Duly Noted

Update

As of 2015, the library ceased publishing Duly Noted due to limited staff resources. Instead, we highlight new and noteworthy titles from our collection on our library catalog homepage. Our Featured Titles display on the library catalog is updated monthly and points you to noteworthy titles on the web, in print, and e-books available through our Digital Collection. This page now serves as an archive of our previous issues of Duly Noted.


To help keep library patrons aware of the library's collection, the Texas State Law Library publishes Duly Noted, a library newletter highlighting new and noteworthy titles, every two months. If you would like to receive a copy of Duly Noted via e-mail as soon as it is released, please click here to sign up for the library's mailing list.

Items featured 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 in the library lobby. If you are interested in checking out any of these items, you may contact us by phone at (512) 463-1722, by e-mail at library@sll.texas.gov, or by returning the order form on the last page Duly Noted. If you are a 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-issued photo ID to register.

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

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

Duly Noted — June/July 2011

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.

Banking and Finance


by Peter Hardy — Bureau of National Affairs, 2010. 1671 pages.
KF 6334 H37

This title discusses the current law, procedure, and practical considerations regarding complex criminal cases handled by the IRS and federal prosecutors of the Justice Department. Some topics covered include offshore accounts, corporate prosecutions, tax-shelter prosecutions, and the federal sentencing guidelines.

Class Actions


by Marcy Greer — American Bar Association, 2010. 1354 pages.
KF 8896 P73

Class action suits are complicated by the fact that state rules regarding them differ as you move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The ABA’s Practitioner’s guide to class actions aims to simplify understanding these differences by providing a state-by-state analysis of how these rules differ from the standard FRCP. Other sections of the guide cover class action criteria and provide examples of unique problems in class action litigation. Certification, ethics, settlements, arbitration, and claims administration are also discussed.

Constitutional Law


by Elizabeth Wydra — American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 2011. 15 pages.
KF 4700 W93

In this March 2011 brief, Wydra takes on the recent and controversial attempts by members of Congress to pass legislation that would limit birthright citizenship. By focusing on the legislative history of the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof," the author attempts to persuade the reader that arguments limiting birthright citizenship to those who, for example, have at least one parent who is a citizen, are unfounded. A short and interesting read in light of recent heated political discussions.

Available electronically: http://www.acslaw.org/sites/default/files/Wydra_Born_Under_Constitution.pdf

Contracts


by Lenne Espenschied — American Bar Association, 2010. 311 pages.
KF 807 E84

This title is a practical guide, organized into fourteen lessons which demonstrate such skills as choosing the most appropriate, consistent, unambigious wording in order to produce a contract that better protects the client. Lessons include an overview of various stage of the contract process as well as exercises and sample documents which teach the reader how to edit prior documents to be more effective.

Criminal Procedure


by Nancy King — University of Chicago Press, 2011. 255 pages.
KF 9011 K56

A look at the use and abuse of the Writ of Habeas Corpus through legal and empirical analysis and case study. King and Hoffman offer proposals on how to reform the Writ process for a 21st century legal world innundated with emerging problems such as global terrorism and increased immigration. Habeas Corpus law and cases are examined in their past and present forms with an aim to help outline the future definition of the great writ.

Debtor and Creditor


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2011. 1 volume.
KFT 1024 S7C

Course director Daniel Goldberg coordinated this two day seminar. The topics covered include defending default judgments, representing creditors in a Chapter 7 practice, UCC Article 2, fraudulent transfers, summary judgments in collection cases, and pre-judgment remedies.

View the table of contents [PDF].

by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2011. 1 volume.
KFT 1024 S7N

This course was held in San Antonio on May 4, 2011. The first section on creditors' causes of action includes information on sworn accounts, unjust enrichment claims, and promissory notes. The second section covers the anatomy of the collection process. It covers fee agreements, the debtor's location and identity, demand letters, payment agreements, and includes a series of forms for practice management.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Elder Law


by Robert E. Mongue — Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 310 pages.
KF 320 L4 M663

This text examines the legal and social issues involved in working with elderly clients. Legal issues discussed include estate planning, undestanding estate planning tools, public benefit programs and elder abuse. Other issues presented were end-of-life planning, understanding and documenting competency, stereotypes, psychological effects of aging, and dealing with the clients' family.

Entertainment Law


by Michael Donaldson — American Bar Association, 2010. 205 pages.
KF 4298 D66

Designed to cover the entire process of creating an independent film--from the inception of an idea to distribution and delivery--this title serves as a great guide to the legal aspects of independent filmmaking. Though primarily written with producers and the production team in mind, intellectual property lawyers, creative contributors (e.g., writers, directors), and other key stakeholders (e.g., distributors) are sure to find it a great resource. The filmmaking process is divided into four phases: developing an idea; financing the film; putting together a team and principal photography; and distributing and delivering your film. You'll find legal forms, comments, and tips scattered throughout the text. A companion CD-ROM with legal forms, contracts, and other documents is also available.

Environmental Law


by Donald Baur — American Bar Association, 2008. 708 pages.
KF 5627 O273

From the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources comes this authoritative volume on U.S. coastal law. Written with practioners, government employees, and scholars in mind, topics covered include international boundaries, the Public Trust doctrine, States roles, coastal wetlands, water quality, marine pollution, fishery management, offshore energy development, the laws dealing with Marine species, and Climate Change and the Marine Environment.

by Todd Davis — American Bar Association, 2010. 1161 pages.
KF 1299 H39 D39

The third edition of Brownfields focuses on the environmental and economic measures necessary to redevelop contaminated property. Part I focuses on the essential background information to thoroughly understand the issues surrounding brownfields. Specific topics include a definition of brownfields, an overview of state and federal laws, and cost recovery under CERCLA. The second section looks at redeveloping contaminated property and associated legal, business, financial, and political issues. Part three provides strategies for community rebuilding after the completion of a redevelopment project. Part four discusses the scientific concepts used to address contaminated property. The final section covers voluntary cleanup programs from 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Health and Health Care


by Lucinda Jesson — Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 295 pages.
KF 3821 J47

This text provides an introduction the laws governing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). First, CAM is defined and the tensions between CAM and conventional medicine are discussed. Then licensure and how it relates to CAM both in terms of licensed and unlicensed provided is covered. Finally authors cover traditional health law basics: scope of practice, malpractice, informed consent, FDA regulation of dietary supplements, and antitrust as it relates to CAM. The final chapter discusses innovations in CAM regulations such as the medical freedom acts.

Immigration


by Elizabeth Wydra — American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 2011. 15 pages.
KF 4700 W93

In this March 2011 brief, Wydra takes on the recent and controversial attempts by members of Congress to pass legislation that would limit birthright citizenship. By focusing on the legislative history of the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof," the author attempts to persuade the reader that arguments limiting birthright citizenship to those who, for example, have at least one parent who is a citizen, are unfounded. A short and interesting read in light of recent heated political discussions.

Available electronically: http://www.acslaw.org/sites/default/files/Wydra_Born_Under_Constitution.pdf

Intellectual Property


by Michael Donaldson — American Bar Association, 2010. 205 pages.
KF 4298 D66

Designed to cover the entire process of creating an independent film--from the inception of an idea to distribution and delivery--this title serves as a great guide to the legal aspects of independent filmmaking. Though primarily written with producers and the production team in mind, intellectual property lawyers, creative contributors (e.g., writers, directors), and other key stakeholders (e.g., distributors) are sure to find it a great resource. The filmmaking process is divided into four phases: developing an idea; financing the film; putting together a team and principal photography; and distributing and delivering your film. You'll find legal forms, comments, and tips scattered throughout the text. A companion CD-ROM with legal forms, contracts, and other documents is also available.

by Herbert Hammond — Juris, 2015. 553 pages.
KFT 2980 H36

This second edition of the volume examines basic principles of Texas law regarding trade secrets, trademark infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation, copyright, false advertising, and restrictive covenants. The relationship between Federal law, Texas common law, and the Texas Trademark Act is given special attention. The topics of creation of trademarks, registration, infringement of trademark rights, remedies and defenses to trademark infringement and unfair competition claims are covered in detail, as well as an examination of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

Juvenile Law


by American Civil Liberties Union of Texas — American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, 2010. 74 pages.
KFT 479 Y96

A succinct guide to your rights as a student under Federal and Texas state laws as put together by members of the ACLU of Texas. Topics include general rights and responsibilities regarding education and attendance, student freedom of speech and expression, discrimination in the classroom, control over academic records, and rights regarding school discipline and peace officers on campuses.

Available electronically: http://www.aclutx.org/reports/2010YouthRightsManual.pdf

Labor and Employment


by Cathy Beveridge — American Bar Association, 2010. 557 pages.
KF 3464 E46

Now in its second edition, this title is intended to assist the practitioner representing either the plaintiff or the defendant with any employment case including harassment, discrimination, or wrongful discharge. Each chapter assists in a different stage of the lawsuit beginning with “commencing the lawsuit” which discusses case evaluation, drafting the complaint, venue and forum, and relief. Subsequent chapters cover responding, discovery, experts, summary judgment, pretrial motions, special evidentiary concerns, trial preparation, juries, the trial, post-trial motions, appeals, and finally professionalism and ethics. Each chapter has appendixes that contain checklists, sample pleadings, questionnaires, timetables, sample letters and more. This title also has a companion CD which contains electronic versions of the documents found in the appendixes.

Law Practice Management


by Stephanie L. Kimbro — American Bar Association, 2010. 213 pages.
KF 320 A9 K56

This is the legal professional's guide to how to provide services to clients via the internet. The author provides a brief introduction to virtual practice, including terminology, benefits, and risks of working online. She includes case studies and sample documents to get you started. There is also a discussion of ethics and malpractice issues as they relate to your virtual practice, including state bar ethics and advisory opinions.

by Carolyn Elefant — American Bar Association, 2010. 221 pages.
KF 320 A9 E44

This guide explains what social media is and how to use it for your law practice. It also breaks down ten common misconceptions of social media by the legal profession and includes a section on developing criteria for choosing the right social media platform for your business. The author also discusses the ethical and legal implications of social media including protecting your copyrighted material and how to avoid false and misleading communications.

by Ashley S. Lipson — Carolina Academic Press, 2011. 436 pages.
KF 8961 L57

In his preface, the author says "Like it or not, we all live in a scientific world, a digital world--one that is ruled by numbers, equations, formulas and statistics. Many lawyers are not comfortable with statistics and “hard” science. But an understanding these subject is vital for an attorney in many legal situations. If they practice in the corporate area they must be able to recognize faulty or deceptive bookkeeping. Many personal injury cases hinge on the scientific evidence that is presented. The ability to spot manipulated statistics or "junk science" is vital. This text attempts to present math and science concepts and illustrate their use in actual cases.

Legal Research and Writing


by Linda Barris — Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 171 pages.
KF 245 B37

Barris's guide to the nineteenth edition of The Bluebook (2010) is an invaluable "survival manual" aimed at law students, law practitioners, or anyone struggling with legal citations. It is organized primarily by authority type, with separate chapters for cases, statutes, constitutions, regulations, procedural and court rules, secondary sources, litigation documents, quotations, numbering systems, parentheticals, and capitalization. Because of this organization, it pulls together rules found in different sections of The Bluebook and neatly organizes them by authority type. This second edition takes into account recent modifications to The Bluebook, including the citing of commercial databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Note that this is not a replacement for The Bluebook; the author intends for it to be used alongside The Bluebook.

by Jay M. Feinman — Oxford University Press, 2010. 363 pages.
KF 387 F45

Feinman’s Law 101 is an excellent introduction to basic legal principles affecting everyday life and the subjects covered in the first year of law school. Feinman uses an informal question and answer format that is accessible, but not simplistic. As librarians, we are often confronted with the statement “just tell me what the law is” and rolled eyes when we cannot give a quick concise answer. This publication will be a good source to give to someone who wants to get a quick overview of an area of law. It will also be helpful in illustrating the complexities involved in any “simple” legal situation.

Natural Resources


by Lawrence J. MacDonnell — American Bar Association, 2010. 417 pages.
KF 5505 E94

This book is a look at how environmental law has evolved in this country, as well as, a discussion of the possible scenarios for the future. The contributors are well known writers in the fields of water law, the environment and natural resources. The explanation of the changes in public policy and philosophy adds to the understanding of the current law and regulations and their changes over time. Of particular interest to Texas might be the section on water law.

by Ernest Smith — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 2011. 1 volume.
KFT 2140 W56 S65

Wind-generated energy is rapidly increasing throughout the U.S. and is especially important to Texas. This timely volume of laws, regulations and rulings will help attorneys remain current on the latest developments. It covers such topics as elements of the wind energy lease, conveyance, severance of wind rights, litigation, permitting and legislative efforts, transmission issues, and offshore leasing.

Religion


by Lisa Runquist — American Bar Association, 2009. 321 pages.
KF 4865 G85

Written by members of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Religious Organizations Subcommittee, this book provides an overview of the law and risks affecting religious organizations. It covers constitutional issues, organizational structures, taxes, fundraising, employment law, tort liability, copyright, and building and renovating real properties. Special attention is given to Board of Directors issues, including liability and fiduciary duty, and to The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

Trial Practice


by Michael Tigar — American Bar Association, 2009. 290 pages.
KF 8915 T547

From the author’s preface, “The great trial lawyers of this and all other times have defined themselves as seekers for justice. I therefore believe that if you seek out principles about how, why, and for whom to seek justice, that voyage will lead you to discover how to live your life.” The book examines nine life and work principles: courage, rapport, skepticism, observation, preparation, structure, candor, empowerment and presentation.

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