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 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

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    By Larry Mays. Published by ABC-CLIO. 2012.

    "For more than 20 years now, the attitude in some jurisdictions has been "if you're old enough to do the crime, you're old enough to do the time." After two decades of applying this increasingly punitive mindset to juvenile offenders, it is possible to see the actual consequences of transferring more and younger offenders to adult courts.

    In Do the Crime, Do the Time: Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System, the authors apply their decades of experience, both in the practical world and from unique research perspectives, to shed light on the influence of public opinion and the political forces that shape juvenile justice policy in the United States. The book provides a fresh look at the way the United States is choosing to deal with some of the serious or persistent juvenile offenders, utilizing real-life examples and cases to draw connections between transfer policies and individual outcomes." - from Amazon

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    By Barry Feld. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3nd edition.

    "This Nutshell title focuses exclusively on the criminal and non-criminal misconduct of children that bring them within the jurisdiction of juvenile courts and examines law enforcement, judicial, and administrative responses to that misconduct. It deals with issues of children's rights only insofar as they relate to the processes of investigating and prosecuting juvenile offenders for delinquency and status-offenses. Like all Nutshells, it strives to provide a succinct exposition of the law for students studying juvenile justice, for lawyers who do not regularly practice in juvenile court, and for legislators and policy officials involved in juvenile justice law reform efforts." - from the publisher

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    By Mark Soler. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1987.

    Soler's resource provides counsel who represent youth with a detailed overview of children's rights and the statutory and case law relating to legal matters involving children. Topics range from school disciplinary matters to child witnesses and even health-care for low-income children.

    View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.

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    By Marvin Ventrell. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 1st edition.

    "From case analysis and opening statement through closing argument, Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family is a concise and comprehensive treatment of the trial. It incorporates generations of trial advocacy wisdom into the context of juvenile and family court proceedings.

    A veteran instructor of the teaching methodology of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Marvin Ventrell walks you through a "how-to method" of each stage of the case, using real-life examples of child welfare cases. These essential lessons extend beyond child welfare proceedings and provide insight and skills applicable to all family and domestic relations cases. Trials, effectively presented, are stories--stories of mothers, fathers, children--stories of the family. Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer teaches you how to present the story of the family from the unique and powerful perspective of each litigant. From nuts and bolts to advanced practice techniques, each trial skill is treated as a mechanism of persuasion for both judge and jury." - from the publisher

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