This program will cover legal research techniques for using Lexis Advance, a powerful legal research platform that is available for free on the Harris County Law Library's research computers.
Speakers will cover the strengths and weaknesses of various legal research platforms and discuss best practices for finding good law efficiently using a variety of online resources.
This program will cover legal drafting techniques using tools available in the most widely-available word processing software, Microsoft Word. Key topics will include e-file formatting, legal citations, tables of authorities, and tables of contents, along with fonts, styles, headers and footers, and page and paragraph numbering.
How can social media be used to promote your law firm and reach potential clients? What are the best practices for managing your social media presence on multiple platforms? Are there ethical concerns to be aware of? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this free CLE program, brought to you by the Harris County Law Library.
Kristen Lee, J.D., Assistant County Attorney, Harris County Attorney's Office
Joseph Lawson, J.D., M.L.S., Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library
Heather Holmes, M.L.S., Assistant Law Librarian, Harris County Law Library
Date: October 27, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Harris County Law Library -- Harris County Attorney Conference Center, 1019 Congress Street, Houston, TX 77002
Total CLE Hours: 1.0
Ethics Hours Included: 0.25
The Law Library will present a three-part lecture series in collaboration with Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and Gulf Coast Reads in October. Speakers will discuss legal perspectives on this year's Gulf Coast Read, The Train to Crystal City. Visit the RSVP page to register and for more information.
In conjunction with the upcoming CLE series on Immigration Law and Internment Camps in Texas, which will feature three seminars in the month of October, the Harris County Law Library is highlighting our collection of Immigration Law Resources. Throughout September, print materials on all aspects of immigration law will be on display. Treatises like Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and a number of CLE coursebooks from TexasBarCLE will be featured. You’ll also find immigration law resources in the Law Library’s digital collection, including official immigration forms through Westlaw and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal on HeinOnline.
Throughout the month of August, a wide variety of materials published by the American Bar Association will be on display in the library. Search the Law Library's online catalog to find additional titles on everything from law practice management, litigation, and preparing for trial, to professional responsibility and the ethical practice of law. Resources published by the various ABA practice sections, including business, employment, criminal justice, family, real property, and taxation are widely represented.
August is Space Law Month at the Harris County Law Library. We’re marking the event with a special Space Law exhibit and providing supplementary online content that’s outta this world! Visit our downtown location throughout the month to view the exhibit, which features a number of primary law resources (listed below) and related visual content, which you can find on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website and download for personal use.
- The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, contained in the United States Statues at Large, Pub. L. No. 85-568, 72 Stat. 426-438, established NASA and marked America’s official entry into the Space Race.
- The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space details the purpose, function, and organization of NASA as mandated by Congress.
- To accommodate the large number of astronauts who live in Texas, the Secretary of State adopted special rules, spelled out in the Texas Administrative Code §81.35, that authorize NASA to implement procedures for casting ballots in outer space.
- The Outer Space Treaty, the multilateral agreement that established the governance of state activities in the exploration and use of outer space, was signed by more than 100 countries. It was first proposed by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in August of 1966, making this the 50th anniversary of its conception.
Article I, which captures the spirit of the Outer Space Treaty, is excerpted here. As we recognize this sentiment of equality, good will, adventure, and cooperation, the Harris County Law Library invites you to explore our resources. Plan your visit today!
“The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind.
Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all States without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.
There shall be freedom of scientific investigation in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, and States shall facilitate and encourage international co-operation in such investigation.”
Throughout the month of July, the Harris County Law Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Information Act, the landmark bill that expanded access to public records and paved the way for greater accountability in government affairs. In the years since President Lyndon B. Johnson reluctantly signed the bill into law, FOIA has been amended several times. The Watergate scandal and the 9/11 attacks brought significant changes, as did the digital age. And on June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the FOIA Reform Bill, further expanding access to government documents and establishing the creation of a single online portal for all FOIA requests.
For a detailed history of this watershed legislation, an interactive timeline of its complete evolution is available here. Please check our blog, Ex Libris Juris, throughout the month for additional FOIA resources and content, or visit us in person to explore our relevant print materials, currently on display. Two such titles include Federal Information Disclosure, a three-volume set that covers open access and transparency in government, and the Locating U.S. Government Information Handbook, an indispensable guide to government documents and other public records.
July is National Ice Cream Month, an annual tradition celebrated since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation for its observance and called for all people of the United States to honor the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Accordingly, the Harris County Law Library is recognizing National Ice Cream Month with an exhibit, currently on display in the library lobby.
Featured in the exhibit are two sections of the Code of Federal Regulation -- Title 21, §135.110, which discusses "frozen desserts" and specifies the requisite ingredients for any product marketed as "ice cream," and Title 7, §58.649, which spells out the USDA requirements for the grading and inspection of dairy products in general and ice cream in particular.
Also included are two patents for the invention of the beloved ice cream cone, or, as our favorite cone-shaped wafer was once called, the ice cream cornucopia. Visit the exhibit to to learn about the evolution of its innovative design.
Throughout the month, Ex Libris Juris will feature additional content on ice cream and the law, chock-full of interesting information tidbits. Be sure to get the scoop!
June is Constitutional Law Resource Month at Harris County Law Library.
June is Magna Carta Month at the Harris County Law Library.
The Harris County Law Library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. We will resume normal business hours at 8a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Whether you are an attorney or a self-represented litigant, your writing ability as the potential to affect the outcome of your legal work. Visit the Harris County Law Library all month long to find resources on display to help you improve and enhance your legal writing abilities. Titles include:
You can also follow our blog - Ex Libris Juris - for links to online resources for legal writing tips. To get you started, here's a post about something every legal writer ought to know - how to insert a section symbol into your legal documents.