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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What's law got to do with it? : what judges do, why they do it, and what's at stake
The authors of this title take a close look at the often-heard allegation that judges are not influenced solely by the law itself. Each chapter of this book is written by a different legal scholar and examines one facet of this issue. The authors first look at the study of judicial behavior itself before discussing politics, policy, and stare decisis in the context of judicial decision-making. The last two parts of this title examine how these outside influences affect the selection of judges as well as public confidence in the courts. This is a great read for anyone interested in the courts and how judges may reach their decisions.
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