Texas Lawyer: News

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer magazine.

The Texas Lawyer provides users with several different ways to find information on newsworthy legal issues. On the Texas Lawyer home page, there is a News section in the center and a Trending Stories section is located on the right side if you scroll a bit down.

Below is a view of where the news is on the homepage.

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Below is an image of where the Trending Stories section is at on the home page. his shows a collection of 5 top stories from across the United States.

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Additionally, to load more news stories on the home page, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click the load more stories link. An image of that button is shown below.

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Moreover, Texas Lawyer is connected to the overall Law.com. This allows Texas Lawyer to access Press releases from news outlet, political figures, and law firms as pictured below.

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

Note: Texas Lawyer changed the format of their webpages after this four part series was created. This final post was updated 11.2.18 to reflect the content of their new format.

Reserve a Study Room Online!

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The Law Library is happy to announce that the Law School Community may now book rooms online.  You no longer need to come to the Reference & Information Desk to check on room availability or to book a room!

To book a room online:

  • Go to the Law School’s homepage and select “Library” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on “Law Library Home.”
  • On the Law Library’s homepage, you can find “Room Reservation” links in the following locations:
    • Under the “Patron Services” tab
    • In “Quick Links” near the bottom of the page
  • The “Room Reservation” link will open the “Law Library Room Reservations” page. On the page are instructions and guidelines for reserving a room.
  • To book a room, read the instructions and guidelines and click “Book Now” to proceed to the room reservation calendar.

Step-by-step instructions are located here.

When reserving a room, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Rooms are only available to Law Students, Law Faculty and Law Staff.
  • Rooms are available for booking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Each study room booking defaults to a maximum 2-hour reservation.
  • Law Students may reserve two 2-hour blocks per day for a total of 4-hours maximum for study rooms per day.
  • The 2-hour reservations may be consecutive, or may be split.
  • The same study group should not book the same room for more than 4 hours a day.
  • You are expected to use the room while you have it reserved, please do not leave the room empty for an extended period of time.
  • If you are finished with a study room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk and inform the staff so they can adjust the reservation.

Texas Lawyer: Current Issues

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer.

Texas Lawyer is available online and in print. Through the Texas Lawyer website, you can view the current issue of the magazine with all of the featured articles.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the magazine cover can be viewed on the home page.

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The Texas Lawyer current issue can be located under the Sections tab in the top left corner of the home page. After clicking on the Sections tab, click on The Magazine tab. Then, you will have the option to choose between Current Issue and View The Latest Edition.

Below, the green boxes indicate where the Current Issue can be located under the Sections tab.

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After navigating from the home page, you can view the articles in the current issue. The articles are organized in sections such as Editor’s Note, Features,  In-House Texas, Departments, and Columns. The article featured on the Texas Lawyer cover page is found at the top of the Current Issue page.

Below is a view of the Current Issue page.

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In addition to the Current Issue page, you can view a PDF version of the magazine. To view the PDF version, go to Sections, click on The Magazine, and select View the Latest Edition.

Below is a view of the PDF version of the Current Issue that is available on the website.

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

Texas Lawyer: Search Tool

This is the second of a four part blog post spotlighting Texas Lawyer.

On the Texas Lawyer home page, there is a search tool available to assist you in your research. The Texas Lawyer’s search tool is located in the top right corner of the home page.

Below, the green box indicates where the search tool can be located on the home page.

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To perform an advanced search, click on the magnifying glass on the right side of the search box on the home page.

Below is a view of the search tool.

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After you perform a search, you can sort the results by best match or by date. This feature can assist you in organizing your results. The sort feature is located at the top right of the search page.

Below is a view of the search page. The green box indicates where the search tool is located.

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Additionally, you can narrow your search by date range, publication, type, topic, and industry. The narrowing features are located on the left of the search page.

Below is a view of the search page. The green boxes indicate where the narrowing features are located.

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

Texas Lawyer: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Texas Lawyer website.

Texas Lawyer connects more than 16,300 members of the Lone Star legal community with information, opportunity, and challenge. They are the only independent institution dedicated solely to covering the Texas legal market. On a daily basis, Texas Lawyer’s award-winning team of editors and reporters deliver breaking news, in-depth investigators, opinion, practice guides and the most timely and accurate caselaw available anywhere.

Texas Lawyer also brings their readers the strength and knowledge of the American Lawyer Media family of publications and American Lawyer Media’s Law.com network of sites.

On the Texas Lawyer website, you can view several topics such as Top News, Editor’s Picks, The Magazine, Most Viewed, and Recent Decisions.

Below is a view of the Texas Lawyer home page.

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In the middle of the home page, you can view the Top News happening in the Texas Legal community. On the left side of the home page, the Editor’s Picks section that has articles that the Texas Lawyer editors find significant or important. On the right side of the home page, you can find the most viewed articles.

Below is a view of the home page. The green boxes indicate where the Top News, Editor’s Picks, and Most Viewed can be found.

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On the top left side of the home page, you can view different sections available on the Texas Lawyer website. The available sections include News, EnergyBuzz, Lawyers in the News, and Decision.

Below, the green boxes indicate where the sections are located on the home page.

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The Most Viewed section of Texas Lawyers contains the articles that are popular among Texas Lawyer readers.

Below is a view of the Most Viewed page.

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

Law 360: Ranking System

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

One of Law 360’s most interesting features is the Ranking System. Law 360 chooses various different categories and ranks lawyers, law firms, corporations, and many more based on different criteria. Below is an image of the Law 360 home page and were to find the rankings there. First, you have to select the three lines at the top left of the screen to open the navigation bar. Then, you have to scroll down to the middle of the navigation bar to see the ranking category list.

 1. Law 360 Home Page Rankings

The ranking category list is shown in full below. As stated earlier, the ranking types are varied. Many focus on groups who exemplify certain standards in the legal community, such as the Pro Bono Firms of the Years and the Practice Group Partner Rankings. Other rank lists focus on the individuals in the legal community who are doing amazing things on their own, such as the Rising Stars List and the Trial Aces list. Even other lists focus on marginalized groups and showcase firms that are the best at being inclusive. Those lists are the Glass Ceiling Report, which focuses on women in the legal community, and the Diversity Snapshot, which focuses on minorities and other marginalized groups.

 2. Law 360 List

Below is a view of the home page of one of the rankings list. This list is the Regional Powerhouses List. This list is mostly about the big time law firms who handle the biggest cases. They are often large law firms who make a lot of money for their clients or have biggest effect on legislation directly.

 3. Law 360 Powerhouses

As stated above, some of the rankings focus on marginalized groups and inclusivity. One of those rankings is the Glass Ceiling Report, the home page of which is pictured below. This list provides a listing of law firms that are especially good places for female attorneys and the firms who are doing the best at providing equal opportunities for females in the legal community.

 4. Law 360 Glass Ceiling

These are only a few of the lists that Law 360 provides as general information for visitors. These lists could help someone find jobs in particular fields or because of particular attributes, allow visitors to decide what law firm might be good for a certain case, or for just general information. It is a very interesting and useful feature of Law 360.

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

Law 360: In Depth

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

One of Law 360’s most unique features is its In-Depth Analysis of different issues. As mentioned previously, Law 360 employs reporters in 12 major cities; some of these reporters are “Senior” reporters and write articles about different topics within the legal community in very good detail. Below is a view of how to locate the In-Depth articles from the home page. One way is to click the three lines in the top left of the screen and pull up the navigation bar. The In-Depth section is at the top. The other option to find the In-Depth articles is through the small slide show on the right hand of the home page. If the In-Depth picture is not up, you can click the arrows on the slide show and flip to the right picture before clicking on the In-Depth section.

1. Law 360 Home Page to In Depth

Below is a picture of the In-Depth page. This page updates much slower than the Law 360 home page, which is comprised of mostly breaking and newer news. The largest picture at the top is the most current In-Depth article written by a senior reporter. Below that is the slightly older articles that discuss other topics in great detail.

2. Law 360 In Depth Home

Below here is the view of the top of an In-Depth article. Usually, the top will have a picture for the article and then go into their analysis. As stated, these articles are very in depth and detailed. Each takes time, research and analysis to complete. They are a very good source for more specific information than a normal Law 360 article but are much narrower in scope and availability.

3. Law 360 News Analysis Article

At the very bottom of the page, there is a list of older In-Depth articles. These articles are easy to access but are not as current as the ones listed in the main page. However, they are still In-Depth articles, and are the same level of quality as the others and therefore still a great resource on Law 360. Below is a view of that that section looks like.

4. Law 360 Past In Depth

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.