Sarita Kenedy East Law Library


THE CATHOLIC AND MARIANIST UNIVERSITY


 

Regular Hours:

Mon–Thurs 7am - 12am
Fri 7am - 10pm
Sat 9am - 10pm
Sun 10am - 12am

See calendars for holiday hours and for extended hours during exams and bar study.

Contact Us:

Ph: (210) 436-3435
Fax: (210) 436-3240
lawlibrary@stmarytx.edu
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Incoming 1L Students

To all our 2019 incoming ILs - welcome to St. Mary's Law School. To help make your transition to law school smoother, check out these helpful resources for new law students, available through our LexisNexis Digital Library. Start your law school experience here!

 

Graduation Day!

Graduation day is almost here - congratulations to all our graduates, and we hope to see you at graduation on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, Greehey Arena 

 

Summer Hours

The Law Library will have the following hours this week:

Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 2019: 8am-5pm
Saturday, May 18, 2019: 9am-6pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019: 10am-10pm


Summer Reading

Now that finals are over, why not take a well-deserved break and check out our legal fiction collection, located in the first floor reading room. Don’t know where to start? How about one of these winners of the Harper Lee Legal Fiction Award.

2015 Winner – The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson:

Call Number: PS 3610.O62426 S43 2014

Opening the mail for her mentor and employer, Thurgood Marshall, at the NAACP office in New York, Regina Robichard is captivated by a letter from famous southern author M. P. Calhoun, asking for an investigation of the murder of a young black man, Joe Howard Wilson. Robichard is a fan of Calhoun, having read her book about a magical forest and an unsolved murder. As a stand-in for Marshall, Robichard travels to Revere, Mississippi, to find out the truth behind the murder of Wilson, who was among scores of black men returning from the war, unwilling to put up with the humiliations of racism any longer. –Booklist.

 

2016 Winner – Pleasantville by Attica Locke:

Call Number: PS 3612.O247 P57 2015

Fifteen years after his career-defining case against Cole Oil, Jay Porter is broke and tired. That victory might have won the environmental lawyer fame, but thanks to a string of appeals, he hasn't seen a dime. His latest case—representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire—is dragging on, shaking his confidence and raising doubts about him within this upwardly mobile black community on Houston's north side. Though Jay still believes in doing what's right, he is done fighting other people's battles. Once he has his piece of the settlement, the single father is going to devote himself to what matters most—his children. His plans are abruptly derailed when a female campaign volunteer vanishes on the night of Houston's mayoral election, throwing an already contentious campaign into chaos. – Back cover.

 

2017 Winner – Gone Again by James Grippando:

Call Number: PS 3557.R534 G66 2016

Florida attorney Jack Swyteck has honored a promise to the widow of his mentor, Neil Goderich, by moving his office to the building housing the legal clinic that Neil founded. When distraught mother Debra Burgette shows up looking for Neil, she says she needs help preventing the execution of Dylan Reeves, the man convicted of murdering her troubled adopted daughter, Sashi, when the girl was 17. Every year since Sashi disappeared three years earlier, Debra has received a silent phone call on Sashi's birthday that she's sure from Sashi. The compelling evidence against Reeves, who was defended by Neil, includes a videotaped confession and his DNA on Sashi's panties, which were retrieved days after her she went missing. Jack must also deal with formidable legal barriers to reopening the case.

 

Electronic Resources Designed to Help You Succeed during Finals!

The Law Library provides you with access to the West Academic digital collection of study aids - including audio and video - to help you succeed in all your finals! Access is available for Nutshells, Hornbooks, Concepts & Insights, Exam Pro, and many other study aids and treatises to help you ace your finals! To take advantage, visit West Academic Study Aids to set up your account today, and don't forget to download the app so you can study anywhere!

Bringing greater accessibility to LexisNexis treatises, study aids, deskbooks, and more, the St. Mary’s University Digital Library provides access to more than a thousand volumes of legal eBooks you can access anytime, anywhere!  Just visit http://skell.law.overdrive.com and enter your school email address. Browse the available materials, and don't forget to access both the Questions and Answers series and Understanding series to help you study for finals! 

The Law Collection from Oxford Scholarship Online offers you access to over 1500 books covering a wide variety of topics related to law - from copyright to environmental law to access to justice and everything in between. Just go to Oxford Scholarship Online and start browsing now!

Any questions or comments? Please contact Professor Stacy Fowler. 

 

Exam Resources

April 29, 2019

The law library has resources to help you through the stress of finals:

  1. The law library maintains an Exam Bank at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/exambank.html , where you can find old exams given at St. Mary's. You can use the buttons on each column to sort by date, professor, or course.
  2. The law library has additional exams for Professors Johnson, Liu, and Ariens available in binders at the front desk.  These are the multiple choice question binders.

 

Newly Arrived Books for February and March 2019

A list of all books that arrived at the law library in February and March 2019 is posted here.

 

State Statutes Online

Statutes for all fifty states are available online. Click here to find out more information.

 

Hein Online Guides

Need help trying to navigate Hein Online? Check out their two new reference guides, specifically designed to make you a Hein expert in no time!

Quick Reference
Comprehensive Guide

 

Welcome to the new semester!

To all new students (1Ls):  You got a blue folder from the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library during your orientation. Here's what's inside:

 

New Legal Research Tool Now Available: Fastcase

The Law Library now has on-campus access to Fastcase, a legal research database whose libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.

 

Texas Law Videos, for winter break extra study

If you are looking for some light productive legal study for your semester break, try podcasting or watching videos of the State Bar of Texas CLEs. CLEs, or Continuing Legal Education classes, are short training sessions for practicing lawyers who want a quick overview of a new practice area. The Texas Bar's CLEs are free-of-charge for current students and employees of accredited law schools in Texas. Instructions for video and audio CLEs are here. Important:  Do not enter your credit card info.  These are free-of-charge for current students.  You add the CLE to your cart, then apply a discount for current law student in Texas.

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