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:

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.

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
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
or view them at

If you want to refresh your memory on the rules (and the new rules on replay) check out

Or you want to write that substantive paper take a look at  SABR – Society for American Baseball Research -

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Lately I had a personal need to find and understand a repealed Texas statute that was in effect in 1931.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 They only indicate that the statute in question was repealed and the date of the repeal.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.