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 — April/May 2012

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.

Administrative Law


by Richard Pierce, Jr. — Thomson West, 2009. 653 pages.
KF 5402 P5

Part of the University Textbook Series, this text is geared for students but is useful as a refresher for practitioners who has not worked in the field of administrative law. Numerous footnotes and references to additional resources are included. Specific chapters cover “the political nature of the administrative process,” “the legal nature of the administrative process,” “legislative control of administrative discretion,” “executive control of administrative discretion,” “judicial control of agency discretion,” “access to private and public information,” and “fairness and political accountability.”

Banking and Finance


by Barkley Clark — A.S. Pratt & Sons, 1999. 2 volumes.
KF 974 C5

This set covers the latest developments in statutes, regulations and case law and is intended to help the reader avoid legal complications for his institution or client involving bank deposits, collections, and credit cards. Additionally, it looks at important cases and provides guidance on what actions will prevent possible problems.

by William Lovett — Thomson West, 2009. 491 pages.
KF 974 L6

This reference guide provides coverage of recent developments in banking and financial institutions law and policy. Per the publisher, it covers subjects such as "increased competition, deregulation, bank and thrift failures, large-scale bailout, and restructuring efforts. Unresolved challenges include budget stimulus, deficits, and renewed supervision by regulators."

Contracts


by David W. Tollen — American Bar Association, 2010. 224 pages.
KF 905 C6 T65

Written in a plain-English style by a seasoned technology and intellectual property attorney, this book is a great tool to help you both write and understand tech contracts. The author goes "clause-by-clause" through software licenses, software contracts, IT services contracts, and contracts that combine both software and services. Some of the issues discussed include open source software, copyright, data security, warranties, indemnities, liabilities, and nondisclosure agreements. Includes sample contracts.

Criminal Procedure


by Bryan D. Shannon — NAMI - Texas, 2008. 264 pages.
KFT 9242 S5

This resource published by the Texas division of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides practitioners with an overview of both the historical policy measures that have caused a substantial uptick in the incarceration of mentally ill offenders as well as procedural issues of the Texas justice system for dealing with the mentally ill accused of a crime. The resource is divided in to chapters covering the procedure subsequent to arrest, competency to stand trial, insanity as a defense, and post-conviction issues and remedies.

by Don Clemmer — Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 2014. 1 volume.
KFT 9747 C4

This authoritative text from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association on asset seizure and forfeiture covers the history and construction of chapter 59 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Other topics covered include new rules of discovery, asset forfeiture pleadings, the four categories of prosecution, defenses against forfeiture, disposition without trial, sufficiency of evidence, and ethical considerations. The manual also includes forms in print and on a CD.

Debtor and Creditor


by Hugh Ray — Thomson West, 2011. 2 volumes.
KFT 209 T5 CRED. RGHTS

This is a text for the legal practitioner that offers practice tips, checklists and forms, in the area of debt collection. Some of the topics discussed include, the attorney's role in the debt collection process, statutory liability and procedures, investigating debtors, collection without suit and filing suit. Also provided are a table of cases, laws and rules and an index to forms.

Evidence


by Daniel J. Capra — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 2011. 141 pages.
KF 8935 W395

Daniel J. Capra, Law professor and Reporter to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, explains why the rules needed to be restyled and how that was accomplished. The various national rules of procedure were enacted over a number of years without “consistent style conventions”. They were also written before the plain English movement began. Recognizing that this led to problems for those trying to follow the rules, the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure has worked to “restyle” the procedural codes, while being careful to avoid changing them substantively. “Before and after” examples of the most challenging rules are given with the Reporter’s comment to the changes.

by Roger Park — Wolters Kluwer, 2012. 423 pages.
KF 8935 A1 N49IM

Provides an overview of the rules regarding the impeachment of and the support and rehabilitation of witnesses. Other material covered includes impeachment by character evidence, contradiction, interest or influence, and the limits on impeachment. Also contains examples of successful and unsuccessful cross-examinations.

by John E. B. Myers — Wolters Kluwer, 2016. 1 volume.
KF 8935 M94

In this 6th edition of his book on evidence, Professor Myers continues to expand its coverage. This is reflected in the broader title, Myers on Evidence of interpersonal Violence. He notes in the preface that his is the only treatise that provides comprehensive coverage of this type of evidence. The author examines historical and current psychological and medical research and provides extensive footnotes to these studies. An extensive table of cases and detailed index aid in the functionality of the treatise.

Family Law


by Stewart W. Gagnon — Thomson West, 2011-. 3 volumes.
KFT 209 T5 Fam

A comprehensive family law text designed for the legal practitioner. It provides research references, practice tips, views from the bench, checklists and forms; with answers to questions that commonly arise during the pretrial phase of a case. Also provided are a table of cases, laws and rules and an index to forms.

Immigration


by American Immigration Lawyers Association — American Immigration Lawyers Association
KF 4816 I46

This eleventh edition of Immigration Practice Pointers serves as a supplement to the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association conference. The book is divided into short articles written by panelists from the conference (and some outside contributors). Each article offers practice pointers and serve as guides to particular topics that were presented on at the annual conference. Topics include ethics issues; pro bono representation; business and employment; PERM and labor certifications; state and federal court litigation; admissibility and waivers; temporary visas categories; consular and related issues; asylum issues; removal and relief; LGBT and HIV issues; humanitarian issues, including the protection of women and children; family immigration; tax practice; criminal issues; worksite enforcement and corporate compliance; and immigration to other countries.

Available electronically: http://ezproxy.sll.texas.gov:2048/login?url=http://ailalink.aila.org/#documents/24825

Judges and Judicial Conduct


by American Constitution Society — American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 2011. 29 pages.
KF 8776 P38

Article III of the U.S. Constitution relates to federal judges that are nominated by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and appointed for life. This pamphlet is aimed at lawyers and law students who hope to attain Article III federal judgeships. It outlines, in detail, the complete path to the bench: assessing one's candidacy, the nomination process, and the confirmation process. While it is directly marketed at a very specific audience, this pamphlet is also a quick and interesting read for anyone curious about federal judgeships.

Available electronically: http://www.acslaw.org/files/Path_to_the_Federal_Bench.pdf

Law Practice Management


by Talmage Boston — State Bar of Texas, 2012. 211 pages.
KF 297 B67

This work profiles notable lawyers, both real and fictional, who serve as inspiration for lawyers and laypersons alike. Referencing both historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and more modern attorneys such as Leon Jaworski, Boston seeks to highlight the vital role of the legal profession in society.

by Thomas Shaw — American Bar Association, 2011. 395 pages.
KF 390.5 C6 I543

Written by legal and technology experts and compiled by the ABA's Science & Technology Law Section, this is an in-depth treatment of nearly all aspects of information security. This title begins by defining information security, spelling out why it is important, and explaining how it relates to privacy and risk management. It also covers federal, state, and international laws that come into play with information security. It ends with a discussion of emerging technologies (e.g., cloud computing, mobile computing) and their security issues. Overall, this is an expansive and in-depth title of interest to anyone charged with protecting sensitive information. Also includes information security/privacy standards and guidelines.

Legal Research and Writing


by Robert Dubose — Texas Lawyer Press, 2010. 150 pages.
KF 250 D83

This text explores how and why technology is affecting the way people read. It provides tips to make legal writing faster and easier to read. Some of the tips discussed are helping the reader read less, using outlines, effective summaries and brevity. There are also several chapters devoted to how our brains are rewired by technology.

by Texas Legal Services Center — Texas Legal Services Center, 2011. 1 disk.
CD KFT 8841 L44

This video is a general guide on how to represent yourself court. It describes basic court room procedure and court room decorum. Other topics discussed in the video are researching your case, filing your case, what happens after the case is filed, going to court and how to hire an attorney when needed.

Medical Malpractice


by Michael D. Brophy — Juris, 2008-2011. 1 volume.
KF 8900 B77

This treatise is a good single volume on discovery via deposition for a practitioner who wants to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Initial chapters discuss the issues affecting litigation such as tort reform and general considerations in evaluating a claim. The remainder of the volume is divided into broad types of injuries an examination of specific injury claims in that category. For each specific injury a brief overview of the facts of the case and comment on strategy is provided. Transcripts of the questions and responses coupled with practitioner’s comments are provided.

National Security


by John Norton Moore — Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 580 pages.
KF 9430 L44

This compilation of essays takes an investigative and academic approach to some of the more troublesome legal questions that have been raised regarding the "war on terror" and the struggle against al Qaeda since September 11th, 2001. While addressing domestic law, international law, and the intersection of the two, this title offers various perspectives from leading scholars and authorities. Some of the topics include the treatment of detainees, the use of military tribunals, civil liberties, civil litigation against terrorism, U.S. intelligence efforts, renditions and extraditions, immigration, and nuclear/biochemical/cyber threats.

Oil and Gas


by Eugene Kuntz — Anderson Publishing, 1964-. 7 volumes.
KF 1849 K8

This revision of Thornton includes a historical and technical background on oil and gas law. It looks at ownership issues, oil and gas leases, drilling clauses, royalty clauses, special clauses, federal and state regulations, and implied covenants. It includes forms and an extensive table of cases.

Privacy


by Frederick Lane — Beacon Press, 2009. 282 pages.
KF 1262 L36

This book is a very interesting history of a “right” that we both hold dear yet often readily give up without too much thought. The author contends that while the word “privacy” was not used in the founding documents, the concept is inherent in the protections in the Bill of Rights. Personal autonomy and freedom from government intrusion are essentially privacy. This book traces the changes in American society and technology that relaxed our demand for privacy. The telegraph and the introduction of the cheaper rate for post cards made us give up privacy in communications in exchange for speed. Wars and political conflicts have shaped the government’s desire to monitor communications for the sake of security. “Privacy rights“ will continue to evolve with and because of technology and human nature.

by Daniel J. Solove — Harvard University Press, 2009. 257 pages.
KF 1262 P74 S65

Professor Daniel J. Solove, Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law, offers a new theory of privacy. In this book he endeavors to “set forth a theory of privacy that will guide our understanding of privacy issues and the crafting of effective laws and policies to address them.” He and many other scholars characterize our approach to privacy as a “muddle”. His conceptualizing of privacy “seeks to be contextual without being overly tied to specific contexts, flexible enough to accommodate changing attitudes toward privacy, yet firm enough to remain stable and useful.” This book provides a more theoretical and global perspective than the American Privacy title.

by Thomas Shaw — American Bar Association, 2011. 395 pages.
KF 390.5 C6 I543

Written by legal and technology experts and compiled by the ABA's Science & Technology Law Section, this is an in-depth treatment of nearly all aspects of information security. This title begins by defining information security, spelling out why it is important, and explaining how it relates to privacy and risk management. It also covers federal, state, and international laws that come into play with information security. It ends with a discussion of emerging technologies (e.g., cloud computing, mobile computing) and their security issues. Overall, this is an expansive and in-depth title of interest to anyone charged with protecting sensitive information. Also includes information security/privacy standards and guidelines.

Real Property


by David Goldberg — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 1997. 1 volume.
KF 665 G63

This one-volume work provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of real estate transactions. Specific topics include buying, selling, mortgages, restrictive covenants, title, taxes, litigation, insurance, and construction contracts.

Trial Practice


by Elaine Buccieri — Thomson West 2 volumes.
KFT 8911 J6

This title provides thorough coverage of Texas trials, including attorney-client relationships, attorney malpractice, jurisdiction and venue, alternative dispute resolution, settlement, discovery, witness preparation, experts, pretrial procedures, document management, juries, settlement, jury trials, trial procedure, and postjudgment motions. It includes forms, checklists, and an index arrange by legal concept and fact words.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning


by Steve R. Akers — State Bar of Texas, 2011. 293 pages.
KFT 753 W55

This title ties in concepts from wills, probate, and trust law to provide guidance in properly assembling a will. It also addresses principles that can affect the will beyond the language of the will itself such as estate taxes. The appendix provides a checklist and sample wills forms.

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