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News Archive - March 2012

Volunteer attorneys to provide wills for seniors

The “Will-A-Thon” will provide simple wills and basic medical directives, free of charge, for elderly citizens who meet income criteria. Read the story. (The Ultimate West U) [03/30/2012]

'Women helping women' honored

The San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame marks the end of Women's History Month with a celebration honoring 10 new inductees. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [03/30/2012]

Chamber, Ford, honor three women

Three San Antonio women were honored Wednesday by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce during its Women's Opportunity Week: Tribute to Women Business Leaders Awards luncheon, also sponsored by Ford Motor Co. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [03/29/2012]

Girl Scouts of Central Texas honor 2012 Women of Distinction

Six women and one business were honored by the Girl Scouts for being good role models and being a workplace that supports women in the area. Read the story. (Brownwood News) [03/29/2012]

Written plea offers may limit appeals

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded the rights of criminal defendants in plea bargains could have a major impact on appeals unless changes are made in the way they are handled in the courtroom. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [03/28/2012]

Some justices seem open to saving parts of law

Several Supreme Court justices seemed receptive to the idea that portions of President Obama's health care law can survive even if the court declares the centerpiece unconstitutional. Read the story. (CBS News) [03/28/2012]

Texas Tech University has quietly emerged as top-tier institution

Texas Tech University is getting attention because the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that it has met the state's definition of a tier-one institution. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard Times) [03/27/2012]

Lack of space, funding endanger court records

Since 2009, the Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force has scoured more than 500 storage facilities across the state for historic courthouse documents that record the lives of the earliest Texans. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [03/26/2012]

No objections to this fun run

The John J. Eikenburg 8K Law Week Fun Run, now in its 27th year, has raised nearly $1 million for the Center, a nonprofit residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/23/2012]

Marcilynn Burke gets confirmed to be the Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has confirmed University of Houston Law Center Professor Marcilynn Burke to be the Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/22/2012]

Debbie Branson elected chair of Parkland Board of Managers

The Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers today unanimously elected Debbie Branson to serve as its chair. Read the story. (South Texas News) [03/22/2012]

An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court v.3.0

The Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association are sponsoring a program entitled “An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court” on Thursday, April 26, at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin. Read the story. (JDSUPRA) [03/21/2012]

Colby to honor Texas judge with Brody Award

Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will receive the 2012 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award at Colby College.Read the story. (Morning Sentinel) [03/21/2012]

Five more individuals to join El Paso Women's Hall of Fame

An estimated 150 people are expected for the El Paso Commission's 23rd annual Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [03/20/2012]

TCU kicks off spring break with VITALS

While students are raising awareness in their campus community, Texas Young Lawyers Association is taking up a stand against binge drinking and alcohol poisoning too. Read the story. (Huffington Post) [03/19/2012]

Chico Public Library to host parent information meeting

Chico Public Library will host a parent information meeting regarding the rights of students with disabilities 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Read the story. (Wise County Messenger) [03/19/2012]

ExxonMobil lawyers volunteer time in will preparation clinic

Attorneys from the ExxonMobil Baytown Technology and Engineering Complex are volunteering their time to write up wills and related documents. Read the story. (Baytown Sun) [03/19/2012]

Court orders mother of kidnapped child to undergo DNA testing

A Houston woman and her husband have been ordered to undergo DNA testing to prove they are the biological parents of a boy allegedly kidnapped eight years ago. Read the story. (Houston KPRC (NBC) 2) [03/16/2012]

Two stories of Texas trailblazers

As a former Girl Scout and as part of the centennial celebration of the Girl Scouts of America, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was asked to talk about her mentors, two of which are Texans, Oveta Culp Hobby and Anne Armstrong. Read the story. (East Montgomery County Observer) [03/15/2012]

State tries to force challenge of U.S. voting law

Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday made a direct constitutional challenge to a piece of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, which singles out Texas and several other states. Read the story. ( [03/15/2012]

How did Texas law schools fare in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings?

Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock jumped 16 places to tie for the 101st position in U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings released yesterday. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Blog) [03/14/2012]

Lawsuit: Mobile apps accessing users' address books

A class-action lawsuit filed this week in Austin alleges that makers of some of the world's most popular mobile apps routinely steal address book data from millions of users without their knowledge or consent. Read the story.(Austin American Statesman) [03/14/2012]

'Financial crisis' may require federal courts to suspend some trials

Federal trials may have to be suspended if severe budget cuts that Congress has currently scheduled for January actually take effect. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [03/14/2012]

Justice Department rejects Texas' voter ID law

A federal court in Washington will now decide whether Texas can enforce its new voter ID law after the U.S. Justice Department on Monday rejected the measure. Read the story. ( [03/13/2012]

With filing over, election season can begin

Republican and Democratic primary voters will have plenty of choices up and down the ballot this year, including contested races for Congress, the Legislature and Travis County district attorney. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/12/2012]

Steffy: Those left out of BP settlement

Injury and death claims, filed by the families of those killed and those who made it off the burning rig, won't be paid by the settlement mechanism that lawyers are setting up. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/12/2012]

Texas Tech School of Law gala honors Distinguished Alumni

Texas Tech School of Law named its Distinguished Alumni last week, recognizing professional and personal commitment to excellence and contributions to the law school and legal community. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche Journal) [03/09/2012]

A history of Texas in 21 court records

The March 2012 issue of the Texas Bar Journal presents the results of the strategy of the Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force to make a case for saving the raw materials for the state's judicial history. Read the story. (Legal History Blog) [03/09/2012]

Houston Bar Foundation Pro Bono Awards announced

The Houston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Houston Bar, announced its annual awards for pro bono service, volunteerism, and legal writing today. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle Web) [03/08/2012]

Lubbock D.A. receives award for support of rape victims

Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell received the 2011 Harold Cottle Justice Award from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, during an awards luncheon. Read the story. (Lubbock KCBD (NBC) 11) [03/08/2012]

American Bar Association to honor lawyers who help the LGBT community

For the first time ever, an American Bar Association commission will formally honor lawyers who have considerably advanced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the legal profession and successfully championed LGBT legal causes. Read the story. (Passport Magazine) [03/07/2012]

Texas landowners own the groundwater

In a landmark decision, Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that landowners have ownership of the groundwater “in place” below the surface of the land. Read the story. (Friendswood Journal) [03/07/2012]

Government Accountability Project - Whistleblower Tour

The event is sponsored by the South Texas College of Law and co-sponsored by the South Texas Law Review and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Texas. Read the story. (Climate Science Watch) [03/06/2012]

Former UT regent hopes for a score with Longhorn Bars

Longhorn Bars, a new brand of energy and protein bars co-created by a former UT regent, are hitting store shelves across Texas with a percentage of proceeds going to UT academics. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/06/2012]

Free legal advice offered for veterans on Saturday

The Bastrop County Bar Association will sponsor a free legal advice clinic for area veterans from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the commissioners conference room at the Bastrop County Courthouse. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [03/05/2012]

Pause to remember Texas' early defenders

The 176th anniversary of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence takes place today, March 2, formally celebrated as Texas Independence Day. Read the story. (Burleson Star) [03/02/2012]

Thornberry receives national cybersecurity award

U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry has received a national award for his work in cybersecurity at the RSA Conference, an annual meeting of information security professionals from across the globe. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [03/02/2012]

Wounded warrior from Friendswood invited to White House dinner for Iraq vets

Two Texas veterans wounded during the Iraq war, one a Friendswood Marine, were among more than 200 guests of honor at a White House dinner Wednesday. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/01/2012]

BP settlement talks hit a roadblock

Settlement talks between BP and lawyers representing business owners and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hit an impasse on Wednesday. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/01/2012]

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