Recommended Titles and Treatises
To help provide access to the Texas State Law Library's legal resources, the reference librarians have selected the most noteworthy titles in our collection and arranged them here by subject. The titles listed for each subject feature a brief summary written by a reference librarian, and each subject's titles are divided into those that are specific to Texas law and those that aren't.
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Prisoners' self-help litigation manual
This title focuses solely on civil actions involving prisoner rights. An introductory chapter provides an overview on changes since the previous editions highlighting the challenges of the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). There is a well presented section on what a litigant needs to know before considering filing a law suit. The requirement of exhaustion of remedies is spelled out, as well as other basic, but often not well explained issues such as, whom to sue, where to sue and by what deadline you must sue. Additional chapters cover prisoner’s rights, civil liberties, and due process rights. These would be helpful to any reader wanting a broad grounding in this area of law because they are clearly written and include footnotes for further research. A chapter on the basics of legal research and brief and memorandum writing are available as well as forms and sample papers.
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