Law.com: A New Legal News Service

The Texas Tech University Law Library has a full subscription to Law.com. Law.com is one interconnected platform that serves all 18 online U.S. national and regional legal publications including news, rankings, reports, and strategy, produced by American Lawyer Media (ALM). It includes: The American Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Supreme Court Brief, Corporate Counsel, Legaltech News. Legal Week, Inside Counsel, The Recorder, and others.

Access to Law.com

For Students

Students can access Law.com on campus and remotely with eRaider. You need no sign-in on Law.com to access the full text of articles. In addition, students do not need to subscribe or respond to pop-ups offering a subscription. Notes: You cannot sign in with your LexisNexis account information even though you are given this option.

For Faculty

Faculty can use eRaider to access Law.com as well. However, faculty need to create your own username and password to receive and open topical email alerts.

A customized alert is your personalized alert generated from a keyword search or topic of your choosing. When creating an alert, you will have the option to specify the frequency – daily or weekly – as well as the day and time you would like to see it in your inbox. Faculty can easily manage your alerts from your My Account page.

Law.com has pre-created logins for TTU law faculty. To active your faculty login credentials, please reset your password Law.com login page. After entering your TTU email, faculty will need to select “Forget Password”. Then you will receive a password reset email from Law.com. Once faculty update your password, your can access Law.com with your TTU email.

For more information about Law.com, please contact Electronic and Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie.

VerdictSearch: A New Database to Search Jury Verdicts

The law library recently purchased VerdictSearch. VerdictSearch is a verdict reporter that solicits feedback from the winning and losing attorneys. VerdictSearch uses consistent data-collection criteria across all jurisdictions, so when users compare cases, you will get comprehensive and unbiased analysis.

The most common search is for case-valuation purposes. Researchers want to know what a particular injury is worth in a particular venue, for a plaintiff of a particular age and/or gender. These searches can also include the relevant insurer. Other common searches include expert-witness histories, lawyer or law-firm histories, searches for cases with comparable fact patterns, and searches for cases against particular parties.

Jurisdiction Coverage

Besides Texas, VerdictSearch also covers 13 other jurisdictions, including California, Carolinas, D.C. Metro, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and National.

Content Coverage

VerdictSearch comprises more than 200,000 cases. In some venues, its coverage dates to the 1980s, but most venues have about 20 years of data.

Each case report includes a full narrative of the facts, allegations, injuries, damages and result. Other key data points include, when available and relevant, expert witnesses, attorneys and law firms, insurers and coverage limits, settlement offers and demands, and docket information, such as the caption, index number, court and judge.

Access to VerdictSearch

Law school users can visit VerdictSearch or find it in the Law Library Electronic Resources List. Law school users can access VerdictSearch off campus with eRaider. Though you do not need to create individual account, you must click Login icon at the top right corner to start your research.

Searching in VerdictSearch

VerdictSearch allows users to combine several or many parameters to ensure case results match your exact criteria. As users enter search terms and make selections in drop-down menus, the red preview box will display how many results match the current criteria. Run a search at any time by clicking the Search button in that red preview box. Users can use any or all criteria on the screen to narrow results.
Search fields include:

  • Keyword box – at the top of the search screen. You can enter a single search term, using standard Boolean search operands (AND, OR, etc). Putting phrases in quotes will ensure all words are matched. Examples of searches using this field can be found by clicking the ? button at the top right of the box.
  • State & Venue – allows you to narrow your search to particular states or even county court systems
  • Case Details – allows you to search for injury type or case type, with many options
    • Ex. Dog Bites involving Wrist injury
    • Ex. Medical Malpractice involving Cardiac incidents
  • People – search cases involving particular judges, experts, lawyers or parties, or demographics of parties (i.e. infants or women aged 40-65)

Once a user has run a search, you will see filters on the left-hand side of the page, which allow you to further refine your results. Simply check off the boxes of the additional restrictions you’d like to place on your results and click the red Search button on the pop-up to update your results. To remove filters, click the red X next to them at the top of the Filter section.

Download Copies of Cases

Cases can be exported in PDF or Word form from the database, either singly or a full page of search results. Cases have condensed and full-view options upon printing or exporting. If you need to download more than 10 cases per day, please contact law library for help.

From the Search Results page, you can export all of your cases to PDF or Word by clicking the appropriate buttons at the top of the list. Exports are limited to a single page of search results. You can export all cases in full, or select a summary instead. You can also email a set of cases using the Email button.

From the single case view, you have the option to export the case as a PDF or Word Document, either a full case view or a one-page version. You can also email the case using the Email button.

If you have any questions, please contact Electronic & Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie, at dajiang.nie@ttu.edu.

June 2021 New Resources

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

HeinOnline’s Military and Government database

New Resources

Military and Government – HeinOnline’s Military and Government allows users to research the functions of the federal government in administering all six armed forces, as well as the issues confronting service personnel both on and off the battlefield.  This new database includes topics such as women’s changing role in the military to the development of new weaponry to navigating benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs after service.

New Books

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

1. Paula A. Monopoli, Constitutional Orphan:  Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment (2020).

DISASTER LAW

2. Carol A. Fichtelman, Weather and Climate Law:  A Legal Research Guide (2021).

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

3. Joel Fishman, Grandparents’ Visitation Rights:  A Legal Research Guide (2021).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

4. Paul Bolster, Saving the Georgia Coast:  A Political History of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (2020).

FIRST AMENDMENT

5. Joseph Russomanno, ed., Speech Freedom on Campus:  Past, Present, and Future (2021).

IMMIGRATION LAW

6. Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodriguez, The President and Immigration Law (2020).

LEGAL EDUCATION

7. Beth McMurtrie and Beckie Supiano, The Future of Teaching:  How the Classroom is Being Transformed (2021).

8. Ashley Krenelka Chase, ed., Millennial Leadership in Law Schools:  Essays on Disruption, Innovation, and the Future (2021).

9. Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice M. Bain, Powerful Teaching:  Unleash the Science of Learning (2019).

10. Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton III, Richard A. Swanson and Petra A. Robinson, The Adult Learner:  The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (2020).

LEGAL PROFESSION

11. Robert A. Gottfried and Jessica Rudin MacGregor, Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims, 2016-2019 (2020).

12. Ulrike Schultz, Gisela Shaw, Margaret Thornton, and Rosemary Auchmuty, eds., Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy (2021).

13. Katrina Lee, The Legal Career:  Knowing the Business, Thriving in Practice (2020).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

14. Gregory C. Thompson, Harish Maringanti, Rick Anderson, Catherine B. Soehner and Alberta Comer, Strategic Planning for Academic Libraries:  A Step-by-Step Guide (2019).

LEGISLATION

15. Jonathan Lewallen, Committees and the Decline of Lawmaking in Congress (2020).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

16. R. Annie Gough, Injury Illustrated:  How Medical Images Win Legal Cases (2021).

17. Joel Michael Reynolds and Erik Parens, eds., For “All of Us”?:  On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge (2020).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

18. David L. Ginsberg and Robert A. Feisee, How Successful Law Firms Really Work (2020).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

19. Daniel P. Franklin, Stanley M. Caress, Robert M. Sanders, and Cole D. Taratoot, The Politics of Presidential Impeachment (2020).

SOCIAL WELFARE

20. Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo, Getting By:  Economic Rights and Legal Protections for People with Low Income (2020).

TORTS

21. Douglas G. Smith, The Rising Behemoth:  Multidistrict and Mass Tort Litigation in the United States (2020).

22. Mass Torts Committee and Courtney E. Ward-Reichard, ed., Mass Torts in the United States:  Strategy & Practice (2021).

WATER LAW

23. James H. Davenport, Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court (2020).

All resources 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

All electronic databases are available through the Library’s webpage, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/law/lawlibrary/index.php.   

Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items or helping you contact the Librarian on call for questions about electronic resources.

Bar Prep Study Aids in the Law Library

If you are studying for the bar exam and need some additional study aids to help you prepare, then come by the law library! The law library has brand new study aids to help you. There are flash cards and Uniform Bar Exam books. Plus, we have a large collection of study aids to help with essays, practice questions, and how to study for the bar exam.

If you have any questions about which study aid is best for you, talk to our Circulation staff! They will be glad to help find the right book for you.

Contact us at 806-742-3957 or email at circulation.law@ttu.edu.

May 2021 New Books

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

ANIMAL LAW

1. Karen Bradshaw, Wildlife as Property Owners:  A New Conception of Animal Rights (2020).

BANKING AND FINANCE

2. Daniel T. Stabile, Kimberly A. Prior, and Andrew M. Hinkes, Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology:  US Law and Regulation (2020).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

3. Joel Fishman, Grand Juries:  A Legal Research Guide (2020).

ELECTIONS AND VOTING

4. Mark P. Jones, ed., Voting and Political Representation in America:  Issues and Trends (2020).

ENERGY AND UTILITIES LAW

5. Sarah A.W. Fitts and Florence K.S. Davis, eds., Distributed Generation Law:  A Guide to Regulations, Policies, and Programs (2020).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

6. Sumudu A. Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Sara L. Seck, eds., The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development (2021).

7. Michael Burger, ed., Combating Climate Change with Section 115 of the Clean Air Act:  Law and Policy Rationales (2020).

8. Jonathan Rosenbloom, Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change:  43 Recommendations to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and the Communities that Adopted Them (2020).

EVIDENCE

9. Paul W. Grimm, Charles S. Fax, and Paul Mark Sandler, Discovery Problems and Their Solutions (2020).

LAW AND SOCIETY

10. Jef Ausloos, The Right to Erasure in EU Data Protection Law:  From Individual Rights to Effective Protection (2020).

LAW OF THE SEA

11. Oystein Jensen, ed., The Development of the Law of the Sea Convention:  The Role of International Courts and Tribunals (2020).

12. Graeme Scott Baber, The Global Law of the Sea:  Baselines and Boundary Delimitation (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

13. Hon. Robert E. Bacharach, Legal Writing:  A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word (2020).

LEGAL EDUCATION

14. Nicole P. Dyszlewski, Raquel J. Gabriel, Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, Anna Russell, and Genevieve B. Tung, eds., Integrating Doctrine and Diversity:  Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom (2021).

15. Primary Research Group, Survey of Law School Faculty & Staff:  Evaluating Information Technology Needs & Resources (2020).

16. Primary Research Group, Survey of Law School Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (2020).

LEGAL PROFESSION

17. American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Protecting Against Cyber Threats:  A Lawyer’s Guide to Choosing a Cyber Liability Insurance Policy (2019).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

18. Gary Gerstle and Joel Isaac, eds., States of Exception in American History (2020).

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

19. Joel Fishman, Judicial Ethics and Discipline:  A Legal Research Guide (2020).

REPRODUCTION

20. N. E. H. Hull and Peter Charles Hoffer, Roe v. Wade:  The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History (2021).

SEX CRIMES

21. Mary Welek Atwell, Sexual Harassment in the United States:  Analyzing the Hostile Environment (2020).

WATER LAW

22. Maria E. Milanes, International Groundwater Law and the US-Mexico Border Region (2020).

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.