Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to Succeed on Law School Exams

The law library’s guide, Exam Study Materials at TJSL  lists books on exam taking, and lists study aids available in the library for various courses such as Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Torts.

Law school exam advice from the blogosphere:

Exam Prep Made Simple: Organize Your Thoughts – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
It’s Thanksgiving, Should You Be Flipping Out About Exams? – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
Common Errors in Exam Study – Amy Jarmon, Law School Academic Support Blog
Some Quotes to Keep in Mind – Law School Academic Support Blog

Law School Exam Tips – Law School Academic Support Blog


Library Highlights: Law Practice Management

The Associate as Rainmaker: Building Your Business

Brain David King Keller

KF316.5 .K45 2011

From the Publisher: An associate’s mid- and long-term success relies on building a foundation of rela-tionships that are created during a lawyer’s early years. This book is your guide to specific actions for mastering the game, offering attorneys of all experience levels useful insights into how a rainmaker gets results. Broken into four thorough sections–Being a Rainmaker, Brain Basics, Rainmaker Tech-niques, and Tips from the Front Line–The Associate as Rainmaker contains specific techniques for busi-ness development, including: business development time slots, the art and science of selling, creating an optimal performance state, business development for shy attorneys, the art and science of rapport, thirty-four steps to grow any practice. The book also includes a business development checklist that contains tips for each year you’re an associate, as well as several appendices with exercises, goals sheets, and time management forms.

Moving Diversity Forward: How to go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

Vernā A. Myers

KF300 .M94 2011

What People are Saying: “The numerous publications about diversity render it difficult to offer a new perspective, but Vernã Myers has done so. Moving Diversity Forward takes head on underlying challenges to successful diversity and inclusion efforts that often are left unspoken-and she has done so without being inflammatory.” — William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance and Legal, Exelon Corporation “If you, like me, are a white male who believes in inclusion but sometimes feels on shaky ground in how to achieve it, this book is for you. Ms. Myers reveals the unconscious biases that inhibit inclusion, debunks the well-meaning but misguided arguments often used against inclusion, and provides clear and concrete steps we can take to move from well-meaning to well-doing.” — Mark E. (Rick) Richardson, VP & Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline

The Lawyer’s Guide to Increasing Revenue

Arthur G. Greene

KF316.5 .G74 2011

From the Publisher: The vast majority of law firms continue to leave dollars on the table. Now you can ensure your firm isn’t one of them. The Lawyer’s Guide to Increasing Revenue, Second Edition offers practical tips and step-by-step plans for evaluating, tracking, and ultimately enhancing your firm’s revenue stream. Significantly updated and expanded to address issues facing law firms in the twenty-first century, this new edition demonstrates how to avoid short-term solutions, look beyond cost-cutting, and develop a multi-year strategy for achieving financial growth. Using your firm’s existing resources, you will discover how to best maintain client relationships, boost staff morale, and augment your bottom line.

Federal Criminal Discovery

Robert M. Cary, Craig D. Singer, Simon A. Latcovich

KF9650 .C37 2011

From the Publisher: In nearly every criminal case, information is at a premium for both sides. Discovery plays a major role in federal criminal cases as it includes recordings, documents, electronic data, or tan-gible objects as well as unwritten information such as witness statements that have not been recorded or memorialized in writing. The rare value of information in a criminal case lies partly in its inaccessi-bility, as the parties’ right to discovery is relatively narrow. Because discovery rights in charged crimi-nal cases are limited, the parties often must litigate vigorously and creatively to obtain significant infor-mation. Federal Criminal Discovery thoroughly covers each of the different methods of discovery available to the parties in federal criminal cases. It serves as an invaluable resource for judges, academics, prose-cutors, and defense lawyers by providing an exhaustive discussion on the statutory and constitutional bases for discovery, and by covering the existing law fairly while examining both sides of the issues.

The Forensic Accounting Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Financial Investigation and Analysis for Family Lawyers

Miles Mason

KF8968.15 .M37 2011

From the Publisher: Forensic accounting can help family lawyers win case and help clients keep mon-ey which might otherwise be taken from them by a difficult and confusing divorce process. To help you understand the practice of forensic accounting and business valuation in family law caes, [This book] provides a basic introduction to the core financial concepts in divorce, such as asset identification, classification, and valuation, income determination, and expenses. It provides a step-by-step explana-tion of these “how to” mechanics and explores higher-level strategic concerns appropriate for high-asset and high-conflict cases. It connects the dots and fills gaps among the interrelated topics of sub- poena practice, accounting concepts, depositions, reports, methodology, financial statements, tax re-turns, reports, and testimony.

Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiating

Linda Ravdin

KF529 .R38 2011

From the Publisher: To begin the book, Linda Ravdin, an experienced family lawyer well-known for her knowledge of premarital and marital agreements, focuses on the law related to creating a valid agreement. […] Information about validity covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Other chapters address terms regarding nonfinancial issues, terms regulating the ongoing marriage, spousal support and attorney’s fees. The second part of the book examines the lawyer’s role in the process. Chapters consider both the critical ethical issues presented in drafting and negotiation as well as more practical aspects of negotiating the terms. In the next part, Ravdin discusses the most common issues that can arise after the agreement has been executed.

Preliminary Relief in Patent Infringement Disputes

Robert H. Resis

KF3155 .P745 2011

From the Publisher: The book begins with an overview of how preliminary relief is addressed in patent cases. Topics include legal and business considerations in seeking preliminary relief, the types of pre-liminary relief, pre- and post-filing considerations, and the likelihood of success on the merits. Other factors, such as irreparable harm, balance of hardships, and public interest, are also addressed in this introductory chapter. The balance of the book examines the Federal Circuit Court cases and 112 select-ed district court cases to show how preliminary injuction requests have been treated since the Supreme Court’s 2006 eBay decision. The book identifies the judges in the Federal Circuit and district court cas-es. Tables identifying the Federal Circuit and the district court cases in chronological order are also provided.

Legal Research Training Opportunities at TJSL

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You can have a say in how and when you learn how to conduct legal research.

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Library Highlights: Trafficking & Human Rights

Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai
Pardis Mahdavi
HD8666.Z8 D836 2010

From the Publisher: The images of human trafficking are all too often reduced to media tales of helpless young women taken by heavily accented, dark-skinned captors—but the reality is a far cry from this ste-reotype. In the Middle East, Dubai has been accused of being a hotbed of trafficking. Pardis Mahdavi, however, draws a more complicated and more personal picture of this city filled with migrants. Not all migrant workers are trapped, tricked, and abused. Like anyone else, they make choices to better their lives, though the risk of ending up in bad situations is high. Legislators hoping to combat human traffick-ing focus heavily on women and sex work, but there is real potential for abuse of both male and female migrants in a variety of areas of employment—whether on the street, in a field, at a restaurant, or at someone’s house. Gridlock explores how migrants’ actual experiences in Dubai contrast with the typical discussions—and global moral panic—about human trafficking.

Mahdavi powerfully contrasts migrants’ own stories with interviews with U.S. policy makers, revealing the gaping disconnect between policies on human trafficking and the realities of forced labor and migra-tion in the Persian Gulf. To work toward solving this global problem, we need to be honest about what trafficking is—and is not—and to finally get past the stereotypes about trafficked persons so we can real-ly understand the challenges migrant workers are living through every day.

The Politics of Trafficking: The First International Movement to Combat the Sexual Exploitation of Women
Stephanie A. Limoncelli
HQ281 .L55 2010

From the Publisher: Sex trafficking is not a recent phenomenon. Over 100 years ago, the first international traffic in women for prostitution emerged, prompting a worldwide effort to combat it. The Politics of Trafficking provides a unique look at the history of that first anti-trafficking movement, illuminating the role gender, sexuality, and national interests play in international politics. Initially conceived as a global humanitarian effort to protect women from sexual exploitation, the movement’s feminist-inspired vision failed to achieve its universal goal and gradually gave way to nationalist concerns over “undesirable” mi-grants and state control over women themselves. Addressing an issue that is still of great concern today, this book sheds light on the ability of international non-governmental organizations to challenge state power, the motivations for state involvement in humanitarian issues pertaining to women, and the im-portance of gender and sexuality to state officials engaged in nation building.

Trafficking and Human Rights: European and Asia-Pacific Perspectives
edited by Leslie Holmes
HQ281 .T73 2010

From the Publisher: Human trafficking is widely considered to be the fastest growing branch of traffick-ing. It has moved rapidly up the agenda of states and international organisations since the early-1990s, not only because of this growth, but also as its implications for security and human rights have become clear-er. This fascinating study by European and Australian specialists provides original research findings on human trafficking, with particular reference to Europe, South-East Asia and Australia. A major focus is on how many states and organisations act in ways that undermine trafficking victims’ rights.

Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo
Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
HD8728.5.F55 P37 2011
From the Publisher: In 2004, the U.S. State Department declared Filipina hostesses in Japan the largest group of sex trafficked persons in the world. Since receiving this global attention, the number of hostesses entering Japan has dropped by nearly 90 percent—from more than 80,000 in 2004 to just over 8,000 to-day. To some, this might suggest a victory for the global anti-trafficking campaign, but Rhacel Parreñas counters that this drastic decline—which stripped thousands of migrants of their livelihoods—is in truth a setback. Parreñas worked alongside hostesses in a working-class club in Tokyo’s red-light district, serv-ing drinks, singing karaoke, and entertaining her customers, including members of the yakuza, the Japa-nese crime syndicate. While the common assumption has been that these hostess bars are hotbeds of sex-ual trafficking, Parreñas quickly discovered a different world of working migrant women, there by choice, and, most importantly, where none were coerced into prostitution. But this is not to say that the hostesses were not vulnerable in other ways.

Illicit Flirtations challenges our understandings of human trafficking and calls into question the U.S. poli-cy to broadly label these women as sex trafficked. It highlights how in imposing top-down legal con-straints to solve the perceived problems—including laws that push dependence on migrant brokers, guest worker policies that bind migrants to an employer, marriage laws that limit the integration of migrants, and measures that criminalize undocumented migrants—many women become more vulnerable to exploi-tation, not less. It is not the jobs themselves, but the regulation that makes migrants susceptible to traf-ficking. If we are to end the exploitation of people, we first need to understand the actual experiences of migrants, not rest on global policy statements. This book gives a long overdue look into the real world of those labeled as trafficked.

Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective
Louise Shelley
HQ281 .S63 2010

From the Publisher: This book examines all forms of human trafficking globally, revealing the operations of the trafficking business and the nature of the traffickers themselves. Using a historical and comparative perspective, it demonstrates that there is more than one business model of human trafficking and that there are enormous variations in human trafficking in different regions of the world. Drawing on a wide body of academic research – actual prosecuted cases, diverse reports, and field work and interviews con-ducted by the author over the last sixteen years in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the former so-cialist countries – Shelley concludes that human trafficking will grow in the twenty-first century as a re-sult of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of conflicts, and possibly global cli-mate change. Coordinated efforts of government, civil society, the business community, multilateral organ-izations, and the media are needed to stem its growth.

The International Law of Human Trafficking
Anne T. Gallagher
K5258 .G35 2010

From the Publisher: Although human trafficking has a long and ignoble history, it is only recently that trafficking has become a major political issue for states and the international community and the subject of detailed international rules. This book presents the first-ever comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the international law of human trafficking. Anne T. Gallagher calls on her direct experience working with-in the United Nations to chart the development of new international laws on this issue. She links these rules to the international law of state responsibility as well as key norms of international human rights law, transnational criminal law, refugee law, and international criminal law, in the process identifying and explaining the major legal obligations of states with respect to preventing trafficking, protecting and sup-porting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators. This is a timely and groundbreaking work: a unique and valuable resource for policymakers, advocates, practitioners, and scholars working in this new, controver-sial, and important field.

Help With Final Papers

As your final papers become due, let me remind you of the resources that are currently available to you for help with final papers.

For help with legal research, you may contact the TJSL reference librarians

June Mac Leod


Catherine Deane

or circulation librarians:

Hadas Livnat


Torin Andrews

If you need help immediately, you can try the legal research tutorials and research guides, you may be able to find one on your topic.

As always the library provides a virtual reference service, AskThom, you can use this to contact library staff for immediate answers during hours when the library is open.

To find books and journals available at TJSL, use ThomCat, the online catalog. Be sure to type in the name of the book or journal. A search for the title of an article will yield nothing in ThomCat.

To search for individual articles, search Westlaw, Lexis or HeinOnline.

For legal news on a particular topic, try the Westlaw and Lexis news databases, or check to see if there is a BNA publication for your area of law. You can find the BNA database on our Library Research Page. Login with your email user ID and password.

You can also access our online databases through ThomCat.