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The Slowpoke Report: Vacancies, Crushing Caseloads Take Toll on Texas Bench

John Council | February 1, 2017

A review of long-pending cases and motions in 2016 shows efficient federal judges, such as Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas, slipping behind due to unfilled judicial vacancies.

Editor's Note

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Slowly but Surely

Features

Lawyers and paralegals from Ajamie LLP in Houston in the offices of client the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. Front row, from left, lawyers Ryan van Steenis, Courtney, Scobie, Dona Szak, Tom Ajamie. Back row, from left, paralegals Tom Neumayr and Sam Campbell.

Texas Lawyers Quarterback the Legal Team for the Big Game

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Winstead and Ajamie LLP are doing work for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee prior to the big game in Houston on Feb. 5.

In-House Texas

Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of the Hearst Corp.

Eve Burton: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hearst Corp.

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Hearst's legal department has about 100 lawyers and professionals globally.

A Day in the Life of an Immigrant in Detention: Rights, Wrongs and Release

By Diego Rodriguez |

What an ICE hold is like from a detainee's perspective and what rights you have against lengthy detention.

Michael Maslanka.

Take it From Shakespeare—the Words 'Fair Play' Mean a lot More Than 'Don't Cheat'

By Michael P. Maslanka |

There is a lot more there. When you watch the movie, you will see the time clock in the Hickory High School gym. Two words, one concept, are printed on it: "Fair Play." Know where the concept comes from? The very first to use it? Shakespeare.

Waco district attorney Abel Reyna walks off the stage during an announcement concerning the West explosion May 2016.

Biker-Defendant Looks to Remove Waco DA Abel Reyna From the Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In the mandamus petition, Broden, who represents one of the indicted bikers, argues that his client will be denied due process unless Reyna is removed from the case. He alleges that the DA has a "huge" financial interest in the bikers' prosecutions.

Departments

Bus Driver Prevails in Suit That Could've Cost Millions

A public transit bus driver wasn't liable for a crash that rendered a passenger a quadriplegic.

Jerry Alexander, current president of the Dallas Bar Association, at the George Allen Courthouse Murals dedication ceremony.

Inadmissible: Month of February

The Dallas Bar Association ended the year by dedicating five murals in the garage of the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building.

Lindsay Hedrick of Jones Day.

Newsmakers: Month of February

Bobby Majumder has become managing partner of the Dallas office of Perkins Coie. He is a partner in the firm's corporate practice and also co-chairs its India practice.

Columns

Whatever Your Political Beliefs, They Usually Stem From Your Childhood

By James H. Dolan |

It occurs to me that a person's political orientation is not so much a choice as it is bequeathed by our origins.

Joint and Several Liability for Indivisible Injuries

By Quentin Brogdon |

"Indivisible injuries"–The general rule in Texas is that a wrongdoer is liable only for his share of the injured party's damages. But, the rule is different when two or more wrongdoers join to produce an "indivisible injury"–an injury that cannot be apportioned with reasonable certainty to the wrongdoers.

Royal Ferguson.

UNT Law Hangs on to Accreditation Hopes

By Angela Morris |

It's taken a huge emotional toll—stress, anxiety and uncertainty—for students at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law to watch their school struggle to win accreditation.