Texas Lawyer: News

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer magazine.

The Texas Lawyer provides users with several different ways to find information on newsworthy legal issues. On the Texas Lawyer home page, there is a News section in the center and a Trending Stories section is located on the right side if you scroll a bit down.

Below is a view of where the news is on the homepage.

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Below is an image of where the Trending Stories section is at on the home page. his shows a collection of 5 top stories from across the United States.

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Additionally, to load more news stories on the home page, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click the load more stories link. An image of that button is shown below.

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Moreover, Texas Lawyer is connected to the overall Law.com. This allows Texas Lawyer to access Press releases from news outlet, political figures, and law firms as pictured below.

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Access to the Texas Lawyer website is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Note: Texas Lawyer changed the format of their webpages after this four part series was created. This final post was updated 11.2.18 to reflect the content of their new format.

Reserve the Student Wellness Room Today!

The Law Library in conjunction with the Dean of Student’s Office and the Student Wellness Advisory Committee is very proud to announce the availability of the Wellness Room. This space is designed for students to decompress, de-stress, and rejuvenate.

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The Wellness Room includes:

  • Comfortable Seating
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga Mats
  • Mini Zen Garden
  • Sound Machine
  • Coloring Books
  • Wellness Collection

Wellness Room Guidelines:

  • The Wellness Room booking defaults to 30-minutes blocks of time.
  • The Room may be reserved for 1-hour maximum per person, per day.
  • No more than 3 students allowed at one time.
  • The Room should be straightened after use.
  • The Room is intended for TTU Law Student use.
  • Associate Dean Chapman may enter the Wellness Room at any time.
  • If you are finished with the Wellness Room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk and inform the staff so they can adjust the reservation.

To reserve the Wellness Room, go to the Law Library’s Room Reservation link for additional information.

Law Library Room Reservation Instructions

To reserve a room in the Law Library, go to the Law Library’s Room Reservations page and click “Book Now.”

Select the room and time you wish to reserve:

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Note the system automatically defaults to today’s date and the current time. Areas in green are available and those in red are unavailable. Once a room and start time are selected, the system automatically selects a one-hour reservation:

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The reservation can be shortened or extended by using the drop down menu at the bottom of the page. The reservation may be deleted by selecting the trash icon. The maximum amount of time per reservation is 2 hours and the minimum is 30 minutes.

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Rooms may be reserved for up to 4 hours per day. If you wish to reserve a room for 4 hours, you must make two 2-hour reservations. These bookings may be consecutive, or they may be split up, for instance one reservation in the morning and one in the evening.

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Once the booking is correct, select the “Submit Times” button.

A recap screen will appear. Please review the booking for accuracy. If you wish to make changes, the “Change” link may be selected and the reservation may be edited.

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Please review the terms and conditions for the room selected, and select the “Continue” button.

To complete the booking, please fill in your full name, your TTU address, and a name for your study group. After you verify that you are a member of the Law School, select the “Submit my Booking” button.

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A final confirmation page will appear.  A confirmation email will also be sent to you.

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The confirmation email contains a link to cancel the booking, if needed.

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If you are done with the room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk to inform a staff member.

 

Reserve a Study Room Online!

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The Law Library is happy to announce that the Law School Community may now book rooms online.  You no longer need to come to the Reference & Information Desk to check on room availability or to book a room!

To book a room online:

  • Go to the Law School’s homepage and select “Library” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on “Law Library Home.”
  • On the Law Library’s homepage, you can find “Room Reservation” links in the following locations:
    • Under the “Patron Services” tab
    • In “Quick Links” near the bottom of the page
  • The “Room Reservation” link will open the “Law Library Room Reservations” page. On the page are instructions and guidelines for reserving a room.
  • To book a room, read the instructions and guidelines and click “Book Now” to proceed to the room reservation calendar.

Step-by-step instructions are located here.

When reserving a room, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Rooms are only available to Law Students, Law Faculty and Law Staff.
  • Rooms are available for booking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Each study room booking defaults to a maximum 2-hour reservation.
  • Law Students may reserve two 2-hour blocks per day for a total of 4-hours maximum for study rooms per day.
  • The 2-hour reservations may be consecutive, or may be split.
  • The same study group should not book the same room for more than 4 hours a day.
  • You are expected to use the room while you have it reserved, please do not leave the room empty for an extended period of time.
  • If you are finished with a study room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk and inform the staff so they can adjust the reservation.

Texas Lawyer: Current Issues

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer.

Texas Lawyer is available online and in print. Through the Texas Lawyer website, you can view the current issue of the magazine with all of the featured articles.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the magazine cover can be viewed on the home page.

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The Texas Lawyer current issue can be located under the Sections tab in the top left corner of the home page. After clicking on the Sections tab, click on The Magazine tab. Then, you will have the option to choose between Current Issue and View The Latest Edition.

Below, the green boxes indicate where the Current Issue can be located under the Sections tab.

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After navigating from the home page, you can view the articles in the current issue. The articles are organized in sections such as Editor’s Note, Features,  In-House Texas, Departments, and Columns. The article featured on the Texas Lawyer cover page is found at the top of the Current Issue page.

Below is a view of the Current Issue page.

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In addition to the Current Issue page, you can view a PDF version of the magazine. To view the PDF version, go to Sections, click on The Magazine, and select View the Latest Edition.

Below is a view of the PDF version of the Current Issue that is available on the website.

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Access to the Texas Lawyer is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Practitioners Rank Legal Research as Only Top-20 Specific Legal Skill for the “Whole Attorney”

In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a wide array of legal employers ranked the legal skills and professional competencies and characteristics that they believe new lawyers most need to succeed. (There is a detailed accounting of the study’s results and an explanation of the study’s role within IAALS’s broader project in the summer 2018 edition of The Bar Examiner, pp. 17-26.) The results revealed that legal employers value foundational characteristics and competencies much more than they do foundational legal skills. 

The 20 Foundations Identified as Most Necessary in the Short Term for New Lawyers 

• Keep information confidential

• Arrive on time for meetings, appointments, and hearings

• Honor commitments

• Integrity and trustworthiness

• Treat others with courtesy and respect

• Listen attentively and respectfully

• Promptly respond to inquiries and requests

• Diligence

• Have a strong work ethic and put forth best effort

• Attention to detail

• Conscientiousness

• Common sense

• Intelligence

• Effectively research the law 

• Take individual responsibility for actions and results

• Regulate emotions and demonstrate self-control

• Speak in a manner that meets legal and professional standards

• Strong moral compass

• Write in a manner that meets legal and professional standards

• Exhibit tact and diplomacy

As noted by The Bar Examiner, [t]he only specific legal skill that reached the top 20 was legal research.

What we’re seeing is a serious dissonance between what legal educators (and by extension law students) and legal practitioners think are the most important skills for practice. Most law students are graduating from law school thinking that they have the skills necessary to practice as attorneys, but that opinion is not shared by the profession they hope to enter. In one survey, 95 percent of hiring partners and associates believed that recently graduated law students lacked key practical skills at the time of hiring. In another survey, 76 percent of third-year law students believed that they were prepared to practice law “right now,” while only 23 percent of practicing attorneys believed that recent law school graduates were ready to do their jobs.

Interestingly, the 77 foundations identified [in the IAALS Survey] as necessary for new graduates are largely the same across all workplaces, which means that as we begin to identify the overarching learning outcomes that we can—and should—expect of a legal education, we have at least one common goal: the whole lawyer.

When breaking out just the specific legal skills necessary for practice, the IAALS Survey revealed the following:

• Effectively research the law

• Understand and apply legal privilege concepts

• Draft pleadings, motions, and briefs

• Identify relevant facts, legal issues, and informational gaps or discrepancies

• Document and organize a case or matter

• Set clear professional boundaries

• Gather facts through interviews, searches, document/file review, and other methods

• Request and produce written discovery

• Effectively use techniques of legal reasoning and argument (case analysis and statutory interpretation)

• Recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas in a practical setting

• Conclude relationships appropriately

• Critically evaluate arguments

• Maintain core knowledge of the substantive and procedural law in the relevant focus area(s)

• Prepare client responses

• Draft contracts and agreements

• Interview clients and witnesses

The article goes on to mention the possibility of legal educators and professionals using the information from this survey to regulate the skills new lawyers truly need when they enter practice.

One thing that becomes clearer with every practitioner survey is the importance of legal research skills for practice.