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Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence

Attention, Texas trial lawyers: the O’Quinn Law Library recently acquired the 2018 edition of TexasTrial Procedure and Evidence, by Jim Wren and Jeremy Counseller. The authors are both Baylor law professors, with a considerable amount of trial experience between them. The aim of their book, as stated in the introduction, is “to be the single indispensable resource for any trial lawyer in a Texas state court civil trial.” It’s a bold claim (and I, as a law librarian, tend to be wary of the idea of a “one-stop shop” for any area of legal research), but the book certainly does provide a wealth of useful information. 

The book is arranged in the order of the phases of trial, from pretrial hearings, jury selection, and opening statements all the way through to jury charges, judgment, and post-judgment motions. It includes extensive discussion of the rules of procedure and evidence, as well as a number of forms for various motions and requests. In addition to the main text and forms, the boo…
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Essentials of Texas Water Resources

Water is a vital, and powerful, resource.  In recent years, Texans have experienced this power first hand, through both drought and record rainfall.  The importance of water issues for Texas will only continue to grow as the state considers questions related to rising sea levels, climate change, and population growth.  For legal practitioners needing information about Texas water law, the O’Quinn Law Library recently acquired the newest edition of Essentials of Texas Water Resources, edited by Mary K. Sahs.  This substantial volume, published by the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, contains 40 chapters on various water law issues written by Texas water law experts.  

The chapters cover surface water and groundwater regulation; water planning, including drought planning; water management strategies such as conservation, reuse, desalination, and reservoirs; drinking water supply issues; and related topics regarding environmental law, water quality, floo…

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Sources

The O'Quinn Law Library has acquired sources that contain the full text of and analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law last December.  Keep in mind that Thomson Reuters Checkpoint and Tax Analysts will also have analysis on this act.
Complete Analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Thomson Reuters (KF6276.62017.C66 2017) A Personal Guide to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What is Means for You by Susan Flax Posner, Wolters Kluwer (KF6276.6 2017.T57 2018)Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Law, Explanation & Analysis, Wolters Kluwer (KF6276.6 2017.T55 2018)Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Text of H.R. 1, Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference, as Released on December 15, 2017 (KF6276. 2017.T56 2017)  There are also a number of free resources where the full text of the law itself as well information
Legislative documents available from Congress.gov (this will include access to the full text of the act, committee reports, history, links to Congressional Record debate …

Gunfight by Adam Winkler

We are honored to include the book review below by one of our favorite colleagues, Professor Dave Fagundes.

"Adam Winkler's Gunfight is a radically moderate history of Districtof Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court case that adopted the view that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to bear arms. This is a masterful recounting of the story of a landmark constitutional case. And best of all, there is something in this book to disappoint all sides in the overheated public debate about guns in America.

Gun control advocates will be disappointed by Winkler’s conclusion that the individual-rights view of the Second Amendment is likely the right one. Winkler shows that private gun ownership has been part of American culture since the earliest days of the Republic, and that abolishing guns entirely as other countries have would not only be practically unworkable, but unconstitutional. 
Gun ownership maximalists will be disappointed by Winkler’s corollary observation tha…

ABA TechReport - My favorite survey of the year!

It is certainly no secret that when it comes to law and technology, I am a total nerd. A nerd among nerds even. Once when speaking to a publishing agent and describing my interest in metadata, he said, "so you're just a complete nerd." Well yes, thanks, I am. And at no time am I a happier nerd than when I have a fresh download of the current ABA TechReport.
Six volumes bustling with demographics, surveys, and reports? All about the legal field's use of technology? The charts! The graphs! Utopia.
But seriously, as a legal educator, staying on top of legal trends is vital. Before my career in academia, I was a firm librarian for many years. My experience in the trenches of practical legal research has always driven my teaching. Now that I teach full time, I rely on the TechReport to keep my perspective fresh. For instance, this year volume 5 of the report (which focuses on Online Research) says when asked which pay online service they prefer, Westlaw, Lexis and LexisA…

Trending @ O'Quinn: O'Connor's Texas Causes of Action

The O'Quinn Law Library is open to the public; legal practitioners and pro se litigants alike are welcome to visit the library to conduct legal research.  Are you interested in legal research, but feel unsure where to start?  Do you want to know if the O'Quinn Law Library collection includes something you need?  Then maybe learning about resources frequently used by other researchers can provide you with inspiration for your own research.

One of this month's most requested resources is O'Connor's Texas Causes of Action by Michol O'Connor.  Part of a series of litigation handbooks, this particular volume deals with the legal claims and defenses that may be raised in Texas courts.  This book is divided into four main parts: causes of action, liability, compensation, and defenses.  Researchers interested in learning about the law can review issues by subject, while legal professionals may appreciate the accompanying case citations and commentary.  Litigants may be…

Handbook of Texas Lawyer and Judicial Ethics

The Handbook of Texas Lawyer and Judicial Ethics is a three-volume set published annually by Thomson Reuters as part of their Texas Practice Series. The Handbook comprises volumes 48, 48A, and 48B of the series. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should also mention that one of the authors, Robert P. Schuwerk, is a professor emeritus here at the Law Center.)

This unique resource covers three bodies of Texas law: attorney tort liability, attorney discipline, and judicial discipline. It is designed to help lawyers and judges find answers to their ethical questions, but it may also be useful to law students and non-lawyers. For those interested in doing further research, the book contains frequent references to relevant West’s Key Numbers and C.J.S. sections. Discussions of case law, statutes, and ethics opinions in this edition have been updated through January 2017.
The work is divided into six parts. Part I deals with the standards of attorney tort liability. It discusses the vari…