Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

You will need your library card number and have your library account in good standing in order to borrow e-books and access most of our legal databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register for a library account from home.

The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.

General/Federal Titles

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    By Martin Shenkman. Published by Demos Medical Publishing. 2009.

    Estate-planning is crucial for those with a chronic condition or disability. This text assists readers with financial planning, will creation, power of attorney, creating a trust, and property management. It also contains downloadable forms.

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    By Ruth Colker. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 4th edition.

    "This Nutshell presents an overview of the major federal disability laws with emphasis on the statutes, regulations, and significant points of substantive and procedural law. The fourth edition includes significant focus on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), including its 2008 Amendment. Features coverage on constitutional rights; the definition of "disabled"; Rehabilitation Act of 1973; employment discrimination; programs and services; and housing, education, and transportation. Also reviews the many relevant areas of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including the 2004 Amendments." - from the publisher

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    By George Klein. Published by University Press of America. 2012.

    "In the 1970's, sociologists found that mentally disordered patients were routinely committed to state hospitals. By 2005, state hospital facilities had been emptied and, consequently, the patients for whom they cared for had been shuffled elsewhere by the system. Some of these patients were placed in private hospitals. However, for many, there was no asylum-there was only jail or the street. How does our legal and mental health system handle the mentally disordered? In Law and the Disordered, George C. Klein presents a revealing survey that explores the system of processing prisoners and patients from arrest to admissions to court. In an investigation spanning over thirty years, Klein examines and evaluates the intersection of law, mental health, and social control. He additionally explores the condition of state level Department's of Mental Health and mental health legislation in an attempt to offer readers a complete picture of the system at work." - from the publisher

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    By Donald Hermann. Published by Thomson West. 1997.

    "Expert coverage deals with civil commitment, as well as hearings to determine fitness for trial or execution. Examines criminal defenses and sentencing as they relate to the mental capacity of defendants. Overviews categories of mental health professionals, including the scope of their work, liscensing, and discipline. Discusses the major psychiatric disorders. Clinical psychiatric evidence is examined, including a review of admissibility of evidence, qualifying experts, and establishing a basis for clinical opinion. Medical malpractice and negligence are also examined." - from the publisher

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    By David Engel. Published by University of Chicago Press. 2011.

    Engel and Munger's study is based on interviews done with sixty individuals shortly after the passage of the American with Disabilities Act in 1990. Although all had experienced discrimination, none had filed a formal complaint. The discussion that follows is the role of civil rights in our society, and the paradox of "rights talk" and "rights assertion".

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