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.

March 2020 New Books

2020 March New Books List

In March 2020, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

CIVIL LAW

  1. Fitzpatrick, Brian T., The Conservative Case for Class Actions (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Gregg Barak, Paul Leighton, and Allison Cotton, Class, Race, Gender, & Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America (2018).
  2. Avery, Joseph and Joel Cooper, eds., Bias in the Law: A Definitive Look at Racial Prejudice in the U.S. Criminal Justice System (2020).

CRYPTOCURRENCIES LAW

  1. Armstrong, Dean, Dan Hyde, and Sam Thomas, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: International Legal and Regulatory Challenges (2019).

CYBER SECURITY LAW

  1. Schaub, Gary Jr., ed., Understanding Cybersecurity: Emerging Governance and Strategy (2018).
  2. Ballardini, Rosa Maria, Petri Kuoppamaki, Olli Pitkanen, eds., Regulating Industrial Internet Through IPR, Data Protection and Competition Law (2019).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

  1. Rogers, Nicole, Law, Fiction and Activism in a Time of Climate Change (2020).
  2. Sullivan, Thomas F.P., ed. emeritus and authors Christopher L. Bell, et. al., Environmental Law Handbook (2019).
  3. Braddock, Theda and Diane Hennessey, Wetlands: An Introduction (2018).
  4. Hassine, Khaled, Handling Climate Displacement (2019).

FIRST AMENDMENT

  1. Norton, Helen L., The Government’s Speech and the Constitution (2019).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

  1. Garwood-Gowers, Austen, Medical Use of Human Beings: Respect as a Basis for Critique of Discourse, Law and Practice (2020).

HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

  1. Villa, Monique, Slaves Among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking (2019).
  2. Klinkner, Melanie and Howard Davis, The Right to the Truth in International Law: Victims’ Rights in Human Rights and International Criminal Law (2020).
  3. Gonzalez-Salzberg, Damian and Loveday Hodson, eds., Research Methods for International Human Rights Law: Beyond the Traditional Paradigm (2020).

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

  1. Foong, Cheryl, The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright’s Dissemination Function in the Digital Age (2019).

INTERNATIONAL LAW

  1. Close, Josepha, Amnesty, Serious Crimes and International Law: Global Perspectives in Theory and Practice (2019).

JUVENILES

  1. Howell, James C., et. al., A Handbook for Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Systems (2019).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Christodoulidis, Emilios A., Ruth Dukes, and Marco Goldoni, eds., Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory (2019).

LEGAL HISTORY

  1. White, G. Edward, Law in American History (vol. 3) (2019).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Rhode, Deborah L., Leadership for Lawyers (2020).
  2. Van Beemen, Robert F., Rupprecht Graf Von Pfeil, and Gerard J. Tanja, Legal Tech and Digital Transformation: Competitive Positioning and Business Models of Law Firms (2018).
  3. Wagner, Wendy, with Will Walker, Incomprehensible!: A Study of How Our Legal System Encourages Incomprehensibility, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It (2019).
  4. Kagan, Robert A., Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law (2019).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Law, Margaret Zelman, Cultivating Engaged Staff: Better Management for Better Libraries (2017).
  2. Lembke, Melody Busse and Melissa Beck, Cataloging Legal Literature (2020).
  3. Zabel, Diane and Lauren Reiter, eds., Envisioning the Future of Reference: Trends, Reflections, and Innovations (2020).
  4. Schlipf, Fred, and John A. Moorman, The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work (2018).
  5. Kowalsky, Michelle, and John Woodruff, Creating Inclusive Library Environments: A Planning Guide for Serving Patrons with Disabilities (2017).
  6. Emery, Jill, Graham Stone, and Peter McCracken, Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: TERMS and the Transition to Open (2020).

LEGISLATION

  1. Mousmouti, Maria, Designing Effective Legislation (2019).

MILITARY, WAR, AND PEACE

  1. Jensen, Eric Talbot and Major Ronald T. P. Alcala eds., The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict (2019).
  2. Pohlman, H. L., U.S. National Security Law: An International Perspective (2019).

OIL, GAS, AND MINERAL LAW

  1. Rive, Vernon J. C., Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: An International Law Response (2019).

PHILOSOPHY AND LAW

  1. Zartaloudis, Thanos, ed., Law and Philosophical Theory: Critical Intersections (2018).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Vaidik, Nancy Harris and Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla, Point Well Made: Oral Advocacy in Motion Practice (2016).
  2. Diaz-Bonilla, Rebecca, Foolproof: The Art of Communication for Lawyers and Professionals (2018).
  3. O’Regan, Karla, Law and Consent: Contesting the Common Sense (2020).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

  1. Casto, William R., Advising the President: Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt (2018).

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

  1. Rhode, Deborah L., Character: What it Means and Why it Matters (2019).

REPRODUCTION

  1. Lau, Pin Lean, Comparative Legal Frameworks for Pre-Implantation Embryonic Genetic Interventions (2019).

SENTENCING AND PUNISHMENT

  1. Tonry, Michael H., ed., American Sentencing: What Happens and Why? (2019).
  2. Perlin, Michael L., Mental Disability and the Death Penalty: The Shame of the States (2013).
  3. Frase, Richard S. and Julian V. Roberts, Paying for the Past: The Case Against Prior Record Sentence Enhancements (2019).

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

  1. Fisher, Louis, Reconsidering Judicial Finality: Why the Supreme Court is Not the Last Word on the Constitution (2019).
  2. Kaiser, Anna-Bettina, Niels Petersen, Johannes Saurer, eds., The U.S. Supreme Court and Contemporary Constitutional Law: The Obama Era and Its Legacy (2018).

WATER LAW

  1. Porter, Charles R., Public Water Policies: The Ultimate Weapons of Social Control (2018).

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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

February 2020 New Books

2020 Feb new books

In February 2020, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW

  1. Hugh B. Wellons, Robert F. Copple, and William Wofford, eds., Biotechnology and the Law (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Brian D. Shannon and Daniel H. Benson, Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide (2019).
  2. Michael J. DeValve, Tammy S. Garland, and Elizabeth Q. Wright, A Unified Theory of Justice and Crime: Justice that Love Gives (2018).
  3. William R. Kelly, The Future of Crime and Punishment: Smart Policies for Reducing Crime and Saving Money (2019).

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

  1. Stacy Heard and Jennifer Wheeler, Family Law Attorneys and Parenting Evaluators: Improving Professional Collaboration (2020).
  2. Tracy Coenen, Lifestyle Analysis in Divorce Cases: Investigating Spending and Finding Hidden Income and Assets (2020).

GAMING

  1. Keith Miller, ed., The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers (2020).

LAND USE

  1. Barbara J. Roth, Agricultural Beginnings in the American Southwest (2016).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher, Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education (2016).
  2. Marc Smith and Jonathan Firth, Psychology in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to What Works (2018).
  3. Benjamin H. Barton, Fixing Law Schools: From Collapse to the Trump Bump and Beyond (2019).
  4. David Gooblar, The Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching (2019).
  5. Lawrence S. Krieger, The Hidden Stresses of Law School and Law Practice: Applying the New Science for a Fulfilling Life and Career (2018).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Sheri V.T. Ross and Sarah W. Sutton, Guide to Electronic Resource Management (2016).
  2. Corey Halaychik and Blake Reagan, Library Licensing: A Manual for Busy Librarians (2020).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

  1. John A. Zervopoulos, How to Examine Mental Health Experts: A Family Lawyer’s Handbook of Issues and Strategies (2020).

OIL, GAS, AND MINERAL LAW

  1. Terrence M. Loomis, Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand : Texas of the South Pacific (2017).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Drury R. Sherrod, The Jury Crisis: What’s Wrong with Jury Trials and How We can Save Them (2019).
  2. Stuart J. T. Dodds, Smarter Pricing, Smarter Profit: A Guide for the Law Firm of the Future (2020).

WATER LAW

  1. Eric P. Perramond, Unsettled Waters: Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West (2019).

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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

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.

December 2019 New Books

2019 Dec New Books 3

In December 2019, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

  1. Steven M. Salky, The Privilege of Silence: Fifth Amendment Protections Against Self-Incrimination (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Gerald S. Reamey and Charles P. Bubany, Texas Criminal Procedure (2018).
  2. Martha Minow, When Should Law Forgive? (2019).

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  1. Brendan Ishikawa, Crafting Effective Settlement Agreements: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators (2018).

INSURANCE LAW

  1. Lawrence Brody and Donald O. Jansen, The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: Forms with Drafting Notes (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

  1. Paul Marx, The Modern Rules of Style: Write Like a Professional (2019).

LEGAL EDUCATION

  1. Meera E Deo, Mindie Lazarus-Black, and Elizabeth Mertz, Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures (2020).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Hugh Logue, Automating Legal Services: Justice Through Technology (2019).
  2. Donald A. Tortorice, The Modern Rules of Order (2019).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Leo M. Gordon and Daniel B. Garrie, Cybersecurity & the Courthouse: Safeguarding the Judicial Process (2020).

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW

  1. Joel A. Mintz and Ronald H. Rosenberg, Fundamentals of Municipal Finance (2019).

TAXATION—FEDERAL

  1. Jennifer Kowal and Greg White, Top Federal Tax Issues for 2020: CPE Course (2019).

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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

November 2019 New Books

2019 November new books

In November 2019, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

BANKING AND FINANCE

  1. Kevin Werbach, The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust (2018).
  2. Jelena Madir, ed., Fintech: Law and Regulation (2019).

CYBER LAW

  1. Jacob Turner, Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (2019).

EVIDENCE

  1. Elizabeth F. Loftus, et. al., Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal (2019).

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

  1. Kevin L. Smith and Erin L. Ellis, eds., Coaching Copyright (2020).

LAW AND SOCIETY

  1. Paul Gowder, The Rule of Law in the Real World (2016).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

  1. Robin Boyle-Laisure, Christine Coughlin, and Sandy Patrick, Becoming a Legal Writer: A Workbook with Explanations to Develop Objective Legal Analysis and Writing Skills (2019).

LEGAL PHILOSOPHY

  1. Joel Cohen, with Dale J. Degenshein, I Swear: The Meaning of an Oath (2019).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Ellyssa Kroski, ed., Law Librarianship in the Age of AI (2020).

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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

October 2019 New Resources

2019 October new books

In October 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

State Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline) – A new HeinOnline collection containing a vast collection of state constitutions and related documents for all 50 states.  Includes many versions of each state’s constitution, including a wide-variety of pre-statehood primary material. In total, there are nearly 9,000 current and historical constitutions for all 50 states.

New Books

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

  1. Lisa Miller, The Art of Advocacy in Administrative Law and Practice (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

  1. Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 27th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar (2007).
  2. Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 20th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course (2007).

INSURANCE LAW

  1. Tom Baker, Restatement of the law, liability insurance, as adopted and promulgated by the American Law Institute at Washington D.C., May 22, 2018 (2019).

LEGAL PROFESSION

  1. Andrew J. McClurg and Nancy Levit, Law Jobs: The Complete Guide (2019).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

  1. Eric P. Voigt, Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach (2019).
  2. Ron Sturgeon, Green Weenies and Due Diligence: Insider Business Jargon–Raw, Serious and Sometimes Funny; Business and Deal Terms from an Entrepreneur’s Diary that you won’t get from School or a Dictionary (2005).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

  1. Cecil C. Kuhne III, A Litigator’s Guide to Building Your Best Argument (2019).

PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY

  1. Emma Jones, Emotions in the Law School: Transforming Legal Education through the Passions (2020).

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.