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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-fili…

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:

The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence, 2006 by Cary Federman (KF9011.F43 2006, Law/Stacks)Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure, 2011by Randa Hertz and James S. Liebman (KF9011.L54 2011, Law/Stacks)(available on Lexis/Lexis Advance)  Federal Habeas Manual(available on WestlawNext)Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America's New Global Detention by Jonathan Hafetz (KF9011.H34 2011, Law/Stacks)Habeas Corpus: A Legal Research Guide, 2011 by Nathan Preuss (KF240…