November 2021 New Books

In November 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


1. American Bar Association. Section of Antitrust Law, Monopolization and Dominance Handbook (2021).


2. Paul Marcus, David K. Duncan, Tommy Miller, and Joelle Anne Moreno, The Rights of the Accused Under the Sixth Amendment:  Trials, Presentation of Evidence, and Confrontation (2021).


3. Dwight Golann, Mediating Legal Disputes:  Effective Techniques to Resolve Cases (2021).


4. Ashish Joshi, ed., Litigating Parental Alienation:  Evaluating and Presenting an Effective Case in Court (2021).


5. Greg Berk, Immigration Checklists and Practice Pointers:  A Quick Reference Guide on Visas and I-9s (2020).


6. Carol M. Bast, Introduction to Legal Research and Writing (2020).


7. Tessa L. Dysart and Tracy Norton, eds., Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era:  Beyond the Physical Classroom (2021).


8. Davis M. Walsh and Samuel L. Tarry, eds., Infectious Disease Litigation:  Science, Law, and Procedure (2021).

9. James T. O’Reilly and Janet G. Abaray, Vaccine Risks, Benefits, and Compensation (2021).


10. Elizabeth Cabraser, Fabrice N. Vincent and eight others, eds., The Law of Class Action:  Fifty-State Survey, 2021 (2021).

11. Megan Zavieh, The Modern Lawyer:  Ethics and Technology in an Evolving World (2021).

12. Marc Lauritsen, The Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools (2021).

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  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

Rebranding Cheetah as VitalLaw

Effective Monday, November 1, 2021, Cheetah was rebranded as VitalLaw. With this rebranding, VitalLaw has a new domain:

What does it mean to us?

  • You can still use your Cheetah credentials to log in to VitalLaw.
  • All the materials of Cheetah are available on the new VitalLaw platform.
  • While the name and URL address for the site is changing, the navigation will still be familiar and all links, search history, and favorites will remain intact.
  • All previously saved and bookmarked links will work as expected and be routed appropriately to However, we recommend you to update all previously saved and bookmarked links that start with, because they will need to be replaced by 10/29/2022 as they will stop working at that time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Electronic & Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie, at

October 2021 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, 2021.

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2021 Texas Legislature, Est. Plan Dev. for Tex. Prof., Sept. 2021, at 1.

2. Wendy Ross, Protecting the Child Bride: Following Texas’ Middleground Approach, 44 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 99 (2021).


1. Prof. Rosen, It’s Debatable: Should Federal Government Have Oversight of Social Media Giants?, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Oct. 24, 2021; 8:47a) available at:


1. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer is quoted in the following article: Stephanie H. Murray, My Dad Is Dead. His Landlord Just Evicted Him., The Atlantic (Sept. 29, 2021), available at:

2. Prof. Rosen is quoted in the following article: Bill McCarthy, Biden hasn’t ordered dishonorable discharges for vaccine refusers in military, as viral post claimed, Politifact (Ovt. 1, 2021), available at:


1. Prof. Beyer’s articles Statutory Fill-In Will Forms- The First Decade: Theoretical Constructs and Empirical Findings and Statutory Will Methodologies- Incorporated Forms vs. Fill-In Forms: Rivalry or Peaceful Coexistence? is cited in the following update: Restatement of the Law of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers, (October 2021 Update).

2. Prof. Casto’s article The Tort Liability of Insane Persons for Negligence: A Critique is cited in the following update: Restatement of the Law of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, (October 2021 Update).

3. Prof. Christopher’s article Normalizing Struggle is cited in the following article: Sarah J. Schendel, Listen! Amplifying the Experiences of Black Law School Graduates in 2020, 100 Neb. L. Rev. 73 (2021).

4. Prof. Murphy’s article Abandon Chevron and Modernize Stare Decisis for the Administrative State is cited in the following article: Ronald A. Cass, The Umpire Strikes Back: Expanding Judicial Discretion for Review of Administrative Actions, 73 Admin. L. Rev. 553 (2021).

5. Prof. Murphy’s book Federal Practice and Procedure is cited in the following article: Zachary Sizemore, Trending Towards Leniency: What Millenium Laboratories & In Re Plavix Marketing Teach About the Future of the False Claims Act’s First-To-File Rule, 106 Cornell L. Rev. 1367 (2021).

6. Prof. Murphy’s article Arbitrariness Review Made Reasonable: Structural and Conceptual Reform of the “Hard Look” is cited in the following article: Todd Phillips, A Change of Policy: Promoting Agency Policymaking by Adjudication, 73 Admin. L. Rev. 495 (2021).

7. Prof. Benham’s article Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing is cited in the following article: Deborah Won, The Missing Algorithm: Safeguarding Brady Against the Rise of Trade Secrecy Policy, 120 Mich. L. Rev. 157 (2021).

8. Prof. Camp’s article The Unhappy Marriage of Law and Equality in Joint Return Liability is cited in the following article: Orli Oren-Kolbinger, The Error Cost of Marriage, 23 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 643 (2021).

9. Prof. Sutton’s article Biodiplomacy: A Better Approach to Dual Use Concerns is cited in the following article: Lena Raxter, A Dangerous Loophole: The Biological Weapons Convention’s New Interpretation that Better Addresses Potentially Deadly Biological Research, 49 Int’l J. Legal Info. 102 (2021).

10. Prof. Casto’s article Advising Presidents: Robert Jackson and the Destroyers-For-Bases Deal is cited in the following article: Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Politics and Judicial Ethics: A Historical Perspective, 131 Yale L.J. F. 190 (2021).


1. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the national NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives conference on September 30, 2021. Shannon was part of a panel entitled, “Government Affairs and Legal  Potpourri – SCOTUS, NIL, and More,” that also included the General Counsel of the NCAA and the NCAA’s Director of Governmental Affairs.

2. Prof. Shannon was a panelist at the national NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative conference on October 1, 2021. The panel focused on recent state legislation and NCAA bylaw revisions relating to the ability of student-athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness.

3. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was the Opening Keynote Speaker for the 17th Annual Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Virtual Symposium on October 7, 2021. His presentation was entitled Professor Beyer’s Top Ten from Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog.

4. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was an invited speaker at the October 9, 2021 virtual Fall Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Legal Education Committee to discuss non-fungible tokens. To an audience of law professors, both full-time and adjunct, and attorneys with an interest in law teaching, Prof. Beyer explained the basics of non-fungible tokens and conducted a demonstration during which he created a unique NFT.

5. Prof. Sutton and Prof. Rosen were interviewed for an article by George Watson in the TTU Communications Office, about vaccination law and how it applies to the military and civilians.

6. On October 21, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was an in-person speaker in Dallas at the 32nd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course for TexasBar CLE. His presentation and accompanying article were entitled Pet Trusts: Providing for Non-Human Family Members. This topic is of enhanced importance because of the increase in pet ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. On October 22, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a virtual speaker for the 47th Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute. His presentation was entitled Community Property: Tips and Traps for Lawyers in Common Law States.

8. On October 25, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker for the Twenty-Ninth Annual Institute on Estate Planning sponsored by the Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council. During this virtual program, Prof. Beyer presented two papers entitled Electronic Wills and Technology: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice and Fundamentals of Texas Multiple-Party Accounts.

9. On October 27, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was virtual speaker for the Tax & Estate Planning Forum.  He presented his paper entitled Don’t Get Lost in Cyberspace: How to Plan for and Administer Digital Assets and co-presented his paper entitled Electronic Wills: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice with Robert Fleming, a top-ranked Elder Law attorney who practices in Tucson, Arizona.

10. Prof. Sutton’s book, Halloween Law, will be featured in the criminal law podcast, , with an interview of Prof. Sutton about the scary crimes that make up the unique area of “Halloween Criminal Law.”

October 2021 New Books

In October 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


1. Vivek Seharwat, Drones and the Law:  International Responses to Rapid Drone Proliferation (2021).


2. Kathy Swedlow, Core Criminal Law:  Learning Through Multiple-Choice Questions (2021).


3. James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters, Homeschooling:  The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice (2019).


4. Avichai Levit, Legislative Deliberative Democracy:  Debating Acts Restricting Freedom of Speech During War (2021).

5. Ian Rosenberg, The Fight for Free Speech:  Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms (2021).


6. Deborah Lupton, Clare Southerton, Marianne Clark and Ash Watson, The Face Mask in COVID Times:  A Sociomaterial Analysis (2021).


7. Shailini Jandial George, The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well (2021).


8. David Zetoony, Building a Legal Practice One Article at a Time:  Rainmaking Through Publishing (2021).


9. Shannon Edmonds, 2021-2023 Legislative Update:  Highlighting Changes to Texas Laws, As Amended Through the 2021 Regular Session of the 87th Legislature (2021).


10. Caldwell G. Collins and Robert A. Chu, eds., An Introduction to Tort-Based Healthcare Litigation (2021).


11. Rachel Landy, Beyond the Work Product:  A Guide to Relationship-Driven Transactional Lawyering (2021).

12. G. Nicholas Herman and Melissa A. Essary, Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Decision-Making:  A Practical Approach (2021).


13. Tanya D. Marsh and Daniel Gibson, Cemetery Law:  The Common Law of Burying Grounds in the United States (2015).


14. Lydia S. Terrill, The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Social Security (2020).


15. Anoulak Kittikhoun and Susanne Schmeier, eds., River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy (2021).

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  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

First Semester 1L Study Guides

Dear 1Ls,

You have probably already started to hear about how different law exams are. In your Introduction to the Study of Law class, you have probably started to hear about IRAC and CREAC, but did you know that the library maintains a collection of study guides for our students?

            Not only do we have books on specific subjects, but we also have books on how to excel at law school exams. What follows is a list of selected books to help you with your first round of exams.

General Exam Guides

How to Write Law Exams, IRAC Perfected by S.I. Strong

            This book differs from other guides in that it not only goes into a detailed explanation of the IRAC method of writing exams, but it gives sample student responses with detailed critiques of where they excel or fall short. At just about 120 pages dedicated to the writing exams. This guide is a quick read that can help prepare you to take exams.

A Students Guide to Legal Analysis, Thinking Like a Lawyer by Patrick M. McFadden

            You have probably heard already you are in law school to “learn to think like a lawyer.”  What does that mean? By in large, that means learning to do legal analysis. This book explores the “A” in IRAC. By asking the questions that this guide lays out, you are on your way to writing in a more lawyerly style.

Getting to Maybe, How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul

            Getting to Maybe takes a slightly different approach to law exams. The book encourages exam takers to identify what type of question is being asked. While plenty of law school exams are traditional “issue spotters” (and Getting to Maybe covers that as well), other types of questions such as questions that ask the exam taker to determine a policy. It encourages test takers to spend the most time with analysis where the answers are less clear and to embrace the gray of legal issues. The book also includes general advice on how to prepare for exams and where to spend your valuable time.

Specific Subject Guides

            The following list has titles for all the first semester 1L doctrinal classes, Civil Procedure, Torts, and, Contracts.

Examples & Explanations

            E&E provides a plain language of the subject organized into easy-to-understand stand-alone chapters. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader to contemplate. Frequently the questions have a clear answer. However, the beauty in this guide is that the explanations of the questions focus on what specific facts changed slightly will change the outcome of the question.

Emanuel’s Law Outlines

            Before introducing this guide, understand, the best outline is the outline that you write yourself. Emanuel’s drawbacks are that they are very long, very detailed, and cover things that your professor may not cover.   That being said, if there are gaps in your outline that you are having trouble filling, this may be a helpful guide to fill in where you find your outline falling short.

Siegel’s Essay and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers.

            While it is undoubtedly true that it is not sufficient to know the law to do well on law exams, it is still a necessary condition to do well on exams. Siegel’s helps with both knowing the law and applying the law. This guide provides you with multiple-choice questions that will test your knowledge of black letter law, and it also provides essays with model answers to grade yourself against. This book is strictly for review. It does not offer a discussion, only questions.

All of these titles are available for check out at the circulation desk. If a title is unavailable please place a hold for the book and do not use interlibrary loan.