Duly Noted

Duly Noted — August/September 2010

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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution


by Kimberlee Kovach — Thomson West, 2010. 386 pages.
KF 9084 K68

This volume covers the history and philosophy of alternative dispute resolution; it provides a review of the basics of negotiation, examines court-ordered and legislatively mandated mediation, and explores instances where mediation would not be the best method. An overview of the profession itself is included, with an examination of ethical considerations. For Texas attorneys, the Texas Lawyer’s Creed Section II.11 requires clients to be advised of the availability of alternative methods of resolving disputes; this title provides a solid overview of the available options.

Banking and Finance


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2010. 1 volume.
KFT 1024 S75

Tips for the Commercial and Collections Lawyer from the 2010 State Bar of Texas Collections and Creditors' Rights 101 course. Includes presentation materials on commercial collections in the court room and an overview of the collections process. Includes samples of forms and demand letters to aid in practice.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Bankruptcy


by West Publishing Co. — Thomson West, 2010. 1 volume.
KF 1511 A2

This publication from West contains the current Bankruptcy Code and related provisions effective through 2009. It contains the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and selected Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Also included are official and procedural bankruptcy forms. It is a good reference source for anyone practicing bankruptcy law.

Business Organizations


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2010. 1 volume.
KFT 1388 G68

This course contains 22 units on issues pertinent to the governance of nonprofit organizations, including five sessions on tax issues, such as property taxes and a review of current tax issues by a representative of the IRS, as well as units on director’s and officer’s insurance, creating nonprofit governing documents, an overview of donor intent litigation, required public disclosures, an update on federal law on nonprofits, and an overview of a nonprofit legal audit.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Civil Rights


by Laura F. Rothstein — Thomson West, 2009. 1 volume.
KF 480 R67

This title, now in its fourth edition, explores complex physical and mental disability issues in employment, education, public accommodations and services, transportation, housing, and access to health care with a focus on rights rather than benefits. Chapters cover Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Employment, Public Accommodations and Public Services, Architectural Barriers, Housing, Transportation, Pursuit of Happiness, and Health Care. Appendices cover definitions, major statutes and regulations, and an extensive case law index.

by Lenora M. Lapidus — New York University Press, 2009. 412 pages.
KF 478 L37

This title is a comprehensive guide that explains in detail the rights of women under present U.S. law, and how these laws can be used in the continuing struggle to achieve full gender equality at home, in the workplace, at school, and in society at large. The Rights of Women explores the concept of equal protection and covers topics including employment, education, housing, and public accommodations. This handbook also examines the specific issues of trafficking, violence against women, welfare reform, and reproductive freedom.

Criminal Law


by Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense — Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense, 2010. 67 pages.
KFT 480 R47

In the fall of 2008, the Task Force on Indigent Defense began a two?year long review of the defense models utilized by attorneys advocating for mentally ill defendants in Texas: Mental Health Public Defenders and Mental Health Courts. The Task Force’s study finds that both Mental Health Courts and Mental Health Public Defenders offer new opportunities for defense counsel to play a key role in advocating for clients’ access to treatment?oriented dispositions. This evaluation report describes the objectives, methodology, and findings in relation to the topic of specialized justice system for those suffering from mental illness and draws conclusions about emerging roles for the defense community in improving legal and therapeutic outcomes for people with mental illness.

Available electronically: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/tfid/pdf/MHStudyFinal.pdf

Debtor and Creditor


by Federal Trade Commission — United States Federal Trade Commission, 2009. 1 volume.
KF 1501 F4

Published by the Federal Trade Commission, this title looks at the debt collection process and the legal framework of debt collection. It also covers the role of the Federal Trade Commission and then goes on to look at changes in the debt collection industry and the modernizing of the debt collection system.

Available electronically: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/debtcollection/dcwr.pdf

Education


by Texas Young Lawyers Association — Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2010. 16 pages.
KF 4209.3 S64

This handbook distributed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association is designed to help parents understand special education, what they should expect from school, and, ultimately, how to help their child succeed in school. Specific sections cover special education law, key definitions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the dispute resolution process. Additional resources for parents are provided.

Available electronically: http://www.tyla.org/tasks/sites/default/assets/File/37665SpecialEdBookletLoRes.pdf

by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2010. 1 volume.
KFT 9779 S6

This one day course was held in Austin on June 25, 2010. Topics covered include adjudication of juveniles with mental disabilities, "juvenile justice and mental health issues", "clearing up the juvenile criminal record", non-disclosure, "class c misdemeanors in municipal or justice of the peace court", client-attorney relationship, ARD hearings, behavior intervention, and restraints and seclusion.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Elder Law


by Kenney Hegland — Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 286 pages.
KF 390 A4 H443

The authors, Hegland and Fleming, are law professors and have written extensively for legal texts. In this book they have managed to write on an emotionally laden, dreaded subject, convey accurate information in a witty, readable style. It covers the usual elder law topics, as well as the social and family issues surrounding growing older. lpf

Evidence


by National Research Council. Comittee on Identifying the needs of the forensic science community — National Academies Press, 2009. 328 pages.
KF 8961 S73

This text provides a detailed plan for addressing the needs of the forensic science community and suggests the creation of a new government entity, the National Institute of Forensic Science, to establish and enforce standards within that community. While this book provides a call-to-action for congress and policy makers, it also serves as a tool for law enforcement agencies, criminal prosecutors and attorneys, and forensic science educators.

Immigration


by Michael John Garcia — Congressional Research Service, 2010. 24 pages.
KF 4819 G27

This Congressional Research Service report covers Arizona's controversial S.B. 1070. The report discusses the background of S.B. 1070 and examines the major provisions of the law as modified by Arizona H.B. 2162. An overview of preemption includes state enforcement of immigration and criminalization of immigration-related conduct. Finally racial profiling issues are addressed.

Available electronically: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R41221.pdf

Juries and Jury Instructions


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2010. 1 volume.
KFT 8976 C5

A collection of articles coinciding with the one-day Choosing and Courting a Jury Course seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and directed by Lisa Blue and Robert B. Hirschhorn. Individual presentations focus on two aspects of the jury: how to choose a proper panel during voir dire selection and how to effectively tell your client’s story to jury throughout the course of trial. Tips, questionnaires, charges, and sample forms accompany a number of the articles.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Labor and Employment


by Brian Greig — Texas Association of Business, 2001. 1 volume.
KFT 3319 T48

The 2009-2010 edition of the Texas employment law handbook covers a wide range of employment law issues for Texas employers. Specific topics covered include the employment-at-will doctrine, vicarious liability, unfair competition, wage garnishment, payday law, EEO laws, ADA, workers' compensation, mass layoff notice requirements, and drug testing.

Legal Ethics


by Center for Professional Responsibility — American Bar Association, 2013. 1 volume.
KF 305 A2 C6

This is a collection of essential legal ethics materials for lawyers, judges and students of the law. It includes models for ethical and professional conduct and standards for enforcing conduct developed by the American Bar Association. The compendium also contains a selection of federal rules and standards that are needed in the general practice of law and for practice before the SEC and IRS. The topics included are ABA model rules, codes and guidelines, and selected ABA formal ethics opinions.

Legal Research and Writing


by Carole A. Levitt — American Bar Association, 2010. 514 pages.
KF 242 L48

This is a practical guide for attorneys, that shows them how to get the most out of Google for their research and technology needs. Topics include, the reliability of information on the Internet, Google search strategies, retrieving information from publicly archived e-mail messages,and monitoring current financial news on public companies and market trends for due diligence. Technology topics include free knowledge management tools from Google, free collaboration tools and using Google Scholar to locate information from academic sources and retrieve free case law.

by Jorge A. Vargas — Carolina Academic Press, 2009. 661 pages.
KF 383 V37

This is a treatise on Mexican law. Some of the topics discussed are Mexico's legal system, rules of conflicts of law, international contracts, acquisition of real estate, international adoption, family law and extradition between Mexico and the United States.

by Samantha Ward — American Bar Association, 2010.
KF 156 S6 W37

Developing Spanish language skills is vital for attorneys to expand their practices and to provide legal services to largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States. This phrasebook provides translations for the legal terms that need to be communicated to a Spanish speaking clientele. The book covers general legal terms and then is divided by chapters specific to each area of law. This book will not make you a fluent speaker, but it can provide a handy starting point. lpf

Medical Malpractice


by Neil Wigder — Aspen, 1998. 1 volume.
KF 3826 W52

This manual is designed for the physician and attorney concerned with standards of care in emergency medicine. Standards of care for specific cases representing the diagnoses that most frequently are associated with malpractice suits involving substantial settlements or awards are covered, including appendicitis, cervical spine injury, closed head injury, suicidal patient, stroke, and pneumonia. Both a medical and a legal analysis of each emergency situation is provided, including medical definitions, diagnostic criteria, clinical tests, and a legal analysis including plaintiff’s position, defendant’s position, and the probable legal outcome.

National Security


by Ernest B. Abbott — American Bar Association, 2010. 413 pages.
KF 4850 L44

This title seeks to give state and local government attorneys a basic understanding of this broad area of law. The editors stress the importance that it is a vital job to maintain the constitutional rights of individuals and the rule of law while decisively responding effectively to crisis situations whether they are events of nature or manmade calamities. The second edition expands the coverage to topics such as “fusion centers” designed to facilitate the sharing of information by various levels of government, provisions for the continuity of legal services, operational judicial and electoral systems.

Securities


by Thomas Lee Hazen — Thomson West, 2016. 7 vol..
KF 1439 H36

This title looks at basic securities regulation issues and then goes into depth on a variety of topics including registration requirements, exemptions and liabilities under the Securities Act, reporting requirements, corporate takeovers, and civil liability. The set also includes several appendices including tables with cases, statutes, and regulations.

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