Offering Support to the Black Lives Matter Movement

protest booklist
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

May 2020 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of May, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for May 1st to May 31st, 2020.

Articles, Essays, & Reviews 

1. Gerry W. Beyer, Potpourri, 58-2 Real Est., Prob., & Tr. L. Rep., at 5 (2020).

2. Gerry W. Beyer, Intestacy, Wills, Estate Administration, and Trusts Update, 58-2 Real Est., Prob., & Tr. L. Rep., at 5 (2020).

3. 13, 14, & 15, Gerry W. Beyer, West’s Texas Forms—Real Property (Supp. 2020 ed.).

4. Nancy Soonpaa, From a Gleam to Maturity: The Developmental Stages of a Legal Writing Program, 24 Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 23 (2020).


1. Professor Camp is quoted in the following article: Sarah Skidmore Sell, Can survivors keep relief funds sent to dead taxpayers?, ABCNews (May 8, 2020 at 12:27 am); available at:


1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s debatable: Can a state restrict concealed carry rights of non-residents?, Lubbock-Avalanche J. (May 17, 2020 at 3:01 am); available at:


1.  Prof. Casto’s book The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth is cited in the following article: Jonathan Gienapp, the Myth of the Constitutional Given: Enumeration and National Power at the Founding, 69 Am. U. L. Rev. F. 183 (2020).

2. Prof. Gonzalez’s book Employment Discrimination: A Context and Practice Casebook is cited in the following article: Kelly Kagan, Expansion of Joint Employer Liability Theory on the Horizon: The Ninth Circuit Adopts The Agency Test in EEOC v. Global Horizons, Inc., 57 San Diego L. Rev. 281 (2020).

3. Prof. Murphy’s article Pragmatic Administrative Law and Tax Exceptionalism is cited in the following article: Emily S. Bremer, Reckoning with Adjudication’s Exceptionalism Norm, 69 Duke L.J. 1749 (2020).

4. Prof. Loewy’s book Criminal Procedure: Cases, Materials, and Questions 1239is cited in the following article: Ion Meyn, Flipping the Script on Brady, 95 Ind. L.J. 883 (2020).

5. Prof. Murphy’s article Abandoning Standing: Trading Rule of Access for a Rule of Deference is cited in the following article: Heather Elliot, Associations and Cities as (Forbidden) Pure Private Attorneys General, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1329 (2020).

6. Dean Myhra’s article The Hate Speech Conundrum and the Public School is cited in the following article: Christian Ketter, The NFL Player, The Schoolchild, and The Entertainer: When The Term “Free Speech” is Too Freely Spoken, Exactly “Who’s On First?”, 68 Clev. St. L. Rev. 421 (2020).

7. Prof. Spain’s article Alternate Dispute Resolution for the Poor: Is It an Alternative? is cited in the following article: Donald F. Fontaine, Fee Shifting: A Proposal to Solve Maine’s Intractable Access to Justice Problem, 72 Me. L. Rev. 47 (2020).

8. Prof. Beyer’s article Statutory Will Methodologies—Incorporated Forms vs. Fill-In Forms: Rivalry or Peaceful Coexistence? is cited in the following article: Bridget J. Crawford, Blockchain Wills, 95 Ind. L.J. 735 (2020).

9. Prof. Christopher’s article Whack-a-Mole: Why Prosecuting Digital Currency Exchanges Won’t Stop Online Laundering is cited in the following article: David D. Schein & Lawrence J. Trautman, The Dark Web and Employer Liability, 18 Colo. Tech. L.J. 49 (2020).

10. Prof. Chiappinelli’s article The Myth of Director Consent: After Shaffer is cited in the following article: Charles W. (Rocky) Rhodes & Cassandra Burke Robertson, A New State Registration Act: Legislating a Longer Arm for Personal Jurisdiction, 57 Harv. J. on Legis. 2 (2020).


1. On May 12, 2020, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer “traveled” to Midland, Texas to present a virtual continuing legal education program entitled Technology’s Impact on the Changing Future of the Trusts and Estate Practice. His article by the same name was distributed to all attendees. Both the presentation and article gave special attention to using technology during the COVID-19 stay-at-home and social mandates.

2. On May 6, 2020, Prof. Dustin Benham was recognized in an article entitled Professor Leaves Lasting Impact on Legal System by Inspiring Students in Texas Tech Today by Mckenzi Morris for receiving the 2020 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award. The full article is available here.

3. On April 26, 2020, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a guest speaker on the “Elder Law Issues” Podcast episode titled Gun Trusts: Do You Need One?, available here. On May 10, 2020, he was again featured in another episode of the Podcast called Marijuana and Your Estate Plan, available here.

May 2020 New Resources

database resources

In May 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

While no new resources that were added to the Law Library’s collection this month, remember that there are a wide-variety of resources to help you with your studies. Electronic resources can be accessed through our “Electronic Resources: Databases, Journals, and Site” webpage. As a Texas Tech University student you also have access to the resources available through the main university library’s website. If you need additional resources you can also request items through ILL. All you need to do is sign-in using your eRaider and password and fill out the ILL form with information for the item you are requesting.

New Books

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

If you have any book or circulation questions, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or

All electronic databases are available through the Library’s webpage,

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.


Extended Database Access For 2020 Graduating Law Students

Graduating law students are entering a legal job market that is volatile and uncertain as the industry experiences the impact of this pandemic. We believe your education extends beyond your formal law school program. TTU Law Library is committed to providing resources to support our graduates as you take the next step in your legal career.


Recently graduated law students need to enroll Westlaw Grad Elite program to continue gaining access. To gain access you will receive a pop-up when you logged or you can go HERE and hit agree . For the first 18 months after graduation you will have access to some products for 60 hours each month to help make the connection between theory and practice. For more information, please check Westlaw Grad Elite program.

Lexis Advance

When you graduate May 2020, you will automatically have seamless Lexis Advance access till February 28, 2021. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. Plus, access exclusive resources and a Rewards program for graduates.

The ASPIRE program provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard’s® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work.

For more information, please check Lexis Advance Access for Law School Graduates.

Bloomberg Law

May 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law® through June 1, 2021.