Legal History Writing Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LH&RB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.

The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen was a leading scholar in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship.

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related fields are eligible to enter the competition. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required. Read more ›

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New title at Tarlton about female prisoners in Oklahoma

Susan F. Sharp. Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2014. Read more ›

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Seminar Paper Assistance

Climate Change Law. Entertainment Law. White Collar Crime. These are just a few of the many seminars with paper requirements being offered this spring semester.

If you are a law student and it’s time to get started on research for your seminar paper, please ask any reference librarian at the reference desk for assistance. Tarlton’s research guides may also be useful. Research guides can help not only in choosing a paper topic, but also refresh your memory about the legal research process and provide direction when researching various substantive topics.

So don’t procrastinate or hesitate to contact a librarian (via chat, text, email, or in person) early in the semester!

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New title at Tarlton about the law of race and marriage

Peter Wallenstein. Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2014. Read more ›

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Texas Legislature Back in Action

photoWelcome back for the spring semester! We hope you had a great break. While you were away, the Texas Legislature swung back into action, with the 84th regular session convening Tuesday, January 13. The regular session will run until Monday, June 1, 2015.

As a law school located in the state capital of Austin, students have a front row seat so to speak for observing the process of lawmaking on the state level. There are some peculiarities to Texas that can be helpful to know, largely due to the state’s constitutional history. Read more ›

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

photoMartin Luther King, Jr. Day will be celebrated this month on Monday, January 19. Thanks to some significant civil rights anniversaries that fall on this year, MLK Day takes on even greater prominence than usual. (Although the history of how MLK Day became a federal holiday in 1983 is an interesting story in and of itself.) Specifically, 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the seminal Selma marches on Montgomery, Alabama, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, two significant civil rights milestones in which Martin Luther King, Jr., loomed large.

Heralding the celebrations of these golden anniversaries is the favorably reviewed new movie Selma, which opened late last year and is now in wide release around the country. For better or worse, the movie itself has stirred up a bit of a controversy on how it portrays the relationship between King and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Some have found the depiction of LBJ as overly negative, a reading that others have disputed, and still others have said is beside the point.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library has assembled a set of related documents online for those wishing to learn more about the history behind these events. And of course, those at the University of Texas have the option of walking over and visiting the library to learn more firsthand. The Tarlton Law Library also has own collections to offer, with titles on Martin Luther King, Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, Selma, and the Voting Rights Act.

All in all, some civil rights victories well worth celebrating.



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