Duly Noted

Duly Noted — August/September 2014

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.


by American Bar Association. Section of Antitrust Law — American Bar Association, 2014. 166 pages.
KF 3989 S655

This handbook examines the intersection of sports and antitrust law. It is intended to be a practical resource for attorneys navigating cases dealing with sports and antitrust law. Chapters cover relevant exemptions, Sherman Act cases and threshold issues, Sherman Act claims, common Sherman Act issues, private antitrust litigation, and Canadian cases.

Appellate Practice

by Stephen Shapiro — Bureau of National Affairs, 2013. 1493 pages.
REF KF 9057 S8

Supreme Court practice was first published in 1950 and authored by Eugene Gressman and Robert Stern. The authors of the 10th edition stay true to the original mission of providing everything there is to know about handling a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in one volume. Despite its daunting size, this is an easy to use resource. The detailed table of contents is followed by concise checklists for “processing certiorari cases, appeals and cases accepted by the Court for plenary review.” There are numerous appendices that bring together laws, court rules, clerk’s guidelines, and forms. There are even floor plans for the court building included.

by Robert Dubose — Texas Lawyer Press, 2016. 622 pages.
KFT 9050 T45

The Texas practitioner’s guide to civil appeals was written by the attorneys from the appellate firm of Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP. This volume distinguishes itself from other appellate titles in its focus on strategy rather than procedural rules. For example, Chapter 10, entitled “Sections of an appellant’s brief,” provides guidance on proper form according to the rules and continues with additional tips on the “unwritten conventions” that should be followed to ensure the best first impression. Advice is also given on how to format briefs for readers using electronic copies instead of paper copies. The handbook concludes with tips on using technology and building an appellate practice. Texas Lawyer Press, 2014. 622 pages.

Banking and Finance

by Douglas Hammer — American Bar Association, 2013. 501 pages.
KF 1078 U14

Hedge funds are defined as a professionally managed pool of assets used to invest and trade in a variety of financial instruments. U.S. regulation of this complex field has been compiled and summarized in this title. Discussions include: various securities, tax considerations, ERISA, and the commodities laws. Recommended for attorneys practicing in the financial sector.

Business and Commercial Law

by Lara Blecher — American Bar Association, 2014. 508 pages.
KF 1422 C67

This book examines the global impact of corporations on human rights through the views of a range of experts. Topics covered include international law issues such as United Nations framework, labor rights, impact on business, and current trends. Each chapter is written by a different expert and includes a discussion of legal issues, case law, legislation, and legal and moral issues. It focuses on primarily international corporate responsibility.

Constitutional Law

by Michael Waldman — Simon and Schuster, 2014. 255 pages.
KF 3941 W35

Written by the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, this is an engaging title for anyone interested in the history of the “right to bear arms.” The author begins the narrative in 1775 and continues through the adoption of the Second Amendment in 1791. He then traces throughout American history how the public, the courts, and organizations like the NRA have interpreted the amendment. In the final part of the book, he discusses how the 2008 landmark Supreme Court case D.C. v. Heller changed the legal landscape and follows through to present day, including a discussion of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Construction Law

by Adrian Bastianelli, III — American Bar Association, 2014. 750 pages.
KF 902 C665

In the introduction, Philip Bruner traces the history of nonjudicial dispute resolution methods in the construction industry. The first uniform contract promulgated in 1888 by the American Institute of Architects “mandated binding, nonjudicial resolutions of disputes.” In general, the construction industry prefers to use alternatives to litigation because ADR provides speedy results that ensure work can resume. This book, written and edited by working experts, explains the various forms of Construction arbitration and mediation and examines the methods from the perspectives of the various stakeholders.

by Aaron P. Silberman — American Bar Association, 2014. 581 pages.
KF 902 C667

In the introduction the editor notes that “this book examines the legal relationships between first-tier contractors or designers and their respective subcontractors, suppliers, and subconsultants.” The rights and obligations of the parties need to be clear so each party can perform their part and the project can be successful. This volume explains how to draft contracts and work through issues that arise from these contracts.

Criminal Law

by Andrea Lyon — American Bar Association, 2014. 170 pages.
KF 9619 L966

This title describes the classic defense team: the diligent attorney and the intrepid investigator à la Perry Mason and Paul Drake. The authors are such a team and they provide concrete tips on the business side of working together including tracking the progress of the case and working in tandem to build a comprehensive defense. They stress the importance of communication throughout the title. Taking the care and time to ensure effective communication with clients enables you to elicit all the facts of the case. This two-way communication forms the basis of trust in the attorney-client relationship. Communication is also important in obtaining the trust of witnesses to enable credibile testimony. Appendices include worksheets and motions to consider.

Elder Law

by James O'Reilly — American Bar Association, 2014. 446 pages.
KF 3826 N8 O74

This text provides a lengthy overview of the liability issues that may arise in the nursing home environment. It covers the roles of the various employees, both professional and administrative. Some of the liability issues discussed include facility safety, infections, falls, wandering, escapes, restraints, abuse, and drug use. It walks the attorney through drafting the complaint and evaluating plaintiffs and witnesses. Information is also provided on causes of action, trial procedures, verdicts, and settlements. It also includes a table of cases.

Entertainment Law

by William Henslee — American Bar Association, 2014. 185 pages.
KF 299 E57 H46

Part of the American Bar Association’s “Career Series,” this title serves as a thorough introduction to various career paths in entertainment law. The author first provides a breakdown of what areas of law make up entertainment law (intellectual property, labor and employment, contracts, tax and antitrust law, immigration, etc.) and explains who potential clients might be. He then goes over what an entertainment lawyer might face when working in music, theater, film, or television. In addition to advising law students thinking about entertainment law, he also provides advice for established attorneys hoping for a career change.

Environmental Law

by Michael Gerrard — American Bar Association, 2014. 856 pages.
KF 3775 G56

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law gives in-depth coverage of climate change law from the state level to the international level. Since the first edition was published in 2007, there have been major updates to the U.S. law on climate change. The second edition of this title is updated with a new section which focuses solely on energy regulations such as electric power and transportation issues. There are also new chapters on adaption, geoengineering, cap-and-trade, nonclimate international instruments, and possible future directions for U.S. climate change law.

Family Law

by Randall Kessler — American Bar Association, 2014. 134 pages.
KF 535 Z9 K47

This text provides information to the average reader about the divorce process. It takes the reader step-by-step through a divorce, from finding a lawyer to determining child support. Each chapter is arranged in an easy to read format as a series of questions and answers. It also provides information on how to create a parenting plan and links to sample forms online. This is a good resource to use to educate clients about the divorce process.


by Alan Korwin — Bloomfield Press, 2014. 279 pages.

The newest edition of this guide to Texas gun laws provides the statutory language along with a plain English explanation of each statute. Free updates are provided on the publisher’s website. Also included is information on federal gun law as it relates to Texas gun owners. The newest edition of this title does not circulate and is for library use only. Please request it at the reference desk. Older editions are available for check out.

Labor and Employment

by Natalie Holder-Winfield — American Bar Association, 2014. 195 pages.
KF 3464 H63

This title explores the idea of “micro-inequities” and how to combat them. Micro-inequities are defined by the author as “tiny, damaging characteristics of an environment...these characteristics affect a person not indigenous to that environment. They are distinguished by the fact that for all practical purposes one cannot do anything about them; one cannot take them to court or file a grievance” (xxii). The title looks at ten common micro-inequities and how to address them. The micro-inequities discussed are informal mentoring, the ability to recover from a mistake, bullying, perceived underperformance, dealing with insensitivity, receiving quality work assignments, navigating dual identities, issues with assumptions and slights, first generation hurdles, and isolation.

Law Practice Management

by Mark Robertson — American Bar Association, 2014. 178 pages.
KF 316 R63

This title shows law firms of various sizes how to implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements. Some of the objectives of this text are effectively pricing legal services, creating a billing method for transactional work, making use of technology for navigating fees and budgets, determining the best alternative fee model, and understanding the ethics of alternative fees. The appendices include checklists, forms, case studies and examples of alternative fee arrangements.

by Paul Unger — American Bar Association, 2014. 169 pages.
KF 322.5 M53 U54

This text offers practical advice for creating effective PowerPoint presentations in only one hour. Some of the things you will learn in that hour include how to create and edit slides, how to include graphics, how to add audio and video, and how to make timelines. Information is also included on how to best present your presentation from your iPad. It contains clear, step-by-step instructions in brief lessons with lots of graphics to help you understand the procedures.

by John Heckman — American Bar Association, 2013. 139 pages.
KF 320 R42 H43

Worldox is a powerful document management solution used by law firms to help keep track of documents. This text will help your firm quickly begin to use Worldox and understand how it can help you organize your office. It teachs you how to modify features to best suit your firm, how to integrate document management into email, and how to access documents anywhere.

Medical Malpractice

by James O'Reilly — American Bar Association, 2014. 728 pages.
KF 8925 M3 O74

This in-depth title from the American Bar Association provides a new look at medical malpractice litigation. The authors discuss how the world of medical malpractice is changing—including a discussion of the Affordable Care Act. With fewer and fewer solo physicians, the title looks at who defendants tend to be now and discusses new approaches and standards when litigating. It also looks into issues related to telemedicine, risks for retailers who offer in-store and urgent-care clinics, and many other medical malpractice issues. A great resource for anyone involved in medical malpractice litigation.

Miscellaneous Legal Topics

by Joseph Carvalco — American Bar Association, 2014. 397 pages.
KF 320 A9 C37

The fields of science and technology are evolving at an ever-growing pace. These changes affect every aspect of our lives and the impact on the law is no different. This guidebook explains the relationship of law to science and technology. While written in a technical tone, it provides clear examples through case studies. Topics range from patents and intellectual property to biotechnology and software. This is an essential text for attorneys practicing technology law.

Parliamentary Practice

by Doris Zimmerman — Collins, 2005. 171 pages.
REF JF 515 Z7R

Parliamentary procedure can seem arcane and difficult to understand. This small, easy-to-use title can serve as a handbook that can guide you through Robert’s Rules of Order. It is written in plain English and describes what officers should know as well as a breakdown of parliamentary motions and their purposes. Bylaws and electronic meetings are also covered. Please note that this title is part of the library’s reference collection and is only available for in-library use.

Real Property

by Paul Basye — Thomson West, 2009. 1 volume.
KF 670 B3

The third edition of this classic treatise discusses and analyzes land title appraisal and proof of title. Using title legislation, statutes, and guidelines it discusses statute of limitations, standard acts, and curative statutes commonly in force. Includes tables of laws, rules, and cases. This is the preeminent text on clearing land titles.

Sexual Orientation

by Dale Carpenter — W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. 345 pages.
KF 224 L39 C37

This title was named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 notable books of 2012. It provides an in-depth look at the events surrounding the 2003 Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. Meticulously researched over nine years, the book is tells the story in three parts: before the arrests, the arrests, and after the arrests. The title is a very interesting read for anyone interested in civil rights.

Social Media

by Andy Nathan — James Publishing, 2013. 36 pages.
KF 320 I57 N38

With over 100 million registered users, LinkedIn has become one of the most widely used social media websites. This quick, easy-to-read title helps to explain exactly what LinkedIn is, why so many professionals use it for networking, and how to use the site effectively. It walks you through setting up an account and optimizing your settings, completing a profile, making connections, and developing a “LinkedIn strategy.”


by American Bar Association. Section of Antitrust Law — American Bar Association, 2014. 166 pages.
KF 3989 S655

This handbook examines the intersection of sports and antitrust law. It is intended to be a practical resource for attorneys navigating cases dealing with sports and antitrust law. Chapters cover relevant exemptions, Sherman Act cases and threshold issues, Sherman Act claims, common Sherman Act issues, private antitrust litigation, and Canadian cases.


by David Owen — Thomson West, 2014. 4 volumes.
KF 1296 M3

This four volume set comprehensively examines products liability law and its practice. Discussion includes citations for cases, statutes, and applicable articles. Updates from the previous edition include greater treatment of design and warning defects and federal changes on the law of preemption of products liability claims. This title provides a practical and exhaustive guide to products liability law.

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