Earplugs Available at the Circulation Desk

With final exams coming soon in the next few weeks, the Law Library is offering earplugs for students’ daily learning and final exams preparation. Just pick one up at the Law Library’s Circulation Desk. First come, first served.

The Law Library encourages quiet conversation and collaborative academic work. However, students should refrain from loud or disruptive conversations or other noisy behavior. When you experience noise in the Law Library, please do not hesitate to submit a Library Noise Report.  

National Library Week!

The Law Library at Texas Tech is looking forward to returning to hosting our National Library Week Programing! National Library Week will be from April 3rd – 9th! To celebrate the library will be hosting several events and contests.

Pet of the Week Tournament of Champions:

We will be running a single-elimination tournament to crown pet of the year! The bracket will be posted on April 8th along with the dates for voting. Friday will be the last match up with the winner taking home a prize!

Celebration of our Staff:

At the entrance to the library will be a poster with clues as to staff members’ identities. Match the staff member to the clue and enter a drawing for a gift card. Only one entry per person and you must correctly match the staff members to their clues.

Hint: All answers will be located on our social media.

Find Lady Justice:

On our social media, you will find clues to where Lady Justice is hiding for the day. First-person to locate her and bring her to Professor Morris (127A off the collaborative commons, or ask at the circulation desk) will get a gift card.

February 2022 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of February, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for February 1st to February 28th, 2022.

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

1. Gerry W. Beyer, Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession (5th ed. 2021).


1. Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Justin Horne, How Does the Edwards Aquifer Work & Why Is It So Heavily Regulated? KSAT Explains, KSAT.COM, (February 8, 2022; 7:24pm), available at: https://www.ksat.com/ksat-explains/2022/02/09/how-does-the-edwards-aquifer-work-why-is-it-so-heavily-regulated-ksat-explains/


1. Dean Nowlin’s article The Judicial Restraint Amendment: Populist Constitutional Reform in the Spirit of the Bill of Rights is cited in the following article: Brian L. Owsley, George Floyd, General Warrants, and Cell-Site Simulators, 59 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 149 (2022).

2. Prof. Camp’s article The Failure of Adversarial Process in the Administrative State is cited in §2:13 of the following practice series: Charles H. Koch Jr & Richard Murphy, Administrative Law and Practice (February 2022 Update).

3. Prof. Metze’s work Sixth Annual Criminal Law Symposium; The Sixth Amendment: Panel Two: The Right to Counsel at Trial: Speaking Truth to Power: The Obligation of the Courts to Enforce the Right to Counsel at Trial is cited in the following article: Mary Vukovich, Deprivation of the Right to Counsel for Federal Pretrial Detainees During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, 54 UIC L. Rev. 695 (2021).

4. Prof. Baker’s article 2018: A Legal Research Odyssey: Artificial Intelligence as a Disruptor is cited in §8.10 the following book: Julius J. Marke, Legal Research and Law Library Management (February 2022 Update).

5. Prof. Casto’s article Serving a Lawless President is cited in the following article: Patrick E. Longan, Symposium on Ethics, Professionalism, and the Role of the Attorney General of the United States: Lessons from History, 72 Mercer L. Rev. 727 (2021).

6. Prof. Beyer’s article Pay to the Order of Whom?- The Case of the Ambiguous Multiple Payee Designation is cited in §5/3-110 of the following practice series: Uniform Commercial Code with Illinois Code Comments (Illinois Practice Series) (February 2022 Update).

7. Prof. Beyer’s article Videotaping the Will Execution Ceremony – Preventing Frustration of the Testator’s Final Wishes is cited in the following article: Jessie Daniel Rankin, Socially Distant Signing: Why Georgia Should Adopt Remote Will Execution in the Post-Covid World, 56 Ga. L. Rev. 391 (2021).

8. Prof. Rob Sherwin’s article “Source” of Protection: The Status of the Reporter’s Privilege in Texas and a Call to Arms for the State’s Legislators and Journalists is cited in the following article: Frank D. LoMonte & Philip J. Sliger, Smartphone Security for the Mobile Journalist: Should Reporters Give Police the Finger?, 23 N.C. J. L. & Tech. 214 (2021).

9. Prof. Rosen’s book Military Law: Criminal Justice & Administrative Process is cited in the following article: Max Jesse Goldberg, Congressional Influence on Military Justice, 130 Yale L.J. 2110 (2021).

10. Prof. Murphy’s article Due Process and Judicial Review of Government Kill Lists is cited in the following article: Nicholas Romanoff, The “Bedrock Principle” That Wasn’t: Alliance for Open Society II and the Future of the Noncitizens’ Extraterritorial Constitution, 53 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 345 (2021).

11. Prof. Murphy’s article Arbitrariness Review Made Reasonable: Structural and Conceptual Reform of the “Hard Look” is cited in the following article: Kristin E. Hickman, Nondelegation as Constitutional Symbolism, 89 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1079 (2021).

12. Prof. Casto’s article The Early Supreme Court Justices’ Most Significant Opinion is cited in the following article: Joshua J. Shroeder, Leviathan Goes to Washington: How to Assert the Separation of Powers in Defense of Future Generations, 15 Fla. A&M U. L. Rev. 1 (2021).

13. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article The Underappreciated Importance of Personal Jurisdiction in Delaware’s Success is cited in the following article: Joel Edan Friedlander, Performances of Equity: Why Court of Chancery Transcript Rulings are Law, 77 Bus. Law. 51 (2022).

14. Prof. Beyer’s article Cyber Estate Planning and Administration is cited in the following article: Symphony Munoz, Sucking Success Out of Minor Social Media Influencers: A Call for Testamentary Capacity Rights in Texas, 14 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 337 (2021).

15. Prof. Beyer’s article Estate Planning Ramifications of Obergefell v. Hodges is cited in the following article: Ana Mitchell Córdova, First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: Cohabitation as a Framework for Conflicts Between Community Property and Common Law Marriage, 14 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 293 (2021).

16. Prof. Beyer’s article Texas Estate Planning Forms is cited in the following article: Katelyn Barker, Mitigating the Lack of Wills One Brochure at a Time, 14 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 257 (2021).

17. Prof. Beyer’s book Texas Estate Planning Statutes with Commentary (2019-2021 Edition) is cited in the following article: Joyce W. Moore & Cristian S. Kelso, Unanswered Questions in Wills and Trusts (And How to Try and Answer Them), 14 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 1 (2021).

18. Prof. Beyer’s book Texas Practice: Texas Law of Wills (4th ed.) is cited in the following article: Arielle M. Prangner, Just A Will Won’t Cut It: Planning for the Transfer of Non-Probate Assets at Death, 14 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 55 (2021).


1. On February 4, 2022, Prof. Beyer was a featured speaker at the 2022 Docket Call in Probate Court seminar. Originally, Prof. Beyer was to travel to San Antonio for an in-person appearance but inclement weather cancelled his flights so he presented virtually via Zoom. The topic of his presentation and accompanying article was Morals From the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trust Practice.

2. On February 10, 2022, Prof. Beyer was the virtual guest speaker for The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore. His presentation was entitled Cyber Philanthropy: Non-Fungible Tokens and Cryptocurrency.

3. On February 17, 2022, Prof. Beyer was the speaker at the February meeting of the South Plains Trust and Estate Council in Lubbock. His presentation was entitled Rule Against Perpetuities – The Impact of the 2021 Texas Legislative Changes.

4. On February 25, 2022, Prof. Beyer was a speaker at the 14th Annual Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal CLE & Expo held at the Texas Tech University School of Law. His presentation and accompany article were entitled Case Law Update: Intestacy, Wills, Probate, and Trusts.

New Legal Research Platform for Law School: Fastcase

As Texas attorneys, the State Bar of Texas provides access to an online legal research system that you may not yet be aware of— Fastcase. Typically, most state bar associations provide access to Fastcase or other similar systems. Fastcase can meet most attorneys’ research needs by providing access to primary law (e.g., statutes, administrative rules and regulations, and case law) and limited secondary sources.

You do not need to wait for your bar license to use Fastcase, as law students you can find it in the law library Electronic Resources List and obtain immediate access to Fastcase with your eRaider. We encourage you to use it so that you become proficient with the systems upon graduation.

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

February 2022 New Resources

In February 2021, 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

Fastcase – A leading next-generation legal research service, provides access to case law from additional courts such as federal circuit courts, federal district courts, state appellate courts, and much more. There are two ways to access Fastcase one is through our Electronic Resources List at https://go.ttu.edu/lawfastcase and the other is through HeinOnine, https://heinonline-org.law-ezp.law.ttu.edu/HOL/Index?collection=fastcasefull&set_as_cursor=clear.

New Books


1. Lawrence E. Ballard and Carole Symonds, Law Firm Accounting and Financial Management (2021).


2. Werner Sabo, Legal Guide to AIA Documents (2022).


3. Carol Eloamaka Okonkwo, Environmental Justice and Oil Pollution Laws:  Comparing Enforcement in the United States and Nigeria (2021).


4. Chris Demaske, Free Speech and Hate Speech in the United States:  The Limits of Toleration (2021).


5. Joanne Elizabeth Gray, Google Rules:  The History and Future of Copyright Under the Influence of Google (2020).


6. Duncan B. Hollis, ed., The Oxford Guide to Treaties (2020).


7. Tania Sourdin, Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence:  The Artificial Judge (2021).


8. Kelly Terry, Gerald Hess, Emily Grant, and Sandra Simpson, Assessment of Teaching and Learning:  A Comprehensive Guidebook for Law Schools (2021).


9. Jessica R. Natkin and Jessica L. Hernandez, Let’s Coach All the Lawyers:  An Essential Primer for Professionals Developing Legal Talent (2021).

10. Michael Legg and Felicity Bell, Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession (2020).


11. Gerry W. Beyer, Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession (2021).

12. Elyse H. Fox, Write Your Annual Report:  A Guide for Law Librarians (2022).


13. Roger Brownsword, Law 3.0:  Rules, Regulation and Technology (2021).

14. Simon Deakin and Christopher Markou, eds., Is Law Computable?:  Critical Perspectives on Law and Artificial Intelligence (2020).


15. Matthew C. Altman, A Theory of Legal Punishment:  Deterrence, Retribution, and the Aims of the State (2021).


16. Danny M. Adkison and Lisa McNair Palmer, The Oklahoma State Constitution (2020).


17. Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States Final Report (2021).


18. Christopher C. Dykes, Federal Income Tax Law:  A Legal Research Guide (2021).

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.