Duly Noted

Duly Noted — June/July 2009

New titles from the Texas State Law Library

Items listed in Duly Noted include a sampling of recently received books, reports and documents. Most items listed are available for circulation with the exception of some reference materials. All items listed in Duly Noted are temporarily housed behind the circulation desk. If you are interested in checking any of these items out, please contact us. If you are registered borrower with the library, we can have your selections ready for pick-up at the circulation desk. If you are not already registered with us, you will first need to come by the circulation desk with a Texas photo ID to register. Read the library use policy.

The library can provide photocopies or scans of sections of these publications as part of our document delivery service. When checking out, non-state employees are subject to a $1.00 circulation fee per item.

The library also has a variety of other resources to meet your research needs. Please let us know how we may assist you.

Biotechnology


by John Butler — Elsevier, 2005. 660 pages.
KF 9666.5 B88

This book explores the science of current DNA typing methods. It focuses on biology, technology and the "genetic interpretation of short tandem repeat (STR) markers" which is the most common method of DNA analysis. The primary audiences of this text are forensic scientists trying to gain a better understanding of STRs and law enforcement or legal personnel who want a better understanding of the complexities of DNA typing.

Corporations


by American Bar Association. Committee on Corporate Laws. — American Bar Association, 2007. 118 pages.
KF 1423 C67

Now in its fifth edition, this title provides guidance to corporate directors in meeting their responsibilities. It focuses on the role of the individual director, the functions of the board of directors, and key committees such as audit committees and compensation committees. The book seeks to aid directors in protecting investor interests and overseeing the execution of corporate strategy.

Courts


by United States. Administrative Office of the United States Courts. — Administrative Office of the United States Courts, 2002. 1 CD-ROM.
JU 10.2:C 83/7/CD

This multimedia CD-ROM combines video, websites, PDF files, and text files to educate students on the federal court system. The resources provide classroom activity outlines on a broad spectrum of topics-- from the basic differences between civil and criminal cases and the purpose of juries to more advanced discussions of First Amendment Cases and contemporary judicial topics. High school teachers or college professors of introductory government classes will find this to be an extremely useful resource in planning lessons.

Criminal Law


by Robert Boruchowitz — National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009. 60 pages.
KF 9223 B67

In this book, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers examines the impact of the "explosive growth" of misdemeanor cases. While often viewed as petty offenses, misdemeanor convictions can have a long-lasting negative impact on the accused. Competent counsel is essential to preserving a defendant's rights. Public defenders, relied upon by those who cannot afford to hire a private attorney, have ballooning caseloads that often make adequate representation impossible. The poor do not receive the representation they need and the cost to the public greatly outweighs the benefit to society. The NACDL recommendations include de-criminalizing activities that do not impact public safety so that they can be handled in less costly venues and providing adequate legal counsel to any defendant facing incarceration.

Available electronically: http://www.nacdl.org/public.nsf/defenseupdates/misdemeanor/$FILE/Report.pdf

Criminal Procedure


by State Counsel for Offenders — Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 2010. 2 volumes.
KFT 337.5 P7 S8

With many TDCJ inmates working on their legal situation pro se, they often need guidance. The State Counsel for Offender's legal handbook offers information on common legal issues facing offenders, such as habeas corpus, family law issues, the appeals process, and time calculation. The second volume contains common forms.

Elections & Campaign Finance


by Elizabeth Bircher — National Center for State Courts, 2008. 1 volume.
KF 4886 B57

This manual provides a basic overview of election law in the United States, with its primary focus on state election law. Various substantive issues in election law that are most likely to be litigated are presented. Some of the issues covered are federal statutes and constitutional provisions that affect state and local election practices; regulation of the various actors in the election process (candidates, parties and voters); state election administration; legal issues raised by ballot measures; and legal issues that arise on Election Day.

Entertainment Law


by Charles D. Ferris — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 1983. 4 volumes.
KF 2844 F47

This set, with its special emphasis on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is a comprehensive treatise on local, state, and federal regulation of emerging modes of telecommunications. Formerly known as Cable Television Law, the treatise features detailed discussions on the topics of telephone, data, and video regulation. Coverage includes the latest developments, as well as established law and historical background. The appendix includes full coverage of telecommunications statutes and FCC and Copyright Office regulations, including valuable governmental contacts and websites.

Evidence


by John Butler — Elsevier, 2005. 660 pages.
KF 9666.5 B88

This book explores the science of current DNA typing methods. It focuses on biology, technology and the "genetic interpretation of short tandem repeat (STR) markers" which is the most common method of DNA analysis. The primary audiences of this text are forensic scientists trying to gain a better understanding of STRs and law enforcement or legal personnel who want a better understanding of the complexities of DNA typing.

Family Law


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2007. 1 volume.
KFT 505.5 U48

This continuing legal education publication looks at different aspects of a family law jury case. The topics covered include the art of persuasion, the pre-trial conference, voir dire examinations, the opening statement, the courts charge, and the final argument. This publication contains an appendix that includes an index of checklists, sample motions, and a sample jury questionnaire.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Judges and Judicial Conduct


by American Judicature Society — American Judicature Society, 2008. 24 pages.
KF 8776 M6

First published in 1985, the American Judicature Society's latest revision of Model Judicial Selection Provisions offers exemplary language for establishing judicial nomination and evaluation processes of the highest quality. Significant additions concern judicial performance evaluation and procedural rules of nominating commissions. AT

by Joyce George — W. S. Hein, 2007. 854 pages.
KF 250 G4

This text reviews existing methods, styles, rules and techniques for writing judicial opinions as described in numerous books and articles. Forms and structure outlines serve as a guide to the judicial writer. This edition has been expanded to include a section on Judge's Views, which contains comments and ideas from many prominent judges, as well as a section dealing with the criticism of judges which has become more prominent in today's society.

by Center for Professional Responsibility — American Bar Association, 2010. 132 pages.
KF 8779 A45

The revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct as adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, on February 12, 2007, contains four canons with prefaratory sections including preamble, scope, terminology and application. The preamble states the objectives of the Model Code. The scope describes how the canons should be interpreted, used for guidance and enforced. The terminology section provides definitions and the application section establishes when rules apply to a judge or judicial candidate. An index and several appendices which are not part of the code are also present.

by Cynthia Gray — American Judicature Society, 2008. 25 pages.
KF 228 G37 2008

"In 2002, the United States Supreme Court held unconstitutional a clause in the Minnesota code of judicial conduct that prohibited judicial candidates from announcing their views on disputed legal and political issues." The Texas Supreme Court amended the Texas code of judicial conduct in light of this decision. This publication tracks developments among state judicial ethics committees, including Texas, after Republican Party of Minnesota v. White.

Available electronically: https://catalog.sll.texas.gov/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=14685

Juries and Jury Instructions


by Ronald Eades — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 2006. 1 volume.
KF 8984 D67

This title is a comprehensive collection of jury instructions related to issues most likely to arise in real estate litigation. It includes hundreds of instructions, each with supporting authority from all 50 states, commentary regarding the use of the instruction, and collateral references such as pertinent law review articles. It looks at topics such as eminent domain, boundaries, deeds, and premises liability.

Labor and Employment


by American Law Institute — American Law Institute, 2008. 173 pages.
KF 209 R1 EMPLOY 3D T.D. NO. 1

The topic of employment law is beginning its way though the lengthy drafting, reviewing and revising process that will ultimately add this area of law to the Restatement of the Law Third. This first tentative draft includes Chapter 1, 'Existence of the Employment Relationship, Chapter 2 'Employment Contracts' and Chapter 4 'The Tort of Retaliation in Violation of Public Policy'. These 3 chapters, the "core of the legal relationship between workers and their employers", are the the first to make it to the tentative draft phase. Eight additional chapters and an appendix of federal laws regulating the employment relationship are projected.

Legal Ethics


by The Brennan Center for Justice — Brennan Center for Justice, 2008. 2 vol. .
KF 4749 B73

The Brennan Center for Justice describes itself as "a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice." The Center maintains a very active voice in the areas of voting rights, liberty and national security, campaign finance, civil justice and fair courts. The Center publishes the Collected Writings annually to highlight its varied work including excerpts from reports, policy proposals, and issue briefs, as well as excerpted material from public remarks, legal briefs, Congressional testimony, and op-ed pieces written by Brennan Center staff. This series provides an interesting and timely overview of the social justice issues of the day.

Available electronically: http://brennan.3cdn.net/ae53ae74779b726285_7jm6bgbs4.pdf

Legal Research and Writing


by Administrative Office of the United States Courts — Administrative Office of the United States Courts, 2007. 48 pages.
KF 8840 J68

Though brief, "A journalist's guide to the federal courts" from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, is an excellent primer for journalists on the courthouse beat or anyone else looking for an introduction to the federal courts. Readers will find an explanation of court procedure, important people in the process, resources for further research and information, and a glossary of common terms. The text is peppered with tips for investigations and ethical considerations.

Available electronically: https://web.archive.org/web/20080916130746/http://www.uscourts.gov/journalistguide/July2007.pdf

Prisoner Rights


by John Jasuta — Texas Independent Bar Association, 2004. 16 pages.
KFT 9690 J37

Many of our patrons have loved ones in the criminal justice system who have exhausted their possibilities in the appeals court and are looking for information on habeas corpus. John G. Jasuta's introduction to habeas corpus is an excellent starting place for those curious about "the court of last resort." He explains the theory behind habeas corpus and how to file. This is a good article to review before approaching more detailed procedural information such as the State Counsel for Offenders' legal handbook.

Available electronically: http://www.texindbar.org/includes/09-0204%20Jasutas%20Intro%20to%20Habeas%20Corpus.pdf

by Justice Project — Justice Project (Washington, D.C.), 2009. 28 pages.
KF 9756 C66

This report provides an overview of the procedures currently used to collect evidence for criminal prosecution. The authors explain problems with the current procedures and propose procedures that would improve the reliability of the evidence. Case histories of 39 Texans who have been exonerated describe their conviction based on weak or faulty evidence and the techniques employed to exonerate them.

Available electronically: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/convicting-the-innocent.pdf

Securities


by Nicole A. Baker — American Bar Association, 2007. 746 pages.
KF 1439 S417

This manual analyzes the tactics and strategies appropriate for the representation of clients faced with security enforcement threats. It covers the procedures and legal framework for securities inspections. It also looks at criminal enforcement, enforcement by self-regulatory organizations, blue sky enforcement, enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission, and internal investigations.

Telecommunications


by Charles D. Ferris — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 1983. 4 volumes.
KF 2844 F47

This set, with its special emphasis on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is a comprehensive treatise on local, state, and federal regulation of emerging modes of telecommunications. Formerly known as Cable Television Law, the treatise features detailed discussions on the topics of telephone, data, and video regulation. Coverage includes the latest developments, as well as established law and historical background. The appendix includes full coverage of telecommunications statutes and FCC and Copyright Office regulations, including valuable governmental contacts and websites.

Trial Practice


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2009. 1 volume.
KFT 8840 S63

This is a State Bar of Texas' two-day seminar on litigation, held on South Padre Island from April 30-May 1, 2009. Some of the articles included in the course are, 'Recent trends in mandamus practice', 'Jury charge: Principles and strategies', 'Evidence and case law update', 'Helping you settle the small case', 'How to present damages to a jury', 'Emerging trends in litigation' and 'A practical primer on trying common family law issues'.

View the table of contents [PDF].

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