Library Will Open at 1pm

Due to the potential winter weather, the Tarlton Law Library will close at 9:30pm on Wednesday (3/4).  The Library will reopen at 1:00pm on Thursday (3/5).

The make-up 1-L brief training session scheduled for 11:50am on Thursday will be rescheduled.  The 1:00pm brief training session on Thursday (3/5) will proceed as planned.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Ruth Virginia Brazzil (1889-1976)

The history behind Women’s History Month dates back to the late 1970s. Efforts to recognize women’s history initially started as a week long event, through the joint efforts of both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Over time, individual states started passing legislation declaring the whole month of March for women’s history. In 1987, a month long celebration became the law across the land with the U.S. Congress’s declaration of March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. Ever since, a special Presidential Proclamation has been issued every year to coincide. (Check out the Law Library of Congress’s compilation of related legislative history documents.)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Tarlton Law Library is shining a spotlight on some remarkable trailblazers in the Justices of Texas 1836-1986 online exhibit, including:

Hortense Sparks Ward (1875-1944)

Ruth Virginia Brazzil (1889-1976)

Hattie Leah Henenberg (1893-1974)

This digital library describes the 160 individuals who, as members of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1836 to 1986, shaped the rights of Texas citizens. Justices of Texas includes, for each justice, a portrait, a biography, citations to opinions, and links to resources with additional information.

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Appellate Brief Writing Resources

book coverAre you a 1L writing an appellate brief for your LRLW class this spring? If so, you may find some titles on legal writing in Tarlton’s collection helpful.

Take, for example, the ABA’s A Brief Guide to Brief Writing by Janet S. Kole. The ABA tends to publish practical works geared toward practicing lawyers, and this title from the ABA’s Section of Litigation is in keeping with that tradition.

Tarlton also offers a guide to recommended titles on legal writing, including some on briefs. The most famous author of the works compiled here is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, well known for his strong views on the importance of legal writing. Together with the legal writing expert Bryan Garner, he authored Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, which includes a discussion of brief-writing.

For more titles focused on brief writing, you can browse Tarlton’s online catalog, TALLONS, by this subject: Legal briefs — United States.

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Race and basketball

Earl Lloyd, the first black NBA player, died on Thursday at the age of 86. LLoyd played his first NBA game in 1950 for the Washington Capitals. If you would like to learn more about race and basketball, we would recommend three excellent books in our collection.Jacket

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Basketball Game That Changed American Sports, by Frank Fitzpatrick: This book tells the story of the 1966 NCAA Championship game between Texas Western and Kentucky. Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso) started five black players and beat the all-white Kentucky team 72-65.

Jacket (1)Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball, by Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody: Almost twenty years prior to Texas Western winning the National Championship and three years prior to Lloyd breaking the color barrier in the NBA, Bill Garrett played his first game for Indiana University. This books tells his unlikely story.

The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide, by Steve Marantz: Almost twenty years Jacket (2)after Lloyd broke the NBA color barrier, racial tensions were still extremely high in Omaha. This book tells the story of a basketball team with an all-black starting lineup and the trouble they encountered during their 1968-69 season.



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1L Legal Research Trainings on Briefs

The library has arranged for legal research training sessions on Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw to assist with 1L Legal Research and Legal Writing (LRLW) brief writing assignments.

These sessions will be held from Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 5. Please check the library’s spring calendar for 1Ls to see the time and location assigned for your LRLW section. Most of these training sessions will take place in the Library’s 3rd floor computer classroom (JON 3.22/3.223), but a couple are scheduled to occur in law school classrooms.

There is also a scheduled makeup session: Thursday, March 5, at 11:50am.

Good luck writing your briefs!

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New title at Tarlton about Whitey Bulger

Kevin Cullen. Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. Read more ›

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