To help facilitate access to the State Law Library's print legal resources, our librarians have selected the most noteworthy titles in our collection and arranged them here by subject.
» Texas Titles
Texas courts : A survey : cases and materials
By Albright, Alex Wilson. Imprimatur Press. 2011-12. c2011.
Written by a University of Texas Law School faculty member, this text provides law students with a comprehensive view of many aspects of Texas civil proceedings. Topics covered include jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, evidence, summary judgment, verdicts, judgments, motions for new trial, appeals, discovery, privileges, expert witnesses, complex litigation, settlements and the jury. Most chapters begin with an introductory discussion of the topic and end with answers to questions that students are likely to ask.
KFT 8816 A42
Texas legal directory
Latest received: 2018. Legal Directories Pub. Co. 1935-.
This directory includes biographical information on attorneys listed by firm, a pictorial directory of state judges, county seat information, and court information (all state & some federal).
KFT 192 T43
The Texas Supreme Court : A narrative history, 1836-1986
By Haley, James L. University of Texas Press. 1st ed. 2013.
Composed under the auspices of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, this work is the first book-length history of the Texas Supreme Court published since 1917. Though it does discuss landmark cases and judicial philosophy, this work, as the title implies, is written in a narrative style, emphasizing stories, drama, and the people who contributed to Texas' legal history in the first 150 years of statehood.
Note: This item is also available electronically.
KFT 353 H35
» Federal/General Titles
Advice & dissent : The struggle to shape the federal judiciary
By Binder, Sarah A. Brookings Institution Press. c2009.
"Focusing on the selection of judges for the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts, the true workhorses of the federal bench, Sarah A. Binder and Forrest Maltzman reconstruct the history and contemporary practice of advice and consent. They identify the political and institutional causes of conflict over judicial selection over the past sixty years, as well as the consequences of such battles over court appointments. Advice and Dissent offers proposals for reforming the institutions of judicial selection, advocating pragmatic reforms that seek to harness the incentives of presidents and senators together." - from the publisher
KF 8776 B56
American judicial power : The state court perspective
By Buenger, Michael L. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2015.
The authors examine the wide and distinctive powers state courts exercise and their role in administering the bulk of the nation's justice system.
KF 8736 B8
BNA's directory of state and federal courts, judges, and clerks
Latest received: 2016. Bureau of National Affairs. c1992-.
"BNA's Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks is an invaluable reference providing current and complete contact information on the nation's judges and clerks, as well as comprehensive details on the structure of federal, state, and territorial courts. The Directory covers the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, all state courts of general jurisdiction, U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the Federal Judicial Center, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission." - from the publisher
KF 8700 A19 B53
Hart and Wechsler's the federal courts and the federal system
Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, c2009. 6th edition.
This casebook includes a broad range of primary and secondary material on the federal courts as well as extensive textual notes that provide historical background for discussion. In the new edition, the coverage remains comprehensive, but at the same time the authors have made the book more teachable and accessible to students by deleting or confining to footnotes unnecessary details. Some topics explored include the development and structure of the federal judicial system, the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, federal common law, suits challenging official action, and federal habeas corpus.
KF 8718 H32
Rethinking the New Deal court : The structure of a constitutional revolution
By Cushman, Barry. Oxford University Press. 1998.
"This book challenges the prevailing account of the Supreme Court of the New Deal era, which holds that in the spring of 1937 the Court suddenly abandoned jurisprudential positions it had staked out in such areas as substantive due process and commerce clause doctrine. In the conventional view, the impetus for such a dramatic reversal was provided by external political pressures manifested in FDR's landslide victory in the 1936 election, and by the subsequent Court-packing crisis. Author Barry Cushman, by contrast, discounts the role that political pressure played in securing this 'constitutional revolution.' Instead, he reorients study of the New Deal Court by focusing attention on the internal dynamics of doctrinal development and the role of New Dealers in seizing opportunities presented by doctrinal change." - from the publisher
Table of contents only: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0604/97008904-t.html
KF 4541 C87
Trends in state courts
Latest received: 2019. National Center for State Courts. c2013-.
"Trends in State Courts is an annual, peer-reviewed publication that highlights innovative practices in critical areas that are of interest to courts, and often serves as a guide for developing new initiatives and programs and informing and supporting policy decisions." - from the call for article submissions
KF 8732 Z9 F87
Trial courts as organizations
Temple University Press. 2007.
This volume aims to assist readers with assessing the culture of a specific court as well determining whether the court’s culture affects the court’s performance. The authors apply these methodologies regarding work environments and management styles to felony criminal state trial courts in California, Florida, and Minnesota. The four specific court cultures discussed in this volume include communal courts, networked courts, autonomous courts, and hierarchical courts. Specific chapter topics include a court culture framework, strategies for measuring court culture, consequences of court culture, court culture preferences, and implications of this study.
KF 8719 T75
» Supreme Court
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court
By Savage, David G. CQ Press. 4th ed. c2004.
"This classic reference explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions, to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court's entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices." - from the publisher
KF 8742 W5
The nine : Inside the secret world of the Supreme Court
By Toobin, Jeffrey. Doubleday. 1st ed. c2007.
As the Supreme Court continues to rule on important issues, it is essential to understand how it operates. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves and other insiders, this is a timely "state of the union" about America's most elite legal institution. From Anthony Kennedy's self-importance, to Antonin Scalia's combativeness, to David Souter's eccentricity, and even Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with President George W. Bush, this book offers a rare personal look at how the individual style of each justice affects the way in which they wield their considerable power. Toobin shows how--since Reagan--conservatives were long thwarted in their attempts to control the Court by some of the very justices they pressured Presidents to appoint. That struggle ended with the recent appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and Toobin relays the behind-the-scenes drama in detail, as well as the ensuing 2007 Court term.--From publisher description.
KF 8748 T66
The Oxford companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
Oxford University Press. 2nd ed. 2005.
A collection of over 1000 entries on all aspects of the Supreme Court from numerous academic and legal professional contributors. Features biographies of all the justices and other figures connected with the Court's histories along with discussions of the Court's most significant decisions, and chronological essays on the history of the court and related topics such as slavery and the civil rights movement.
Table of contents: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip055/2004029463.html
KF 8742 A35 O93
Supreme Conflict : The inside story of the struggle for the control of the United States Supreme Court
By Greenburg, Jan Crawford. Penguin USA. 2008.
"Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court justices themselves and their inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an explosive newsbreaking account of one of the most momentous political watersheds in American history. From the series of Republican nominations that proved deeply frustrating to conservatives to the decades of bruising battles that led to the rise of Justices Roberts and Alito, this is the authoritative story of the conservative effort to shift the direction of the high court—a revelatory look at one of the central fronts of America's culture wars by one of the most widely respected experts on the subject." - from the publisher
KF 8742 G74
The Supreme Court
By Baum, Lawrence. CQ Press. 9th ed. c2007.
"Lawrence Baum brings students trusted, balanced, and illuminating coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. While the Court is always evolving, the changes have been especially sweeping these past few years. Looking closely at the appointments of two new justices and the possible effects of the shift from the Rehnquist Court to the Roberts Court, Baum examines the implications of recent major decisions. Baum explores the Court's rulings on the procedural rights of suspected terrorists as well as the growth in conflict between Congress and the federal courts." - from the publisher
KF 8742 B3
» Judicial Administration
Developing a court leadership and management curriculum
Judicial Education Reference, Information and Technical Transfer Project. c2002.
KF 8732 D48
The improvement of the administration of justice
American Bar Association, Lawyers Conference, Judicial Division. Eighth edition. .
"The Improvement of the Administration of Justice, Eighth Edition is an overview of various elements of the judicial system and how things have been improved and can be further developed from the perspective of academics, practitioners, and judges." - from the publisher
KF 8700 A75 I56
Report on the 4th National Symposium on Court Management : State court governance and organization in 2020
By Coolsen, Peter. National Center for State Courts. .
KF 8719 A2 C66