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Confessions of an Innocent Man

"Death row is the loudest thing I ever experienced, louder than anything in the free world… and it is loud all the time—morning, day and night."

Confessions of an Innocent Man opens with the surprising yet captivating love story of Tieresse, a beautiful, intelligent, kind, interesting, and wealthy philanthropist; and her unlikely partner, Rafael, a less privileged yet talented, hardworking restauranteur. In part one, Rafael describes their life together, from meeting and traveling to getting married and purchasing a home in Kansas. But their romance and the excitement surrounding their move is short-lived, as Tieresse is murdered just afterward, and Rafael is soon accused of her murder.

Rafael walks us through his initial trial and guilty verdict, followed by his sentencing trial and the moment in which he is sentenced to death. This story, however, is less emotional and more matter-of-fact than that of the story told at the beginning of part one. Rafael seems detached, as if…

The Adoption Law Handbook

The American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law publishes a number of useful handbooks and practice guides, including The Adoption Law Handbook, by Jennifer Fairfax. Now in its second edition, this book provides step-by-step guidance to all aspects of the adoption process, whether independent or performed through a private or public agency. It also guides the attorney through client intake and consultation, and provides checklists and sample questions to ask the client.

Other topics covered include biological fathers, termination of parental rights, the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children, second-parent and co-parent adoptions, post-adoption contact agreements, the Indian Child Welfare Act, cost and financing, adult adoption, open adoption records, and international adoption. There is a summary of key points at the end of each chapter, and the book contains a wide array of forms and sample agreements. 
The Adoption Law Handbook is now available on the New Books shelf at th…

Taxation, Virtual Currency and Blockchain

The O'Quinn Law Library collection now includes Taxation, Virtual Currency and Blockchain by Aleksandra Bal.

Taxation, Virtual Currency and Blockchain is primarily a policy anaysis of the tax treatment of virtual currency transactions, but it also goes into some depth reviewing judicial decisions related to this topic.  Researchers looking for a bibliography of relevant cases and government papers might be interested in this book's review of the major publications addressing American and European law.  While primarity written for practitioners already familiar with the basic concepts, each chapter includes an introduction to the concepts that would make this book valuable to law students as well (even concepts like "income tax," not just concepts involving new technology).

Taxation, Virtual Currency and Blockchain is is currently available on the New Books shelf at the far end of the law library reference desk.  This book's call number is K 4487.E43B35 2019.

The 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

Most of us think we know all there is to know about personal electronics. The brands and types of laptops, desktops, and tablets we prefer. But what if you are running your own small firm? I-pads for everyone? Are PCs still the best option? Should you find yourself in this position, the ABA’s Law Practice Division has you covered with their 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide. This resource surprised me with its detailed specifications, complete product recommendations, and absolute price transparency.
The chapters include everything from computers and operating systems to printers and smart phones, document management to cloud computing and everything in between. None of the chapters waste time with excessive theory and each gets directly to the most used systems as well as their pros and cons. They think through the average business life of hardware and the costs of updating software, allowing attorneys to budget their technology expenses over a period of years.
The b…