Serial: Murder, Innocence, and the Future Storytelling

If you haven’t heard of the podcast, Serial, by Sarah Koenig from This American Life, yet, let me tell you about the best new podcast available right now, and what may be the most popular podcast of all time. Read more ›

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DVD of the Week: Arrow (season 1)

While Marvel Studios rules the film world, with The Avengers and it’s associated movies earning billions of dollars as well as the praise of both critics and fans, DC comics has been a bit behind, especially since the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. But in the world of film/television adaptions of comic book lawyers, DC is the current king with Arrow.

Arrow tells the story of billionaire playboy Oliver McQueen, who, after returning home from several years abroad, creates a secret identity as a superhero and uses his boundless wealth and exceptional martial skills to fight back against the crime that threatens to take over his city. Sounds a bit like Batman? That’s because it is. Nevertheless, the Arrow — or Green Arrow, as he’s known in the comics — is a compelling character himself, comparisons to the Caped Crusader notwithstanding. Whereas Batman stories frequently focus on the psychological dichotomy of the Bruce Wayne character (see The Dark Knight for instance), Green Arrow is often more of a fighter for justice. Perhaps, considering this focus, it’s not surprising that, on the show, the Arrow would be romantically connected to an attorney, Laurel Lance, a fighter for justice in her own right. Batman, meanwhile, dates Catwoman — a cat burglar with a heart of gold — and Talia Al’Ghul — the daughter of once of his most powerful enemies and a powerful villain herself.

All in all, Arrow is fun show with a good cast that is definitely worth your time checking out.

From the DVD jacket:

After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City a new man, determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who’ve corrupted his city.

Tarlton’s Law in Popular Culture collection (LPOP) is always growing with the addition of new titles, including feature films and television series on DVD. We’re spreading the word by featuring selected titles here on our blog. LPOP videos and DVDs are exclusively available to the UT law school community, i.e. students, staff and faculty, for three day loan. Enjoy!

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Monthly List of New Books

Tarlton’s listing of new books added to our collection for November 2014 is now available.

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The law of emotional support animals

Emotional support animals have been in the news recently, including, most notably, an emotional support pig that was kicked off of a US Airways flight for relieving itself in the aisle. A writer for the New Yorker picked up on this recent growing phenomenon and tried to see how far she could push it with an emotional support turtle, alpaca, pig, and snake. How far could she push it? About as far as she wanted. Under the authority of a letter from a clinical social worker saying she needed the animals, she was able to take a flight from Newark to Boston with a pig, eat at a high end delicatessen with a 15 pound turtle, and go shopping for Chanel reptile handbags with her pet snake named Augustus. (The clerk suggested a yellow python bag because “[r]ed makes the snake look too dull.”)File:Mudchute farm pig side.jpg

So what is the legal basis for this new access for animals? It’s often confused with the allowances made for service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it actually comes from the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. If you want to learn more about disability law, we would recommend the aptly titled Understanding Disability Law, by Mark Weber. For animal law, we would recommend An Introduction to Animals and the Law, by Joan Schaffner. And if you want to learn more about careers in animal law, we would recommend Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy, by Yolanda Eisenstein, which you can find in the Hyder Popular Reading Room.

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New title at Tarlton about the Boy Scouts

Richard J. Ellis. Judging the Boy Scouts of America: Gay Rights, Freedom of Association, and the Dale Case. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2014. Read more ›

Posted in Collection Highlights, for Faculty, for Students, New Titles

Thanksgiving Hours

The Tarlton Law Library will close at 6pm on Wednesday (11/26) and will remain closed on Thursday (11/27) and Friday (11/28). The Library will resume normal operations on Saturday (11/29), opening at 9am and closing at 10pm. Extended hours for finals will start on Sunday (11/30), opening at 10am and closing at 2am. Beginning on Monday (12/1), library access will be limited to members of the law school community and patrons using the collection during the finals period.

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