Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library has compiled a timely guide ( to help locate legal responses to COVID-19.  According to the guide, “many units of government at all levels (federal, state, and local) have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid sick leave.  This [sic] goal of this guide is to provide links to primary sources and high-quality summaries to these.”


The federal materials provided in the guide include links to items published by various federal agencies as well as Public Laws about COVID-19.  While the major focus of the guide is on federal and California resources, there are sections dedicated to other state and local jurisdictions.

There is also a useful section that provides links to “Other Resources” that users might find educational.


Among the Other Useful Resources is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Kit from LexisAdvance and the COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit from the HHS.






For assistance with locating further information on COVID-19, please contact the Law Library Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone.


Phone:  806-742-7155


April 2020 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of April, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for April 1st to April 30th, 2020.

Articles & Reviews 

1. Gerry W. Beyer, Keeping Current — Probate, 34-Apr Prob. & Prop. 30 (2020). 

2. Gerry W. Beyer, A Cold Head is Not Just for Beer Anymore, Jotwell (March 31, 2020) (reviewing Thomas E. Simmons, A Trust for Ted’s Head, 88 Miss. L. J. 20 (2019).

3. Bryan T. Camp, Taxation of Electronic Gaming, 877 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 661 (2020).


1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s debatable: Who should bear primary responsibility in coronavirus battel?, Lubbock-Avalanche J. (Apr. 20, 2020 at 2:08 p.m.); available at:


1.  Prof. Camp’s article The Play’s the Thing: A Theory of Taxing Virtual Worlds is cited in the following article: Blake E. Reid, Internet Architecture and Disability,  95 Ind. L.J. 591 (2020).

2. Prof. Camp’s article A History of Tax Regulation Prior to the Administrative Procedure Act is cited in the following article: Stephanie Hunter McMahon, Classifying Tax Guidance According to End Users, 73 Tax Law. 245 (2020).

3. Prof. Black’s article Do You Want Innovation and Jobs? Repeal § 511 is cited in the following article: David Kim,  XIII. Unrelated Business Income Tax: Key Changes, 38 Rev. Banking & Fin. L. 623 (2019).

4. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s article Hands on the Wheel: A Call for Greater Regulation of Semi-Autonomous Cars is cited in the following article: Gary Marchant & Rida Bazzi, Autonomous Vehicles and Liability: What Will Juries Do? 26 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 67 (2020).

5. Prof. Chiappinelli’s book Cases and Materials on Business Entities is cited in the following article: Michael Held & Thomas M. Noone, Bank Culture and the Official Sector: A Spectrum of Options,  43 Seattle U. L. Rev. 683 (2020).

6. Prof. Loewy’s article The Fourth Amendment as a Device for Protecting the Innocent is cited in the following article: William Hopchak, Carpenter v. United States: CSLI, Third-Party Doctrine, and Privacy in the Twenty-first Century 14 Liberty U. L. Rev. 185 (2019).

7. Prof. Christopher’s article The Bridging Model: Exploring the Roles of Trust and Enforcement in Banking, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain is cited in the following article: Lawrence J. Trautman & Mason J. Molesky, A Primer for Blockchain 88 UMKC L. Rev. 239 (2020).

8. Prof. Loewy’s article Police-Obtained Evidence and the Constitution: Distinguishing Unconstitutionally Obtained Evidence from Unconstitutionally Used Evidence is cited in the following article: Louis Fisher, Criminal Justice User Fees and the  Procedural Aspect of Equal Justice, 133 Harv. L. Rev. F. 112 (2020).

9. Prof. Beyer’s article Puff, the Magic Dragon, and the Estate Planner is cited in the following article: Brandy M. Parry, Puff, Puff, Pass: How State Marijuana Laws May Impact Probate Courts and Lead to Liability, 33 Quinnipiac Prob. L.J. 178 (2020).

10. Prof. Beyer’s work in Sign on the [Electronic] Dotted Line: The Rise of the Electronic Will is cited in the following article: Adam J. Hirsch, Technology Adrift: In Search of a Role for Electronic Wills 61 B.C. L. Rev. 827(2020).

11. Prof. Rob Sherwin’s work in The Changing Landscape of the Texas Citizens Participation Act is cited in the following article: Laura Lee Prather, Striking a Balance, 83 Tex. B.J. 238 (2020).

12. Prof. A. Pearl’s article The Tragedy of the Vital Commons is cited in the following article: Michael C. Blumm, Environmental Law at 50: A Cutting -Edge Journal Examining the Central Issues of Our Time,  50 Envtl. L. 1 (2020).

13. Prof. Benham’s article Tangled Incentives: Proportionality and the Market for Reputation Harm is cited in the following article: Abigail Stephens, Contracting Away the First Amendment?: When Courts Should Intervene in Nondisclosure Agreement, 28 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 541(2019).

14. Prof. Benham’s article Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing is cited in the following article: Matthew A. Shapiro, The Indignities of Civil Litigation, 100 B.U. L. Rev. 501(2020).

15. Prof. Loewy’s supplement Criminal Law in a Nutshell is cited in the following article: Katryna Santa Cruz, The Distraction That Is Stand Your Ground, 14 FIU L. Rev. 149 (2020). 

16. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s article Fast & Furious: The Misregulation of Driverless Cars is cited in the following article: Callie A. Kanthack, Autonomous Vehicles and Driving Under the Influence: Examining the Ambiguity Surrounding Modern Laws Applied to Future Technology, 53 Creighton L. Rev. 397 (2020).

17. Prof. Rosen’s article Funding “Non-Traditional” Military Operations: The Alluring Myth of a Presidential Power of the Purse is cited in the following article: Michael Conklin, Please Allow Myself to Pardon. Myself: The Constitutionality of a Presidential Self-Pardon, 97 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. (2020).

18. Prof. James’ article The African-American Church, Political Activity, and Tax Exemption is cited in the following article: Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, When Soft Law Meets Hard Politics: Taming the Wild West of Nonprofit Political Involvement, 45 J. Legis. 194(2019).


1.  Professor Beyer was recently the guest on an Elder Law Issues podcast entitled Pet Trusts. Along with host Robert Fleming, one of the nation’s leading estate planning and elder law attorneys, Professor Beyer explained how pet owners may make arrangements to make sure their animal friends receive proper care upon the owners’ disability or death. The podcast can be listened to here

2. On April 13, 2020, Professor Beyer served as the Collin County Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Probate Section’s first virtual CLE presenter. Over 75 attorneys attended his live on-line presentation entitled Morals From the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trusts Practice

3. On April 24, 2020, Professor Beyer was an invited speaker at the Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium which because of COVID-19 was shifted to a webinar format. To an audience of approximately 300 attorneys and other estate planning professionals, he present two papers: Electronic Wills and Related Issues: The Changing Future of the Trust and Estate Practice and Your Pleasure or Business Cannabis Client: It’s High Time Estate Planners Know What to Do

4. On April 28, 2020, Professor Beyer was the speaker for the first virtual meeting of the Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association. Professor Beyer spoke to approximately 250 members about his presentation on analyzing and critiquing recent decisions of the Texas Courts impacting the Estate Planning practice. 

5. Professor Beyer was recently the guest on an Elder Law Issues podcast entitled Electronic Wills in the Era of Coronavirus. Along with host Robert Fleming, one of the nation’s leading estate planning and elder law attorneys, Professor Beyer explains some of the limitations to the use of electronic wills in the era of coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast can be listened to here

6. Dean Humphrey has been the first professor from Texas Tech Law to be elected to the national board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). The dean is currently the Chair of the LWI Biennial conference, and a member of the LWI One-Day Workshops committee and the LWI New Members Outreach committee. 

April 2020 New Resources

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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

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.

LexisNexis Digital Library

The Texas Tech Law Library has 59-day complimentary access to the LexisNexis Digital Library. This resource provides 3800 LexisNexis titles, including treatise material and practice guides, plus CAP’s comprehensive casebook/textbook package and study aids.

To access LexisNexis Digital Library, enter your TTU email address as the Username. No password is required. If you receive an error message, try logging in with the first letter of your email address in uppercase. If you have trouble logging in, please contact Professor Nie at


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