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Immigration and Democracy

Sarah Song knows a thing or two about immigration. Born in South Korea, she immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was six years old. After having to repeat the first grade because she didn’t speak English, she went on to earn an M.Phil in politics from Oxford and a Ph.D in political science from Yale. She is now a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where her work centers on issues of immigration, citizenship, and multiculturalism.

Song’s second book, Immigration and Democracy, is the product of years of careful thinking about immigration and its role in democratic societies. The arguments presented here are grounded in a deep understanding of political theory, providing a necessary corrective to the crude sloganeering that too often shapes our public discourse on immigration policy. As Song states in her preface, she has written the book in the hope “that we can move beyond an ‘us versus them’ mentality and engage in r…
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Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide

Sitting for the bar exam this week? Tired of reviewing doctrine, but still looking for something to get you in the right head space before the big days? Check out our new title, Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide by Sara J. Berman.

Bar Exam Success has lots to offer! It will teach you how to develop a plan for success, find and use quality expert help, maximize your schedule for productivity, prepare with practice tests, eliminate distractions and embrace success, and more.

No time for all of that reading? Check out the “handy tips for bar days” at the end of Chapter 9. There, you’ll find ten quick test-taking tips specific to each of essays, MBEs, and MPTs.

Whether you need some last minute tips before this week’s exam or are looking to get a head start on July’s, Bar Exam Success is an excellent resource now available on the new books shelf.

To those sitting for the bar this week, BEST OF LUCK from all of us at the O’Quinn Law Library!

America Votes!: Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, 4th ed.

The ABA's State and Local Government Law Section has recently published the fourth edition of America Votes!: Challenges to Modern  Election Law and Voting Rights, which is now in the library's collection on the new title's shelf (KF4886.A86). The twenty-one chapter book is edited by Benjamin E. Griffith and John Hardin Young, and is separated into five parts. Each chapter is authored by attorneys or legal scholars who are experts in the field.

The first part, "Voter Qualification and Participation," begins with a discussion of immigration, citizenship, and the 2020 census, the connection between Florida felon re-enfranchisement law and poverty, strict construction of voter registration laws (Georgia's 2018 election experience), Native American voting rights, millennials and electoral access in 2018-2020, and a holistic approach to assisting minority language voters. The second part covers the voting process and explores topics such as voter ID laws, cybersec…

The Legal System of Louisiana

Curious about how Louisiana law differs from the law in Texas (and the other 48 states)? The O’Quinn Law Library has a new book that helps to explain some of the peculiarities associated with the only civil law jurisdiction in the U.S.

The Legal System of Louisiana is part of the Legal Systems Series, which seeks to outline and explain various legal systems throughout the world. Specifically, The Legal System of Louisianadetails the main features of the history of Louisiana's legal system, its sources of law, its constitutional framework, its legal actors, its criminal law, its law of persons, family law, property law, law of contract, law on delictual liability, quasi-contracts, business entities, and labor-employment law. At only 106 pages, it’s a quick read that will familiarize you with the foundations and fundamental features of Louisiana’s unique legal system.

Interested in researching Louisiana law, too? You can also check out Louisiana Legal Research.

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Environmental Litigation: Law & Strategy, 2nd ed.

The ABA Environment, Energy & Resources Section has recently published the second edition Environmental Litigation: Law & Strategy edited by Kegan A. Brown and Andrea M. Hogan. This eight-chapter book begins with Judicial Challenges to Federal Agency Action, which discusses types of agency regulatory action that is subject to challenge, requirements for such challenges, claims and standards of judicial review, and remedies.  The chapter covering environmental criminal enforcement looks at the issues related to criminal enforcement, elements established by federal environmental statutes, mens rea, pre-trial matters, trial, and sentencing. The chapter covering civil environmental enforcement litigation discusses direct statutory claims, permit enforcement, and regulatory enforcement, and endangerment authorities. It also reviews relief sought by the government including injunctions and penalties as well as defenses to enforcement, settlement, procedural and evidentiary issues. O…

New books in the Relaxation Station

Final exams are just around the corner, so our Relaxation Station will soon be in full effect! This time around, we're adding a few books written specifically for law students and lawyers. Titles include:
Mindfulness for Law Students introduces law students to contemplative practices and research that shows how incorporating mindfulness techniques can alter the physical structure and function of the brain to reflect decreased levels of stress, increased levels of productivity, and improved mental health. This book uses legal terms and concepts to teach lawyers what they need to know about mindfulness and neuroscience to lead more balanced and effective lives and was written with input from law students, law professors, and recent law school graduates to ensure that the lessons are accessible and can be easily integrated into your busy schedule. 
The Anxious Lawyer provides an introductory program on meditation and mindfulness and was created by lawyers for lawyers. The program draw…

Environmental Law Handbook, 24th Edition

BernanPress has recently published the Twenty-Fourth edition of Environmental Law Handbook. Edited by Thomas F.P. Sullivan, it contains seventeen chapters written by attorneys and scholars. The first chapter focuses on the basics of environmental law covering the environmental legal system, common law theories such as nuisance, trespass, negligence, and strict liability, as well as summary of different aspects of environmental law from statutes, environmental regulations, state and local laws. The second chapter covering enforcement and liability looks at federal enforcement trends, general concepts of enforcement and liability, civil enforcement and liability, citizen suits, and criminal enforcement, and mitigation and avoidance of liability. The other chapters focus on the major environmental acts, which make up the bulk of federal environmental law. The authors provide a thorough analysis of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clear Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CW…