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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law

Thursday, December 12, 2013

e-Filing Website in Flux

In July, Nota Bene reported on the launch of TexFile, the statewide e-filing system created in response to the Supreme Court of Texas order mandating e-filing in civil cases. While the January 1, 2014 deadline for e-filing in Harris and Fort Bend counties has not changed, the website for the statewide system has. In response to a trademark infringement suit, TexFile has chosen to undergo rebranding. Beginning December 13, 2013, filers attempting to access TexFile.com will be redirected to the new URL, www.efiletexas.gov. At the new site, filers are given the option to select their e-filing service provider or view a comparison chart of certified providers.

Since e-filing requirements fall on the senior partner and new associate alike, it will be important for all attorneys to follow developments concerning the filing system. A website maintained by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology and the Office of Court Administration serves as a clearinghouse for information on e-filing. Checking in periodically will help litigators stay up to speed.

Joseph Lawson is a guest blogger for Nota Bene and the law librarian at the Fort Bend County Law Library. Please note that the views expressed in this post do not represent an official position or opinion of Fort Bend County, Texas.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

America’s Economy App

Interested in economic issues?  Ever wonder if the economy is improving or not?  Or maybe you just like statistics?  Try taking a look at America’s Economy, an app from the U.S. Census Bureau.  This app provides information about 19 different economic indicators supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Census Bureau.  The economic indicators include things such as unemployment rate, monthly retail sales, home ownership rate, and the consumer price index.  The app provides an overview of each indicator as well as real-time updates and the ability to view changes over time.  
The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America

Cambridge University Press has recently published, The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror by Anthony Gregory (KF9011.G74 2013). This book provides an historical overview of Habeas Corpus discussing its common law roots in England as well its history in the United States especially during the civil war, World War I and the war on terror. The law library has recently acquired this book and  has access to the following titles on this subject: