Duly Noted

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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 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.

Corporations


by Lawrence Hamermesh — American Bar Association, 2009. 136 pages.
KF 1420 A65 P83

This publication was put together jointly by two American Bar Association committees and provides sample articles of incorporation for a public corporation as well as a sample set of bylaws. These models are based on the Model Corporation Act (MCA), so one would need to do additional research to tailor them for compliance with Texas law. Because so many corporations file in Delaware and Delaware's laws vary greatly from the MCA, the authors also include a model certificate of incorporation for a public Delaware corporation. Also includes a CD-ROM with forms and commentary.

Courts


by James Haley — University of Texas Press, 2013. 322 pages.
KFT 353 H35

Composed under the auspices of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, this work is the first book-length history of the Texas Supreme Court published since 1917. Though it does discuss landmark cases and judicial philosophy, this work, as the title implies, is written in a narrative style, emphasizing stories, drama, and the people who contributed to Texas' legal history in the first 150 years of statehood.

Criminal Law


by Robert Cary — American Bar Association, 2011. 499 pages.
KF 9650 C37

Criminal proceedings do not have the same discovery rights that are available in civil cases. The Introduction notes that there was no right at all until “a modest version of Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure was first adopted in 1964.” FRCP Rule 16 has expanded and now provides for a more reciprocal discovery process. This volume, written by defense lawyers, examines the current federal law on criminal discovery from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. The text provides practical advice and also proposes reforms to ensure each side comes before the judge and jury on even footing.

Criminal Procedure


by Michael Perlin — Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 283 pages.
KF 9227 C2 P47

This work appears at a time when many have speculated upon the morality and legality of executing those who may have mental disabilities. Using real cases as examples, the author explores the relationship between the death penalty and mental disabilities in terms of history, policy, and advocacy. He addresses several timely issues such as the concept of future dangerousness, neuroimaging, adequancy of counsel, and international human rights.

by Michael Pasano — American Bar Association, 2011. 172 pages.
KF 9656 P37

This title from the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, gives the reader a look at the winning strategies of a criminal defense attorney. Author Michael S. Pasano combines a set of "trial journals" that recount his real life experience with the high-profile trial of an advisor to a former Puerto Rican governor with advice and thoughts on practice for a unique and engaging approach to criminal defense practice.

Discovery


by Robert Cary — American Bar Association, 2011. 499 pages.
KF 9650 C37

Criminal proceedings do not have the same discovery rights that are available in civil cases. The Introduction notes that there was no right at all until “a modest version of Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure was first adopted in 1964.” FRCP Rule 16 has expanded and now provides for a more reciprocal discovery process. This volume, written by defense lawyers, examines the current federal law on criminal discovery from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. The text provides practical advice and also proposes reforms to ensure each side comes before the judge and jury on even footing.

Environmental Law


by Roy Belden — American Bar Association, 2011. 339 pages.
KF 3812 B45

This Basic Practice Series title provides a starting point for practitioners working with the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations. The history and an overview of the act are provided as well as information specifically on National Ambient Air Quality Standards, state implementation plans, control of hazardous air pollutants, acid rain control, Title V operating permits, and the Montreal Protocol as it relates to stratospheric ozone. The appendices contain an acronym list, frequently asked questions about the Clean Air Act, a listing of the act’s subchapters, the section of the code of federal regulations on air quality programs and key cases. The second edition of this title has been updated to include recent developments such as regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Evidence


by Charles McCormick — Thomson West, 2013. 2 volumes.
KF 8935 M3

While this classic title is now in its 7th edition, the preface states that the purpose remains the same, “to set out the law of Evidence in as complete and understandable a manner as possible in a work of moderate length.” This two volume “Practitioner’s Treatise” is an excellent reference work on the principles of evidence. The format and style follows the student textbook widely used in law school evidence classes. For exhaustive in-depth coverage one would turn to the multi-volume Wigmore or Weinstein treatises on evidence. This new edition incorporates the revised Federal Rules of Evidence adopted after the 6th edition. It covers not only the Federal Rules of Evidence, but also state law in jurisdictions not following Federal Rules.

by David Schlueter — Juris, 2012. 1 volume.
KFT 8935 W46

Most recently updated in 2013 with clarifications and references to new case law, this title provides an in-depth look at each of the Texas Rules of Evidence. Beginning in 1998, Texas consolidated both the civil and criminal rules of evidence into one set, presented in detail here. This title is arranged numerically according to the numbering system used in the Rules of Evidence. For each rule, the authors include (1) the text of the rule itself; (2) an editorial analysis that includes how the rule works and how it relates to other rules, what Texas courts have said about it, and any federal precedent; and (3) any additional notes or comments provided by those who drafted the rule. The authors intend this to be a convenient guide for determining the correct usage and application of the Texas Rules of Evidence.

Family Law


by Robin Green — Ordinary Mortals Guide, Inc, 2005. 445 pages.
KFT 535 G74

As an alternative to many titles about about divorce which strictly address the practice aspect, this title from Robin M. Green also guides the reader through many of the decisions that must occur before the paperwork arrives at the courthouse. Mr. Leonard covers what to consider when determining whether or not one should get divorced, how to locate and hire a lawyer, and how to protect oneself from violence in family law cases. Subsequent chapters also discuss the courtroom procedure and the effects of the divorce such as custody and property division.

Grandparents


by Jimmy Lynn Verner Jr. — VernerLegal, 2013. 69 pages.
KFT 547 V47

This brief publication, written by a Texas attorney Board-certified in family law, guides you through grandparents' custody and visitation rights in Texas. It begins with a look at Troxel v. Granville, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from 2000 that dealt with grandparents' rights, and then discusses related Texas legislation and Texas cases. The author also includes brief checklists for those looking for succinct summaries of the law on grandparents' rights. Includes the full-text of 3 relevant Texas Supreme Court opinions.

Guardianship


by State Bar of Texas — State Bar of Texas, 2012. 177 pages.
KFT 553 R63

This guide provides an overview of the many alternatives to guardianship that are available to Texas residents. It also includes specific forms that can be used to avoid a court-supervised administration of affairs. "The contents of A Road Map to Guardianship Alternatives are taken and adapted from material in the Texas Guardianship Manual and Texas Real Estate Forms Manual, published by the State Bar of Texas."

Guns


by J. Scott Kappas — Traveler's Guide, 2016. 67 pages.
REF DESK KF 3941 K37

This title provides essential information for anyone looking to carry a firearm across state lines. A brief, one page summary of relevant gun laws is provided for each of the 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico. Many common traveling issues for gun owners are discussed such as firearms and national parks, motorcycle issues, universally restricted areas, the Castle doctrine, and traveling by air, cruise ship, train, and Greyhound bus. A national reciprocity list is also provided to identify each states recognize permits from other states. New to this edition is information on vehicle gun possession at colleges and right of self-defense or "stand your ground" laws.

Insurance


by Martin Francis Grace — Brookings Institution, 2009. 232 pages.
KF 1164 F88

Though the insurance industry is currently regulated on the state level, changes in legislation and the gradual nationalization of insurance companies have led to more and more proponents of an optional system of federal regulation. This collection of papers written by insurance and regulatory experts discusses the current system of regulation in depth as well as forecasts possible changes and their repercussions.

Intellectual Property


by Frank Andorka — American Bar Association, 2011. 23 pages.
KF 2995 A53

This slim volume, yet functional volume from the Section of Intellectual Property Law from the American Bar Association, it designed to provide an overview of the basics of copyright law. Specific topics covered include what can be copyrighted, copyright ownership, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright duration, copyright formalities, infringement, fair use, remedies, and criminal offenses.

Juries and Jury Instructions


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

This title provides a thorough discussion of legal issues of concern in drafting criminal charges. It begins with a complete general charge but also includes special instructions for a variety of topics. Presented in outline form, each section states the relevant statutes and legal definitions and then applies the law to the facts in common sense language. The book also includes a quick guide to drafting a jury charge.

Labor and Employment


by Barbara Lindemann — American Bar Association, 2012. 2 volumes.
KF 3464 L56

This two volume set covers virtually all of the federal laws governing discrimination claims. Sections cover theories of discrimination, prohibited bases, employment actions, information on the involved parties, procedural issues, other sources of protection such as the National Labor Relations act, and remedies and resolutions. The new fifth edition has updated information on Affirmative Action Compliance from Federal contractors and EEOC Administrative Processes as well as information on recent Supreme Court decisions.

Law Practice Management


by Benjamin Yale — American Bar Association, 2012. 267 pages.
KF 318 Y35

This book will help you transform a small law firm or solo practice to a "paperless law office", where everything is scanned, stored on a computer or in the cloud, searchable and retrievable electronically. It's written in an easy-to-read style. Some of the things you'll learn about are why you should convert your office, programs you already have that can help, reading, writing, executing, and presenting documents, storing and finding information, private data storage versus cloud computing and managing information disruptions.

by Stephanie Kimbro — American Bar Association, 2012. 229 pages.
KF 300 K59

This book provides lawyers, from all types of firms, with solutions for setting up unbundling practices. It offers the practitioner a step-by-step checklist for implementation, tips for unbundling in various practice areas, an overview of ethics concerns, guidance for avoiding malpractice risk, best practices for billing and marketing, guidance about using technology, case studies, sample limited scope agreements and advice about creating and building your brand.

by Nicole Black — American Bar Association, 2012. 222 pages.
KF 242 A1 B575

This title discusses the fundamentals of cloud computing, legal cloud computing products, and step-by-step instructions for implementing cloud computing in a law practice. It will help the practitioner understand the current state of cloud computing technology, Weigh the risks and benefits of cloud computing, evaluate legal cloud computing applications, and weigh ethical considerations of storing client data in the cloud. It also includes a sample policy and service level agreement.

Legal History


by James Haley — University of Texas Press, 2013. 322 pages.
KFT 353 H35

Composed under the auspices of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, this work is the first book-length history of the Texas Supreme Court published since 1917. Though it does discuss landmark cases and judicial philosophy, this work, as the title implies, is written in a narrative style, emphasizing stories, drama, and the people who contributed to Texas' legal history in the first 150 years of statehood.

Public Information and Records


by James O'Reilly — Thomson West, 2012. 2 volumes.
KF 5753 O74

The winter 2012 edition of this title offers in-depth treatment of the federal Freedom of Information Act. O'Reilly speaks with authority on the historical development and current status of the competing laws promoting government openness and laws protecting the privacy rights of individuals and businesses. Specific chapters cover FOIA definitions, affirmative publication and rule dissemination, FOIA in court, confidential business information, the agency memoranda exemption, law enforcement records, court records disclosure, and state information and access laws.

Securities


by Gary Brown — Practising Law Institute, 2012. 1 volume.
KF 1439 S6

This concise reference provides a useful overview of current securities law and regulations. Now in its 6th edition and updated April 2013, it covers the latest major changes such as the Dodd-Frank bill and new “proxy access” rules. Chapters feature handy checklists to assist the practitioner with providing securities advice to corporations.

Taxation


by Commerce Clearing House — Commerce Clearing House, 2013. 495 pages.
KF 6356.62 A44

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is a complex bundle of tax provisions that makes many "temporary" tax relief provisions permanent as well as adding some new language. CCH editorial staff examines the law and provides explanation and professional commentary to assist the tax professional. CCH editors provide numerous tables to assist the practitioner. These tables provide quick answers to what sections have changed and when various provisions come into effect. In addition to assisting the professional, the title provides "client letters" that provide clients with a more plain English explanation to clients on the impact of the legislation.

Trial Practice


by Texas Municipal Courts Education Center — Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, 2011. 1 volume.
KFT 8775 F67

Updated to reflect changes from the 82nd Legislature, the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center’s 2011 Forms Book aims to provide municipal courts with the forms they will need to efficiently and effectively process cases. A broad range of forms are included - from warrants to judgments. Readers will note that in the newly revised edition, sample complaint forms have been removed from the Forms book and can now be found in a Complaint Bank on the TMCEC website. This resource is also available in PDF on the TMCEC website.

Available electronically: http://www.tmcec.com/public/files/File/Resources/Final%20Website%20Forms%20Book/PDF/Forms%20Book%20for%20Web.pdf

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