October 2021 New Books

In October 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

AIR AND SPACE LAW

1. Vivek Seharwat, Drones and the Law:  International Responses to Rapid Drone Proliferation (2021).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

2. Kathy Swedlow, Core Criminal Law:  Learning Through Multiple-Choice Questions (2021).

EDUCATION LAW

3. James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters, Homeschooling:  The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice (2019).

FIRST AMENDMENT

4. Avichai Levit, Legislative Deliberative Democracy:  Debating Acts Restricting Freedom of Speech During War (2021).

5. Ian Rosenberg, The Fight for Free Speech:  Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms (2021).

LAW AND SOCIETY

6. Deborah Lupton, Clare Southerton, Marianne Clark and Ash Watson, The Face Mask in COVID Times:  A Sociomaterial Analysis (2021).

LEGAL EDUCATION

7. Shailini Jandial George, The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well (2021).

LEGAL PROFESSION

8. David Zetoony, Building a Legal Practice One Article at a Time:  Rainmaking Through Publishing (2021).

LEGISLATION

9. Shannon Edmonds, 2021-2023 Legislative Update:  Highlighting Changes to Texas Laws, As Amended Through the 2021 Regular Session of the 87th Legislature (2021).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

10. Caldwell G. Collins and Robert A. Chu, eds., An Introduction to Tort-Based Healthcare Litigation (2021).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

11. Rachel Landy, Beyond the Work Product:  A Guide to Relationship-Driven Transactional Lawyering (2021).

12. G. Nicholas Herman and Melissa A. Essary, Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Decision-Making:  A Practical Approach (2021).

RELIGION

13. Tanya D. Marsh and Daniel Gibson, Cemetery Law:  The Common Law of Burying Grounds in the United States (2015).

RETIREMENT SECURITY

14. Lydia S. Terrill, The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Social Security (2020).

WATER LAW

15. Anoulak Kittikhoun and Susanne Schmeier, eds., River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy (2021).

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.

First Semester 1L Study Guides

Dear 1Ls,

You have probably already started to hear about how different law exams are. In your Introduction to the Study of Law class, you have probably started to hear about IRAC and CREAC, but did you know that the library maintains a collection of study guides for our students?

            Not only do we have books on specific subjects, but we also have books on how to excel at law school exams. What follows is a list of selected books to help you with your first round of exams.

General Exam Guides

How to Write Law Exams, IRAC Perfected by S.I. Strong

            This book differs from other guides in that it not only goes into a detailed explanation of the IRAC method of writing exams, but it gives sample student responses with detailed critiques of where they excel or fall short. At just about 120 pages dedicated to the writing exams. This guide is a quick read that can help prepare you to take exams.

A Students Guide to Legal Analysis, Thinking Like a Lawyer by Patrick M. McFadden

            You have probably heard already you are in law school to “learn to think like a lawyer.”  What does that mean? By in large, that means learning to do legal analysis. This book explores the “A” in IRAC. By asking the questions that this guide lays out, you are on your way to writing in a more lawyerly style.

Getting to Maybe, How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul

            Getting to Maybe takes a slightly different approach to law exams. The book encourages exam takers to identify what type of question is being asked. While plenty of law school exams are traditional “issue spotters” (and Getting to Maybe covers that as well), other types of questions such as questions that ask the exam taker to determine a policy. It encourages test takers to spend the most time with analysis where the answers are less clear and to embrace the gray of legal issues. The book also includes general advice on how to prepare for exams and where to spend your valuable time.

Specific Subject Guides

            The following list has titles for all the first semester 1L doctrinal classes, Civil Procedure, Torts, and, Contracts.

Examples & Explanations

            E&E provides a plain language of the subject organized into easy-to-understand stand-alone chapters. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader to contemplate. Frequently the questions have a clear answer. However, the beauty in this guide is that the explanations of the questions focus on what specific facts changed slightly will change the outcome of the question.

Emanuel’s Law Outlines

            Before introducing this guide, understand, the best outline is the outline that you write yourself. Emanuel’s drawbacks are that they are very long, very detailed, and cover things that your professor may not cover.   That being said, if there are gaps in your outline that you are having trouble filling, this may be a helpful guide to fill in where you find your outline falling short.

Siegel’s Essay and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers.

            While it is undoubtedly true that it is not sufficient to know the law to do well on law exams, it is still a necessary condition to do well on exams. Siegel’s helps with both knowing the law and applying the law. This guide provides you with multiple-choice questions that will test your knowledge of black letter law, and it also provides essays with model answers to grade yourself against. This book is strictly for review. It does not offer a discussion, only questions.

All of these titles are available for check out at the circulation desk. If a title is unavailable please place a hold for the book and do not use interlibrary loan.

June 2021 New Resources

In June 2021, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

HeinOnline’s Military and Government database

New Resources

Military and Government – HeinOnline’s Military and Government allows users to research the functions of the federal government in administering all six armed forces, as well as the issues confronting service personnel both on and off the battlefield.  This new database includes topics such as women’s changing role in the military to the development of new weaponry to navigating benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs after service.

New Books

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

1. Paula A. Monopoli, Constitutional Orphan:  Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment (2020).

DISASTER LAW

2. Carol A. Fichtelman, Weather and Climate Law:  A Legal Research Guide (2021).

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

3. Joel Fishman, Grandparents’ Visitation Rights:  A Legal Research Guide (2021).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

4. Paul Bolster, Saving the Georgia Coast:  A Political History of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (2020).

FIRST AMENDMENT

5. Joseph Russomanno, ed., Speech Freedom on Campus:  Past, Present, and Future (2021).

IMMIGRATION LAW

6. Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodriguez, The President and Immigration Law (2020).

LEGAL EDUCATION

7. Beth McMurtrie and Beckie Supiano, The Future of Teaching:  How the Classroom is Being Transformed (2021).

8. Ashley Krenelka Chase, ed., Millennial Leadership in Law Schools:  Essays on Disruption, Innovation, and the Future (2021).

9. Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice M. Bain, Powerful Teaching:  Unleash the Science of Learning (2019).

10. Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton III, Richard A. Swanson and Petra A. Robinson, The Adult Learner:  The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (2020).

LEGAL PROFESSION

11. Robert A. Gottfried and Jessica Rudin MacGregor, Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims, 2016-2019 (2020).

12. Ulrike Schultz, Gisela Shaw, Margaret Thornton, and Rosemary Auchmuty, eds., Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy (2021).

13. Katrina Lee, The Legal Career:  Knowing the Business, Thriving in Practice (2020).

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES

14. Gregory C. Thompson, Harish Maringanti, Rick Anderson, Catherine B. Soehner and Alberta Comer, Strategic Planning for Academic Libraries:  A Step-by-Step Guide (2019).

LEGISLATION

15. Jonathan Lewallen, Committees and the Decline of Lawmaking in Congress (2020).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

16. R. Annie Gough, Injury Illustrated:  How Medical Images Win Legal Cases (2021).

17. Joel Michael Reynolds and Erik Parens, eds., For “All of Us”?:  On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge (2020).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

18. David L. Ginsberg and Robert A. Feisee, How Successful Law Firms Really Work (2020).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

19. Daniel P. Franklin, Stanley M. Caress, Robert M. Sanders, and Cole D. Taratoot, The Politics of Presidential Impeachment (2020).

SOCIAL WELFARE

20. Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo, Getting By:  Economic Rights and Legal Protections for People with Low Income (2020).

TORTS

21. Douglas G. Smith, The Rising Behemoth:  Multidistrict and Mass Tort Litigation in the United States (2020).

22. Mass Torts Committee and Courtney E. Ward-Reichard, ed., Mass Torts in the United States:  Strategy & Practice (2021).

WATER LAW

23. James H. Davenport, Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court (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.

2021 February New Resources

In February 2021, 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

VerdictSearch– Provides verdict and settlement research. Each report includes a full narrative of the facts, allegations, injuries, damages and result. Other key data points include, when available and relevant, expert witnesses, attorneys and law firms, insurers and coverage limits, settlement offers and demands, and docket information, such as the caption, index number, court and judge.

New Books

BANKING AND FINANCE

1. Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Global Banks on Trial:  U.S. Prosecutions and the Remaking of International Finance (2020).

2. Philipp Hacker, et.al. eds., Regulating Blockchain:  Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (2019).

COURTS

3. Richard Susskind, Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

4. Seth W. Stoughton, Jeffrey J. Noble, and Geoffrey P. Alpert, Evaluating Police Uses of Force (2021).

GAMING

5. Robert M. Jarvis, J. Wesley Cochran, and Ronald J. Rychlak, Gaming Law and Gambling Law:  Cases, Materials, and Problems (2021).

IMMIGRATION LAW

6. Julia Rose Kraut, Threat of Dissent:  A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States (2020).

INFORMATION PRIVACY

7. Mark Burdon, Digital Data Collection and Information Privacy Law (2020).

JUDGES

8. Charles Gardner Geyh, James J. Alfini, and James Sample, Judicial Conduct and Ethics (2020).

9. Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson, Shortlisted:  Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court (2020).

10. Herbert M. Kritzer, Judicial Selection in the States:  Politics and the Struggle for Reform (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

11. Mary Beth Beazley and Monte Smith, Briefs and Beyond:  Persuasive Legal Writing (2021).

LEGAL EDUCATION

12. Primary Research Group, Inc., Survey of Law Libraries:  Best Practices in Docket Searching (2019).

POLITICS

13. Mark Tushnet, Taking Back the Constitution:  Activist Judges and the Next Age of American Law (2020).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

14. Laura Notton, ed., Federal Regulatory Guide (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.

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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.