. Cochran’s article It Takes Two to Tango!: Problems with Community Property Ownership of Copyrights and Patents in Texas was cited in Professional accounts receivables, 4 ARIZ. PRAC., Community Property Law § 6.8 (3d ed.).

9. Prof. Murphy’s article Punitive Damages, Explanatory Verdict, and the Hard Look was cited in General verdict with written interrogatories, 1 FED. JURY PRAC. & INSTR. § 8:8 (6th ed.).

10. Prof. Krahmer’s article Wire Transfers, Good Faith, and Phishing was cited in Vernon’s Okla. Forms 2d, COM. & CONSUMER FORMS § 4A.1 and § 4.16 (August 2017 Update).

11. Prof. Beyer’s work was cited extensively throughout 10-88 THOMPSON ON REAL PROPERTY, Thomas Editions § 88.04 (2017).

12. Several of Prof. Beyer’s articles relative to pet trusts are cited in §§ 5:1.50 & 5.55 of 1 EST. PLAN. FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS (3d ed.).

13. Prof. Beyer’s articles Target Best Practices for Guns Included in an Estate and New Changes Coming This Summer for Gun Trusts are cited in the following article: Taylor Smith, Rule 41f: Targeting A Gun Trust Loophole, 9 EST. PLAN. & COMMUNITY PROP. L.J. 327 (2017).

14. Prof. Beyer’s forthcoming article Estate Planning Ramifications of Obergefell v. Hodges was cited in the following article: Kaitlin E.L. Gates, Catching the Gold at the End of the Rainbow: The Impacts of Retroactive Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage on Community Property Division, 9 EST. PLAN. & COMMUNITY PROP. L.J. 263 (2017).

15. Prof. Weninger’s article Electronic Discovery and Sanctions for Spoliation: Perspectives from the Classroom was cited in Law review articles and other commentary on discovery, 14 WASH. PRAC., Civil Procedure § 21:38 (2d ed.).

1. Prof. Shannon is quoted in the following news article: 952 With Undergraduate Degrees Receive Bonus Football Season, TARGETED NEWS SERV., Aug. 2, 2017, available at http://www.footballfoundation.org/News/Photos/PhotoDetails/tabid/646/Article/55889/958-with-undergraduate-degrees-receive-bonus-football-season.aspx.

2. Prof. Beyer was interviewed for and quoted extensively in the following article: Lisa Blanck, Pet Trusts: Planning for Your Pet’s Future, SHELTERME.TV (Aug. 21, 2017), available at https://shelterme.tv/news/pet-trusts-planning-for-your-pets-future/.

3. Prof. Tracy Pearl and Prof. Bubany were interviewed for and quoted extensively in the following article: Law prohibiting texting while driving affects students’ daily lives, DAILYTORREADOR.COM (Aug. 31, 2017), available at http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/law-prohibiting-texting-while-driving-affects-students-daily-lives/article_f35d0004-8e01-11e7-82c0-bf43ed873c25.html.

4. Prof. Humphrey was interviewed and quoted in the following article: Women’s & Gender Studies department discusses gender equity at Texas Tech, DAILYTORREADOR.COM (Aug. 31, 2017), available at http://www.dailytoreador.com/lavida/women-s-gender-studies-department-discusses-gender-equity-at-texas/article_e77a5456-8e03-11e7-8547-fb8bad0694e0.html.

1. Associate Dean Humphrey was a panelist on the topic of “Character in the Classroom” during the 2017 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference.

2. Prof. Beyer’s TEXAS ESTATE PLANNING STATUTES WITH COMMENTARY (2017-2019 ED.) is a compilation of Texas statutes that are significant to law school and paralegal courses related to estate planning, such as wills and estates, trusts, estate administration, probate, elder law, and guardianship. It is currently the “#1 New Release” on Amazon.com in the Estates & Trusts Law category. See https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Estate-Planning-Statutes-Commentary/dp/1546203265/.

3. Prof. Beyer will be the speaker for the University of Hawaii’s Foundation’s 2017 Professional Advisor Continuing Education Series on October 5, 2017. Topics of his presentations will include “Cyber Estate Planning: Obtaining Optimum Outcomes for Digital Assets and Ethical Practices: Discussing How to Avoid Negligent Estate Planning.” See http://uhflegacygift.org/?pageID=1008.

4. Prof. Beyer was both acknowledged and cited in Taylor Phillip Willingham & Carla Ann Alston, WHY SHOULD I CARE? I’LL BE DEAD 5, 73 (2017) (e.g., “Gerry Beyer for having a passion of estate planning that was contagious”; “My law professor, Gerry Beyer, who inspired me to become an estate planning attorney, said, ‘Being an executor is like doing drugs, just say no!’”). Taylor is a May 2009 graduate of Tech Law.

5. Prof. Tracy Pearl was in the top 10% of authors on SSRN in the month of August by total new downloads in the past 12 months.

6. Prof. Baker was a New Scholar presenter during the 2017 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference.

7. On August 25, 2017, Prof. Beyer was in San Antonio to speak for the Texas College of Probate Judges at its 2017 Annual Meeting. His presentation and accompanying article were entitled “Recent Cases: Intestacy, Wills, Probate, and Trusts.”

8. Prof. Ross presented at the International Society of Family Law in Amsterdam in July. Her presentation was entitled “Empowering the Dead-Broke Parent: An International Perspective.”

August 2017 New Books

In August 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, eds., Comparative Constitutional Law in Latin America (2017).


  1. John D. Inazu, Confident Pluralism: surviving and thriving through deep difference (2016).


  1. Daniel S. Medwed, ed., Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: twenty-five years of freeing the innocent (2017).


  1. J. Kim Wright, Lawyers as Changemakers: the global integrative law movement (2016).


  1. Gregory P. Magarian, Managed Speech: the Roberts court’s First Amendment (2017).
  2. Neil Richards, Intellectual Privacy: rethinking civil liberties in the digital age (2015).


  1. Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet, The Health of Newcomers: immigration, health policy, and the case for global solidarity (2017).


  1. Sital Kalantry, Women’s Human Rights and Migration: sex-selective abortion laws in the United States and India (2017).


  1. Lee Epstein and Stefanie A. Lindquist, eds., The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Judicial Behavior (2017).


  1. Marion G. Crain, Winifred R. Poster, and Miriam A. Cherry, eds., Invisible Labor: hidden work in the contemporary world (2016).


  1. Brian Z. Tamanaha, A Realistic Theory of Law (2017).


  1. Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: powerful methods to transform teaching and learning (2014).
  2. Jane Bloom Grise, Critical Reading for Success in Law School and Beyond (2017).


  1. Bruce W. Frier, general ed., The Codex of Justinian : a new annotated translation, with parallel Latin and Greek text based on a translation by Justice Fred H. Blume (2016).


  1. Rebecca Dresser, Silent Partners: human subjects and research ethics (2017).


  1. Kate Fagan, What made Maddy Run: the secret struggles and tragic death of an all-American teen (2017).


  1. Kimberly Jade Norwood, ed., Ferguson’s Fault Lines: the race quake that rocked a nation (2016).


  1. Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, and Elizabeth Sepper, eds., Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (2017).

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.