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Law Library Brown Bag Series

Each semester the law library presents a series of presentations on legal research topics. These presentations are held at 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Room 4 BLB. We will be offering the following sessions during the Spring 2013 semester:

1. Laws & Sausages: Texas Legislative History and Bill Tracking
Tuesday, 2/5, Wednesday, 2/6, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Matthew Mantel, Reference and Research Librarian

2. International and Foreign Law Research
Tuesday, 2/12, Wednesday, 2/13, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Dan Baker, International and Foreign Law Librarian

 3. Texas Administrative Law Research
Tuesday, 2/19, Wednesday, 2/20, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

4. Environmental Law Research
Tuesday, 2/26, Wednesday, 2/27, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

5. Researching Insurance Law
Tuesday, 3/5, Wednesday, 3/6, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Katy Stein, Reference and Research Librarian


Lincoln the Prophet?

It seems that talk of Abraham Lincoln is everywhere these days. Steven Speilberg's movie "Lincoln", which includes an incredibly powerful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, is a front-runner for several Academy Awards. Many organizations are holding special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Even our current president, President Obama, is getting into the act, announcing he will take his second oath of office on bibles owned by President Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.Since President Lincoln is getting so much attention, I thought now would be a good time to share my favorite words of his. These lines come from a speech Mr. Lincoln gave before he was even 30 years old:"In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American people, find our account running . . . . We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth as regards extent of territory, f…

Bills to Watch in the Texas Legislature

The Texas legislature convened on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to begin its 83rd legislative session. Pre-filing of legislation began on November 12, 2012, so legislators have already had time to file many of their bills in advance of the legislative session. Listed below are just a handful of bills worth watching in the coming months, as well as one topic that seems to be ignored, at least so far: Senate Bill 11, similar to the controversial Florida law that is currently stalled in federal court, would require Texans applying for financial assistance to undergo drug testing to receive benefits.
House Bill 29 proposes a fixed rate tuition plan that would require Texas state universities to offer a four-year fixed tuition rate that would allow each incoming class to pay the same tuition each year for four years, without increase.
House Bill 67 would permit the University of Texas system to open an additional law school in the state's Rio Grande Valley.
House Bill 288 would prevent Texas c…

Inside the Minds of Legal Academics

Ever wonder how legal scholars get their start in academia? How they refine their theories? How their ideas have changed over the years? Or even what they thought of their own law school experience? James R. Hackney has posed all of these questions, and many more, to some of the great legal scholars of our time. In his new book, Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory, Hackney conducts one-on-one interviews with some of the most prominent legal scholars alive today.  He discusses how Richard Posner became interested in law and economics, and the development of feminist legal theory with Catharine MacKinnon. A law professor himself, James Hackney is no stranger to the worlds of legal academia and legal theory, and he asks probing questions in each of the interviews, often with surprising results. Richard Posner announces that he considers cognitive psychology as the new driver of law and economics; critical race theoris…

On Law Students, Reading, and Library

Happy New Year to our readers.  The list below is dedicated to UH Law students.  May you have success and enough sleep in the year to come.  Let us begin 2013 with a smiles or two. 

You Know You Are a Law Student When…  1.You know you are a law student when your reading speed is reduced to ten pages an hour. 2.You know you are a law student when you start spotting issues in everything you read. 3.You know you are a law student when you consider a great idea to have 24/7 access to your law school library. 4.You know you are a law student when you meet your friends and make plan for the rest of the week at the library. 5.You know you are a law student when your student association offers free ear plugs in the library. 6.You know you are a law student when you think napping in the library is a natural part of life. 7.You know you are a law student when you start reading the fine print of free Internet downloads. 8.You know you are a law student when you are happy to find that the used textbook y…