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 — February/March 2013

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.

Animal Rights


by Yolanda Eisenstein — American Bar Association, 2011. 145 pages.
KF 299 A55 E37

This title is written for those interested in animal law careers. Specific chapters look at growth and current status of animal law, becoming an animal law lawyer, non-legal animal law careers, and pro bono animal protection work. Appendices provide comprehensive information on animal law journals, state animal law sections and committees, nonprofit organizations, different animal law organizations, and universities offering animal law courses.

Banking and Finance


by Carl Felsenfeld — Juris, 2011. 467 pages.
KF 974 F45

This work is a useful reference for a practitioner with an interest in United States banking institutions. It explains the regulatory structure of the different types of institutions and discusses the law surrounding major banking activities such as loans and deposits. Particular topics include the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Glass-Steagall Act, and usury.

by Diane Thompson — National Consumer Law Center, 2012. 2 volumes.
KF 1040 S3

The 2012 update to National Consumer Law Center's very thorough guide to Truth in Lending brings it up to date with "dramatic" legislation regarding the Frank-Dodd Act, the Credit CARD Act, mortgage loans, and more. The companion website, where readers can locate supporting documents such as pleadings, forms, and more, is accessible from State Law Library computers.

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

Consumer Protection


by Jonathon Sheldon — National Consumer Law Center, 2012. 408 pages.
KF 1609 S43

This work covers a variety of federal civil deception claims as well as relevant state statutes. Particular topics include RICO statutes, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Federal False Claims Act, Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rules, debt collection, and debt relief. A companion website is available via library computers and provides access to sample pleadings, forms, and the text of statutes and rules.

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

Corporations


by Ilene Gotts — American Bar Association, 2012. 1 volume.
KF 1655 M46

The title gives a general overview of the federal antitrust merger review process and then guides the reader through it with more detail in chronological order. Updates to the fourth edition include additional detail on the role of the states and regulatory agencies in merger review, discovery of electronic materials, and agency, administrative, and injunction challenges. As this is intended to be an examination of the merger review processes and procedures, the authors suggest consulting Mergers and acquisitions: understanding the antitrust issues and Antitrust law developments (6 ed) (both available at the State Law Library) for more substantive approaches.

Courts


by William Vickrey — National Council for State Courts, 2012. 17 pages.
KF 250 V53

This report is one of a series of reports that will come from the Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century. Because state supreme court opinions are now read by a diverse audience beyond the legal community in a variety of media, the opinions need to communicate to this audience. For “people to be satisfied with and comply with decisions by authorities,” they must have a basic understanding of the legal process and trust that the legal process is fair. Co-authored by Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson, this paper examines what state courts are doing to ensure they earn the trust and confidence of all the court players.

Available electronically: http://cdm16501.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/accessfair/id/247/filename/248.pdf

Criminal Law


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2013. 1 volume.
KFT 8935 S73 S49

Despite the lurid title, this material prepared for a two-day seminar sponsored by the State Bar takes a sober look at issues such as forensic evidence, drug testing, cross-examining and challenging experts, and electronic surveillance and harassment.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Debtor and Creditor


by Diane Thompson — National Consumer Law Center, 2012. 2 volumes.
KF 1040 S3

The 2012 update to National Consumer Law Center's very thorough guide to Truth in Lending brings it up to date with "dramatic" legislation regarding the Frank-Dodd Act, the Credit CARD Act, mortgage loans, and more. The companion website, where readers can locate supporting documents such as pleadings, forms, and more, is accessible from State Law Library computers.

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

Elder Law


by Lawrence Frolik — Paradigm Publishing , 2012. 189 pages.
KF 390 A4 F753

Written in a clear, easy to understand style, this book is intended to help seniors make decisions regarding retirement, health care, and long-term care. Additionally, it provides detailed up to date information about many laws and government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, age discrimination, guardianship, and senior housing.

Environmental Law


by David Wooley — Thomson West, 2012. 1508 pages.
KF 3812 M6

This title, part of West’s environmental law series, provides complete coverage of the Clean Air Act and its amendments. Updates for the 22nd edition include information on mobile source greenhouse gas emission standards, renewable fuel standards, the cross-state air pollution rule, boiler and commercial/industrial incinerator standards for hazardous air pollutants, and national ambient air quality standards. Includes up to date case law information as well.

by Lawrence Schnapf — Juris, 2002. 2 volumes.
KF 3775 S36

This two volume set is written for corporate attorneys, real estate developers, banking professionals, insurance professionals, and anyone who needs to see how environmental law may impact business transactions. Part one discusses environmental liability sources such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource and Conservation Recovery Act, brownfields, state environmental statutes, and contaminant regulation. Part two applies these liability sources to business transactions which includes chapters on cleanups, real estate, green building, and lender liability. Also available is a CD-ROM which can be requested at the reference desk. Latest update receive is December, 2012.

Family Law


by Frederick Hertz — American Bar Association, 2011. 390 pages.
KF 538 H47

This is a guide for practitioners representing unmarried partners. Chapter topics include debts, liability and insurance, tax consequences liabilities and benefits, rules and practices of parentage, illness and disability planning, estate planning concerns and practices, cohabitation and financial agreements, and the nonmarital dissolution process. It also includes a CD-ROM with many of the forms referenced in the text which can be requested at the reference desk.

by Texas Department of Family Protective Services — Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 2005. 1 volume.
KFT 547 R47

This manual focuses on the litigation involved in Child Protective Services (CPS) suits that affect a parent-child relationship. It first provides an overview of these types of suits as well as the legal definitions of child abuse and neglect. It then covers the ethics and duties of the parent's attorney, discovery and special considerations (e.g., immigration status, interstate arrangements), mediation options, the trial itself, and the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Department of Family and Protective Services. This title also has links to relevant Family Code statutes and also includes sample pleadings and forms.

Available electronically: http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/cppdr/resources/publications/CJAParentManual.pdf

by Mark Sullivan — American Bar Association, 2011. 836 pages.
KF 535 S85

This volume alerts counsel to the unique issues involved in military family law cases. It provides practical tips on locating a military spouse, child custody and visitation arrangements, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and handling the division of pension benefits. Appendix material provides sample documents to assist in drafting documents. Also available is a CD-ROM which can be requested at the reference desk.

Juries and Jury Instructions


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2011. 443 pages.
KFT 8984 S7 C7

This title is the third in a series prepared by the Committee on Pattern Jury Charges—Criminal of the State Bar of Texas. The Committee has "attempted to produce instructions that impartially reflect current statutory and case law using language that is understandable to jurors." The instructions went through an extensive reviewing process by lawyers and judges working in criminal law. Extensive commentary is provided to assist the practicing attorney in using the charges. Also contains forms.

Juvenile Law


by American Civil Liberties Union — American Civil Liberties Union, 2012. 141 pages.
KF 9779 G76

This publication presents the results of a joint study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch that included interviews with 127 individuals who were detained in jails or prisons across various U.S. states while under the age of 18. The authors looked at how often youth are placed in solitary confinement, the conditions of these confinements, and concludes that the "solitary confinement [of youth] is costly, ineffective, and harmful." Along with an explanation of the study's methodology and a description of corrections practices across the U.S., the authors present alternatives to the solitary confinement of youth and key recommendations to the federal and state governments.

Available electronically: http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/us1012webwcover.pdf

Labor and Employment


by Frank Elkouri — Bureau of National Affairs, 2012. 1 volume.
KF 3424 E53

The seventh edition of this comprehensive treatise provides authoritative treatment of labor arbitration. New to the seventh edition is information on retiree health insurance, protection of intellectual property, recognition of unions, the ability to enforce agreements which would waive statutory claims, unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyer advocates, the right to appeal a denial of grievance to arbitration, and public sector off-duty misconduct. Also new to this edition is a table of arbitration awards.

by Texas Young Lawyers Association — State Bar of Texas, 2008. 32 pages.
KFT 3319 E47

This free publication from the Texas Young Lawyers Association is aimed at new or first-time employers who may easily be overwhelmed by the many state and federal laws regarding employment. It provides a good overview of the legal requirements that relate to employment in Texas. Some of the topics discussed include the hiring process and work eligibility; wages, pay, hours, and overtime; discrimination and harassment; resignations and terminations; and required postings in the workplace.

Available electronically: http://www.tyla.org/tyla/assets/File/EmpLawBookletWebReady2011.pdf

Legal Research and Writing


by Wayne Schiess — Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2008. 97 pages.
KF 250 S348

Written by the director of the UT School of Law's Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, this title goes through the drafting of a traditional legal memorandum that details "how certain legal principles apply to a factual scenario." The concept of a legal memo in general is first discussed, followed by chapters that focus on format, factual scenarios, how to organize your discussion, authorities and how to cite them, and counteranalyses. Example memos are provided. Note that this title assumes familiarity with legal concepts and does not explain how to perform the legal research that a memorandum requires, please ask at the reference desk if you are looking for books on conducting legal research.

by William Putman — Delmar Cengage Learning , 2010. 667 pages.
REF DESK KF 240 P885

This text teaches the fundamentals of legal research. The four areas covered are introduction to research, legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing. Part two on legal reasearch discusses researching different types of law such as case law, constitutions, statutes, and secondary authority. Part three on legal analysis discusses perform legal analysis and counteranalysis. Part four on legal writing discusses the fundamentals of writing, effective legal writing, legal memorandum, and correspondence. It also includes a CD-ROM with a study outline, study questions, and chapter assignments, which can be requested at the reference desk.

Military Law


by Mark Sullivan — American Bar Association, 2011. 836 pages.
KF 535 S85

This volume alerts counsel to the unique issues involved in military family law cases. It provides practical tips on locating a military spouse, child custody and visitation arrangements, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and handling the division of pension benefits. Appendix material provides sample documents to assist in drafting documents. Also available is a CD-ROM which can be requested at the reference desk.

Oil and Gas


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2012. 1 volumes.
KFT 1849 E58

With more and more attention given to the effects of hydraulic fracturing and other mining techniques, the State Bar of Texas sponsored a one-day seminar to examine the topic and the legal ramifications. This book was prepared specially for that seminar, and covers topics such as municipal controls on oil and gas drilling, legislative developments in the environmental effects of petroleum production, and federal legislative and administrative regulation of hydraulic fracturing.

View the table of contents [PDF].

Real Property


by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development — National Housing Law Project, 2012. 925 pages.
KF 5729 H83

Per the forward this work is intended for “advocates, housing professionals, and scholars who represent, assist and house low-income people seeking secure, decent and affordable homes.” This book provides a detailed overview of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs including tenant selection, rent, evictions and subsidy terminations, grievance procedures, and many common legal issues. Also provided is a glossary, list of acronyms, and appendix of relevant civil rights laws.

Available electronically: http://www.nhlp.org/tenantsrightsmanual/

by Janet Portman — Nolo Press, 2012. 423 pages.
KF 590 Z9 P67

This title provides the non-lawyer with practical information on renting, discussed using everyday language. Topics discussed include finding a place, leases, paying rent, security deposits, discrimination, repairs and improvements, privacy, environmental hazards, ending tenancies, eviction, mediation, and hiring a lawyer. Contains many helpful forms.

Trial Practice


by American Bar Association. Young Lawyers Leadership Program — American Bar Association, 2011. 260 pages.
KF 297 Y678

The transition from law school to working as a lawyer can be daunting. Putting the knowledge acquired in law school into practical application requires help from many sources. The American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and the Young Lawyers Leadership Program have compiled a collection of the ”best of the best” articles chosen by young lawyers to help the beginning lawyer. The articles are grouped into the practical aspects of starting a legal practice, the critical writing skills and preparation of a case for litigation and appearance in court. The articles will also provide seasoned professionals a fresh perspective and new ideas for their practice.

Unfair Competition


by Carolyn Carter — National Consumer Law Center, 2012. 950 pages.
KF 1609 S5U

Part of the Deception and Warranties Library from the National Consumer Law Center, the eighth edition of this title provides a broad overview of unfair and deceptive acts and practices law. Specific chapter focus on scope, demonstrating a UDAP violation, credit and collections, motor vehicle sales, home related transactions, litigating a UDAP case, private remedies, and state agency enforcement.

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

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