The Incomparable Bob Weninger


In late November, we received news that Tech Law had lost a legend. Bob Weninger spent over 40 years shaping the minds of thousands of future lawyers.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bob in 2015 when I started at the Law Library. We became fast friends as I assisted him with publishing what would be his last full-length piece on the Spanish class action. He told me about the on-site research he did in Spain to understand Spain’s fairly recent adoption of the class action regime, an area that has increasing importance in a globalized economy.

When strategizing about the publication process, we discussed, in detail, the title of his article and how it should entice a 2L to select the article for publication. On one of his weekly visits, he mentioned a conversation with John Krahmer where John recommended tying the article to the VW emissions scandal, which was all over the news. Eureka! That was it! And the title of his article was born: The VW Diesel Emissions Scandal And The Spanish Class Action. 

He incorporated the VW scandal into the Spanish class action by taking a “law-in-action” approach. And the article was picked up by the Columbia Journal of European Law. Bob’s other work is regularly cited and has had a wonderful impact on the legal community. See recent citations here, here, here, and here.

His work will live on in our own archives and others and, will no doubt, continue to have an impact.

The incomparable.


The Law School will hold a memorial service on campus. Please share condolences and favorite stories here.

November 2017 New Books

In November 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Julian Moore, Speed Learning Graphology: the art of handwriting analysis (2012).


  1. Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Textbook of Global Health (2017).
  2. Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca L. Walker eds., Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: new conversations across the disciplines (2016).


  1. Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder, Engines of Anxiety: academic rankings, reputation, and accountability (2016).


  1. Kathryn Rountree, Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements and Nationalist Impulses (2013).

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.

Voice for the Defense Online – Archives and Search features

Part 3 in a 3-part series.  Voice for the Defense Online is the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association monthly magazine, in continuous publication since 1972.

The keyword search will bring up all relevant articles.  For example, a search for “jury capital” will bring up jury issues in capital cases.


With few exceptions, each issue is available for download on the Archive page.  If you are scanning for a particular topic, article, or author, the Excel spreadsheet of content is particularly useful.

Access to the Voice for the Defense Online Archive and Search features is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Privacy and Security Law Report: Finding Tools

This is the third of a four-part series spotlighting: Privacy and Security Law Report

The Privacy and Security Law Report offers the user a “Finding Tools” feature to help them wade their way through all of the articles in the database. This feature is located one-third of the way down the home page on the right side.

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The “Finding Tools” feature allows the user the ability to search or browse the index archives and view reported cases. When searching the index, the user is able to search by terms and fields, and is able to limit their search by date. There is also a handy “Search Operators” informational insert at the bottom of the page to help the user create a more powerful search query.

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As mentioned, there is also the ability on the homepage to browse the index. By following the “Browse Indexes” link, the user is presented with an alphabetical list of expandable keyword headings. When a keyword is expanded, the user is given a list of articles within that index that discuss that particular subject matter.

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Sometimes the information a user is looking for is not present in the current index. In that case, the user has the ability to select a different index to browse.

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In addition to the index archives, users can also search the “Reported Cases.” They are given the ability to view all the cases alphabetically or to view the recent reported cases. When a user chooses to view the cases alphabetically, they are presented with an expandable A-Z list with links to every case reported.


Finally, by choosing the “View Recent Cases Reported” link under the “Finding Tools” feature on the homepage, the user is able to sort through a list of reported recent cases listed by date. Each case has a link to the information and a brief summary


The “Finding Tools” feature is useful because it provides the user with different ways to browse and search the Privacy and Security Law indexes. It also gives the user a couple of ways to sift through all the reported cases or just the recent reported cases in the database.

Voice for the Defense Online – VOL Blog

Part 2 in a 3-part series.  A helpful feature of the Voice for the Defense online is the Blog, authored by members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).  From the Voice for the Defense homepage, click Blog.


The Blog link will take you to the most recent posts:


Click Voice for the Defense Blog Home to view the calendar, blog posts by category or author, and a link to register to add a comment.


Access to the Voice Online Blog and other features of the Voice for the Defense publication is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.