Celebrate Women’s History Month with our March Madness Competition

This month, the law library is bringing together two of our favorite things: celebrating women and March Madness!  You may have noticed this awesome display in the lobby to the library and wondered what it’s for.

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This competition is meant to introduce you to some fabulous women in legal history, and to act as stress relief as we head into the middle of the semester.  You’ll have a chance to learn about some inspiring women and win some cool prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  1.  Starting on March 1, 2018, two legal figures will face each other to determine which of the two is the most inspiring female legal figure.  For each match, anyone can cast a single vote for who they believe is the most inspiring. You can vote by participating in our daily Twitter or Facebook poll, or by casting a vote at the Circulation Desk.  Matches will occur each day, including Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Starting Monday, February 26, 2018 (today!), 101 decks of seven cards each (six trading cards + one rule card) will be available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Decks will be available until a single legal figure remains. baseball-cards.jpg
  3. The contest will be divided into five rounds corresponding with the tournament bracket displayed near the Circulation Desk:
    • First Round: Entry opens Monday, February 26th at noon // Entry closes Thursday, March 1st at 5:00pm // Eight winners announced Monday, March 19th.
    • Second Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Friday, March 16th at 5:00pm // Four winners announced Monday, March 26th.
    • Third Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 24th at 5:00pm // Three winners announced Thursday, March 29th.
    • Fourth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Wednesday, March 28th at 5:00pm // Two winners announced Monday, April 2nd.
    • Fifth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 31st at 5:00pm // Winner announced Monday, April 2nd.
  4. Participants enter a round by signing (legibly) and dating the card of a legal figure they believe will survive a round of competition and placing the card in the ballot box for that round before entry closes.  Participants may NOT enter each round more than once.  Neither illegibly signed cards, nor the cards of participants who enter more than one card into a single round will be considered.
  5. Winners are decided according to the following method: (1) At the close of each round, the ballot box for the round will be collected, (2) participants who provide an incorrect answer will be removed from consideration, (3) participants rendered ineligible from participation in the round under Rule 4 (above) will be removed from consideration; and (5) participants who provide a correct answer earn one additional chance to win for each round that closed after their entry was made and before the current round closed, (6) after additional chances to win are determined, winners will be randomly drawn from a bowl of the contestants’ names.
    • Example: A enters a correct answer for the Championship round on Thursday, March 1st. B enters a correct answer fro the Championship round on Monday, March 26th.  Initially, both A and B have one chance to win. However, because four rounds closed after A submitted their answer, A will receive four additional chances to win for a total of five chances.  In comparison, B will only receive two chances to win because only one round ended after they entered their card.

Stop by today to pick up your pack of cards! The prizes get better with every round, so play hard and play often!

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report: Law Firms

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report.

On Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report’s home page, there is a Law Firms tab on the left side of the page. Under the Law Firms tab on home page, there are a few law firms listed, but there is also an All Law Firms button.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the Law Firms tab can located on the home page.

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After clicking on All Law Firms, the website will lead you to a page with a list of law firms. The law firms are organized alphabetically. At the top of the screen you can choose what beginning letter you want to search by to find a specific law firm.

Below is a view of the Law Firms screen.

law firm list

When you click on a law firm, you can see the issues that the specific law firm has been involved in. Each specific issue will provide you with the date, headline, and a short synopsis of the issue.

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After selecting a specific issue, the site will direct you to a page with a detailed article explaining what was going on in that specific case.

Below is a view of a specific issue that was selected under a particular law firm.

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Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report can be found at the Texas Tech Law Library website under the electronic databases tab.

Government Secrets: How to Uncover and Find Declassified Information on the Making of U.S. Foreign and National Security Policy on the National Security Archive & ProQuest Digital National Security Database

It is a challenge to find information on the making of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This type of information is vital to our understanding of national security.  It can also be important when researching for work in foreign policy and lawmaking. It is also important that citizens are able to find the information they need to be well-informed.

The National Security Archive was “founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy.” (https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/about).  This site collects millions of pages of declassified documents.  The collection goes back to the end of World War II and continues up to the present.  The focus of the collections is on documents that pertain to national security interests.

National Security Archive

They have teamed up with ProQuest to create sets of documents on topics including: Afghanistan, the Making of U.S. policy, 1973-1990; The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962; and The Cuban Missile Crisis 50th Anniversary Update.  Texas Tech University has a subscription to this curated database. Users can access the ProQuest Digital National Security Database by going to the main University’s library’s webpage and clicking on “Databases A-Z” and then typing “ProQuest Digital National Security” into the Database List search box.

Proquest Digital National Secutiy

ProQuest’s database is curated, meaning the documents in these collections have been selected for inclusion so the user doesn’t have to search for the most relevant documents on a topic.  A search for “Afghanistan U.S. Policy” in ProQuest National Security Database produces 231 results (see image below). ProQuest also provides filters for document type date, and more.

Proquest Afghanistan results

As seen in the image below, the same search in the National Security Archive produces more results, over 2,500 hits! This is because the search has not be vetted for the most relevant documents. This site provides two places to search: (1) the search box, which is available on every page, and (2) the search box under the “Documents” tab, located on the top bar.

NSA search box search

Both sites provide many of the same documents about U.S. national security policy.  ProQuest’s Digital National Security Archive will provide less overall documents but the documents have been curated and as such are more likely to bring up the most relevant documents.  This makes the research process easier for the researcher.  The National Security Archive provides a greater depth of information, but requires the researcher to do more work locating relevant material.

 

Coherently Reporting Research in Emails

note-34686_960_720Garner’s On Words series in the ABA Journal is filled with great advice for law practice. Each month, he offers wonderful tips for better legal writing.

One of Garner’s posts discusses coherently reporting research in emails. As noted, “[i]n the rushed exigency of modern law practice, with the expectation of nearly immediate responses to all manner of queries, emails are overtaking formal memos as the standard method for communicating research to senior colleagues and to clients.”

As Garner mentions, email is often seen as an informal means of communication, which means that many emails are rushed and may lead to more questions than answers.

He advises that “[b]efore hitting ‘send,’ step back and ask yourself exactly how clear you’re being. Avoid answering in a way that is sure to beget further queries. You might be well-advised to make your summary at least as clear as it should be in a formal memo.”

To paraphrase Garner, instead of replying to a research question directly in an email, you may want to provide a more structured answer with a question presented and a brief answer. After all, research queries are often put aside until needed, so it may be a while before the email is read for comprehension. This could lead to the frustration of having to sift through a long email exchange to fully understand the final answer.

See Garner’s full post for great examples of drafting effective email memos.

January 2018 New Books

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In January 2018, 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. Md Tanveer Ahmad and Jinyuan Su, eds., NewSpace Commercialisation and the Law (2017).

BIOGRAPHY

  1. Jon O. Newman, Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge (2017).
  2. Bennett L. Gershman, Prosecution Stories (2017).
  3. Michael Meltsner, With Passion: An Activist Lawyer’s Journey (2017).

CIVIL RIGHTS, GENERALLY

  1. Douglas W. Lind, Dred Scott v. Sandford: Opinions and Contemporary Commentary (2017).

COMPARATIVE AND FOREIGN LAW

  1. Manuel Gomez and Rogelio Perez-Perdomo, Big Law in Latin America and Spain. Globalization and Adjustments in the Provision of High-End Legal Services (2018).
  2. Francisco A. Avalos, Legal History of Mexico: From the Era of Exploration of the New World to the Present (2017).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Raneta Lawson Mack, Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies (2017).
  2. Eugene G. Wanger, The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography (2017).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

  1. Michelle Oberman, Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, from El Salvador to Oklahoma (2018).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Anne Brafford, Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing Profitable Firms through the Science of Engagement (2017).
  2. John Grisham, The Rooster Bar (2017).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Amy R. Stein, Do English-Only Rules have a Place in the Workplace?: A Legal Research Guide (2017).
  2. Werner Sabo, Legal Guide to AIA Documents (2018).
  3. Carol A. Fichtelman, Prisoners’ Rights: A Legal Research Guide (2017).
  4. Robert H. Hu, Research Guide to Chinese Copyright Law (2016).

NATURAL RESOURCES LAW

  1. Bernard F. Clark, Jr., Oil Capital: The History of American Oil, Wildcatters, Independents and their Bankers (2016).

RELIGION

  1. Kent Greenawalt, When Free Exercise and Nonestablishment Conflict (2017).

SENTENCING AND PUNISHMENT

  1. Anthony Graves, Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul (2018).

TRIAL PRACTICE

  1. David Ball and Joshua Karton, Theater for Trial Incorporating the Fourth Edition of Theatre Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials (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.

January 2018 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout January, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for January 1 to January 31, 2018.

Books:

  1. GERRY W. BEYER, 19 & 19A WEST’S LEGAL FORMS – REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (4th ed.) (2017-2018 Supplement).
  2. GERRY W. BEYER, TEXAS WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES (2018).

Articles:

  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning and Probate Law, 81 Tex. B. J. 32 (2018).
  2. Gerry W. Beyer & Kerri G. Nipp, Practical Planning for Digital Assets and Administration of Digital Assets by Fiduciaries, 43 Tax Man. Est., Gifts & Tr. J. 3 (2018).
  3. Gerry W. Beyer, ed., Keeping Current—Probate, Prob. & Prop., Jan./Feb. 2018, at 32.* *The American Bar Association has appointed Prof. Beyer as the editor of this column for 25 consecutive years.
  4. Brian D. Shannon, The Revised NCAA Division I Governance Structure after Three Years: A Scorecard, 5 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 65 (2017).
  5. Rishi Batra, Resolving Civil Forfeiture Disputes, 66 U. Kan. L. Rev. 399 (2017).
  6. Gerry W. Beyer, Potpourri, REPTL Rep., 56-1, at 3 (2018).
  7. Gerry W. Beyer, Intestacy, Wills, Estate Administration, and Trusts Update, REPTL Rep., 56-1, at 4 (2018).
  8. Gerry W. Beyer, The Texas Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act: A Primer for Estate Planners, REPTL Rep., 56-1, at 112 (2018).

Op-Ed:

  1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Was CNN’s pot party broadcast appropriate?, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Jan. 12, 2018 09:45 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2018-01-12/it-s-debatable-was-cnn-s-pot-party-broadcast-appropriate.
  2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Is our society in a state of decline?, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Jan. 26, 2018 07:52 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2018-01-26/it-s-debatable-our-society-state-decline.

Cited:

  1. Prof. Loewy’s article A Proposal for the Universal Collection of DNA is cited in the following article: Ric Simmons, The Mirage of Use Restrictions, 96 N.C.L. Rev. 133 (2017).
  2. Prof. Murphy’s article Enhancing the Role of Public Interest Organizations in Rulemaking Via Pre-Notice Transparency is cited in the following article: Daniel Boger, Pre-Enforcement Review: An Evaluation from the Perspective of Ripeness, 36 Va. Envtl. L.J. 77 (2018).
  3. Prof. Krahmer’s article Wire Transfers, Good Faith, and “Phishing” is cited in the following article: Robert T. Luttrell, III, The Relation Between Good Faith, Fair Dealing and Ordinary Care in Payment Law Cases Under UCC Articles 3, 4 and 4a, 71 Consumer Fin. L.Q. Rep. 42 (2017).
  4. Dean Nowlin’s article The Warren Court’s House Built on Sand: From Security in Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects to Mere Reasonableness in Fourth Amendment Doctrine is cited in the following article: The Virtues of Heterogeneity, in Court Decisions and the Constitution, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 872 (2018).
  5. Prof. Casto and Val D. Ricks’s article “Dear Sister Antillico . . .”: The Story of Kirksey v. Kirksey is cited in the following article: Judith L. Maute, Race Politics, O’Hare Airport Expansion, and Promissory Estoppel: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, 69 Hastings L.J. 119 (2017).
  6. Professors Huffman and Rosen’s book Military Law: Criminal Justice and Administrative Process is cited in the following article: Seth Michael Engel, Fostering A Safe Warfighting Environment: Applying Title IX and Student Discipline in Higher Education to the Military’s Fight Against Sexual Assault, 32 Wis. J.L. Gender & Soc’y 133 (2017).
  7. Prof. Arnold Loewy’s article The Fourth Amendment as a Device for Protecting the Innocent is cited in the following article: David Gray, Collective Standing Under the Fourth Amendment, 55 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 77, 77 (2018).
  8. Prof. Arnold Loewy’s article The Warren Court as Defendant of State and Federal Criminal Laws: A Reply to Those Who Believe That the Court is Oblivious to the Needs of Law Enforcement is cited in the following article: Jeffrey D. Swartz, Esq., Terry v. Ohio at 50: What It Created, What It Has Meant, Is It Under Attack and Is the Court Opening the Door to Police Misconduct?, 38 N. Ill. U.L. Rev. 44, 45 (2017).

Quoted:

  1. Prof. Christopher is quoted extensively in the following article: Tyler Roberts, What it takes to pass today’s nasty bar exam, Nat’l Jurist, Winter 2018, at 21.
  2. Prof. Camp is quoted in the following article: Nathan J. Richman, Proposals Would Provide Tax Court Filing Deadline Solutions, 2018 TNT 21-7.

News:

  1. On January 5, 2018, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker at the year’s first meeting of the Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council. His presentation and accompanying article were entitled How to Anticipate and Avoid Will Contests. Attending the meeting were many of Nevada’s most prestigious estate planning attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals who work in the estate planning area.
  2. Dean and Professor Victoria Sutton made the following presentations at the annual American Association of Law Schools conference in San Diego, CA, Jan. 2-6, 2018: On January 3, Professor Sutton gave two presentations. The first was on her selected paper at the Associate Deans Section Program, Distance Education in Law Schools: Exploring Issues and Best Practices. The second was entitled How I Changed a Regulation Using Social Sciences Research for the panel on Law and Social Sciences. She is the outgoing chair and member of the Executive Committee of the section. On January 6, Professor Sutton gave a presentation on DIY biology and regulation on the panel for Biolaw, Legal Challenges of Editing the Genome: Coming to Terms with CRISPR Technology. She was elected Chair of the Biolaw section.
  3. On January 18, 2018, Professor Beyer was the luncheon speaker for the South Plains Trust and Estate Council in Lubbock. His presentation and accompanying article were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  4. Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Brian Shannon presented at the Division I Issues Forum at the NCAA Annual Convention on January 18, 2018, in Indianapolis.
  5. Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Brian Shannon served on the dais as Parliamentarian at the NCAA Autonomy Conference Discussion Forum and NCAA Autonomy Business Session on January 18-19, 2018, in Indianapolis. This marked the fourth straight year that Shannon has served in this role.
  6. Professors from the Texas Tech System were awarded the Chancellors Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards on January 25. Seven university professors from five colleges were recognized for their excellence and received a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion. Recipients included TechLaw’s own Professor Wendy-Adele Humphrey.
  7. On January 24, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer participated in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Kickoff Event at Texas Tech.  Out of the dozens of speakers slated to present for OLLI’s Spring 2018 program, he was one of five selected to discuss their upcoming presentations with the over 150 people in attendance at the event.  Prof. Beyer’s presentation, Don’t Let the Airlines Take You for a Ride – Know Your Flight Rights, is scheduled for April 10, 2018.
  8. The Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Council of the State Bar of Texas unanimously reappointed Professor Gerry W. Beyer as the Editor-in-Chief of the REPTL Reporter at its Winter Council meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 27, 2018. The REPTL Reporter is the official publication of the section which is the largest section of the State Bar of Texas with over 9,400 members.
  9. Professor Gerry W. Beyer recently served as one of the judges of the Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Visit the Collaborative Commons This Thursday for BLSA’s First Ever Poetry Slam!

Join us in the law library’s Collaborative Commons for the first annual Black History Month Poetry Slam on Thursday, February 8th from 6-8pm.  Coffee and snacks will be provided, and door prizes will be given out between poetry performances!  You can also check out our Black History Month display on major moments in the history of the NAACP, which will be up starting Tuesday, February 6th.

Poetry Slam Poster