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Texas attorney general Greg Abbott

Texas Appeals Ruling Striking Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Marcia Coyle |

Same-sex marriage appeals continue to advance in the federal appellate courts, with Texas filing a defense of its ban with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its Winning Women of 2014

By Heather D. Nevitt |

We read each of the nearly 150 nominations we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 20 Winning Women and a lifetime achiever.

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For International Employees, Employment At-Will Can Be An Unpleasant Surprise

By Vianei Lopez Braun |

Corporations and their counsel should keep an open mind when negotiating with foreign executives.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price

Big-D Drama Unfolds With John Wiley Price Indictment

By John Council |

Big public corruption cases are career high points for most federal prosecutors, and this will be one for Northern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana, whose office is handling Price's case, said Matt Orwig, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas who is now a partner in the Dallas office of Jones Day.

Judges and Lawyers Work to Understand Courtroom Science

By John Caher |

In the modern courtroom, a judge is as likely to encounter Watson and Crick as Brandeis and Cardozo, despite the fact that the jurist's formal education in science may have ended with high school chemistry.

The Law Quadrangle on the central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Alum, Accused of Stalking, Loses Suit Against Law School

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a law school alumnus who sued both the university and a classmate after he was investigated in 2011 for alleged criminal stalking.

$123M 'Revenge Porn' Suit Filed Against Facebook, Former Friend

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Plaintiff alleges that Facebook has paid "tens of millions due to privacy concern violations alleged against Facebook," and she wants the company to "stand up, take notice and pay attention to the serious privacy violations concerns involved in revenge porn situations."

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Representing Difficult Family Law Clients

By Jonathan J. Bates |

Early identification of realities associated with difficult family law clients may allow the lawyer to impose structure and strategy to help minimize their negative effects.

Fernando Cano-Lasa, of counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, Houston

Squire Patton Boggs nabs former oil and gas in-house counsel

By Miriam Rozen |

Cano-Lasa also recognized that as a Pemex-trained lawyer, he had skills that would help newcomers understand "the legal implications" of the business opportunities in Mexico.

Compensatory Damages in Patent Litigation: Which Firms Won the Biggest Bucks?

By John Council |

The report also showed that four of the seven U.S. district court judges who had the highest total of compensatory damages awarded in their courtrooms were from the Eastern District.

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EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

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Fourth-Year Takes on HP Argument, Pro Bono Case and Motherhood

By Gina Passarella |

In the midst of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' representation of longtime client Hewlett-Packard in a securities fraud suit against the company and its former chairman, Mark Hurd, the federal judge in California overseeing the case issued what can only be described as a very unusual order.

6 Immigration Law Mistakes GCs Make When Going Global

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Moving into new markets overseas can provide big opportunities for many companies. In some countries, corporate growth comes with high-profile security problems and political pitfalls.

Sex Offender Has Standing to Challenge City Ordinance; Family Allowed to Sue for Damages in 'First in the Nation' Ruling

By John Council |

"It shows a growing recognition by federal courts, at least at the appellate level, that the fear mongering that has resulted in these type of city ordinances needs to be restrained," said Richard Gladden, a Denton solo who represents the family that has filed a civil rights complaint against the city.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

Lawrence Fischman, of counsel, Glast, Phillips & Murray, Dallas

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Lawrence Fischman

By John Council |

"In the best-case analysis, I've got a $1.34 million lawsuit to try," said Lawrence Fischman, of counsel in Dallas' Glast, Phillips & Murray.

A Year After 'Lennar': Proceed With Caution

By R. Brent Cooper and T. Micah Dortch |

In the year since, the breadth of the holding is apparent. On the issue of prejudice for breach of conditions, the courts addressing the issue have not extended Lennar's holding beyond the facts in the opinion.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.

Robert Durst Charged With Criminal Mischief After Alleged Urination Over a Cash Register at Drugstore

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Over the years I've continued to assist Bob in a number of matters. I consider him a friend. I was not surprised at all when a problem arose that they called me," said Durst's attorney, Chip Lewis.

Deal of the Week: $21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

Man Who Filed Grievance Against Lawyer Sues for Copy of Dismissal Letter

By Angela Morris |

"We should be about inviting the information to flow freely to the complainant," said Gaines West, president of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, who represents Doe.

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EnergyBuzz: Key Questions Need Answers in DOE Shake Up of LNG Permit Process

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley and John McGregor |

DOE's proposal is an unexpected departure from a regulatory posture thought to have been settled.

business man with files blowing away

Whistleblower, Ex-Prosecutor Sues County for Alleged 'Retaliatory' Firing

By Angela Morris |

"I have no other comment on the lawsuit or Brand's termination. I have said previously that any allegation his termination was retaliatory is simply untrue," wrote Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in a text message.

Bridget Moreno Lopez, managing partner of the Dallas office of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson

Newsmakers: Week of July 28

Bridget Moreno Lopez has been appointed managing partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson in Dallas.

Disappearing Act: Lawyer Sues 'AWOL' Clients to Recover Alleged Owed Fees

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"I've had clients diss me and disappear, but nothing like this," said Joe Alfred Izen Jr., of Izen & Associates.

The Right to Independent Counsel

By Lee Shidlofsky and Doug Skelley |

The Fifth Circuit found that, under Texas law, no conflict of interest exists between an insurer and its insured when the insurer defends a claim subject to a reservation of rights, if the issues to be litigated in the underlying action are separate and distinct from issues that determine insurance coverage.

Is Qualified Immunity for TDCJ Officials Vulnerable?

By Miriam Rozen |

The judge's order deferred a ruling on whether they could use qualified immunity as an argument to dismiss a prison wrongful death case filed against prison officials.

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Bar Dues Mix Up Leads to 'Nerve Wracking' Experience for Some Lawyers

By Angela Morris |

Attorneys who mailed checks to the State Bar of Texas around the end of May and beginning of June later received notices that they hadn't paid their dues.

Case Summaries

Inadmissible: Fools Gold

Who knew you could buy an Oscar on eBay? Apparently, you could have bought a fake one. But not anymore.

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Unpaid Insurance Proceeds and Bad Faith Damages Continues to be Hotly Disputed

By Linda Dedman |

A recent court opinion held that an insurance carrier's failure to pay its policy proceeds after liability was reasonably clear resulted in damages in an amount at least equal to the amount of the policy proceeds that were wrongfully withheld.

Former Client Sues Firm, Attorneys for $2 Million

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"After the lawyers suspected a malpractice action, they successfully removed Gloria as the administratix of Mary Ann's estate in hopes that the statute of limitations would run before a new administratrix would take her place," plaintiff Gloria Cegielski alleges in the petition.

After Spoliation Decision, Businesses Should Reconsider Limited-Duration Retention Policies

By Justin S. Levy |

With respect to litigation, these businesses assume the risk that their retention policies comply with their duties to preserve evidence that may be material and relevant to a claim or defense.

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Convicted Former County Attorney Gets Work Release to Run His Steak Restaurant

By John Council |

While Tidwell's sentence was probated for 10 years, a condition of that probation is that he spend 120 days in jail, according to Tidwell's attorney David Savoda.

VerdictSearch: Woman Awarded $5,000 for Sex Harassment Claim

A jury awarded $5,000 to a female employee of a municipal court who claimed that she was sexually harassed by an administrator.

Spoliation of Evidence: Long-Awaited Ruling by Texas High Court, Possible New Rules

By Miriam Rozen |

"Many people have been waiting literally for years" for the Brookshire Brothers ruling, said Kent Sullivan, a partner in Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and former Texas 14th Court of Appeals judge, who served on the State Bar of Texas' Committee on Pattern Jury Charges and also has served on the bar's Spoliation Committee.

Texas Is a Good Place to Be a Paralegal

By Jeanne Graham |

Paralegals in the Dallas and Houston areas are paid higher hourly wages than the national average, according to the ALM/International Practice Management Association's 2014 Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals and Managers.

Deportation for Men Conspiring to Bribe Federal Judge

By Angela Morris |

Two Mexican nationals were sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for conspiring to give a $1.2 million bribe.

Becoming a Better Lawyer: What Buddhist Psychology Can Teach Lawyers

By Lisa Blue Baron, Robert. B. Hirschhorn and Alexandra Figari |

Utilizing basic Buddhist principles, attorneys can re-learn to focus themselves amidst the hurried profession.

Sara M. Foskitt of the Foskitt Law Office in Austin

The Art of Billing: When It Comes to Fees, Firms Keep Options Open

By Jeanne Graham |

"When they hear a flat fee, they say, 'No problem,' but when I give them an hourly rate, they freak out," said Austin real estate solo Sara Foskitt.

Survey Methodology

By Jeanne Graham |

The 96 firms that participated in this year's survey, which was conducted during June and July, have 3,873 lawyers in Texas.

Texas Lawyer's Annual Salary & Billing Report

By Jeanne Graham |

Each year, Texas Lawyer tracks financial trends in the state's legal industry through its Salary & Billing Survey. The resulting report compiles information provided by firms about employees' salaries, billing rates and billable hours.

Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel

Professor Made Reputation Online, and Is Remembered There

By Karen Sloan |

The prevailing wisdom holds that law professors are wise to wait until they earn tenure before they start sharing their opinions in the rough-and-tumble legal blogosphere. Dan Markel wasn't interested in waiting around.

Leaving the Law Dept. to Help Rethink the Law Dept.

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Chalk up one for the alternative legal services provider.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

With a Possible $500 Million 'ETP' Judgment Looming, Appellate Teams Gear Up

By Miriam Rozen |

"I would think it's going to be an expensive appeal, because there are many, many legal issues for both sides," said Jeff Levinger, a solo in Dallas, who represented Enbridge Inc.

Robert Durst Charged With Criminal Mischief After Alleged Urination Over a Cash Register at Drugstore

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Over the years I've continued to assist Bob in a number of matters. I consider him a friend. I was not surprised at all when a problem arose that they called me," said Durst's attorney, Chip Lewis.

Sex Offender Has Standing to Challenge City Ordinance; Family Allowed to Sue for Damages in 'First in the Nation' Ruling

By John Council |

"It shows a growing recognition by federal courts, at least at the appellate level, that the fear mongering that has resulted in these type of city ordinances needs to be restrained," said Richard Gladden, a Denton solo who represents the family that has filed a civil rights complaint against the city.

$21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

After Spoliation Decision, Businesses Should Reconsider Limited-Duration Retention Policies

By Justin S. Levy |

With respect to litigation, these businesses assume the risk that their retention policies comply with their duties to preserve evidence that may be material and relevant to a claim or defense.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

Becoming a Better Lawyer: What Buddhist Psychology Can Teach Lawyers

By Lisa Blue Baron, Robert. B. Hirschhorn and Alexandra Figari |

Utilizing basic Buddhist principles, attorneys can re-learn to focus themselves amidst the hurried profession.

steak

Convicted Former County Attorney Gets Work Release to Run His Steak Restaurant

By John Council |

While Tidwell's sentence was probated for 10 years, a condition of that probation is that he spend 120 days in jail, according to Tidwell's attorney David Savoda.

Left to right: Paul Hastings associates Nikhil Vijaykar, Claire Hoffmann and Anna Cressman

Associate Training Goes From Ad Hoc to All-in

By Maria Zilberman |

Like most large law firm partners, Alexander Lee had heard grumbling from clients unhappy to be billed for work performed by first-year associates.

Frank D'Amore

Five Key Factors to Success in Cross-Selling Efforts

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Although some firms do quite well at cross-selling, it has become a Holy Grail for many others.

Deportation for Men Conspiring to Bribe Federal Judge

By Angela Morris |

Two Mexican nationals were sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for conspiring to give a $1.2 million bribe.

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Spoliation of Evidence: Long-Awaited Ruling by Texas High Court, Possible New Rules

By Miriam Rozen |

"Many people have been waiting literally for years" for the Brookshire Brothers ruling, said Kent Sullivan, a partner in Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and former Texas 14th Court of Appeals judge, who served on the State Bar of Texas' Committee on Pattern Jury Charges and also has served on the bar's Spoliation Committee.

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Bar Dues Mix Up Leads to 'Nerve Wracking' Experience for Some Lawyers

By Angela Morris |

Attorneys who mailed checks to the State Bar of Texas around the end of May and beginning of June later received notices that they hadn't paid their dues.

A Marketing Consultant's Argument for the End of 'Dress Casual'

By Stacy West Clark |

I am going to give you my very best advice today that could make all the difference in your practice. It will be very short and sweet and I am sorry, but you may not like it.

Go Ahead, Blame Your BYOD Troubles on Millennials

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Arik Hesseldahl gives you leave to blame this cohort yet again, this time if the IT department is having trouble with a Bring Your Own Device initiative.

Former Client Sues Firm, Attorneys for $2 Million

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"After the lawyers suspected a malpractice action, they successfully removed Gloria as the administratix of Mary Ann's estate in hopes that the statute of limitations would run before a new administratrix would take her place," plaintiff Gloria Cegielski alleges in the petition.

Six Tips to Build a Rainmaker's Rolodex

By Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria |

Developing a meaningful network of potential clients and referral sources may seem overwhelming, but it is simpler than you may think.

<b>LAW SCHOOL:</b> No longer “the path into the middle class that it once was.”

Law School Enrollment Slump Continues

By Karen Sloan |

The number of applicants to American Bar Association-accredited law schools declined by about 8 percent this year, dashing hopes for a reversal in a four-year downward trend.

.Academy awards statue, the Oscar. Photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences....An Oscar statuette earned by Frank Capra’s 1942 documentary “Prelude to War,” the first film in the United States Army Special Services’ seven-picture “Why We Fight” series, has been removed from the auction block and was returned to the care of the U.S. Army this evening (9/3/08)...Pictured: The duplicate statuette requested by and granted to the Department of Defense in 1958 in connection with a special exhibition.

That's a wrap! Judge makes sure fake Oscar statuettes are on the cutting room floor

By Miriam Rozen |

With his order, Sparks also temporarily enjoined De La Rosa from selling any statuettes that bear the copyrighted design and marks of Oscar or otherwise calculating "to cause purchasers to believe that" his "products are sponsored, endorsed or approved by the Academy."

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If Neil Armstrong stubbed his toe on a moon rock, who's liable?

By Mark Bauer |

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon 45 years ago, people didn't give a great deal of thought to the legal implications of sending objects into space.

business man with files blowing away

Whistleblower, Ex-Prosecutor Sues County for Alleged 'Retaliatory' Firing

By Angela Morris |

"I have no other comment on the lawsuit or Brand's termination. I have said previously that any allegation his termination was retaliatory is simply untrue," wrote Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in a text message.

Monica Ingram, University of Texas School of Law assistant dean for admissions and financial aid

UT Law School Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid Discusses the School's Diversity Efforts

By Miriam Rozen |

"We look for diversity of experience in addition to racial, ethnic and gender diversity," said Monica Ingram, University of Texas School of Law assistant dean for admissions and financial aid.

VerdictSearch: Railroad Worker Loses Swinging Sledgehammer Injury Claim

A jury declined to award damages to a railroad worker who claimed a back injury while swinging a sledgehammer.

Simi Denson, Austin solo, is the surrogate mother of triplets living in Houston

Surrogacy Sanctuary: Couples Look to Surrogacy-Friendly Texas for Hope

By Miriam Rozen |

"I love this practice. I love working with parents who are getting the chance to feel hope, said Austin solo Kelly Simone "Simi" Denson.

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Determining Damages in Nuisance Claims

By Jonathan B. Shoebotham |

These nuisance cases expressly distinguish between a recovery for "discomfort and loss of enjoyment" as contrasted to damages for personal injuries or disease.

Deal of the Week: $1 Billion Energy Joint Venture

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Former Client Sues Firm, Lawyers for Legal Malpractice Alleging Payment of $400,000 in Fees Against 'Judgement Proof' Defendant

By John Council |

"He believes he was misled into believing that he had a strong case and the significant attorney fees were justifiable," said Darrell Keith of Fort Worth's Keith Law Firm, who represents the plaintiff.

Hugh E. Tanner, managing partner of Houston office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

New Managing Partner for Morgan Lewis in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Hugh Tanner led the Morgan Lewis team that won a federal court dismissal in 2013 for a subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited in environmental litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Surrogacy Laws Not as Ironclad in Texas for Same-Sex Couples

By Miriam Rozen |

It is so important that a same-sex couple wanting legal solutions consult with a knowledgeable attorney in this area to help them find the right judge and make the right legal argument, according to Christene Andresen, of CHA Law Group in Austin.

Second Disciplinary Suit Filed Against Lawyer Alleges Forgery of Client's Signature

By Angela Morris |

A Houston attorney who has been defending himself in a disciplinary case that alleges he committed barratry must now defend another disciplinary lawsuit.

Grand Jury Hears More Evidence in Gov. Perry Criminal Investigation

By Angela Morris |

Michael McCrum, the appointed prosecutor in the case, said the grand jury meets again on July 18, but he hasn't yet scheduled witnesses to testify.

Tribe Loses Suit to Keep Oil and Gas Drilling Off 'Aboriginal' Land

By John Council |

The tribe did not seek monetary relief but sued to force the government to protect the tribal land from drilling.

Will Obamacare Usher in the Next Era of Tort Reform?

By Jacquelyn v. Clark |

Standard loss allocation principles, including those relating to the mitigation of damages, may have made Obamacare a game changer when future medical expenses are presented to a jury.

Case Summaries

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Big Win Defeating 'Hail Mary Pass' Motion to Dismiss

By John Council |

"The plaintiff filed this case in federal court, and we spent a lot of money defending it," said Megan O'Laughlin, an attorney with Dallas' Hitchock Evert. "We didn't want to have to start over.''

Newsmakers: Week of July 21

Tarron Gartner-Ilai has joined the insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law in Dallas as a principal.

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Trend in Texas Practice: Increased Prospect of Recovering Attorney Fees

By L. Bradley Hancock and Elizabeth Ross Hadley |

Many civil law jurisdictions have long held that the "loser" at the courthouse pays both side's attorney fees. Texas is quickly moving towards this civil law standard.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Tx.

Court Denies Reporter's Request for Bush Library Document Inquires

By Miriam Rozen |

John Cook, former editor in chief of gawker.com, who now serves the same role at The Intercept, a digital magazine, sought to obtain records of requests for archived presidential and vice presidential materials submitted to NARA by or on behalf of former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Richard B. Cheney, according to the opinion.

EnergyBuzz: Spin-Off of Houston Energy Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Related to the spinoff, Paragon executed debt financing of about $1.73 billion, and entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility.

Robert S. 'Bob' Bennett, attorney and owner of Houston's Bob Bennett & Associates

Suit Is Filed Against Robert S. Bennett by Former Firm; Court Orders Disciplinary Suit to Mediation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Bennett Law Firm seeks between $200,000 and $1 million from Bennett, Bob Bennett & Associates, Bennett Nguyen & Associates, and the Bennett-Nguyen Joint Venture.

Inadmissible: Confederate Flag Plates

On July 14, the Fifth Circuit raised eyebrows in what will likely be known from now on as the Confederate flag license plate case.

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Cummings to Take Senior Status

By John Council |

"You could call him the most important district judge for Second Amendment jurisprudence,'' David Schenck, a member in the Dallas office of Dykema Gossett, said of Cummings.

Candid Mentor: Books for Professional Self-Improvement

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Each teaches the most valuable lesson in living our lives: How we look at the world makes all the difference in the world.

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Keeping It Real: The Potential Pitfalls in Attorney Internet Advertising

By William Angelley and Jules Angelley |

In a word, web presence is advertising, and the State Bar of Texas views it as such.

Bert Rein of Wiley Rein, who represented Abigail Fisher (right) in Fisher v University of Texas, addresses the media after arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2012.

Divided Fifth Circuit Upholds UT's Race-Conscious Admissions

By Tony Mauro |

A Fifth Circuit panel ordered more briefing, held oral arguments and on July 15 reaffirmed its support of the University of Texas program even under the heightened standard.

Hilda C. Galvan, partner-in-charge of the Dallas office of Jones Day

Jones Day Names New Partner in Charge of Dallas Office

By John Council |

When Hilda Galvan was growing up, being smart wasn't necessarily considered an asset. And her seriousness about schoolwork didn't win her many friends in her "tougher" neighborhood in El Paso, she said.

Allan Van Fleet is a partner in Houston's McDermott Will & Emery

Allan Van Fleet Talks About Significance of 'Fisher v. UT' Decision

By Miriam Rozen |

When Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Allan Van Fleet had drafted and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the family of Heman Marion Sweatt, which supported the school in the Fisher case.

Justice Nora Longoria of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals (booking mugshot)

Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria Charged With DWI

By Angela Morris |

"Ms. Longoria begin to cry as she stated, 'You are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I'm at today.' Ms. Longoria advised she was a judge," said an offense report by Officer R. Garza.

David Gerger, managing partner of the new Houston office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Hires White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer David Gerger to Run New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gerger said he and the other lawyers from Gerger & Clarke will have access to and support from an "incredible group of lawyers" at Quinn Enamuel.

Judith Levy, introducing her family during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Obama's Historic Role in Nominating Gay Judges

By Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti |

Robert Pitman's uncontroversial selection—Cornyn called Pitman's sexuality "irrelevant"—was Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship.

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Rising from the ashes: firm to celebrate inauguration of new building after devastating fire

By Angela Morris |

"It's like coming home; it really is," said Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said one of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.

Disappearing Act: Lawyer Sues 'AWOL' Clients to Recover Alleged Owed Fees

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"I've had clients diss me and disappear, but nothing like this," said Joe Alfred Izen Jr., of Izen & Associates.

Robert S. 'Bob' Bennett, attorney and owner of Houston's Bob Bennett & Associates

Suit Is Filed Against Robert S. Bennett by Former Firm; Court Orders Disciplinary Suit to Mediation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Bennett Law Firm seeks between $200,000 and $1 million from Bennett, Bob Bennett & Associates, Bennett Nguyen & Associates, and the Bennett-Nguyen Joint Venture.

EnergyBuzz: Spin-Off of Houston Energy Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Related to the spinoff, Paragon executed debt financing of about $1.73 billion, and entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility.

John G. George Jr., a San Antonio lawyer and amateur motorcross racer pictured at Cycle Ranch in Floresville, Texas

Flying high: Lawyer revs up for Motocross championship

By John Council |

"I've broken 25 bones over the years. And my whole right side is pretty much metal,''said John G. George Jr., an associate in the San Antonio office of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons.