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.

Texas Titles

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    By 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

General/Federal Titles

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    By Jerome A. Barron. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 4th edition.

    "This product provides a short and readable source for individuals interested in constitutional law, First Amendment law, and communications law. It is divided into four parts: the history, methodology, and philosophical foundations of the First Amendment; topics such as First Amendment issues that arise in cable television and in regulating children's access to the Internet; issues in First Amendment law such as the public forum doctrine, the compelled speech doctrine, and the free expression rights of government employees; and the text, history, and theory of the religion clauses, chronicling the ongoing battle in the Supreme Court between accommodationists and separationists." - from the publisher

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    By Brent E Newton. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 2nd edition.

    "Written for law students, criminal defense attorneys, and criminal prosecuting attorneys, Practical Criminal Procedure, Second Edition provides a comprehensive, yet easily accessible, manual of the constitutional rules of procedure. This pragmatic guide helps practicing lawyers understand complex legal issues in context--as they arise in real-world litigation. Law students can use this guide to get a practical perspective on relevant issues of criminal law. Brent Newton shares his unique perspective as both a practicing attorney and law school professor, examining the major topics in constitutional criminal procedure and including a reference to every significant decision of the United States Supreme Court. He also explores many issues of constitutional procedure not yet addressed by the United States Supreme Court that have been given extensive treatment by lower state and federal courts. A valuable discussion of the rights of criminal defendants and the corresponding obligations of the police and prosecutors is also provided." - from the publisher

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    By Michael G. Collins. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 4th ed.

    "Coverage includes the statute's modern revival in Monroe v. Pape, municipal liability, individual officer and sovereign immunity, excessive force litigation, choice of law, state and federal court jurisdiction, remedies, and attorney's fees. There are also chapters on federal officer liability and the relationship between habeas corpus and section 1983. This product is a helpful tool for practitioners, students, judges and their clerks, or anyone wishing to get up to speed on this complex, ever-changing topic." - from the publisher

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    By Michael Collins. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 4th.

    "Coverage includes the statute's modern revival in Monroe v. Pape, municipal liability, individual officer and sovereign immunity, excessive force litigation, choice of law, state and federal court jurisdiction, remedies, and attorney's fees. There are also chapters on federal officer liability and the relationship between habeas corpus and section 1983. This product is a helpful tool for practitioners, students, judges and their clerks, or anyone wishing to get up to speed on this complex, ever-changing topic." - from the publisher

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    By Walter T. Champion. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 4th ed.

    "This book discusses all elements of sports law in an organized, coherent manner. Topics covered include contracts, torts, antitrust, liabilities, constitutional implications, labor law, and taxes. The fourth edition zeroes in on the alleged demise of ethics in the last four years, including the Mitchell Report and cases that involve such news makers as Roger Clements, Michael Vick, and “Pacman” Jones." - from the publisher

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    By Jennifer Friesen. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2006. 4th edition.

    This title collects and compares constitutional case law from all 50 states, and contrasting prevailing federal rulings with more protective state decisions. It is a comprehensive guide to litigating state constitutional rights, addressing both the civil and criminal procedure rights protected by state constitutions, and offers in-depth analysis of related substantive and remedial issues.

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    By Kern Alexander; M. David Alexander. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.

    "This text captures the key points of the precedents governing student rights and responsibilities relating to attendance, speech, expression, religion, discipline, grades, tests, drugs, search and seizure, the emerging law of social media, i.e., cyberbullying, and the range of procedural due process interests. The book further addresses the range of constitutional rights and protections for teachers as well as employment terms and conditions, including contracts, tenure and potential liabilities." - from the publisher

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