October 2019 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of October, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for October 1st to October 31st, 2019.

Books & Treatises

1. Brian D. Shannon & Daniel H. Benson, Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide (6th ed. 2019).


1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2019 Texas Legislature, Est. Plan. Dev. for Tex. Prof., (Sept. 2019), at 1.

2. Gerry W. Beyer, ed., Keeping Current—Probate, Prob. & Prop., (Sept./Oct. 2019), at 32.

3. Bryan Camp, Locating ‘Tax Abode’ for US Workers Abroad, 2019 Law360 295-45 (Oct. 22, 2019).

4. Gerry W. Beyer, Electronic Wills – What Estate Planners Need to Know, Est. Plan. Studies, (Oct. 2019), at 1.

5. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2019 Texas Legislature, Lubbock L. Notes at 25 (Oct. 2019).


1. Arnold Loewy and Charles Moster, It’s debatable: Is the impeachment inquiry of President Trump legitimate?, Lubbock Avalanche-J (Oct. 26, 2019, 11:02 pm), https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20191026/its-debatable-is-impeachment-inquiry-of-president-trump-legitimate.


1. Prof. Metze’s is quoted in the following article: Chase Seabolt, 2 years later: Daniels still awaiting trial, Daily Toreador (Oct. 9, 2019), available at: http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/years-later-daniels-still-awaiting-trial/article_d973efb4-eb14-11e9-a9be-1f8a4b0b70f2.html 

2. Prof. Chiappinelli is quoted in the following article: Jeff Montgomery, Delaware Mourns the Chancellor Who ‘Saved Corporate Law’, Law 360 (Oct. 16, 2019 at 9:52 P.M.), available at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1209272.

3. Prof. Beyer is quoted in the following article: Yang Xue, Digital heritage rights protection faces difficulties, Chinese Social Sciences Today (Oct. 28, 2019), available at: http://gn.cssn.cn/hqxx/bwych/201910/t20191028_5021729.shtml.

4. Prof. Beyer is quoted in the following article: Jane Bryant Quinn, The Pros and Cons of Living Trusts, AARP (Oct. 22, 2019), available at: https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2019/living-trust-uses.html.

5. Prof. Beyer is quoted in the following article: Emily Belz, Digital life after death, World Magazine, (Oct. 23, 2019), available at: https://world.wng.org/2019/10/digital_life_after_death.


1. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s article Hands on the Wheel: A Call for Greater Regulation of Semi-Autonomous Cars is cited in the following article: Jordan Blair Woods, Autonomous Vehicles and Police De-Escalation, 114 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 74 (Sept. 9, 2019).

2. Prof. Beyer’s work in Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution? is cited in the following article: David Horton, Wills Without Signatures, 99 B.U.L. Rev. 1623 (Sept. 2019).

3. Prof. Benham’s article Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation is cited in the following article: Doug Rendleman, The Defamation Injunction Meets the Prior Restraint Doctrine, 56 San Diego L. Rev. 615 (2019).

4. Prof. Shannon’s article Competency, Ethics, and Morality is cited in the following article: Alexandra Douglas, Caging the Incompetent: Why Jail-Based Competency Restoration Programs Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act under Olmstead v. L.C., 32 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 525 (2019).

5. Prof. Loewy’s article United States v. Jones: Return to Trespass—Good News or Bad is cited in the following article: Tanner M. Russo, Garbage Pulls Under the Physical Trespass Test, 105 Va. L. Rev. 1217 (Oct. 2019).

9. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s speech at the Texas Tech Law Review Annual Criminal Law Symposium is cited in the following article: David Crump, Why Do We Admit Criminal Confessions into Evidence?, 43 Seattle U. L. Rev. 71 (2019).

10. Prof. Alex Pearl’s article The Tragedy of the Vital Commons is cited in the following article: The Public Trust Doctrine, Outer Space, and the Global Commons: Time to Call Home ET, 69 Syracuse L. Rev. 191 (2019).

11. Prof. Christopher’s article The Bridging Model: Exploring the Roles of Trust and Enforcement in Banking, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain is cited in the following article: Andrew W. Balthazor, The Challenges of Cryptocurrency Asset Recovery, 13 FIU L. Rev. 1207 (2019).

12. Prof. Casto’s article The Origins of federal Admiralty Jurisdiction in an Age of Privateers, Smugglers, and Pirates is cited in the following article: Dylan Woods, Admiralty Law—Another Way In, Second Circuit Grans Admiralty Jurisdiction to Forward Freight Agreements—D’Amico Dry, LTD. V. Primera Mar. (Hellas), LTD., 886 F.3d 216 (2d Cir. 2018), 42 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. 269 (2019).

13. Prof. Loewy’s article The Use, Nonuse, and Misuse of Law Value Speech is cited in the following article: Dan T. Coenen, Quiet-Revolution Rulings in Constitutional Law, 99 B.U.L. Rev. 2061 (2019).

14. Prof. Murphy’s work in 4 Administrative Law and Practice § 11:13 is cited in the following article: Andrea Nishi, Privatizing Sentencing: A Delegation Framework for Recidivism Risk Assessment, 119 Colum. L. Rev. 1671 (2019).


1.  Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey was appointed to a three-year term on the AALS Sections Committee and also appointed to a third term on the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Scholarship Grants Committee. In addition, she continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and is a Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s 2020 Biennial Conference.

2. Professor Shannon has been asked by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve in a workgroup related to Senate Bill 362, a bill related to mental health.

3. Professor Shannon has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to be part of the Legislative Research Committee for the Judicial Commission on Mental Health.

4. Professor Black was invited to speak on the topic: Cyberlaw Year in Review: The Human Element Becomes Critical.  

5. On October 11, 2039, Professor Beyer presented two papers which he was invited to give at the 39th Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum held in San Diego, California. His first paper is entitled Technology’s Impact on the Changing Future of the Trusts and Estates Practice, and his second article is entitled Preparing a Will [Trust and Other Estate Planning Documents] for a Client with Communication Challenges.

6. Professor Baker was highlighted in the latest edition of the AALL Spectrum Magazine on page 31 discussing how to prepare information professionals to incorporate data analytics into their research, available at: https://www.aallnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/AALL-Spectrum-NovDec-2019_FINAL-WEB-10.21.19-1.pdf.

7. On October 28, 2019 Professor Beyer was in Austin, Texas at the Texas Law Center to record Texas Distinctive lecture for Intestacy, Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration for the Texas Law Component of the Texas Bar Exam now that Texas has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam. All Texas bar exam candidates will view this lecture to learn how the Texas law of intestacy, wills, trusts, and estate administration differs from the generic law in these areas as tested on the UBE.

8. Professor Baker’s research on artificial intelligence and technology competency were recommended in the article, “Let’s Teach Our Students Legal Technology… But What Should We Include?” in the AALL Spectrum Magazine.

9. Professor Baker was invited to be a member of AALL’s State of the Profession Advisory Committee in 2018. After working with a group for over a year on the inaugural State of the Profession Survey, Professor Baker organized and co-presented on the findings of the Survey on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in the a national webinar called “Inside the AALL State of the Profession.”


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