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 — August/September 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.

Appellate Practice


by Ralph Fine — Juris, 2012. 342 pages.
KF 9050 F56

A judge's view of what constitutes a winning appeal. Written by Ralph Adam Fine, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge for over 20 years, The How-to-Win Appeal Manual gives practitioner insight into the court's thought process on appellate decision making. With numerous "how to" chapters, Fine directly addresses the difficulties faced by practitioners and offers insider advice on how to overcome obstacles in the appellate process. For a the third edition a new chapter has been added on "Oral Argument in the Real World."

Banking and Finance


by Carolyn Carter — National Consumer Law Center, 2015. 718 pages.
KF 1040 C37

This treatise, published by the National Consumer Law Center, examines federal and state restrictions on consumer credit transactions. The focus of this treatise is on the origination of consumer credit rather than remedies upon default and covers such topics as interest rates, usury, fees, late charges, etc. A variety of types of consumer credit are discussed in detail with citations to relevant cases and statutes.

Available electronically: http://ezproxy.sll.texas.gov:2048/login?url=http://library.nclc.org/my-treatises/CCR

Consumer Protection


by Andrew Pizor — National Consumer Law Center, 2014. 788 pages.
KF 695 P59

This title is part of the NCLC's "Consumer Credit and Sales Legal Practice Series," and it covers a large breadth of issues related to mortgage lending. It focuses on both federal and state statutes that regulate mortgage lending while also noting when federal rules preempt state rules. According to the NCLC, some of the topics include underwriting, appraisals, brokers, third party fees, interest rates and loan terms, reverse mortgages, as well as litigation issues.

Available electronically: http://ezproxy.sll.texas.gov:2048/login?url=http://library.nclc.org/my-treatises/ML

by Carolyn Carter — National Consumer Law Center, 2015. 718 pages.
KF 1040 C37

This treatise, published by the National Consumer Law Center, examines federal and state restrictions on consumer credit transactions. The focus of this treatise is on the origination of consumer credit rather than remedies upon default and covers such topics as interest rates, usury, fees, late charges, etc. A variety of types of consumer credit are discussed in detail with citations to relevant cases and statutes.

Available electronically: http://ezproxy.sll.texas.gov:2048/login?url=http://library.nclc.org/my-treatises/CCR

Corporations


by Linda Smiddy — Practising Law Institute, 2012. 1 volume.
KF 1384 S62

This title seeks to aid corporate lawyers in gaining an enhanced skill set in the area of corporate law and practice. The fourth edition includes updated information on the Model Business Corporations Act and the corporate statutes of Delaware. It also covers the various forms of business organizations, duties of care and fairness, dividends, control distribution devices, and mergers and acquisitions.

Discovery


by John Nichols — Juris, 2005. 1 volume.
KF 8900 N43

This book provides the practitioner with guidance, forms and sample depositions to assist with preparing for, attacking, and defending personal injury depositions. Specific types of cases discussed include motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability and negligence.

by Paul Grimm — American Bar Association, 2011. 847 pages.
KF 8902 E42 M36

Directed at litigators, this title takes a close and in-depth look at electronically stored information (ESI) as it relates to discovery. It starts by looking at the federal rules of civil procedure that pertain to e-discovery and then moves on to an explanation of the technologies and policies a litigator should be familiar with. The rest of the title looks at the duty to preserve, production, privilege, and ethical issues through the lens of electronic discovery and the discovery of ESI.

Elections & Campaign Finance


by Benjamin Griffith — American Bar Association, 2012. 447 pages.
KF 4886 A86

With the presidential election looming, the topic of voting rights has been a hot-button issue. This publication from the American Bar Association examines modern election law and voting rights in detail. Contributing authors discuss many topics relevant to modern voters, such as the Voting Rights Act, photo ID requirements, voting technology, and meeting the needs of a language-minority voting populate.

Environmental Law


by James May — American Bar Association, 2011. 442 pages.
KF 3775 P748

This title seeks to examine the intersection between constitutional law and environmental law. It is divided into four parts with specific parts cover Federal and State authority, judicial review, individual rights, and emerging issues. Part one on Federal and State authority examines how topics such as the commerce clause, the nondelegation doctrine, executive power, the dormant commerce clause interact with environmental law. Part two on Judicial Review looks like standing as well as political question doctrine. Part three on individual rights looks at the taking clause and due process. Part four examines emerging issues such as state constitutions and environmental rights, climate litigation, property rights, and worldwide environmental law.

Family Law


by Pauline Tesler — American Bar Association, 2008. 369 pages.
KF 535 T47

Covers the three stages of a collaboratuve law case, effective collaboraive law practice and the key moments in representation. Other topics include statutory recognition and standards for collaborative legal practice. It includes practitioner forms and checklists and a copy of ABA Formal EThics Opinion 07-447, Ethical Considerations in Collaborative Law Practice.

by Karen Moulding — Thomson West, 2015-2016. 2 volumes.
KF 4754 S493

This is a "comprehensive legal treatise dedicated to the concerns of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and others who form alternative families or conduct lives outside societal 'norms' regarding gender or sexuality." Some of the subjects discussed include legal issues in relation to family and property, civil rights and discrimination, criminal law and aids. Includes a table of cases and a table of laws and rules.

Health and Health Care


by Texas Medical Association — Texas Medical Association, 2010. 75 pages.
KFT 2907 T45

This publication from the Texas Medical Board was written to help physicians understand its purpose and provide guidance through the disciplinary process. Specific chapters cover the entire disciplinary process starting with the complaint through the review, preliminary and formal investigations, the informal show compliance hearing, and administrative hearings. Additional chapter cover reporting guidelines, the physician health program, and specific case studies.

Insurance


by Edward Zulkey — Juris, 2001-. 1 volume.
KF 1189.5 Z86

This comprehensive source provides guidance on all aspects of the insurance litigation process. Specific topics include obtaining and understanding liability insurance policies, choice of law, declaratory judgments, and arbitration.

Juries and Jury Instructions


by Leonard Sand — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 1984. 5 volumes.
KF 8984 M64

Sand's is considered the most exhaustive title on federal jury instructions available. The introduction to the treatise explains that each charge included in this 8 volume set "satisfies the following criteria:" “1. It is an accurate statement of the law; 2. It is expressed in language which is comprehensible to the lay juror; and 3. It is as brief as the two other criteria will permit." Expert commentary on the recommended charges assures the lawyer they will be selecting the most effective language possible.

Law Practice Management


by Pauline Tesler — American Bar Association, 2008. 369 pages.
KF 535 T47

Covers the three stages of a collaboratuve law case, effective collaboraive law practice and the key moments in representation. Other topics include statutory recognition and standards for collaborative legal practice. It includes practitioner forms and checklists and a copy of ABA Formal EThics Opinion 07-447, Ethical Considerations in Collaborative Law Practice.

by Tom Mighell — American Bar Association, 2012. 115 pages.
KF 320 A9 M48

This volume is an excellent guide for legal professionals looking to integrate new technology into their practice. Author Tom Mighell gives detailed information on setting up the iPad, navigating and managing folders, being productive, and how to use your iPad for legal tasks. Popular legal apps are reviewed and recommended for various tasks. Advanced tips such as security and shortcuts are included as well.

Legal History


by E. Allan Farnsworth — Oxford University Press, 2010. 227 pages.
KF 387 F3

This is a brief introducion to the study of American law. The author provides an explanation of the structure and function of the U.S. legal system. This includes an historical background, information on the judicial system, case law, the legislative system, statutes and secondary authority. Appendix One, Reading Case Law and Statutes, contains exercises to help with understanding statutes and cases and their meanings in relation to other statutes, and similar cases. Appendix two is a list of selected readings to provide more information on the issues and topics raised.

Legal Research and Writing


by Rick Autry — American Bar Association, 2012. 235 pages.
KF 156 A93

This book features a collection of legal words and phrases, words that are common in legal work. It focuses on the meaning in the legal context, and then provides the "roots" of the word. The main focus of which are ideas that an attorney would find helpful. It also has brief articles that explain the evolution of language. For example, it discusses when words shift to a negative meaning or neutral words take on positive conotations and the importance of being careful when choosing a general dictionary.

by Brandon Quarles — W. S. Hein, 2012. 339 pages.
REF DESK KFT 240 Q37

This text offers a basic guide to the legal research process for Texas materials. It covers primary and secondary materials, including statutes, case law, court rules, jury instructions, administrative regulations, loose leafs, form books and practice guides. This resource provides a great overview on materials available online as well as print material. It also includes a guide to legal citation and a list of Texas law libraries. This item is available at the library's reference desk.

by Don MacLeod — Prentice Hall Press, 2012. 256 pages.
KF 240 M33

Many people's research starts and ends with a simple Google search query, but there are many other resources on the Web and in public libraries that can help you find what you seek. This book helps you understand the research process, what can and cannot be found on the Web, and how to formulate advanced Google queries. Beyond Google, it also looks at the resources offered by public libraries, the reference tools that can help you locate facts, how to locate people, how to do business research, and how to search for public and governmental documents. This is a great resource for anyone who would like to learn the ways of savvy researchers.

Non-profits


by Cheryl Sorokin — American Bar Association, 2011. 286 pages.
KF 1388 A1 N65

Intended for directors and senior managers of non-profit organizations, this volume examines the many issues involved in managing a non-profit. Topics covered include the Board of Directors, fundraising, fiduciary responsibilities, and volunteer and employee law. Each chapter provides several exhibits to illustrate the subject matter discussed in the chapter.

Privacy


by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2012. 27 pages.
REF DESK KF 4770 R46

This quick reference guide to each state's laws on electronic recordings is put out by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. While directed at journalists, it serves as a valuable reference tool with "plain English" summaries of the law. It is not an in-depth treatment of legal issues surrounding the taping of conversations, but it serves as a general introduction to the laws.

Available electronically: http://www.rcfp.org/rcfp/orders/docs/RECORDING.pdf

by Andrew Serwin — American Bar Association, 2011. 454 pages.
KF 1263 C65 S47

The preface indicates that the purpose of the book is "... to provide key insights and outlines from some of the leading practitioners..." rather than an exhaustive examination. The introduction gives a brief history of the international and US legal developments in privacy law. Subsequent chapters discuss specific areas such as internet privacy, employee privacy, data security and destruction and constitutional and statutory privacy rights. Extensive footnotes give the reader additional research avenues.

Sexual Orientation


by Joan Burda — American Bar Association, 2012. 460 pages.
KF 750 B87

This book provides estate planning guidance tailored toward same-sex clients, addressing topics such as differences between states and issues affecting the entire LGBT community. Chapters include wills, trusts, planning for children, and funeral planning.

by Karen Moulding — Thomson West, 2015-2016. 2 volumes.
KF 4754 S493

This is a "comprehensive legal treatise dedicated to the concerns of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and others who form alternative families or conduct lives outside societal 'norms' regarding gender or sexuality." Some of the subjects discussed include legal issues in relation to family and property, civil rights and discrimination, criminal law and aids. Includes a table of cases and a table of laws and rules.

Trial Practice


by Eric Bensen — Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 2009. 1 volume.
KF 8900 B46

This title is a valuable "how to" approach to litigation. With numerous checklists and evaluation worksheets it guides you through a dispassionate analysis of a client's case. This analysis can assist you in determining whether it is cost effective to take on a case, and if so, how to allocate resources for legal research and discovery. Additionally, it suggests effective mechanisms for communication with in-house counsel and opposing parties.

by Adele Hedges — Thomson West, 2011. 2 volumes.
KFT 209 T5 CIV. TRIAL

This title is one of elements of the Texas Practice Guide. This set is West's "answer" to the Texas Litigation Guide. For years this series was published in loose-leaf binders, but recently the format has changed so that each title in the series is published annually in pamphlet form. The series is written in outline format so information can be located with a quick scan of the contents. References to additional West Publishing's titles are included as well as relevant Topic and Key Numbers. Procedural checklists and forms are provided with each chapter. The final volume of each title includes a Table of Statutes and Table of Cases that list all the statutes and cases included in the title. Additionally, West provides an index volume that covers the Texas Practice Guide in its entirety to help locate where a subject is covered within the series.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning


by Louis Mezzullo — American Bar Association, 2010. 281 pages.
KF 1380 M39

This book provides guidance on choice of business entity to facilitate transferring wealth and minimize taxes. Specific entities discussed include trusts, S corporations, C corporations, partnerships and LLCs. This book also includes sample forms.

by Joan Burda — American Bar Association, 2012. 460 pages.
KF 750 B87

This book provides estate planning guidance tailored toward same-sex clients, addressing topics such as differences between states and issues affecting the entire LGBT community. Chapters include wills, trusts, planning for children, and funeral planning.

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