3rd Annual National Library Week Trivia Night Sign-Ups Now Open

Sign-ups are now open for the Law Library’s 3rd Annual National Library Week Trivia Night.  Trivia Night will be held on Monday, April 9th in the law school forum.  Doors open at 5:00pm; trivia begins at 5:30pm and goes until approximately 7:00pm.  Great prizes will be given to the first, second, and third place teams, and there will be door prize drawings throughout the event. First prize is a $25 Alamo Drafthouse gift card for each team member! Please note: this is general trivia, not law-related trivia.

Get five of your closest (or smartest) friends to join your team of six! All registered team members will get free pizza and beer (or bottled water). Students–the past two years, the first, second, and third place teams were comprised of teams with a diversity of ages, so I highly recommend asking your favorite law school faculty and staff members to join you for this night of frivolity.

To sign up, pick up a sign-in sheet at the Circulation Desk, fill out your roster, and then turn it back into the Circ Desk or email it to Prof. Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu. If you don’t have a team, but want to play, contact Prof. Drake and we will do our best to get you on a team that’s not completely full. If you can’t find six players, that’s okay; turn in your team sign-up sheet and we will do our best to find you a few extra players from our free agents.

We only have room for 20 teams of 6 in the forum, so get your team together and sign up ASAP! Hope to see many of you there.

Last year’s co-champions and third place teams:




CQ Magazine: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

The CQ Magazine reports on the world’s most powerful legislative body completely and accurately every week. Readers get an in-depth report on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete  wrap up of the previous week’s news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and flood activity, debates, and all roll-call votes.

Below is a view of the home page.

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Additionally, CQ Magazine is written in plain-English prose that makes it easy for people “outside the beltway” to understand just as well as any Washington insider. CQ Magazine covers the issues, makes them simple to understand, and does so in a manner that is even-handed and accurate.

Below is a view one of the articles that is available online on the CQ Magazine.


On the right side of the navigation screen, you can view several search tools to assist you. Also, you can click on the Advanced Search feature to further search and narrow your results.

Below is a view of the advanced search tool.

advanced search

Additionally, you can make a profile on the CQ Magazine website. You can view your profile, select favorite documents, saved searches, and document history. Those options are located on the top left side of the home page.

Below is a view of the options you have when you make a profile on the website.


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

The Ideal Law School Graduate: An Expert Researcher With Soft Skills


According to the Wall Street Journal blog, legal employers are looking for expert researchers with people skills.

Focus group results show that law school graduates entering the workforce need to know that “it’s the softer skills, like work ethic, collegiality and a sense of individual responsibility, that really impress legal employers, according to the study.” While the “researchers had thought that the attorneys would focus mostly on the need for basic practical skills, like writing, analysis and research, the comments on soft skills — defined as “personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make someone a good employee” — tended to dominate the responses.”

Ultimately, “The focus-group participants said ideal job applicants have a strong work ethic, can work independently without excessive ‘hand holding,’ and would bring a positive attitude to the workplace.”

The other important skill was the ability to research. “Employers, particularly those with more years in practice, rely on new attorneys to be research experts. The employers in [the] focus groups have high expectations when it comes to new hires’ research skills, i.e., ‘[t]hey should be able to adequately and effectively find everything that’s up to the minute.'”

And according to these legal employers, “[b]eing a research expert also means knowing how to scour books, not just websites. ‘Statutes, treatises and encyclopedias, and desk books are the sources employers still use in paper form. For this reason, new attorneys may want to be familiar with these paper sources.'”

And last but not certainly not least, legal employers want new hires to know their audience when it comes to memo writing. There are some clients who might prefer the “full-blown research memo” that is learned in law school, but there are other clients who just want the answer in a short and succinct format. It’s important to know which type of client you are dealing with to best suit their needs.

February 2018 New Books

2018 February new books

In February 2018, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Erichson, Howard M., Inside Civil Procedure: What Matters and Why (2018).


  1. Morse, Edward A., ed., Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies (2018).


  1. Bali, Asli U., Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (2017).


  1. West, Thomas G., The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom (2017).


  1. Miller, T. Christian and Ken Armstrong, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (2018).
  1. Goluboff, Risa Lauren, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (2016).
  2. Lawlor, Bruce M., When Deadly Force is Involved: A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground, Duty to Retreat, and Other Questions of Self-Defense (2017).


  1. Knolton, Cristina C. and H. Nyree Gray, Win or Go Home: A Guide to Negotiation Success in Competition and in Life (2017).


  1. Hien, Josef and Christian Joerges, eds., Ordoliberalism, Law and the Rule of Economics (2017).


  1. Frolik, Lawrence A., Elder Law and Later-Life Legal Planning (2017).
  2. Frolik, Lawrence A., The Law of Later-Life Healthcare and Decision Making (2018).


  1. Bouthillier, Yves Le ed., et. al., Law and Policy of Biofuels (2017).


  1. Miller, Jim, ed., From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses (2017).


  1. Rothstein, Richard, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017).


  1. Kendall, Virginia M. and T. Markus Funk, Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining Global Enforcement and Supply Chain Challenges, and U.S. Responses (2017).


  1. Kletzer, Christoph, The Idea of a Pure Theory of Law (2018).


  1. Edwards, Linda Holdeman, The Doctrine-Skills Divide: Legal Education’s Self-Inflicted Wound (2017).
  2. Grant, Emily, Sandra Simpson, and Kelly Terry, eds., Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (2018).
  3. Hay, Iain, How to be an Academic Superhero: Establishing and Sustaining a Successful Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (2017).
  4. Townsend, Keith and Mark N.K. Saunders, How to Keep Your Research Project on Track : Insights from When Things Go Wrong (2018).
  5. Moosa, Imad A., Publish or Perish: Perceived Benefits Versus Unintended Consequences (2018).
  6. McGuire, Saundra Yancy with Stephanie McGuire, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation (2015).


  1. Rhodes, Jill D. and Robert S. Litt, eds., The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals (2018).
  2. Cuban, Brian, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption (2017).
  3. Healy, Shawn and Jeffrey Fortgang, The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression (2017).
  4. Box, John P., The Millennial Lawyer: How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates (2018).
  5. Silver, Marjorie A., Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law (2017).
  6. Siegel, Daniel J. and Pamela A. Myers, The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC (2017).


  1. Lewis, David W., Reimagining the Academic Library (2016).


  1. Ohlin, Jens David, Research Handbook on Remote Warfare (2017).


  1. Bratman, Michael, Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014).


  1. Tsai, Robert L., America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community (2014).
  2. Chinn, Stuart, Recalibrating Reform: The Limits of Political Change (2014).
  3. Bookheim, Louis W., et.al., Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing (2017).


  1. Kilcrease, Bethany, The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906 (2017).


  1. Bessler, John D., The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition (2017).


  1. Beard, Mary, Women & Power: A Manifesto (2017).


  1. Bender, Daniel J., R. Jason Fowler, and Pierre E. Kressmann, Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion (2017).


  1. Fleck, John, Water is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths About Water in the West (2016).
  2. Hollo, Erkki J., Water Resource Management and the Law (2017).

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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.

February 2018 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout February, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for February 1 to February 28, 2018.


  1. Catherine Martin Christopher, Tackling the Texas Essays: Efficient Preparation for the Texas Bar Exam (2018).


  1. Kyle C. Velte, Why the Religious Right Can’t Have Its (Straight Wedding) Cake and Eat It Too: Breaking the Preservation-Through-Transformation Dynamic in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 36 Law & Ineq. 67 (2018).
  1. Arnold H. Loewy, Distinguishing Confessions Obtained in Violation of the Fifth Amendment from Those Obtained in Violation of the Sixth Amendment, 50 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 145 (2017).
  1. Tracy Hresko Pearl, Fifty Years Later: Miranda & the Police, 50 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 63 (2017).
  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Digital Assets – A Guide to Planning and Administration, Est. Plan. Studies, Jan. 2018, at 1.
  1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning and Probate Law, 81 Tex. B.J. 32 (2018).
  1. Bryan T. Camp, A New In Camera Review Requirement for Summons Proceedings?, 2018 TXN Magazine 9-7 (2018).


  1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Should U.S. replace its current Constitution?, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (Feb. 9,, 2018 08:44 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2018-02-09/it-s-debatable-should-us-replace-its-current-constitution.


  1. Prof. Casto’s article A Post of Great Legal Power and Even Greater Moral Influence is cited in the following article: James H. Johnston, Segregation in the Federal Courthouse in Washington D.C. Before and After Brown v. Topeka Board, 61 How. L.J. 35 (2017).
  1. Prof. Soonpaa’s article Stress in Law Students: A Comparative Study of First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Students is cited in the following article: Ian Ayres, Joseph Bankman, Barbara Fried, & Kristine Luce, Anxiety Psychoeducation for Law Students: A Pilot Program, 67 J. Legal Educ. 118 (2017).
  1. Prof. Huffman’s article Margin of Error: Potential Pitfalls of the Ruling in The Prosecutor v. Ante Gotovina is cited in the following article: Stephen Townley, Indiscriminate Attacks and the Past, Present, and Future of the Rules/Standards and Objective/ Subjective Debates in International Humanitarian Law, 50 Vand. J. of Transnat’l L. 1223 (2017).
  1. Prof. Batra’s article Judicial Participation in Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective is cited in the following article: Darryl Brown, The Judicial Role in Criminal Charging and Plea Bargaining, 46 Hofstra L. Rev. 63 (2017).
  1. Prof. Loewy’s article Statutory Rape in a Post Lawrence v. Texas World is cited in the following article: Catherine L. Carpenter, A Sign of Hope: Shifting Attitudes on Sex Offense Registration Laws, 47 Sw. L. Rev. 1 (2017).
  1. Prof. Camp’s article Form Over Substance in Fifth Circuit Tax Cases is cited in the following article: Lauren O’Malley, Delineating Permissible Tax Planning and Abusive Tax Avoidance: Tax Shelters, Pre-Tax Profit, and the Foreign Tax Credit, 36 B.U. Int’l L.J. 143 (2018).
  1. Prof. Loewy’s article Cops, Cars, and Citizens: Fixing the Broken Balance is cited in the following article: Bennett Capers, Policing, Technology, and Doctrinal Assists, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 723 (2017).
  1. Prof. Murphy’s article Separation of Powers and the Horizontal Force of Precedent is cited in the following article: Randy J. Kozel, Precedent and Constitutional Structure, 112 Nw. U.L. Rev. 789 (2018).
  1. Prof. Humphrey’s article Two-Stepping Around a Minor’s Constitutional Right to Abortion is cited in the following article: Mary Ziegler, Facing Facts: The New Era of Abortion Conflict After Whole Woman’s Health, 52 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1231 (2017).
  1. Prof. Henry’s article Paying-To-Play in Chapter 11 is cited in the following article: Josef S. Athanas, Matthew L. Warren, and Emil P. Khatchatourian, Bankruptcy Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight: A Proposal for Limiting the Leverage of Unsecured Creditors’ Committees When Unsecured Creditors Are “Out-of-the-Money”, 26 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 93 (2018).
  1. Prof. Camp’s article Theory and Practice in Tax Administration is cited in the following article: Eric A. San Juan, From Tax Collector to Fiscal Panopticon: A Social History of A Century of Federal Income Taxation, 15 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 128 (2018).


  1. Prof. Tracy Pearl is quoted and cited extensively in the following article: Jane Komsky, Addressing the Dangers of Partially Driverless Cars, The Reg. Rev. (Feb 6, 2018), https://www.theregreview.org/2018/02/06/komsky-addressing-partially-driverless-cars/.
  1. Prof. Murphy’s article Separation of Powers and the Horizontal Force of Precedent is quoted in the following article: Randy J. Kozel, Precedent and Constitutional Structure, 12 Nw. U. L. Rev. 789 (2018).


  1. Professor Gerry W. Beyer’s post on his Wills, Trusts, and Estates Blog entitled Assets on Ice, Cryogenic Estate Planning made the weekly list of top 10 blog posts on Texas Bar Today.
  1. On February 1, Professor Gerry W. Beyer traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to serve as the featured speaker at February meeting of the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association.  To an audience of approximately 150 attorneys and judges, Prof. Beyer presented his paper entitled Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” with Competent and Ethical Practices.
  1. On February 2, Professor Brian Shannon spoke on the topic, “Mental Health 101,” at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Mental Health Law conference at South Padre Island.
  1. On February 8-9, Professor Brian Shannon presided over a meeting at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis of the national board for 1A FAR, the NCAA faculty athletics representatives from the members in the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision universities.
  1. On February 9, Professor Jamie Baker participated as an invited panelist at the South Carolina Law Review Symposium on artificial intelligence. Later this spring, the Law Review will publish an article she wrote for their symposium edition found here in draft form: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3097250.
  1. On February 15-16, Professor Brian Shannon presided over a meeting at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis of the NCAA Division I Legislative Committee.
  1. On February 16, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the keynote speaker for the two-day program, 2018 Docket Call in Probate Court, sponsored by the San Antonio Estate Planners Council in San Antonio. His presentation to an audience of approximately 200 estate attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, and other professionals was entitled Morals from the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trusts Practice. His paper with the same title was also distributed to the attendees.
  1. On February 20, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the luncheon speaker for the Heritage Study Club, one of the oldest community organizations in Lubbock having been formed in the 1940s. His presentation was geared to motivate attendees to get their estate plans in order and was entitled Everyone Should Prepare Estate Planning Documents – Yes, That Means You!
  1. On February 22, Professor Tracy Pearl was invited to give a talk at the Washburn University School of Law about the regulation of semi-autonomous vehicles.
  1. On February 23, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the lead-off speaker for the CFP® Continuing Education program hosted by the Texas Tech University Department of Personal Financial Planning during its Opportunity Days program. His presentations and accompanying articles were entitled Intestate Succession: What Every Texas Estate Planning Needs to Know and Morals from the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trusts Practice.
  1. On February 23, Professor Tracy Pearl was invited by the LSU Law Center to present a paper about autonomous vehicles and the law.
  1. The Financial Planning Association of West Texas recently announced that it has named its Certified Financial Planning Examination Scholarship in honor of Professor Gerry W. Beyer. This year’s scholarship winners will be announced at the Opportunity Days Banquet on February 23.
  1. On February 27, Professor Brian Shannon addressed the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s Mental Health Conference in Austin with a Mental Health Legislative Update.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with our March Madness Competition

This month, the law library is bringing together two of our favorite things: celebrating women and March Madness!  You may have noticed this awesome display in the lobby to the library and wondered what it’s for.


This competition is meant to introduce you to some fabulous women in legal history, and to act as stress relief as we head into the middle of the semester.  You’ll have a chance to learn about some inspiring women and win some cool prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  1.  Starting on March 1, 2018, two legal figures will face each other to determine which of the two is the most inspiring female legal figure.  For each match, anyone can cast a single vote for who they believe is the most inspiring. You can vote by participating in our daily Twitter or Facebook poll, or by casting a vote at the Circulation Desk.  Matches will occur each day, including Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Starting Monday, February 26, 2018 (today!), 101 decks of seven cards each (six trading cards + one rule card) will be available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Decks will be available until a single legal figure remains. baseball-cards.jpg
  3. The contest will be divided into five rounds corresponding with the tournament bracket displayed near the Circulation Desk:
    • First Round: Entry opens Monday, February 26th at noon // Entry closes Thursday, March 1st at 5:00pm // Eight winners announced Monday, March 19th.
    • Second Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Friday, March 16th at 5:00pm // Four winners announced Monday, March 26th.
    • Third Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 24th at 5:00pm // Three winners announced Thursday, March 29th.
    • Fourth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Wednesday, March 28th at 5:00pm // Two winners announced Monday, April 2nd.
    • Fifth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 31st at 5:00pm // Winner announced Monday, April 2nd.
  4. Participants enter a round by signing (legibly) and dating the card of a legal figure they believe will survive a round of competition and placing the card in the ballot box for that round before entry closes.  Participants may NOT enter each round more than once.  Neither illegibly signed cards, nor the cards of participants who enter more than one card into a single round will be considered.
  5. Winners are decided according to the following method: (1) At the close of each round, the ballot box for the round will be collected, (2) participants who provide an incorrect answer will be removed from consideration, (3) participants rendered ineligible from participation in the round under Rule 4 (above) will be removed from consideration; and (5) participants who provide a correct answer earn one additional chance to win for each round that closed after their entry was made and before the current round closed, (6) after additional chances to win are determined, winners will be randomly drawn from a bowl of the contestants’ names.
    • Example: A enters a correct answer for the Championship round on Thursday, March 1st. B enters a correct answer fro the Championship round on Monday, March 26th.  Initially, both A and B have one chance to win. However, because four rounds closed after A submitted their answer, A will receive four additional chances to win for a total of five chances.  In comparison, B will only receive two chances to win because only one round ended after they entered their card.

Stop by today to pick up your pack of cards! The prizes get better with every round, so play hard and play often!

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report: What is it?

This is the first of a four part blog series spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Reporting.

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report provides the most timely reporting of health care policy and law, including focused coverage of Medicare, Medicaid, and managed care. This database contains all issues published since October 1, 1996.

The Health Care Daily Report home page includes important information such as Latest Developments, Hot Topics, Recent Topics, Companies, From the Editors, and Finding Tools.

Below is a view of the home page.


If you are looking for the most recent news in the area of health care law, then you should direct your attention to the Latest Developments section in the middle of the home page. The home page gives an informative title that you can click on to get more information on that specific development.

Below is a view of the latest developments from the home page.

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On the left side of the home page, the Hot Topics, Recent Topics, Law Firms, Companies, Courts, States, and Agencies can be located. These tools can help you identify changes to specific practice areas.

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On the right side of the home page, you can access information that the editors of the Health Care Daily Report think are important or notable. Additionally, you can locate a couple of finding tools to help you find reported cases. You can utilize the Finding Tools to locate cases by organizing them in alphabetical order or by viewing recently reported cases.

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Access to Bloomberg’s BNA Health Care Daily Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.