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

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.

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.

destress libguide

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!


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.


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


  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).


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


  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).


  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).


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


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


  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).


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


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


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


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


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


  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).


  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).


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


  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).


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


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


  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).


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


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


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


  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).


  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).


  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  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.


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


  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).


  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).


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


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


  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).


  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).


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


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


  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).


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