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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. 
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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…

Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence, 2020

The O'Quinn Law Library collection now includes the 2020 edition of Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence by Jim Wren and Jeremy Counseller.

Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence is an annually-updated resource   It contains a number of quick-reference guides meant as a reference during trials, as well as containing what is effectively a practitioner's checklist for pre-trial preparation.  This book is intended as a reference guide for practicing attorneys, but it functions equally well as an introduction for law student to both trial practice and the rules of evidence in Texas courts.  Legal researchers may alse be interested in this book as a quick reference to search for rules by subject.

Texas Trial Procedure and Evidenceiscurrently available on the New Books shelf at the far end of the law library reference desk.  This book's call number is KFT 1779.W74 2020.

The Military Divorce Handbook

Family law is full of complex and difficult issues, many of which are complicated even further when one or more parties serve in the military. Fortunately, Mark E. Sullivan has written a comprehensive, two-volume guide for attorneys representing servicemembers and their families in domestic cases. Now in its third edition, The Military Divorce Handbook covers a wide range of issues, such as locating military personnel, obtaining evidence abroad, obtaining documents from the government, navigating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, custody and visitation, military tax issues, pension and property division, domestic abuse, and family support. In addition to discussions of substantive law, the book also includes numerous practice tips, sample legal documents, and references for further research.

The Military Divorce Handbook is now available at the O’Quinn Law Library, on the New Books shelf next to the reference desk.

The Fourth Amendment Handbook

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.…” In doing so, it guarantees what Louis Brandeis called “the right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.”

Today, when so much of our time is spent online or on our cell phones, this right is as important as ever. New technologies raise new questions about the proper application of the Fourth Amendment, and our courts sometimes struggle to keep up with the dizzying pace of innovation. 
If you’re looking for a user-friendly reference guide to keep you up to speed on Fourth Amendment law, The Fourth Amendment Handbook is for you. Now in its fourth edition, this ABA publication begins with an introductory essay outlining the history of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, followed by a survey of all Supreme Court Fourth Amendment cases through January 2019. T…