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News Archive - January 2012

Texas Supreme Court decision reaffirms important fundamental workers' comp right

The Supreme Court of Texas issued a unanimous opinion that bars negligence claims against policyholders. Read the story. (The Wall Street Journal) [01/31/2012]

Two local attorneys to be recognized by appellate court, bar association

Tom Rosas and Victor Arditti will be recognized for their law careers and community service during a ceremony in the appeals court. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [01/31/2012]

Summerlin: Legal aid funds diminish as need grows

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas has suffered significant losses in funding as it moves into 2012. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [01/30/2012]

State Bar of Texas develops civics education program for Texas teachers and students

The program is an interactive web-based project to assist Texas teachers and middle and high school students in preparing for the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Read the story. (Guidry News) [01/27/2012]

Testimony in Texas redistricting trial wraps up

Testimony wrapped up Thursday in a trial before a three-judge panel to determine if redistricting maps drawn by the Texas Legislature violate the Voting Rights Act and discriminate against minorities. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [01/27/2012]

Pro bono legal services for veterans this weekend

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic scheduled in Montgomery County Saturday at VFW Post 4709 in Conroe, from 9 a.m. to noon. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [01/26/2012]

Texas Tech offers free community law classes

The Texas Tech University School of Law and the Lubbock County Bar Association will host a Community Law School for the area, with free classes to be held the first three Saturdays in February. Read the story. (KFYO News Talk) [01/26/2012]

Immigration law expert speaks to Rotary Club

One of the country’s leading immigration attorneys, Charles C. Foster of Houston, discussed the need for immigration reform during the Rotary Club of Palestine meeting Wednesday. Read the story. (Palestine Herald Press) [01/26/2012]

Decision on pet's value is appealed

A landmark local court decision last year allowing people for the first time to seek "sentimental value" damages for the loss of their pets has been appealed to the state's highest court. Read the story. (Colleyville Courier) [01/25/2012]

San Antonio court considers splitting party primaries

A federal court in San Antonio said Monday that it is "giving serious consideration" to calling for split dates for party primaries with the presidential nominating contests coming earlier than legislative races in which district boundaries have yet to be decided. Read the story.(Austin American-Statesman) [01/24/2012]

Sixth Court of Appeals, Koons Fuller Vanden Eykel & Robertson boast candidates for Texas Young Lawyers Association president-elect

The two president-elect candidates for the Texas Young Lawyers Association are organizing their campaigns, after TYLA’s board of directors made their candidacies official on Jan. 14. Read the story.(Texas Lawyer Web) [01/24/2012]

Texas Tech School of Law team wins 23rd national championship

The Texas Tech University School of Law arbitration team took another national championship Saturday at the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition in Chicago. Read the story. (Lubbock KCBD (NBC) 11) [01/23/2012]

'Occupy the Courts' protests hit Supreme Court and federal courthouses nationwide

The "occupy" movement took its campaign to the federal judiciary on Friday to protest the high court’s 2010 "Citizens United" decision. Read the story. (The Blog of Legal Times) [01/23/2012]

ScottHulse shareholder named to new term on state high court committee

Richard Munzinger, a shareholder with the Scott Hulse law firm, was recently reappointed to a three-year term on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [01/20/2012]

Up the Ladder

The Council on At-Risk Youth, an Austin nonprofit group, has added Stan Knee, Karen Sage and Leigh de la Raza to its board of directors. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [01/20/2012]

Grand juries, no worries: Savings clause obviates need for discharge after H.B. 79 provision standardizes terms

District courts and prosecutors statewide have scrambled this month to figure out what a 2011 law would do to their grand juries, but all appears well for now. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [01/20/2012]

Judge speaks to students at E4E

E4E (Education for Everyone) is a local nonprofit organization that has only been in business since the end of November, but already has made a world of difference in the lives of 64 adults ranging in age from 16 to 80. Read the story. (Bay City Tribune) [01/18/2012]

Dateline Wharton

Lone Star Legal Aid will host a free Pro-se Divorce Clinic at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Wharton County Library in Wharton. Read the story. (Wharton Journal Spectator) [01/18/2012]

Dallas County DA's office to hold citizen prosecutor school

Those interested in learning more about the judicial system can apply to be part of the first citizen prosecutor school held by the DA's office. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [01/17/2012]

'Shared Solutions Summit' allows judges, clerks, prosecutors and attorneys to share best procedures

In a first "Shared Solutions Summit" this week in Austin, judges, clerks, prosecutors, attorneys and others involved in the courts across Texas shared best practices and procedures for handling criminal, child protection, juvenile and civil cases. Read the story(Bonham North Texas E-News) [01/13/2012]

Ouisa Davis: More civic participation is needed in our country

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday before us, we have an opportunity to reflect on our understanding of the concept. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [01/13/2012]

Young orators speak with strength about Martin Luther King Jr.

An oratory competition was sponsored by the Austin Area Heritage Council, the nonprofit organization Child Inc., and law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [01/12/2012]

Volunteer attorneys offer free divorce clinic in Dallas

Volunteer attorneys will give the free assistance from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 at the Belo Mansion on Ross Avenue in Dallas. Read the story. (WFAA) [01/12/2012]

Conference will focus on the life of civil rights attorney Perales

A conference and exhibition Friday will begin to fill in the historical gaps about a major figure in Mexican American history. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [01/12/2012]

UT Law School students fan out along border

56 UT Law School students are spending a week of their winter break working on the Texas-Mexico border. Read the story. (Rio Grande Guardian) [01/11/2012]

County moves forward on new forensics center plan

Harris County will begin building a cutting-edge forensics tower in two years, allowing its scientists to conduct autopsies and test evidence in a growing number of cases. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/11/2012]

U.S. District Judge Furgeson is named dean of UNT's downtown Dallas law school

U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson will become the founding dean of UNT Dallas College of Law effective April 2013. Read the story. (Dallas Observer) [01/11/2012]

Quasar honoree gets nod of approval

The Quasar Award is presented each year to an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to the economic wealth and diversity of the Bay Area Houston region. Read the story. (The Pasadena Citizen) [01/10/2012]

Meet Benny Agosto, President, Hispanic National Bar Association

Benny Agosto Jr. is now a partner with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend. Read the story. (Insurance News Net) [01/09/2012]

Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting case

When the U.S. Supreme Court convenes today to consider Texas' redistricting case, the primary question before it will be which maps the state must use for this year's elections. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [01/09/2012]

Dr. Walter Sutton to receive MLK Justice Award from Dallas Bar Association

Dr. Walter Sutton, Associate General Counsel- Legal Administration and External Relations at Walmart Stores, Inc., will be honored by the Dallas Bar Association at the 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon as the recipient of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award. Read the story. (PR Media) [01/06/2012]

Texas lawyer honored for unconventional brief

Dallas attorney Tom Melsheimer has been honored by the Green Bag Almanac & Reader for writing a “dagger of a brief”on behalf of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Read the story. (ABA Journal)[01/06/2012]

Law students from The University of Texas at Austin volunteer to help underserved communities

Students and faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will fan out across the United States-Mexico border region during these cond week in January to volunteer on a range of law-related projects and assist under-served communities.Read the story.(The University of Texas)[01/05/2012]

Austin College to host MLK celebration breakfast

The keynote speaker for the event will be Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court. Read the story. (Herald Democrat) [01/05/2012]

After 31 years locked up, Ricky Dale Wyatt is free but not quite exonerated

Ricky Dale Wyatt walked out of the Frank Crowley Courts Building yesterday after 31 years in prison-the longest stint served in Texas before having a conviction vacated, according to his lawyer. Read the story. (Dallas Observer) [01/05/2012]

After the parade: Courts ease homecoming for troubled vets

Today, the state has veterans courts in eight counties-Harris, Tarrant, Travis, El Paso, Dallas, Denton, Guadalupe, and Bexar- connecting veterans to the help they need. Read the story. (Texas Observer)[01/04/2012]

Texas primaries await U.S. Supreme Court ruling

A panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., is deciding whether congressional and legislative district maps drawn by the Legislature last year give proper protection to minority voters under the federal Voting Rights Act. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [01/04/2012]

Gardere Wynne Sewell litigator plays for the Brawlers in the Houston Roller Derby league

By day, Amy Catherine Dinn is a briefcase-toting civil litigator; but by night, she is a roller derby skater known as the “prosecutor.” Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [01/04/2012]

Criminal records more accessible

The New Year has brought better access to public records in Bexar County. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [01/03/2012]

Costs to defend the poor drop in Harris County

Harris County's courts are on pace to spend $34.8 million on indigent defense this fiscal year, roughly 1.7 percent less than the year prior. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/03/2012]

Busy year ahead in Travis County courts

High-stakes cases will populate local dockets again in 2012. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [01/03/2012]

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