Thursday, April 30, 2015

Collection Spotlight - Exam Study 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 Study Study Aids Channel on STANLEY.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Texian Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

On April 21, 1836, the Texian Army, headed by General Sam Houston, engaged in battle with the Mexican Army, led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Roughly twenty minutes later the phrases "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember Goliad!" would take their place in history and the Battle of San Jacinto would be over, with the Texians emerging victorious. This was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution and cemented our independence from Mexico.

Texas law is unique in many ways. When we became our own country we did adopt the Common Law but we kept a few things from our days as a Spanish colony and Mexican state. As a result, lawyers and judges sometimes have  to take a look at land grant maps like this one from John Sayles' Early laws of Texas.  This copy was donated to the library by the late Judge Spurgeon Bell, former Chief Justice of the First Court of Appeals and long-time South Texas Faculty member.
Map of Spanish Texas, 1835, from Early laws of Texas: General laws from 1836 to 1879, relating to public lands, colonial contracts, headrights, pre-emptions, grants of land to railroads and other corporations, conveyances, descent, distribution, marital rights, registration of wills, laws relating to jurisdiction, powers and procedure of courts, and all other laws of general interest... Compiled and arranged by John Sayles and Henry Sayles. St. Louis, Mo: The Gilbert Book Co., 1891. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Collection Spotlight - Terrorism and Crime

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

Anniversaries of certain terror-related
incidents, including the Oklahoma City
and the Boston Marathon bombings,
fall in mid-April.

Terrorism as crime, national security,
and other related topics have become
significant areas of study in the past few
decades. The Library collection has
a broad spectrum of materials, both
U.S. government documents and
other books and periodicals, that
can help explain or offer insights into
this complex area, as well as
materials dealing with specific
historical events.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: National Library Week

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

To celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015), we have two photos, both from 1980. The first is of the Fred Parks Law Library. Well, kind of.  Our current library was built in 2000 and opened in 2001. Prior to construction the area was an outdoor terrace.
The library itself was situated on the first and second floors, and occupied the area that currently houses the Treece Courtroom, Career Resources, Development & Alumni Relations, and the Frank Evans Center. If you stood at the library entrance, it looked like this:
Please note the card catalog on the right side and then go thank a librarian for all of the databases and online resources you can access from anywhere in the world. You could also bring flowers and chocolate. We like those.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Collection Spotlight - Immigration Resources

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

South Texas announced this week that it has 
received a grant from the Houston Endowment
to fund a new immigration clinic.

The Library has an extensive collection
of practical materials to aid in an
Immigration Law practice,
including these three titles.
For more sources, check out print materials
in KF 4800-4849 Main4
or search STELLA or STELLAplus+
for keywords "immigration law"
or for Library of Congress subject
 "Emigration and immigration law United States."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: April Fool's Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

In 1985, our school newspaper, Annotations, published an April Fool’s edition which they called Amutation, proving once again that law students (and lawyers) have a great sense of humor. While the student publication has been discontinued, you can read Amutation along with the complete run of print Annotations online through The Portal of Texas History
To learn more about Annotations or to explore our other digital collections, please visit our Digital Collections LibGuide.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Collection Spotlight -- April Fools' Day Edition

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

What better way to celebrate April Fools' Day
than with law and lawyer jokes?
The Library dozens of books of legal humor
in the main collection at K 184 (3rd floor).