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Friday, December 19, 2014

Fred Parks Law Library Holiday Hours

As a reminder the Fred Parks Law Library will be closed starting at 5:00pm December 19, 2014 and will re-open at 7:30am January 2, 2015. 



The library staff at the Fred Parks Law Library would like to wish all our students, staff, faculty alumni and friends of of the library Happy Holidays.  We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Brawner

Monday, December 15, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Suggested Leisure Reading

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!

The Library has more than texts and legal resources. We also have a selection of fiction.
Larry Thompson's So Help Me God uses
South Texas as a setting, and his
Dead Peasants features a main character
who is a graduate of South Texas.
Our collection also includes, Removal,
the first novel of former
Professor Peter Murphy.
Have a restful and enjoyable break! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In Memoriam: Harry Reed, 1923-2014

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist



     “You want to try teaching Texas land titles?” That question from Joe Williamson began Harry Reed’s 62-year relationship with South Texas College of Law in 1952. At the time, Joe Williamson and Harry both worked at Shell Oil. Williamson was an adjunct at South Texas and in January of that year he asked if Harry wanted to join him in academia. Harry taught as an adjunct from 1952 until Shell transferred him to New York in 1957. He returned to Texas in 1959, and once again began teaching. He taught as an adjunct until 1978, when he developed high blood pressure and decided “not tempt fate any more by carrying on two careers.” He took a break from teaching until he retired from Shell in 1985, then he returned full-time to South Texas where his friend and former co-worker Joe Willliamson was Dean.
     Harry has seen South Texas go from a part-time night school in the basement of the YMCA to a school on the cutting-edge of legal education and he played a vital role in that transformation. In addition to being one of the school’s most popular professors, Harry served as the school’s general counsel for almost two decades, starting two days after he was hired full-time in 1985.  During that time he reviewed contracts and offered advice to four Deans, and assisted the College in obtaining full accreditation by the ABA in the mid to late 1980s.
     He’s seen the student body change as well. In the 1950s and 60s, the student body was primarily men with full-time jobs and families. Women have always been admitted to South Texas, but it wasn’t until the 1970s when the enrollment of women and minorities started to increase. The student body became younger when the school offered a full-time program, with students coming straight from their undergraduate studies. “There have been a lot of impressive students over the years. It’s very gratifying when they come back very mature and doing well to express a great thanks to me and the college.”
     Harry was a leader, an inspiration, and a beloved colleague. He had a sharp wit and an incredible mind. This is the time of year when we all count our blessings and are thankful for all we have. We at South Texas will forever be thankful for Harry Reed.
     A Memorial service will be held at United Methodist Church, 1320 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002, on November 29, 2014, at 10am. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Houston. Contributions can also be made to the scholarship fund being established in Harry’s name by South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002.
     You can view Harry’s obituary here.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Accreditation

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

On November 21, 1928, South Texas School of Law received accreditation from the Supreme Court of Texas. The Supreme Court deemed the education at South Texas to be of such a high standard that its graduates were exempt from the bar exam.  The Order was reprinted in the 1929-1930 South Texas School of Law Catalog & Yearbook, p. 14:


To view the catalog in its entirety, or to view other early Catalogs, please visit our Digital Collections.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Exam Preparation Aids

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!

The Library has many resources
to assist you in preparing for exams.
Many of them can be found in KF 283
(Reserve and Main4).
There are also online aids --
see the Student Study Aids Channel
under the Library Tab on STANLEY.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Veteran's Day Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist


Private Fred Parks. December 1942
     Born in 1906 in Oklahoma (then called Indian Territory) to Nora Soden and John Parks, Fred Parks grew up poor. His father had abandoned the family shortly after his birth, and Fred worked several odd jobs as a teen to help his mother make ends meet. He first enrolled at South Texas School of Law in 1927, but was unprepared for law school. He dropped out and enrolled in Rice Institute. When the Great Depression began, he could no longer afford to go to school. He worked for the next four years and in 1934, he re-enrolled in South Texas School of Law. He worked several jobs while attending law school and at times was homeless and would sleep in the city cemetery.  Upon graduation in 1937, he began working for the Houston law firm of Burris & Benton. He became active in the local and state bar, serving first as the Director for the Houston Junior Bar Association, and then the President of the HJBA.
     Once World War II began, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and was assigned to the Judge Advocate’s Office at Brooks Field in San Antonio. He applied for, and was accepted to, Officer Candidate School, and upon completion was sent to Italy as part of the 464th Bomb Group, which was the Intelligence wing of the 15th Army Air Force, in 1943. Captain Fred Parks was released from active duty in 1946. He returned to Houston with the ETO ribbon with six stars and the Bronze Star. He opened his own law office specializing in civil law, including personal injury.
     Fred Parks remained active in the local and state legal community, serving as Director and Vice-President of the Texas Bar Association.  He wrote and spoke extensively on the law throughout his career, and in the 1950s he also taught law at South Texas College of Law. He was involved with some famous cases, including an inheritance dispute over the Galveston Moody family money and actress Hedy Lamarr’s divorce from Houston millionaire Howard Lee. He wound down his law practice in the 1980s, after 50 years of practice.
     Fred Parks is the largest benefactor in the history of South Texas College of Law. He passed away October 18, 2001, at age 95, one month before the dedication of the Fred Parks Law Library, which featured his friend President George Bush. Mr. Parks said that he believed in the American Dream because he experienced it. Born poor, he earned his success through hard work and determination. A member of a generation “hardened by the Great Depression and tempered by war”, his fortitude and spirit are an inspiration.
     This Veterans Day we thank Mr. Parks and all those who have served.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Veterans Day Edition

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!


 
Veterans and their families may have specialized legal needs.
The Library has resources to assist them.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Election edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

The mid-term election is over and regardless of whether your candidate won, we hope you all participated in the democratic process and voted. One of the positions on the ballot was that of Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, and The Honorable Nathan Hecht was elected. Judge Hecht was first elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988, and he was appointed Chief Justice in 2013.

In December 2002, STCL was fortunate to have Judge Hecht as our commencement speaker.

Judge Hecht with Harry Hutchuns and Professor East


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Election Edition

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!


Texas is one of only a handful states that
elect their judges in partisan races.

Monday, November 3, 2014

What are South Texas Book Awards?

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Interesting question of the day: "Do you have, somewhere in the library and available to students, the book awards showing the highest grades from every past class?"
Although I have been here at South Texas for almost 30 years, I had never heard the term "book award" before. So, I searched Google and learned that a "book award" is bestowed by a law school on each law school student who earns the highest grade in a particular class. Some law schools name their awards after a distinguished alumnus and other schools have allowed donors to sponsor the awards and name them after the donor. 
I asked a colleague if she had ever heard of such an award here at South Texas. She said, at one time, South Texas did have "Am Jur" awards -- presumably the awards were sponsored by Lawyers Cooperative, the publisher of American Jurisprudence (aka "AmJur"). She suggested perhaps the College Archives might have a list of these awards. No such luck in the Archives, so I contacted the Registrar and asked if she was familiar with the term "Am Jur"-ing a course, and, if so, did South Texas still award them? She said that we do, but now they're sponsored by and named after the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).


A list of CALI Awards for South Texas for each semester 2007-present is available from the CALI website. Who knew?
  


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Happy Halloween!

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist


Every year, about this time, STCL's most dedicated alum shows up to do some research.
Here he is in 1991
Remember: good lawyers never retire, they just change practice locations. Have a safe and spooktacular holiday, everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Collection Spotlight -- Halloween Edition

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!

Chapters to note:
Scary cases : Halloween pranks gone bad
Hal-law-een would be really scary!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Disco edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist


The STCL administrative staff in 1976. 

I'm not gonna lie - I was really trying to come up with something witty to say about this photo. However, all that comes to mind are Bee Gees lyrics and it would be a violation of copyright to post them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Discovery!

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!

 

In honor of Columbus Day last week,
a new edition on Discovery.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Hispanic Heritage Month

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist



In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we go back to 1992 with the dedication of the E.J. Salcines Student Lounge. A member of the STCL class of '63, Judge Salcines served on our board of Trustees for 16 years.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Hispanic Heritage Month

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!


Sonia Sotomayor is the
first Hispanic Justice on the
United States Supreme Court.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: legal research edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

We know you have memos and papers due soon - get thee to the library!

Margaret Walford, '48, John W. Newman, Walton E. Boyd.

This photo was taken as a part of a book campaign in the early 1950s, to help build the South Texas College library collection. In the 1950s, we were still part of the YMCA and just one part of a larger entity that also contained a college of commerce and a junior college. The junior college eventually became the University of Houston-Downtown. This photo, along with a dozen others, were found by UHD archivist Melissa Torres, and were given back to STCL this past July.



Collection Spotlight

Now Appearing in the Library!

One L of a year : how to maximize your success in law school
by Leah M. Christensen
Carolina Academic Press, 2012
KF 283 .C485 2012 Main4

Happy Labor Day! - Collection Spotlight

Now Appearing in the Library!



From lemons to lemonade in the new legal job market : winning job search strategies for entry-level attorneys
by R. L. Hermann
DecisionBooks, 2012
KF 297 .H437 2012
Main4 and Career Resources Center

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Legal Writing

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!


These are recently-published guides to legal writing.
Others can be found primarily in KF 250
in the Main Stacks or on Reserve.
You can also search for the subject
"Legal composition" in STELLA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Supreme Court edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist


The Tower building was completed in 1984 and the dedication, which took place on May 2 of that year, was an historic event for STCL and the city of Houston. The featured guest was William H. Rehnquist, then an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hon. Jack Pope, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court gave the keynote address. This photo shows the official ribbon cutting with Justice Rehnquist, Dean Garland Walker, Chief Justice Pope, and The Honorable Frank Evans, Chief Justice, First Court of Appeals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Collection Spotlight - Supreme Court Begins New Term

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian


Now Appearing in the Library!

 

A new biography on Justice Antonin Scalia
was just acquired by the library.
You can follow the Supreme Court
throughout the term on their website.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Banned Books Week edition

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

Our most infamous alumna is Madalyn Murray O'Hare, '52 - founder of the American Atheists and author of multiple books on atheism, all of which have been banned at one time or another. O'Hare return to STCL to speak to students in 1975 and again 1995. This photo is from her visit in 1975.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spotlight - Banned Books Week Sept. 21-27

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

This week, Sept. 21-27, is Banned Books Week.
These are two of the banned books featured in
"Books That Shaped America,"
an exhibit by the Library of Congress
For the complete list and a link to LC's Exhibit page, see
Banned Books That Shaped America
Banned Books Week is an annual event 
that brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists,
teachers, and readers of all types in shared support
of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.
For details, see http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.
For resources on this topic or any other topic
through the Library's collections, search STELLAplus+ 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

Did you know that there used to be skits performed at the Barrister's Ball? By the faculty and staff? Here's proof from 1985:

 
How many of these folks can you name?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Collection Spotlight for Prospective and Current Students

Now Appearing in the Library!


Law School : Getting In, Getting Out, Getting On
by Michael Ariens
Carolina Academic Press, 2010
KF 283 .A75 2010   Main4

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Collection Spotlight - New Book!

Now Appearing in the Library!


Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers
by Dr. Amy L. Jarmon
American Bar Association, 2013
KF 315 .J37 2013 Main4

From the Introduction: "The purpose of this book is to provide strategies
that will help you gain control over your professional life
so that you can still have a fulfilling personal life outside the office...
This book is written for both new lawyers ... as well as lawyers
who have practices for several years..."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Collection Spotlight - New Faculty Publication

Now Appearing in the Library!



The Texas Constitution in State and Nation : Comparative
State Constitutional Law in the Federal System
by Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes
Vandeplas Publishing, 2014.
KFT 1602 .R46 2014 Main5

Friday, August 15, 2014

Welcome Back!

To new students as well as returning students we the friendly librarians at the Fred Parks Law Library welcome you back for Fall 2014.  We as librarians look forward to assisting whenever possible.  Please note our new hours of operation as well as our reference hours.  Have a great semester and do not hesitate to "ask a librarian" for any assistance.


Good Luck!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Build Your Business Knowledge with CORe and the Harvard Business School


In the world of higher education, web-based learning is nothing new. Many institutions offer online degree programs in a variety of disciplines, and the world of MOOCs is growing by leaps and bounds, but, according to critics, online education has a long way to go. A standard model of online instruction that fully leverages the technology of our interconnected world, they argue, has yet to be fully realized. Even so, progress is steady and the pressure for schools to compete in the growing marketplace of online learning is undeniable. This competition will shape tomorrow's web-based content-delivery platforms and determine how the world will learn in the future. 

For its first foray into the online realm, Harvard Business School has created HBX, which uses a proprietary software platform to offer educational content over the Web. Beginning on June 11th, the first HBX program will launch. It's called CORe or Credential of Readiness and it's designed as a primer (especially for those with a liberal arts background) on the fundamentals of business. Three courses -- Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting -- will be offered, taught by HBS professors, for a fee of $1,500. The first enrollment period has already closed, but the program will be offered again. What a great credential to include on your resume! And for those who plan to hang out a shingle, what useful knowledge to apply as you build your practice. 

If you'd like to learn more about CORe and to be notified of the next enrollment period, register here.

And for the backstory, read about CORe and the development of HBX here: Business School, Disrupted


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Elizabethan Law Library

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian

      Finals have begun and, after three years of dedicated work, the end is in sight for the class of 2014. This year also marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare.  Granted, the two events don’t have much (or anything) in common, but it got me thinking: good ol’ Bill did write quite a bit about the law and lawyers; i.e. Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, etc., so what would an Elizabethan lawyer’s library look like? Further, can I recreate it out of the library’s Special Collections Department? As it turns out the answers are: kind of small and yes.
     The legal history of England is long and complex. Picking a starting point is almost impossible: should we start with tribal custom, Roman law, Anglo Saxon law, Alfred the Great, or King Cnut? We can’t ignore those early influences and start with William I, nor can we jump to King John and the signing of Magna Carta. Alfred the Great developed a law code, King Cnut’s laws introduced an early form of the grand jury, and William introduced orderly methods to the laws and government of England and separated the secular and ecclesiastic courts.
     In the reign of William’s son Henry I (1100-1135), the law was still primarily Anglo-Saxon and was administered locally by sheriffs. Under Henry II (1154-1189), the system of itinerant judges expanded as did the use of the jury and the petty assizes were established. Criminal procedure was remodeled and the use of grand juries was systematized. “Henry II was far more than an inventor of legal forms or of the machinery of taxation. He was one of the greatest politicians of his time; a man of such wide influence, great estates, and numerous connections that the whole of the foreign relations of England during the middle ages may be traced directly and distinctly to the results of his alliances and his enmities.” (Bishops Stubbs, Constitutional History, 1954, as quoted in Plucknett, p. 19)
     The earliest known treatise on the common law was completed at the end of Henry II reign. Ranulf de Glanville’s Tractatus de Legibus; Consuetudinibus Regni AngliƦ was a major contributor to the development of the common law tradition. While it deals mostly with writs and the modes of civil litigation, it shows the importance of land law and the emphasis on procedure in the medieval legal system. The common law is, of course, based on judicial decisions, on the reasons and principles that made a judge decide the case in a particular way. Plea rolls exist from the time of King Richard, but it was Henry II that began the enrollment of judicial decisions. By 1221, every justice in the Eyre had his own roll. Those rolls did not always make it back to the treasury, however, as some of the justices preferred to keep their rolls on hand. Judges had to be required by law to hand them over in 1335 and again in 1409.
     Ultimately, these rolls became known as the Year Books, the precursors of today’s Reporters. Each volume preserves the memory of the court proceedings and serves as a record of the facts and judgments handed down in each case. The volumes were quite cumbersome as there was no organization to them at all.  Lawyers must have rejoiced, then, when Nicholas Statham wrote the first abridgement of cases – a digest for the Year Books – in 1490. Though it was supplanted by Fitzherbert’s La Graunde Abridgement in 1516, Statham was the first to organize the cases alphabetically by subject.  This facilitated access to case law thus solidifying its importance to common law.
     It is, therefore, not surprising that the Elizabethan lawyer would have several abridgments in his library. A dictionary and Glanville’s Tractatus could also be found on a lawyer’s bookshelf. All in all, a successful lawyer might own as many as thirty books including treatises on land law, criminal law, civil litigation, writs, books of legal maxims, and, of course, Sir Edward Coke’s Institutes of the Lawes of England. A library of this size would be a considerable investment given that in a good year a lawyer would make the equivalent of £26 and Fitzherbert’s Abridgement originally cost £2.
     On display now in the Library Lobby is The Elizabethan Lawyer’s Library, an exhibit of rare books from the Special Collections Department. All of the materials on display were originally published prior to 1615. These rare items will be on display until August 29, 2014.
         
Sources cited:
Year books of Edward II, vol. 17. London: Quartich, 1903-
Select pleas of the crown, vol 1., ed. for the Selden Society by F.W. Maitland. London: Quartich, 1888.   
Hogue, Arthur. Origins of the common law. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1966.
Plucknett, Theodore. A concise history of the common law. Boston: Little, Brown, 1956.
Topulos, Katherine. “A common lawyer’s bookshelf recreated: An annotated bibliography of a collection of sixteenth-century English Law Books.” 84 Law Libr. J. 641 1992.
 
 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Summer Clerkship Videos by Bloomberg

As the spring semester comes to an end and students prepare for their summer clerkships/ internships Bloomberg Law is posting a series of video lectures on Federal Research in Bloomberg Law.  In your spare time view some of the videos to enhance your research skills using Bloomberg Law.  Here is one of the recently published videos.



Enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c715xxJ2U8U

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Terri LeClerq and Lydia Brandt, Leading Legal Research and Writing Experts in Texas are Criminal Justice Reformers

By Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S.

Terri LeClercq and Lydia Brandt are experts in the legal research and writing field. LeClercq, formerly taught legal writing at the University of Texas Law School. She consults and lectures widely on legal writing, emphasizing a clear and straight forward style.  She is the author of  Expert Legal Writing, (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1995) and Guide to Legal Writing Style, 4th ed. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 1997) and most recently a graphic novel designed for Texas prisoners on writing prison grievances, Prison Grievances, When to Write, How to Write. She also publishes a blog, Prison Grievances, When to Write, How to Write, (Captive Audiences Publishing, 2013). Just last Friday, I found out that she is a call-in contributor to KPFT Radio, 90.1, Houston, The Prison Show.  Today she has a post on their Facebook page.

Lydia Brandt, is an attorney and the author of the wonderful book called, Texas Legal Research: An Essential Lawyering Skill, (Dallas: Texas Lawyer Press, 1995.)  Although outdated in the sense that it was written pre-web, it contains vital information about the Texas legal system, such as statute and case law publication, precedent and authority, and organization of the courts, both historical and contemporary. She now represents prisoners on Texas death row. One of her clients, Anthony Doyle, was recently executed on March 28, 2014. See a Channel 11 Dallas news article regarding the subject. An example of her advocacy (Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus relief) can be read at the following PACER link in the case of Ronnie Paul Threadgill v. Rick Thaler, No.3:13-CV-1138. He was executed in April, 2013.

It is interesting that these two women who could have rested on their laurels, have undertaken the hard and unpopular task of advocating for the least of us.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Play Ball!

It’s opening day and the cries of ‘play ball’ begin to echo over the diamond shaped fields, it’s my favourite time of the year, baseball season! With all it’s tradition and history, the game known as “America’s pastime” has arrived.

If you don't have time to catch a game, you might want to try:

Books
Courting the Yankees: legal essays on the Bronx bombers.
KF 3989 .A75 C68 2003
John H. Minan & Kevin Cole, Little White Book of Baseball Law.
KF 3989 .M563 2009

or search our catalog with the keyword ‘baseball’ and browse the 165 titles we own.

Movies
42
61
A League of Their Own
Angels in the Outfield
Bull Durham
Eight Men Out
Field of Dreams
For the Love of the Game
Headin Home (1920 silent movie starring Babe Ruth)
Jackie Robinson Story
Major League
Moneyball
The Natural
The Pride of the Yankees (featuring Babe Ruth)
The Rookie
Stratton Story
Take Me out to the Ballgame
That Touch Of Mink (not about baseball but features Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris in one scene)
Trouble with the Curve
For more, check out http://www.baseballmovie.com/baseball-movies.php
or view them at http://www.sportsinmovies.com/baseball-movies.asp

If you want to refresh your memory on the rules (and the new rules on replay) check out
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/foreword.jsp


Or you want to write that substantive paper take a look at  SABR – Society for American Baseball Research - http://sabr.org/

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guidance on Same Sex Marriages and Federal Tax Law

By Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S., Reference Librarian
Tax filing season is upon us. Below are some web resources on same-sex marriage and federal and state income taxes:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Historical Texas Statute Publications

Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S., Reference Librarian

Lately I had a personal need to find and understand a repealed Texas statute that was in effect in 1931.  I had never anticipated that I would have to use the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas Adopted at the Regular Session of the Thirty-Ninth Legislature 1925, including Constitution of the United States and Constitution of the State of Texas. (In Two Volumes) Published by Authority of the State of Texas. This information is not available on expensive online paid subscriptions like Westlaw or Lexis. They only indicate that the statute in question was repealed and the date of the repeal.

However, this resource is available in paper in our library's collection and online through the Texas State Law Library. Interestingly, one of our paper sets came from the office of the Criminal District Attorney, Harris County, Texas.  It was sent to him by Emma Grigsby Meharg, Secretary of State, with the exhortation that he "turn the set over to his successor in office, taking his receipt for the same and file such receipt with the County Judge of your county." Obviously, along the way, there was no need for the Harris County DA to comply with the request.

These and earlier statutes are called codifications and re-codifications of Texas law.  They are also called bulk revisions. The publications reflect both substantive and non-substantive changes (reorganization) of the laws. Our paper volumes can be found at on the fifth floor of the library. Our catalog has two links to the digitized version.  One is for use in our library through our Making of Modern Law Subscription and the other is digitized by the Texas State Law Library.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Registration is now open for our next program! Digital Lawyering Toolkit: E-filing and Records Management for Solo & Small Firm Practitioners.

E-filing and records managment are complementary skills. Records management is a necessary component of running an efficient practice, and e-filing, which is required in Harris County and Federal Courts, can be simplified with information organization.
 
Join us March 7, 2014, from 8 am to noon, in the Emilie Slohm Room on the 6th floor of the library. The course is free for STCL students, faculty & staff (you must use your stcl.edu account when registering), and is only $20 for all others.  The course has been accredited by the State Bar of Texas for 3 MCLE hours.

Register by clicking here or use the link at the top of our blog. Space is limited!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Texas Property Records Online

By Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S., Reference Librarian

Some of the smaller Texas counties have their property filings such as deeds and oil and gas leases online for free viewing.  One of these sites is Texas Land Records. You can view records without becoming a subscriber.  If you need copies you can subscribe and get copies of documents for $1.00 per page.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Helpful tools: Study Blue app

Want to keep up with black letter law while on the go?  Well there's an app for that!

StudyBlue is a free iphone and Android app that allows you to create your own flashcards in your phone to practice with even when you aren't at school. The app even keeps score to show whether or not you are improving. Another feature includes an alert you can set up to remind you to study.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Welcome Back!



The Fred Parks Law Library would like to welcome new and returning students back from winter break.  Stop by the reference desk for a fun treat to ring in the new semester!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Customizing Database Subscriptions

Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S.

Students, faculty and staff can customize many of our subscription databases to create folders and save searches for future use. Remember to sign on to Stanley to use these databases outside the library.

Here are links to information on customizing just four of our most popular databases:

For help with these and our other databases, contact (713) 646-1712 askpat@stcl.edu or visit the Reference Desk.