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Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay HeinOnline’s newest database, Military & Government, delves into the history, administration, and evolution of the most powerful military in the world, one that is controlled, not by military leaders, but rather by civilians. The United States Military is comprised of six branches: the Army, which is the oldest of the six branches, the Marine Corps, the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force, the newest of the service branches. Although the U.S Constitution names the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and gives Congress the power to declare war, the National Security Act
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay. During the month of August alone, the Center for Strategic & International Studies recorded nine cyber attacks that targeted government agencies and/or high-tech companies or caused an economic loss of more than one million dollars. As of May 25, 2021, according to the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center or HC3, there had been 82 ransomware incidents that affected the healthcare sector worldwide. In one of the more high-profile events, Colonial Pipeline suffered a ransomware attack in late April that had a profound impact on the critical infrastructure system of the United…
Do you need to update your ID and other documents? The Trans Legal Aid Clinic – Houston can help! Volunteer attorneys will assist you in navigating the process to correct your name and/or gender marker on your identifying documents (driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, etc.). Clinics will be held on September 16, 2021, at 6:00 pm and September 18, 2021, at 11:00 am. To register for these free virtual clinics, please visit the link below. SIGN UP REQUIRED: https://cutt.ly/Lv8XzpH During  the virtual session, please have the following documents available: Driver’s license or state-issued ID Social security card Birth certificate Doctor’s…
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay Even pre-pandemic, attorneys and law students had high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. According to the ALM’s 2021 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey, mental health issues in the legal industry only increased in 2020, and higher rates were reported in attorneys of color. Many bar associations and affiliates offer mental health and wellness resources and services for legal professionals and law students, including the American Bar Association, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, and the Houston Bar Association. American Bar Association The American Bar Association (ABA) provides “mental health resources
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay As the pandemic began, toilet paper, alcohol, and cleaning supplies were hard to come by. The great toilet paper panic of 2020 was perhaps our first real indicator – at least for the average American – that the pandemic would upend the economy. As consumers stripped store shelves of this basic necessity, the fundamental law of supply and demand was playing out in textbook fashion. Consumer perception of scarcity caused panic in the market (at least for some segment of the population with a specific psychological profile), increasing demand and limiting supply of…
Image by Camilo Garcia from Pixabay Information provided by the library is not a substitute for legal advice. This is the standard disclaimer on everything we produce — our website, our research guides, and our email correspondence. We at the Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library explicitly do not give “advice.” Today’s blog post is the exception. On this Tech Tuesday, we do have advice, not legal advice, of course, but recommendations for selecting and buying legal tech. First, recognize that any tech you buy will quickly lose its value as more sophisticated devices are developed and brought to…
In 2016, The Atlantic posed this question: Is the Library Card Dying? Five years later, the answer is a resounding No! and we can prove it with the list of links below. Check it out! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, an annual opportunity to celebrate and promote the power of a library card. The Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library is not a lending library, which means that our print materials do not circulate. None of the books in our collection can be checked-out, and no library card is required to use our services or ask for…
Image by Falkenpost from Pixabay Launched in 2004, “The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.” As of August 31, 2021, The Portal reported 96,890,052 total uses. Contents & Navigation “Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.” “By 2019, the Portal hosted more than 12.7 million digital images from some 408 partners.” The Portal currently has 709 collections, including…
Image by TheOtherKev from Pixabay Do you want to start your own private law practice but don’t know where or how to begin? The Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library can help! Provided in this blog post are links to several resources that will help you launch your own solo or small firm. For starters, check out this short video produced by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and TexasBarCLE. It’s an excellent overview of Starting Your Own Practice in Texas, presented by Philip Mack Furlow. In 2020, the Law Practice Resources Division of the State Bar of Texas…
Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay Currently, only eight states recognize common-law marriages. While the requirements for these “informal” marriages vary by jurisdiction, generally speaking, “A common law marriage is a legally recognized marriage between two people who have not purchased a marriage license or had their marriage solemnized by a ceremony.” In Texas, common-law marriages are governed by Texas Family Code, Title 1, Subtitle A, Chapter 2, Subchapter E, “Marriage Without Formalities.” The requirements for common-law marriage were codified in 1970, but these marriages “have been recognized in Texas since 1847.” O’Connor’s Texas Family Law Handbook Ch.…