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Healthism: Health-Status Discrimination and the Law

Professor Jessica L.Roberts, Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, and Elizabeth Weeks, Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Georgia School of Law, propose in this book a new protected category – the unhealthy – and a new form of discrimination – healthism. They say in the Preface that not all differentiation on the basis health necessarily constitutes healthism and their aim is to distinguish the “good” health distinctions from the “bad,” or “healthist” ones. They do not argue against differentiation on the basis of health status when doing so promotes responsible behaviors, but they do consider such differentiation undesirable when it perpetuates existing health disparities and social disadvantage.
The first chapter discusses the meaning of the term “healthism.” Chapter two delves into understanding it and sets forth a rubric in table form with two major categories: 1) Characteristics of Socially Desired Heal…

Jewish Law and American Law: A Comparative Study, by Samuel J. Levine

Collected here for the first time, the essays in these two volumes represent 15 years’ worth of scholarship by a leading figure in the field of law and religion. Levine’s writings cover a wide range of topics, including capital punishment, self-incrimination, constitutional theory, and legal history. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the growing literature of comparative Jewish and American law.

Jewish Law and American Law: A Comparative Study is available in the New Books section of the library at KF358.L48 2018.

Research Recess Presentations

During the 2019 Spring Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library Reference librarians and the Lawyering Skills and Strategies (LSS) legal writing fellows will offer a series of lunchtime and evening presentations on legal research and writing topics. Presentations will be given at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays from February 12 through April 18.

1. Understanding the Texas Legal Structure
Presented by Chris Dykes, Head of Public Services
Tuesday, February 12, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, February 13, 5:00-5:45 (room 111 TU2)
2. Greenbook Citation and Advanced Bluebooking
Presented by LSS Legal Writing Fellows
Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-12:45 (room 109 BLB)
Wednesday, February 20, 5:00-5:45 (room 109 BLB)

3. Resources for Texas Legal Practice
Presented by Katy Badeaux, Head of Faculty Services
Tuesday, February 25, 12:00-12:45 (1 BLB)
Wednesday, February 26, 5:00-5:45 (111 TU2)

4. Researching Texas Statutes and Administrative Regulations
Presented by Emily Lawson, Associate Di…

Fundamentals of Texas Trial Practice

The O'Quinn Law Library collection now includes Fundamentals of Texas Trial Practice: Civil and Criminal (5th ed.) by Judge Robert Barton.

Fundamentals of Texas Trial Practice seems intended for law students, but attorneys might also enjoy the book as a review of the basic elements of trial practice.  In addition to in-trial actions such as examining witnesses and addressing the jury, this book reviews subjects such as jury selection and exhibit preparation that new law students may be less familiar with despite being equally critical to success as an attorney.  This fifth edition includes updated legal authorities for subjects addressed in previous editions.

Fundamentals of Texas Trial Practice is currently available on the New Books shelf at the far end of the law library reference desk.  This book's call number is KFT 1738.B37 2018.