Faces of the Library: Prof. Janeen Williams

Prof Williams

Join us in welcoming Prof. Janeen Williams to our faculty. We are very glad she is with us. Read her full profile here:

1. What is your hometown?

I was born in Charlotte, NC, but I grew up in Carrboro. It’s a tiny town beside Chapel Hill.

2. What is your educational and professional background before coming to TTU Law?

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I worked in Labor and Delivery in Atlanta for a few years. I decided it was not the right fit for me and went to law school at Mercer University. I returned to UNC to obtain my Master’s in Library Science. I began my law library career as a Reference Librarian at North Carolina Central School of Law. More recently, I was employed at the Law Library of Congress as a Senior Legal Reference Librarian.

3. What’s your favorite dish? Is it home cooked or from a particular restaurant?

I have to go with a dessert: crème brulee. I’ve never tried to make it at because I don’t trust myself with a blowtorch.

4. What are some scholarly interest you would like to pursue?

I would like to research team dynamics in libraries and explore how to best form and motivate high performing teams. The publication format for this article would be narrative and would include recommendations for best practices. Team dynamics has been studied in other business and work environments.

5. What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorites change often, but the show I could not stop thinking about after I binged watched it, was Fleabag season 2.

6. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they?

I like to read and I’m really into weight lifting.

7. What is your favorite legal research database?

Congress.gov: because it’s free and legislative history is my heart.

8. What is your favorite music?

The 1975. I saw them in concert a few months ago and had the best time.

9. What recommendations do you have for legal researchers that are still learning the ropes?

  • Set aside enough time for research. Although the search boxes look like Google, you will not find a quick answer
  • There is no perfect case. You will never find a case that exactly matches your set of facts. You have to learn to be comfortable with substantially similar and a certain amount of gray.

January 2020 New Resources

In January 2020, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

New Resources

reSearch TX

re:Search TX – A new database which allows users to search all 254 Texas counties for efiled cases and documents. Provides immediate access to every efiled case and document filed anywhere in Texas since 2016. Users can track cases and get case alerts.

 

New Books

2020 Jan new books

ADMIRALTY

  1. Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson, eds., Blue Legalities: The Life and Laws of the Sea (2020).

COMMERCIAL LAW

  1. Brian M. Malsberger, Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey (2019).

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

  1. Paul W. Kahn, Origins of Order: Project and System in the American Legal Imagination (2019).

EVIDENCE

  1. Texas Family Law Foundation, Predicates Manual 4.0 (2019).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

  1. Alicia Ely Yamin, When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality (2020).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Harriet L. Schwartz, Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education (2019).

LEGAL PHILOSOPHY

  1. Richard K. Sherwin, Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque: Arabesques and Entanglements (2011).
  2. Anne Wagner and Richard K. Sherman, eds., Law, Culture and Visual Studies (2014).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Will Baggett and Tai M. Brown, The Blueprint for a Successful Career: A Foundation for Developing Young Professionals (2017).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Jeffrey T. Frederick, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury (2018).

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.

Faces of the Library: Sue Kelleher

Staff Spotlight Sue

Meet Sue. When she’s not waving her Terrible Towel in support of her favorite football team, she’s watching Chicago Cub baseball with her dachshunds. We’re so glad she is a part of our team! Read her profile here:

What tasks do you do for the TTU Law Library?

Collection Development, Government Documents, Vendor Relations, Library Systems management.

What is your favorite thing about working at the TTU Law Library?

The people I work with.

What is one thing about the law library that current and prospective students should know?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

It’s a tie between Bangkok Thai, Royal Indian, and Orlando’s.

What hobbies or activities do you like to do outside the law library?

Play with my dogs, read, donate/volunteer with local dog rescue, watch baseball and football.

 

 

Faces of the Library: Cristian Perez

Staff Spotlight CP

Cristian is the wizard that runs our social media accounts. This 3L can work magic on Hootsuite and is a hoot to be around. Read his profile here:

Cristian Perez

What tasks do you do for the TTU Law Library?

Social Media.

What is your favorite thing about working at the TTU Law Library?

The people.

What is one thing about the law library that current and prospective students should know?

There’s a bunch of great online resources available to students. If you don’t know how to access them you can always ask the front desk to give you a tour. They know everything!

What is your favorite place in Lubbock?

Flippers. I’m the hotdog eating champ at Flippers by the way.

What hobbies or activities do you like to do outside the law library?

I like swimming, running, taking my dog to the park, and going to rock concerts. I also buy and sell Yugioh trading cards online.

 

December 2019 Law Faculty Publications & News

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

Articles

1.  Gerry W. Beyer, Transfer on Death Deeds Survey, State Surveys, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Dec. 15, 2019).

2. Alyson Drake, Franklin L. Runge, & Austin Martin Williams, A Smarter Way to Make Early and Mid-Career Decisions¸ AALL Spectrum (Jan./Feb. 2020).

3. Jamie Baker, Shelf Life Leadership Recs, AALL Spectrum (Jan./Feb. 2020).

4. Arnold H. Loewy, Prologue to Discussion of my Articles, 52 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1 (2019).

5. Tracy Hresko Pearl, Constitutional Confessions: In Favor of A “Loewy Plus” Approach, 52 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 47 (2019).

6. Alyson M. Drake, On Embracing the Research Conference (2019-2), 111 Law. Libr. J. 7 (2019).    

Op-Ed

1. Arnold Loewy and Charles Moster, It’s debatable: Is a 1 percent wealth tax on billionaires a good idea?, Lubbock Avalanche-J (Dec. 23, 2019 at 3:01 am), https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20191222/its-debatable-is-1-percent-wealth-tax-on-billionaires-good-idea.

Citations

1.  Prof. Shannon’s article Prescribing a Balance: The Texas Legislative Responses to Sell v. United States is cited in the following article: Nick Katz, How the States can Fix Sell: Forced Medication of Mentally Ill Criminal Defendants in State Courts, 69 Duke L.J. 735 (2019).

2. Prof. Gonzalez’s article At the Intersection of Religious Organization Missions and Employment Laws: The Case of Minister Employment Suits is cited in the following article Of Priests, Pupils, and Procedure: The Ministerial Exception as a Cause of Action For On-Campus Ministries, 133 Harv. L. Rev. 599 (2019).

3. Prof. Baker’s article Beyond the Information Age: The Duty of Technology Competence in the Algorithmic Society is cited in the following article: Hannah Silverman, The Role of “Coordinating Discovery Attorneys” in Multidefendant Federal Criminal Cases, 88 Fordham L. Rev. 1173 (2019).

4. Prof. Beyer’s article The Fine Art of Intimidating Disgruntled Beneficiaries with in Terrorem Clauses is cited in the following article: David Horton & Reid Kress Weisbord, Boilerplate No Contest Clauses, 82 Law & Contemp. Probs. 69 (2019).

5. Prof. Casto’s article The Federal Court’s Protective Jurisdiction over Torts Committed in Violation of the Law of Nations is cited in the following article: Jeffrey James Grosholz, The Shadow of Kiobel and Jesner: An Examination of the Alien Tort Statute and Bringing it Back Into the Light, 46 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1009 (2019).

6. Prof. Baker’s article Beyond the Information Age: The Duty of Technology Competence in the Algorithmic Society is cited in the following article: Michael Hatfield, Professionally Responsible Artificial Intelligence, 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1057 (2019).

7. Prof. Camp’s article Lesson for Tax Day: When Tax Prep Software Gets it Wrong is cited in the following article: Michael Hatfield, Professionally Responsible Artificial Intelligence, 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1057 (2019).

8. Prof. Murphy’s work in Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power is cited in the following article: Ryan Mitchell, Non-legislative Rules Need Scrutiny Too: The Curious Case of The Appropriate Care Standard, 26 Hastings Envtl. L.J. 47 (2019).

9. Prof. Murphy’s work in 3 Admin. L. & Prac. § 8:50 is cited in the following article: Frank Griffin, Fighting Overcharged Bills From Predatory Hospitals, 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1003 (2019).

10. Prof. Murphy’s work in Administrative Law and Practice § 4:22 is cited in the following article: Robert T. Anderson, The Katie John Litigation: A continuing Search For Alaska Native Fishing Rights After ANCSA, 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 845 (2019).

11. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article Red October: Its Origins, Consequences, and the Need to Revive the National Market System is cited in the following treaties: Thomas Lee Hazen, 4 Law Sec. Reg. § 14:18.

12. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article Red October: Its Origins, Consequences, and the Need to Revive the National Market System is cited in the following treaties: Thomas Lee Hazen, 4 Law Sec. Reg. § 1:76.

13.  Prof. Murphy’s work in 3 Admin. L. & Prac. § 14:24 is cited in the following article: Brooke Bohlen, Make America Transparent Again: Reevaluating the Official Acknowledgment Doctrine of the Freedom of Information Act For The Modern Presidency, 55 Gonz. L. Rev. 17 (2019).

News

1.  On December 17, 2019, Professor Beyer was the invited speaker for the December meeting of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council. Professor Beyer presented his paper entitled State Law Pitfalls: Don’t Step In It When Your Clients Steps Across State Lines.

2. The latest volume of the Texas Tech Law Review is about the Criminal Law Symposium about Professor Loewy’s articles. Some of the articles published are: Joshua Dressler, Arnold Loewy: Scholar, Civil Libertarian, and Mensch: Some Personal Reflections, 52 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 83 (2019); Tracy Hresko Pearl, Constitutional Confessions: In Favor of a “Loewy Plus” Approach, 52 Tex. Tech L. Rev 47 (2019); and David Crump, A Tale of Two Systems: Professor Loewy and Hate Speech, 52 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 5 (2019).

December 2019 New Books

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In December 2019, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

  1. Steven M. Salky, The Privilege of Silence: Fifth Amendment Protections Against Self-Incrimination (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Gerald S. Reamey and Charles P. Bubany, Texas Criminal Procedure (2018).
  2. Martha Minow, When Should Law Forgive? (2019).

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  1. Brendan Ishikawa, Crafting Effective Settlement Agreements: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators (2018).

INSURANCE LAW

  1. Lawrence Brody and Donald O. Jansen, The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: Forms with Drafting Notes (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

  1. Paul Marx, The Modern Rules of Style: Write Like a Professional (2019).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Meera E Deo, Mindie Lazarus-Black, and Elizabeth Mertz, Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures (2020).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Hugh Logue, Automating Legal Services: Justice Through Technology (2019).
  2. Donald A. Tortorice, The Modern Rules of Order (2019).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Leo M. Gordon and Daniel B. Garrie, Cybersecurity & the Courthouse: Safeguarding the Judicial Process (2020).

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW

  1. Joel A. Mintz and Ronald H. Rosenberg, Fundamentals of Municipal Finance (2019).

TAXATION—FEDERAL

  1. Jennifer Kowal and Greg White, Top Federal Tax Issues for 2020: CPE Course (2019).

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.

Faces of the Library: Reid Rendon and Felicia de León

Staff Spotlight reid and felicia

We would like to send a special congratulations to our newly engaged student staff members Reid and Felicia! Check out this adorable couple’s profile here:

What tasks do you do for the TTU Law Library?

We check books in and out, organize and clean the desk area, ensure books are in their proper place, and generally help out students and visitors with anything they may need.

What is your favorite thing about working at the TTU Law Library?

Our favorite part of working in the library is interacting with students and local attorneys.  The library staff are also very helpful and are really great people!

What is one thing about the law library that current and prospective students should know?

There are a lot of resources to help you research any legal issue you may need for class, clinic, or even work. Most of the are also available online!

What is your favorite place in Lubbock?

The Plaza Mexican Restaurant and Jalisco’s.

What hobbies or activities do you like to do outside the law library?

Playing with our dogs, watching Netflix. Reid also likes to play video games.