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 John Montgomery. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1997. 2nd Edition.

    Texas Family Law for the practitioner, covering Conservatorship and Guardianship, premarital agreements, divorce, custody issues, spousal support, grounds, and valuing community assets. Includes sample petitions and motions, including initial attorney-client documents, as well as references to the most current State Bar CLE materials, legal periodicals, and ALR Annotations.

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

General/Federal Titles

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    By Thomas Guernsey. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edition.

    "Providing a systematic, strategic and integrated approach to negotiation, authors Thomas F. Guernsey and Paul J. Zwier explain adversarial and problem-solving strategies, how to help clients make better strategic use of negotiation, counseling techniques and organizational tools for successful negotiations." - from the publisher

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    By Jacqueline Nolan-Haley. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 3rd edition.

    Alternative dispute resolution in a nutshell by Jacqueline Nolan-Haley is an update to the 2001 edition in Thomson West's nutshell series. In addition to the discussion of the subject from Ms. Nolan-Haley, the appendices contain the complete text of key rules and laws, including the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, The Uniform Arbitration Act, Uniform Mediation Act, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Users familiar with the nutshell format will find this book concise and informative with extensive bibliographic references.

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    By Andrea Doneff. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edition.

    "Alternatives to Litigation explores key concepts and terms in ADR practice, and addresses practical how-to issues that all attorneys need to recognize and master regardless of their field of expertise." - from the publisher

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    By Thomas Carbonneau. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 3rd.

    A guide containing the basic terms, characteristics and issues in arbitration. Covering freedom of contract, the Federal Arbitration Act, the enforcement of arbitral awards and more.

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    By Peter Lovenheim. Published by Nolo Press. 2004.

    "Becoming a Mediator shows you how, offering a practical, nuts–and–bolts guide to breaking into the field and a no–nonsense approach to the reality of current professional opportunities. Drawing from the experiences of actual mediators, as well as from his own many years of work as an attorney and mediator, Lovenheim not only provides a vital resource but also conveys the sense of mission mediators feel for this emerging new profession." - from the publisher

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    By Larry L. Teply. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 2nd edition.

    Another nutshell series title focusing on the legal negotiation process from start to finish. Basic forms of negotiation are discussed and counsel if given on negotiation evaluation and preparation. While focusing primarily on a general walkthrough of the negotiation process, a discussion of disputes which not be negotiated is also included.

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    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.

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    By John W Cooley. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2002. 2nd edition.

    "In today's legal world, being an expert in the process of mediation is essential to effective representation. Mediation Advocacy is the perfect companion for a lawyer at any stage of the game, leading you step-by-step through the stages of mediation. Each chapter includes a checklist highlighting key actions at critical stages of the mediation process, helping you think and act strategically from the beginning of any dispute. This edition includes a detailed chapter on cybermediation, as well as sections on various mediation design processes and techniques. Written by a lawyer for lawyers, this book will change the way you practice law." - from the publisher

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    By Kimberlee Kovach. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3rd.

    "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

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    By Stephen Ware. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 2nd edition.

    A clear and reliable statement of the law and concepts central to alternative dispute resolution.

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    By Mark Bennett. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2005. 2nd edition.

    "The Art of Mediation, Second Edition, sets the mediation process in context, provides basic definitions, contrasts mediation with other forms of dispute resolution, describes varieties of mediation, and lays out roles and functions of the mediators. The book contains forms that illustrate sample agreements to mediate and final mediation agreements, plus a section containing hypothetical situations for performance training." - from the publisher

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    By John W Cooley. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2006. 2nd edition.

    "Regarded as a practical and usable guide for the classroom and the conference room, The Mediator's Handbook, Second Edition, systematically covers the topic of mediation with unrivaled diligence and clarity at an advanced level but in a usable format." - from the publisher

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