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This is a featured Texas title Texas government in a nutshell
By Erben, Randall H. West Academic Publishing. First edition. 2023.
What are the duties of a Texas Attorney General? Can state agencies make their own rules? This primer from the West’s Nutshell Series summarizes the main functions of the Texas executive branch, answering these questions and more.
This is a featured Texas title Texas legal research
By Simons, Spencer L. Carolina Academic Press. Second edition. c2016.
This concise handbook is a good introduction to Texas constitutional and legislative history, administrative and citation rules, and case law research. It is helpful for practitioners, students, and anyone else in need of a primer on finding and using sources of Texas law.
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By Hodge, Samual D. American Bar Association. ;1. 2014.
Legal cases involving medical issues require an understanding of the human body--how it is put together|how the systems function|and how they interact. A good grasp of this basic information is essential to understanding the clinical issues involved in the multitude of diseases and medical disorders that confront both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Judicial and insurance professionals dealing with medical cases would also benefit from a comprehensive medical reference guide. ABA Medical-Legal Guides: Clinical Anatomy for Lawyers offers in-depth coverage and medical illustrations of each bodily system|including the common diseases and disorders of each and their relevant legal issues and cases. Several medical problems that overlap body systems--such as trauma|immune disorders|and pain--are also included|along with their legal ramifications. Containing more than 300 medical illustrations and photos|Clinical Anatomy for Lawyers is an important guide to understanding the medical issues…
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By Ward, Samantha Snow. American Bar Association. 1;1. 2014.
Accurate communication between professionals and clients is critical. This is of particular concern when there are language and cultural differences. While many Spanish-language phrasebooks are available, most are geared to the travel market. This book is designed specifically for professionals who need to communicate with Spanish speakers about U.S. law. This pocket-sized guide identifies common American legal phrases and concepts and provides accurate Spanish translations. The book is divided into sections based on substantive areas of law including criminal law, family law, labor and employment law, personal injury and medical malpractice, immigration, bankruptcy, and business law. In addition, a handy pronunciation guide makes communication a breeze. Whether or not you are bi-lingual, if you have Spanish-speaking clients, this book is the one reference you'll use every day to improve your client communications.
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Sharpe Reference. c2005.
An encyclopedia that examines the history and hotly contested debates surrounding the concept and practice of civil liberties.
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By Blackwell, Amy Hackney. 2008.
The Essential Law Dictionary is an essential up-to-date legal reference, containing over 3,000 entries explaining legal language that can often be hard to understand, even for lawyers.
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By Levitt, Carole A. American Bar Association. ;1. 2014.
This complete hands-on guide reveals the secrets, shortcuts, and realities of conducting investigative and background research using free and low-cost public records available on the Internet (and from fee-based databases). Written for legal professionals (but also useful for anyone who needs to conduct investigative and background research), this comprehensive desk book describes how to use hundreds of government and non-government Internet sites to uncover public records. The resources and techniques in this book are useful for investigations; finding assets; advising clients about potential business partners; depositions; locating missing witnesses, clients, or heirs; and trial preparation, among other research challenges facing legal professionals. Find Info Like a Pro will assist anyone who wants to learn how to find free and low-cost public record Internet sites (and fee-based databases) for investigative research
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Find info like a pro : Mining the internet's publicly available resources for investigative research
By Levitt, Carole A. American Bar Association. ;1. 2014.
This complete hands-on guide shares the secrets, shortcuts, and realities of conducting investigative and background research using the sources of publicly available information available on the Internet. Written for legal professionals, this comprehensive desk book lists, categorizes, and describes hundreds of free and fee-based Internet sites. The resources and techniques in this book are useful for investigations; depositions; locating missing witnesses, clients, or heirs; and trial preparation, among other research challenges facing legal professionals.
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Gale/Cengage Learning. Third edition. c2011-.
The electronic version of this 14-volume legal encyclopedia set provides thousands of articles that explain legal terms, issues, and concepts in easy to understand language. It also includes articles on prominent legislation, court cases, and notable legal professionals.
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By Hoffman, Marci. West Academic Publishing. Third edition. 2021.
"This Nutshell provides a basic introduction to international and foreign legal research for the non-specialist. It offers guidance through the unfamiliar pathways of research using international and non-US legal materials and demystifies the world of treaties and international case law. Since it’s aimed at the non-specialist, it provides straight-forward background information on the United Nations and the European Union and includes guidance using the documents and legal materials of these institutions. There are extensive links to the rich world of Web resources, but it also describes print research tools that remain important in this field. It also sets out a road map for approaching a research problem involving international, foreign and comparative law. Finally, there is information on keeping current on new information and resources as well as tips for how to do handle source collection and cite-checking an international law journal article." - publisher's description
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By Burkhart, Ann M. West Academic Publishing. Third edition. .
"It answers questions students have as they begin their studies. What is a tort? Hornbook? Should I join a study group? It also explains and gives examples of the best methods for studying and for taking exams. It provides questions and model answers from actual law school exams. The Nutshell also provides information about the types of legal practice that are available to you when you graduate. And it describes the opportunities that will be available to you during your second and third years of law school, such as law journals, law clinics, internships, joint degree programs, and study abroad." - publisher's description
Latest received: Automatic updates. Law & Business, Inc. [2018?]-.
"The Lawyer's Almanac provides vital facts and figures on the courts, government, law schools, lawyers, and their work and organizations. Complete and up-to-date, it is the standard reference guide on the American legal scene and is useful for attorneys, law librarians, judges, law students, journalists, and anyone who needs quick access to information on the legal profession." -publisher's description
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Latest received: Automatic updates. Aspen Publishers. [2018?]-.
"Lawyer’s Desk Book is an extraordinary guide that you can’t afford to be without. Used by over 150,000 attorneys and legal professionals, this must-have reference supplies you with instant, authoritative legal answers, without exorbitant research fees." -publisher's description
By Drennan, William D. American Bar Association. Second;2. 2015.
A must-have for lawyers as well as wordsmiths, this book provides verbal "ammunition" for the legal practitioner. The key words and analogies featured in the book are intended to elicit strong mental--but particularly strong emotional--images or memories in the hearer, to stimulate in the listener a flood of associations with these words in order to effectively communicate with clients, witnesses, and jurors. Each category highlights words that may be unfamiliar to the lawyer and then provides definitions on meanings and examples of common usage.
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By Teply, Larry. West Academic Publishing. Third edition. 2021.
"Learning legal citation is one of the difficult (and sometimes admittedly annoying) tasks that students new to the law face. This book is designed to ease that task. It initially focuses on conventions that underlie all accepted forms and systems of legal citation. Building on that understanding and an explanation of the "process" of using citations in legal writing, the book then discusses and illustrates the particular rules of The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual for citing cases, statutes, and all other major legal sources. Unique appendices provide useful comparative information for these two systems of citation." - publisher's description
By Elias, Stephen. Nolo. Ninteenth edition. 2021.
"Find and access the laws you need with help from Legal Research. This complete, plain-English guide to the basics of legal research shows you how to: locate the best legal resources online or in the library, understand and utilize statutes, cases, and regulations, research your legal issue like an attorney." - publisher's description
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By Olson, Kent C. West Academic Publishing. Fourteenth edition. 2021.
This book gives a thorough overview of free internet resources and library materials that you can use to find information on case law, statutes, constitutions, administrative law, and more.
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Legal words you should know : Over 1,000 essential terms to understand contracts, wills, and the legal system
By Sandler, Corey. 2009.
Every day, people find themselves in legal situations. Mortgages are put in place, attorneys draw up wills, and credit cards are set up all the time. However, how many people actually understood the legal contracts they were signing? There's no excuse for being ignorant of the law when it comes to a dispute with a bank, a mortgage lender, or a lawyer. This book defines 1,000 essential words from the worlds of civil law, estates, lending, and elder affairs, such as abatement, residuary beneficiary, trust deed, variable rate mortgage, right of rescission, and more. Each word will be clearly defined, and includes a pronunciation key and an example of usage. This guide ensures you will know the law in no time!
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By Southern California Association of Law Libraries. Southern California Association of Law Libraries. 2018.
This straightforward guide to legal research is a great starting point for those who need to find information about the law but aren’t sure how to go about it.
By Fandl, Kevin. American Bar Association. 1;1. 2014.
This concise guide provides instruction for foreign legal practitioners or advanced LLM students on the basics of the U.S. legal system and the process of legal reasoning, using substantive topics in U.S. law as example. Using an innovative learning process, you'll be exposed to legal concepts in your system and language, and those same concepts in the U.S. legal system. This engaging book will help you develop confidence in the use of terms and concepts that are frequently used in the U.S. legal system. You'll find expert guidance on topics like summarizing key U.S. legal decisions, researching case law online, appealing judgments, and preparing case summaries for a client or partner. The guide addresses each concept using plain English language and, where appropriate, giving examples of concepts in practice to strengthen the reader's understanding. Narrowing the Gap also provides special focus on contracts, torts, and trade law. In these areas, you'll find an outline of the law in …
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Nolo. Eleventh edition. 2020.
"Turn to Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law for answers to everyday legal questions that come up in all aspects of life. Easily locate concise explanations about legal issues including: - credit, debt, and bankruptcy - divorce, child custody, and visitation - wills, living trusts, and estate planning" -- from the publisher
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By Olson, Kent C. West Academic Publishing. Third edition. 2020.
This treatise provides concise, encyclopedic coverage of legal research methods and resources such as free websites, commercial websites, and printed publications.
BarCharts, Inc. 2009.
When it comes to legal matters, lawyers and their Spanish-speaking clients fully understand that proper communication is crucial when working on a particular case. Our 6-page guide can help by providing a thorough, up-to-date listing of the most important phrases and key words—as well as Spanish translations—within the legal field. Our guide, as always, is formatted for ease of use so that finding certain terms is a breeze! Includes a glossary of key legal terms, divided into concepts and actions for easy reference.
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By Hudson, David L. Greenwood. Third edition. .
A book that covers the legal rights of young adults in all aspects of their daily lives such as at home, at school and on the job. The third edition includes information on emerging topics such as cyber-bulling and sexting as well as recent changes to laws on privacy and LGBTQ rights.
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Using and misusing legislative history : A re-evaluation of the status of legislative history in statutory interpretation
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Legal Policy. .
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Gale. Second edition. c2005.
Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics. Includes completely revised articles covering important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more. Covers such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide.
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By Autry, Rick. American Bar Association. 1;1. 2014.
Words are the building blocks of the law, and the tools of the lawyer. To master words one must know them well, and to know them one should know where they come from. By knowing the origins of words used in law, a lawyer will know the law better and will know how to argue better. This unique book features a profuse collection of legal words and phrases, or words that are commonly used in legal work. The etymologies first focus on the meaning of the entry in the legal context, then provide the "roots" of the word focusing on ideas that a lawyer would find particularly helpful or enlightening. There has always been is a strong appeal to form arguments based on origins. It is common for lawyers in many situations to use a word's origin as a starting point, or even the coup-de-grace, in an argument. For the first time, Word Origins for Lawyers brings a lawyer's perspective to etymology that is otherwise lacking in other available sources. As a lawyer, if you want to form more powerful fou…
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