Offering Support to the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Illustration by Jane Mount

These are times of tremendous change and stress for Americans. We are experiencing a pandemic that has crippled our economy as well as being in the midst of social unrest.

The Texas Tech University School of Law Library echos recent statements from the American Library Association:

Diversity is one of ALA’s key commitments and guiding principles. For this reason, the Executive Board calls on library and information services leaders, staff, and advocates of all races and backgrounds to abolish racism against Black people and against all People of Color and to see to it that it has no place in our institutions, our policies, our practices, or our behaviors.

There are many places to contribute, provide help to protesters, and support the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are a few blogs that point to some places where you can help both locally and nationally.

One way to help support is by donating to bail funds. Here are some sites that suggest organizations that accept donations:

ACLU Texas – Protests and Police: Community Resources in Texas

List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country

Bail Relief Resources for Protestors

Here are some blogs with additional suggestions on how to support protesters and to help protesters to know and understand their rights.

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

How to Find a Pro Bono Lawyer If You’re Arrested During a Protest

Here’s Where You Can Donate to Help Protests Against Police Brutality

ACLU – Know Your Rights – Protester’s Rights 

Legal Observer Program on the national NLG’s website (a legal observer is someone who is observing and noting what is happening to document violence they see and if possible prevent violence by their presence)

Law for Black Lives (provides opportunities for legal professionals to volunteer their services)

How to Reduce Police Violence with 6 Proven Methods

Even if you are unable to donate time or money, you can still be an advocate by learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, and about the African-American experience. These lists provide a variety of ways to explore, learn, and educate yourself.

These sites offer a variety of books and multimedia to help you understand what is happening and why.

An Essential Anti-Racist Reading List

Black Lives Matter: Recommended Reading

Black Lives Matter A Book List  

Listopia: Black Lives Matter Book Lists

Racial Justice Resources

A Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 “Fed Up”-rising

Trevor Noah video about the protests

Hasan Minhaj, host of The Patriot Act, put out this video about George Floyd

Some of the books in these lists may be available through our Law Library, the main university library, or through our InterLibrary Loan services.

If you would like assistance finding any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or circulation.law@ttu.edu.

April 2020 New Resources

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Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

In April 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

As the semester comes to a close it is time to start preparing for finals. Remember that the law library has several publisher’s study aids available for you. The easiest way to access these study aids is to go to the law library’s Remote Services Guide and follow the instructions.

The law library has just added temporary access to study aids from Lexis Nexis Digial Library. This guide will provide all the information you need to access this new resource.

New Books

This month there are no new books to announce. We were not able to catalog or add new books since staff is working from home.

If you have any book or circulation questions, 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.

Fun Sites for Stress Relief

It has been an interesting experience working from home, with many advantages as well as challenges. One of the biggest challenge is both letting work go and staying focused. There are times when I get so involved in what I’m doing that I forget to “leave work.” My family has to remind me to “come home!” Other times it’s a challenge to stay focused.

One way to find balance is to build in structured breaks. Just like in the workplace you need to take a break from what you are doing to stay productive. The law library has provided a wide selection of ways to take fun breaks from your work and studies on the “De-stressing Activities” page of our Remote Access to Library Services LibGuide.

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Here are a few of my favorite activities.

I enjoy playing Mahjong and like the Mahjongg Solitaire game from USA Today games site. The USA Today site has a huge variety of games that are quick and fun. I highly recommend this site for online games to play. 247 games If you happen to like Mahjong, another good site is 247 Games. This site has a large variety of games to play including Mahjong and Solitaire. This site is a fun place to find de-stressing games.

The De-stressing Libguide also includes a variety of de-stressing tips and strategies including the Texas Tech University School of Law Mental Wellness Toolkit. There are also a variety of online workout routines! You can stay in shape and improve your mental well-being. If music helps you relax, there are a wide-variety of links to music, especially classical music. Another idea is looking for your favorite radio station online! Many radio stations have streaming music available online and it’s easy to click and listen to your favorite songs.

Something else to check out are the virtual cultural tours. The art museums are wonderful to visit. I also enjoyed the National Park Tours. This site provides 360⁰ views of various national parks. This helps you get outdoors in the wilderness virtually when you are stuck inside. monterey bay I enjoy watching various animal cams including the Monterey Bay Aquarium web cams and the webcams from the San Diego Zoo.

It is still possible to go outside for a walk in the real world and enjoy a great live break from studying or working. However, if you get tired of the view from your neighborhood you can always go outside with other people and take a walk with them and see their neighborhood. You can watch people who have posted videos of themselves walking around in other locations. The “Let’s Go for a Stroll Outside” site has collected some of these videos for easy viewing.

When you feel like you are going stir-crazy, watch other places with webcams. One fun site is the EarthCam site. EarthCam lets you watch webcams from all over the world. You can watch the beach at Fort Lauderdale, Florida or Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia and everywhere in between!

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There are all kinds of online fun things to do to take a quick break from studying and working at home, these are just a few suggestions. Please email me your favorite links to fun breaks and I’ll follow up this blog post with your favorite suggestions.

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.

August 2019 New Resources

2019 August

In August 2019, 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

This month several ProQuest databases received 2019 updates. These updates ensures that each database contains the most current information available. The following databases were updated:

-ProQuest Congressional Publications (updated Congressional Hearings & U.S. Serial

Set)

-Legislative Insight

-Regulatory Insight

Find legislative histories, committee hearings, prints, and reports, bill texts and tracking, and information about members of the House and Senate. Both Insight products provide full legislative or regulatory histories which includes the full text of the public law or regulation, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law and regulations.

Use our Electronic Resources: Databases, Journals, and Sites page to locate links to each database.

New Books

CONTRACTS

  1. Edward Yorio and Steve Thel, Contract Enforcement: Specific Performance and Injunctions (2011).

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  1. Andrea Kupfer Schneider and Chris Honeyman, eds., Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers (2019).

EVIDENCE

  1. Janet S. Kole, How to Train Your Expert: Making Your Client’s Case (2019).

INDIAN AND ABORIGINAL LAW

  1. Kim TallBear, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (2013).

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

  1. Simon Tam, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court (2019).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Michael Hunter Schwartz, Expert Learning for Law Students (2018).
  2. Jessamyn Neuhaus, Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who want to be Effective Teachers (2019).
  3. Tom Sherrington, Rosenshine’s Principles in Action (2019).

LEGAL PROFESSION

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

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Shannon D. Jones and Beverly Murphy, eds., Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success (2019).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

  1. Kate Moore, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women (2018).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Brendon Ishikawa and Dana Curtis, Appellate Mediation: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators (2016).
  2. Vincent S. Walkowiak and Oscar Rey Rodriguez, eds., The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation: Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (2019).

PROPERTY–PERSONAL AND REAL

  1. Christopher K. Odinet, Foreclosed: Mortgage Servicing and the Hidden Architecture of Homeownership in America (2019).

PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY

  1. Robert D. Morgan, ed., The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology (2019).

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.