September 2016 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout September 2016, the Law Library’s Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Department received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for September 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.


  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Keeping Current—Probate, 30-Oct. Prob. & Prop. 24 (2016).
  2. Bryan Camp, Collecting Tax Liabilities From Third Parties, 75 Prac. 645 (2016).
  3. Gerry W. Beyer, MODERN DICTIONARY FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION (4th ed. 2008) (2016 Cumulative Supplement).


  1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: States Shouldn’t Punish Abortion, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Sept. 4 2016, 12:06 AM),
  2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Term Limits, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Sept. 18 2016, 12:49 AM),


  1. Professor Murphy’s article, Punitive Damages, Explanatory Verdicts, and the Hard Look, was cited in the following: Illinois Civil Jury Instructions Companion Handbook §§ 12:3; 12:4.
  1. Professor Camp’s articles, The Failure of Adversarial Process in the Administrative State and What Good is the National Taxpayer Advocate?, were cited in the following article: Keith Fogg & Sime Jozipovic, How Can Tax Collection Be Structured to Observe and Preserve Taxpayer Rights: A Discussion of Practices and Possibilities, 69 Tax Law. 513 (2016).
  1. Professor Loewy’s & Charles Moster’s article, It’s Debatable: On the Fates of State’s Plates, was cited in the following article: Morgan E. Creamer, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. and License Plate Speech: A Dangerous Roadblock for the First Amendment, 65 Am. U. L. Rev. 1461 (2016).
  1. Professor Beyer’s book Estate Planning in the Digital Age was cited in the following treatise: Ga. Guardianship and Conservatorship § 5:15.
  1. Professor A. Pearl’s article, How to Be an Authentic Indian, was cited in the following article: Andrew Jensen Kerr, Writing the Short Paper, 66 J. Legal Educ. 111 (2016).


  1. Professor Camp was quoted in the Collecting Tax Liabilities From Third Parties, 152 Tax Notes 1549 (Sept. 12, 2016).
  2. Professor Batra was quoted about the AALP program in The Daily Toreador on September 19, 2016.


  1. Professor Sutton was a keynote speaker (on cyber warfare) at the first annual Archive of Modern American Warfare Symposium, September 15, 2016 in the ICC. Information on the Symposium can be found here.
  2. On September 19, 2016, Horn Professor Brian Shannon began his third two-year term as President of 1A FAR, the association of NCAA faculty athletics representatives representing the 130 universities and 10 conferences from the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA’s Division I. These universities include all institutions from conferences such as the Big 12, Big 10, SEC, ACC, and Pac 12, five additional conferences, and several independents.
  3. On September 18, 2016, Horn Professor Brian Shannon moderated a panel discussion entitled, “NCAA Division I – The New Governance Structure – Views from the Leadership,” at the 2016 1A FAR Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Panelists included Kevin Lennon, the NCAA Vice President for Division I, and Diane Dickman, the Managing Director of Governance for NCAA Division I.
  4. On September 19, 2016, Horn Professor Brian Shannon addressed over 100 of the nation’s athletic directors at the 1A Athletic Directors Association annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, on the topic of the integration of academics as a hallmark of intercollegiate athletics participation.
  5. Professor Shannon, President of the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives, along with the rest of the 1A FAR recognized the National Football Foundation for its support of student-athletes and NCAA faculty athletics representatives across the country. The full article can be found here.

How to Book a Group Study Room

Students and Faculty are now able to book group study rooms! Please follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to reserve yours!

1. Go to the Law Library’s website:

2. In the search box on the Law Library’s home page, type “group study room”.



A list of the library’s study rooms will appear:


3. Select the room you would like to book from the list by selecting the “Get It” button.



4. Select the “Sign in for more options” button at the top of the box.


5. The OneSearch sign-in box will appear. Select “TTU Students, Faculty, and Staff (eraider)”.

6. Enter your username and password; you will go back to the screen you were on, but will now have the option to Request. Click “Request”

Once you select “Request”, you will get a page where you will fill out the start date/time and end date/time.

Remember, the time is entered on a 24 hour clock. So 1 p.m. would be entered as 13:00. The broom icon is used to clear an entry.

7. Once you enter the dates and times you want, click on the “Request” button.


You will see a highlighted box saying “Request placed”.


You have successfully requested a study room!

If you get an error message, one of the following things may be the problem:

  • The room is booked by someone else for the date/time you requested
  • You already have a room request in the system
  • The booking is for longer than allowed (maximum booking length is 4 hours)

Check these items first and see if they are the problem. If you are not able to reserve your room, please come to the Research & Information desk for help!


Helpful Resources for Students

Late September, early October is when 1L students start realizing that the law school workload is unquestionably intense, and the Law Library is here to help. In addition to having a diverse array of legal information, the Law Library also features librarians, staff, and resources that can guide you through the maze of coursework. The following are a few of the many helpful resources available to students.

1. Research Guides

The Law Library Reference Team has created a rich set of research guides to assist students to gain a better understanding of course materials, instruction, general reference, and other topics. For instance, the Law Library’s Research Guide Series contains explanations of the major concepts and related resources, references to study guides, and other helpful information for 1L, advanced required, and particular elective courses.


2. List of Books, Study Aids, & Other Resources

The Reporter (Law Library Blog), has published multiple references to books and online resources available to students to augment class materials. In particular, see prior postings on:

  1. Entering 1L Students: The Law Library’s Selective Summer Browsing List (by Arturo Torres). The list contains a short list of books highlighting general information on what to expect and how to succeed in law school.
  2. CALI Lessons (by Jamie Baker). CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) includes over 50 web-based tutorials and lessons covering more than 35 law school subjects. Also, this post provides registration information and how to start using your CALI account.
  3. Study Aids in the Law Library (by Sue Kelleher). The post explains the different types of study aids and where you can find them.
  4. Study Guides Available in Print and Online (by Marin Dell). This provides additional descriptions of the Law Library’s collection of study guides and treatises for all 1L and upper-level law courses.

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3. Law Library Reference Support Team

The Law Library Reference Team is available and ready to assist by phone 806-742-7155, via email, walk-ins, or by appointment to answer questions about searching and navigating within the Library’s print and online resources. Reference team members are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week Featured Spotlight: On the Merits Blog

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week: On the Merits Blog

This the final post in a four part series spotlighting Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week.


Bloomberg’s U.S. Law Week: On the Merits Blog focuses on recent Supreme Court decisions, current issues on the docket, and constitutional issues that are in the news. Occasionally, the blog will have posts on the intersection of politics and judicial issues. For example, the blog recently published a post of Vice President Joe Biden’s criticism of Donald Trumps’ treatment of the judiciary. The Blog posts are written by legal scholars and pre-law scholars with political science backgrounds. Clicking on “more” in the box on the main page will open up a separate browser that leads to the blog’s site.


U.s law week blog


Most of the blog posts contain photographs that describe the issues in the posts. Many of these photographs are of protestors or parties to major Supreme Court cases outside of the Supreme Court.

Picture blog

The blog also contains many helpful features that the reader can use to navigate through the blog’s material.

RSS feed: With this feature, readers can see recently updated content, can sort by date and title, and can also use a search box to look for a specific topic. To use the RSS feed, click the orange button on the top right hand corner that reads RSS.

RSS feed


Timeline: The reader can look at posts as far back as 2013. There seems to be no consistency in updating posts. However, a reader can expect a new post every few days if one is not posted every day.

Layout: The scroll down function allows you to see all the articles on one page. Overall, the site is very easy to use and readers can just click on the blog posts they want.


Legal Research: Knowing When to Stop

Beginning researchers often ask, “How do I know when I’m done?”


This is a legitimate question because legal research can send you down many rabbit holes with seemingly endless resources to sort through. The University of San Francisco School of Law put together a wonderful research guide on point.

Here are a few good indicators that you’ve reached the end of your research project:

  • You’ve found the answer. Sometimes — this is rare — you will quickly find the authoritative law that applies to your fact pattern. Be sure to Shepardize or KeyCite to check to see if your sources are still good law.
  • You keep finding the same primary authority no matter which research method you use or which sources you consult. It’s usually a good idea to double-check your research by checking two or three sources on the same topic to see if they all cite to the same authority. When you’ve done thorough research, and you keep turning up the same citations no matter where or how you look, that’s a sign that you’ve reached the foundational cases on point. Again make sure to Shepardize or Keycite.
  • Your project deadline is fast-approaching. Remember that the best research is pointless if you don’t leave enough time to write the paper or to tell the client or assigning attorney what you’ve found.

What if you’re not finding authorities that address your research issue?

If research hasn’t yielded any results after 30-45 minutes, it may be time to reevaluate your research strategy. Think comprehensively and creatively. Research broader rules, analogous facts or doctrines, and⁄or the law of other jurisdictions.

Make sure you are:

  • applying a variety of research techniques
  • using both primary and secondary sources
  • using both print and online sources
  • consulting resources from different publishers or vendors (remember that Lexis and Westlaw offer a lot of the same primary sources (cases, statutes, regulations, etc.), but the secondary sources available on each system, like treatises and practice guides, tend to not overlap very much.)

Ultimately, please make sure to consult a librarian if you’re having trouble.

Apps for What’s in the News

It seems like the world is busier with more and more happening.  So how do you keep up with the news during these turbulent times?  One of the easiest ways to stay current while on the go is with an app!  Here are some of suggestions to help keep you up-to-date with both national and local news.

National news is exploding with armed conflicts, the presidential election, and the wild weather we’ve been experiencing!  There are world-wide and national events occurring constantly.

ap-iconAn easy way to keep up with national news is by downloading the AP Mobile app.  This app provides news from the Associated Press and is a trusted source of information.  The AP Mobile app is available both for Apple products via the iTunes store and through Google Play for Android devices.


kcbd-iconOne choice for keeping up with local news is the mobile app offered by KCBD News Channel 11.  Their app provides weather, news, and sports, plus a wealth of other local information.  This app has an interactive radar, alerts you can set so you are notified of any watches and warnings, as well as the ability to contribute your stories, videos, and images.  The app is available both in the iTunes store and through Google Play for Android devices.


These are only two choices from a myriad of news and weather apps on the market.  Here are a couple of additional apps that may also be good choices.

klbk-kamcFor more local information, you may want to try EverythingLubbock KLBK KAMC available from either the Google Play Store or from iTunes.

bbc-newsIf you’re more interested in an international perspective, try BBC News, which is also available from either the Google Play Store or iTunes.

UNC Press Law Publications Available on HeinOnline

HeinOnline is a wonderful resource that is available to you through the Law Library’s subscription. Hein has all kinds of documents available including law review articles, historical statutes for all states, and so much more!


Recently added to HeinOnline, are books published by the University of North Carolina Press. Hein has added more than 120 titles from this publisher and they are available at no extra cost! The UNC Press has a national and international reputation for publishing quality books. These books cover a variety of topics and include both current and historical titles. They can be found throughout HeinOnline in their subject-appropriate collections. Some of the popular titles include:
captive-nationCaptive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era (2014) written by Dan Berger

sexual-injusticeSexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (2010) written by Marc Stein

national-insecuritiesNational Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy Since 1882 (2012) written by Deirdre M. Moloney


There are many more titles available to you covering a multitude of subjects! For the full collection from the UNC Press in alphabetical order, please click here.