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- "Colored men" and "hombres aquí": Hernandez v. Texas and the emergence of Mexican American lawyeringBy Michael Olivas. Published by Arte Público Press. 2014. 1st edition.
"This collection of ten essays commemorates the 50th anniversary of an important but almost forgotten U.S. Supreme court case, Hernández v. Texas, 347 US 475 (1954), the major case involving Mexican Americans and jury selection, published just before Brown v. Board of Education in the 1954 Supreme Court reporter.
This landmark case, the first to be tried by Mexican American lawyers before the U.S. Supreme Court, held that Mexican Americans were a discrete group for purposes of applying Equal Protection. Although the case was about discriminatory state jury selection and trial practices, it has been cited for many other civil rights precedents in the intervening 50 years. Even so, it has not been given the prominence it deserves, in part because it lives in the shadow of the more compelling Brown v. Board case.
There had been earlier efforts to diversify juries, reaching back at least to the trial of Gregorio Cortez in 1901 and continuing with efforts by the legendary Oscar Zeta Acosta in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Even as recently as 2005 there has been clear evidence that Latino participation in the Texas jury system is still substantially unrepresentative of the growing population. But in a brief and shining moment in 1954, Mexican-American lawyers prevailed in a system that accorded their community no legal status and no respect. Through sheer tenacity, brilliance, and some luck, they showed that it is possible to tilt against windmills and slay the dragon.
Edited and with an introduction by University of Houston law scholar Michael A. Olivas, Colored Men and Hombres Aquí is the first full-length book on this case. This volume contains the papers presented at the Hernández at 50 conference which took place in 2004 at the University of Houston Law Center and also contains source materials, trial briefs, and a chronology of the case." - from the publisher
- By Ralph Warner. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 10th ed.
This book provides over 100 ready to use forms and contracts for a variety of everyday legal and practical situations faced by most users. Some of the forms included are simple wills, power of attorney, leases, child care agreements, daily expenses and monthly budgets.
- By Douglas Lavine. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edtion.
"Judge Douglas Lavine claims there are certain recurring, core principles of persuasion that can be studied, and when mastered lead to successful advocacy. Lavine's unique interdisciplinary approach draws from history, literature, psychology, drama, religion, and the law to discuss the fundamental principles of effective persuasion that will help all lawyers win cases and avoid serious errors." - from the publisher
- By Sherrie Bourg Carter. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2009. 2nd edition.
"In Children in the Courtroom, Sherrie Bourg Carter provides attorneys and judges with the critical information they need to properly review and handle cases involving child witnesses. Through a detailed discussion of the complicated legal, investigative, and developmental problems that are commonly encountered when children are involved in the legal system, Bourg Carter offers practical guidance to help legal professionals maneuver the often thorny landscape of using child witnesses in litigation. In an easy-to-read format, this book covers common legal arguments that arise with child witnesses, proper and improper child interview methods, legally relevant child developmental issues, and helpful procedures when children testify in the courtroom." - from the publisher
- By Thomas P. Gallanis; Lawrence W. Waggoner. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 5th ed.
"This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the rules and principles of estates and future interests, including concurrent estates, marital estates (including the modern elective share), and powers of appointment. It includes new innovations from the Restatement 3d of Property, modernizing the law of future interests and dramatically changing the Rule Against Perpetuities. The book is also the very first publication to incorporate the new Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (2013). The book also has exercises, with answers at the back. Valuable for students in first-year Property and upper-year courses in Trusts and Estates." - from the publisher
- By Richard W. Garnett. Published by Thomson West. 1st ed.
"This Stories title will enrich First Amendment courses and help students appreciate the premises that animate the cases and the values that are at stake in religious-liberty and free-speech controversies." - from the publisher
- By Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 1st edition.
"In Foolproof: An Attorney's Guide to Oral Communications, Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla offers the fruits of over a decade of experience coaching lawyers domestically and internationally. This practical guide is deliberately crafted for all lawyers-nonlitigators and litigators, in government and private practice, at law firms and in-house positions, experienced and new lawyers. Written with a small dose of history and background, the majority of this book is a personal laboratory for improving your preparation for any oral communication, achieving vocal success, enhancing body language techniques, and expressing the right emotion.
After working through the advice and exercises here, you will walk away more confident, armed with practical tools for improving. Whether you are on a phone call, in a meeting, taking a client to lunch, or lecturing in front of hundreds, there are techniques to make you a better communicator. Some are born with great skills in rhetoric. With practice, those talented few can become amazing. Others are terrified at the idea of speaking in public, and there are strategies to cope with that challenge. And then, there is everyone in between. With the tools Foolproof provides, we can all speak with confidence and compel our audience." - from the publisher
- By Richard Stim. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 6th ed.
This title addresses the process of getting permission to use copyrighted material including how much to expect to pay for permission.
- By Janet Traken. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.
This comprehensive guide assists readers in understanding how to represent themselves well in traffic court.
- By Fred Grissom and Daivd Pressman. Published by Nolo Press. 2008. 5th ed.
Paired with Nolo's Patent It Yourself, this title will help you document your inventions with the help of worksheets, forms, sample agreements, instructions, references to relevant areas of patent law, and a bibliography of legal and non-legal aids.
- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2007. 5th ed.
This title addresses the laws covering website and software development in addition to providing instructions for filling out contracts, agreements, and legal forms.
- By Vincent Johnson. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 1st edition.
"The initial chapters of this title focus on key legal principles (such as professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud), as well as the role of experts in malpractice litigation, important defenses, and the rules governing damages and fee forfeiture. Subsequent chapters explore issues of practical significance, including the vicarious liability law firms, common malpractice problems (such as conflict of interest), strategies for reducing errors and claims, and the role and limits of malpractice insurance." - from the publisher
- By Ruggero J Aldisert. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 1997. 3rd edition.
"'To win in court, you must master the elements of legal logic - the ultimate tool of persuasion in the courtroom.' In Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert tells how to use legal reasoning to persuade judges and juries.
A 30-year veteran of the bench, Aldisert helps litigators understand and apply the elements of legal logic. Using these skills, you can argue more persuasively - both in briefs and before the court. And just as critically, you can also expose flaws in adversaries' arguments.
The result? A competitive edge in the courtroom. Rather than miring readers in exotic formulas and theories often found in logic texts, Aldisert explains in broad strokes the basics of logic and its application to legal thinking. You'll gain important insight into the mental processes we use in 'thinking like a lawyer.'" - from the publisher
- By Peter Lovenheim. Published by Nolo Press. 2004. 1st ed.
Mediate, Don't Litigate provides information on settling legal disputes without litigation. This guide by Nolo contains sample mediation rules, contact information for state, and regional, and national mediation organizations, and the standards of conduct for mediators. Mediate, Don’t Litigate gives readers advice on choosing a mediator, preparing their case, negotiation tips, and planning for alternatives should mediation fail.
- By Kimberlee Kovach. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3rd ed.
"This title provides a comprehensive, yet concise examination of the primary aspects of mediation practice. In doing so, the book considers the legal, philosophical, policy and practical issues surrounding mediation use. Matters include issues such as levels of participation in mediation, enforceability of mediated agreements, regulation of practice including ethical issues, and a survey of the specialized applications of mediation. The extent and limits of confidentiality are examined along with consideration of the Uniform Mediation Act. Each chapter also contains an extensive bibliography and listing of the leading cases in each subject area." - from the publisher
- Moynihan's introduction to the law of real property: an historical background of the common law of real property and its modern applicationBy Sheldon F. Kurtz; Cornelius J. Moynihan. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 6th ed.
"This classic monograph presents a simple, concise and readable text of the history of the English common law scheme of estates in land, including future interests, and the scheme’s importation to the United States. The text specially treats the types of interests a person can hold in land today and the associated legal rules that affect those interests. The text is peppered with many review problems to assist the reader in learning the material in the monograph." - from the publisher
- By Ralph Folsom. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 5th edition.
"This Nutshell provides a quick reference for students and practitioners on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), Mercado Comun del Sur (MERCOSUR), and numerous other free trade agreements in the Americas. No lawyer or business operating in the Americas can escape their significance. They represent the future, a blending of national legal and business cultures and traditions. This book addresses the interests not only of North, South and Central Americans, but also persons located outside the region who worry about the externalities of free trade in the Americas. NAFTA treaties are appended." - from the publisher
- By David Pressman and Richard Stim. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 8th ed.
Nolo's Patents for Beginners provides sample forms and letters, resources and glossary of terms to help you understand what a patent is and how it can protect your inventions.
- By David Pressman. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 18th ed.
This book from Nolo shows readers how to prepare and a regular or provisional patent application. Readers will progress through the process of applying for a patent, in a plain-English format with clear instructions and forms to help inventors understand patent law. This resource covers an array of topics, including how to market and license an invention, how to respond to patent examiners, and how to complete a patent drawing and includes updated information including changes stemming from the America Invents Act.
- By Richard Stim and David Pressman. Published by Nolo Press. 2015.
This title covers all of the forms and information to file a provisional patent application (PPA). Important legal forms are also included, such as a nondisclosure agreement, prototype-maker agreement, and more.
- By David Hitchcock. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 7th ed.
" Written for both inventors and business owners interested in expanding their product line through the license, distribution or manufacture of other people's ideas, Patent Searching Made Easy is the easiest way for you to determine the answer to that all-important question, ""Am I the first?"" - from the publisher
- By Richard Stim. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 14th ed.
This guide uses clear, concise language to explain patent, copyright, and trademark law to the layperson. Nolo’s Patent, Copyright & Trademark will instruct the reader in the basics of intellectual property law, outlining the scope of copyright protections, trademark law, trade secrets, and detailing how to settle disputes between intellectual property owners and how to transfer ownership rights.
- By Michael Krauss. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 2nd ed.
"Products liability is the object of late-night talk show jokes and politician's stump speeches. Yet, like many subjects discussed by politicians and TV stars, products liability is more subtle and multi-layered than it’s made to appear.
Krauss’ Principles of Products Liability, 2d is designed to ‘‘unpack’’ these subtleties and to allow the reader to understand current American products liability doctrine, and to intelligently participate in debates about proposed reforms. The book is chock full of summaries of theoretical positions, as well as advice for practitioners. It incorporates all the recent case law, through the 2013 term of the United States Supreme Court.
By the time the reader has finished this book, she or he will understand a lot about automobiles, pharmaceuticals and workplace technology! Indeed, the practical knowledge imparted by an understanding of products liability is a powerful fringe benefit of practicing this area of the law." - from the publisher
- By Russell Weaver; Elaine W. Shoben; Michael B. Kelly. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 2nd ed.
This student-friendly text is designed to facilitate learning and comprehension.
- By Marshall Shapo. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 3rd ed.
"This edition provides new material on the purposes of tort law, battery, sexual harassment, terminology and policies of negligence, health care malpractice issues, assumption of risk, strict liability, proof and causation, duty and proximate cause, duty to act, media torts, and damages. Coverage also includes case summaries of "newsworthy issues" of headline interest throughout the text. A new chapter on fraud and heart balm torts has been added as well. This text includes a substantial section of end notes, useful for both professors and inquisitive students, packed with references to scholarly books and articles as well as case law." - from the publisher
- By Grant S. Nelson; Dale A. Whitman; Ann M. Burkhart; R. Wilson Freyermuth. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 6th ed.
"This treatise provides current, expert coverage on the law of mortgages, including the mortgagor-mortgagee relationship prior to foreclosure; mortgage substitutes; transfers by the mortgagor; transfers by the mortgagee; payment and prepayment; the foreclosure process; deficiency judgments and anti-deficiency regulation; priority issues; governmental intervention in the mortgage market; and financing real estate construction." - from the publisher
- By Roger Bernhardt; Ann M. Burkhart. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 6th ed.
"Most of the rules covered in standard real property casebooks are summarized in this concise work. For quick reference the text is divided into three sections. Part One overviews interests in land, such as adverse possession, common-law estates, and concurrent ownership. Part Two covers conveyances through real estate brokers, contract of sale, transfer of title by deed, and mortgages. Part Three concludes with a discussion on miscellaneous property doctrines." - from the publisher
- By Ward Farnsworth. Published by University of Chicago Press. 6/15/2007.
"There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for thinking about law.
From classic ideas in game theory such as the "Prisoner’s Dilemma" and the "Stag Hunt" to psychological principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen other such principles, Farnsworth’s guide leads readers through the fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language and illustrated with a wide range of examples." - from the publisher
- By Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow. Published by Nolo Press. 2009. 1st ed.
"From cars and tools to housing and childcare, many people would like to share resources but don't know how-or where-to start. The Sharing Solution is a timely practical and legal guide that explains how to create and maintain successful sharing arrangements while addressing common concerns about liability, communication, and more." - from the publisher
- By Mark D. Janis. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st ed.
"This text provides a comprehensive treatment of trademark, unfair competition, and related areas, with international and Internet issues integrated throughout." - from the publisher
- By Ellen S. Podgor; Jerold H. Israel. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"This text provides a broad overview of white collar crime, including procedural and evidentiary issues. It covers specific offenses such as mail and bank fraud, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, bribery, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and computer crimes. It covers procedural topics such as those related to grand jury and administrative agency investigations, self-incrimination, and parallel proceedings. Also discussed are punishment and sanctions for white collar crimes." - from the publisher