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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.

.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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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.

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.

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Dinosaur tale: Happy ending for Houston lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Return of the bones culminates an effort that began in 2012, when Robert Painter of Houston's Painter Law Firm helped his client, Elbegdorj Tsakhia, the president of Mongolia, halt a planned auction of a Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton.

Darrell L. Keith, Fort Worth solo

Cowtown lawyer Darrell Keith saddles up for downtown move

By John Council |

"We no longer needed the large offices we needed in 1996," said Keith. "And the Landmen Association came along and made us an offer we couldn't refuse for the entire building."

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Court: Banning Confederate flag license plate violates the First Amendment

By John Council |

"The government may not 'selectively … shield the public from some kinds of speech on the ground that they are more offensive than others,'" wrote Judge Ed Prado in a majority opinion joined by Judge Jennifer Elrod.

Which Big-D Powerhouse Locked in a Spot on Vault's List of Best Summer Associate Programs?

By John Council |

"We never want to win an award for the best summer camp program. This is a real experience for them if they came to work here," founding partner Mike Boone said of Haynes and Boone's summer associates.

Go ask Alice: Software patents and EDTX

By John Council |

How should plaintiffs plead their complaints to survive 'Alice,' and how will the decision play out in the Eastern District of Texas?

Tax lawyer takes helm of Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

By John Council |

Daniel P. Novakov still has fond memories of defeating Darrell Royal's Longhorns and ending their 30-game winning streak in Dallas' Fair Park outdoor stadium in 1971.

State Bar of Texas members gain some new perks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Wish you got more bang for your buck from your state bar dues? Well, now you get two types of free legal research.

Producing Electricity and Pondering Climate-Change Proposals

"Expect a ramp-up of gas production," said Bracewell & Giuliani Austin partner Tim Wilkins, who heads a firmwide environmental and natural resources practice group.

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U of H Law prof: It's only rock 'n' roll law but I like it

By Miriam Rozen |

University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael Olivas—who identifies himself as an avid rock 'n' roll fan bereft of any musical talent of his own—reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law on his weekly radio show. "The Law of Rock 'n'Roll."

Texas Lawyer: Live from the State Bar of Texas annual meeting

By Angela Morris |

Texas Lawyer reporter Angela Morris will be live tweeting cutting-edge legal issues and experts' advice for lawyers. Follow her on Twitter: @AMorrisReports.

Parlez-vous Texas law? Proposal would make it easier for international lawyers to practice in the Lone Star State

By Miriam Rozen |

"I'm cautiously upbeat," said Larry Pascal, the chairman of a task force that recommended the changes.

No sunset review for State Bar in 2015

By Angela Morris |

A review of other agencies bumped back the Sunset Advisory Commission's look at the State Bar of Texas.

Solo fills former Judge Elizabeth Coker's vacancy

By John Council |

"I purposely did not run against her. She's gone. I ran my campaign on my record," said Ernie McClendon, who noted that he received the most votes of any candidate in the race.

David P. Poole, senior vice president and general counsel at Range Resources, Fort Worth

Exclusive: GC Says Expert Energy Counsel in Shorter Supply Outside Texas

By Mark Bauer |

The energy boom in places that lack Texas' experienced counsel leaves in-house legal departments looking for lawyers.

Marc Stanley of Dallas-based Stanley Iola.

POTUS, barbeque and big bucks: Obama coming to fundraiser at lawyer's north Dallas home

By Miriam Rozen |

Guests are purchasing tickets that start at $10,000 per person.

President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks to the nation before signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the East Room, White House, Washington, DC..

Study looks at the civil rights cases since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

By Mark Bauer |

With the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 right around the corner, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts released an infographic illustrating the increase of civil rights-related case filings in the decades since.

Settlement means $1.4 million in attorney fees

By Miriam Rozen |

Trammell S. Crow Jr., the son of the late, famed Dallas real estate entrepreneur, contributed $500,000 in 2013 to a legal defense fund that Farmers Branch established to pay for its defense in Villas, said Charles Cox, managing director of finance and administration for Farmers Branch.

Kenneth Barrow, former GC, Benchmark Industries, Angleton, Texas. From left: Ken Barrow, son Ben Barrow and wife Diane Barrow

GC Heading to South Korea as Mormon Mission President

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Kenneth Barrow will be difficult to replace because he "really defined" the general counsel role during his eight years with the company, said Peter Dorflinger, chairman of Benchmark Electronics' board of directors.

Tom Morris, shareholder, Underwood Law Firm, Amarillo, today and as a naval aviator during WWII

94-year-old Amarillo lawyer served as a naval aviator in the Pacific on D-Day

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On June 6, 1944, when Allied soldiers landed on the shores of France in the momentous D-Day invasion, Amarillo lawyer Tom Morris was 70 years younger and flying airplanes off a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

How did BigTex firms score on The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2014?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The American Lawyer calculated each firm's diversity score by adding the percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. offices and the percentage of U.S.-based minority partners.

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell of the Western District of Texas, Midland, on Mount Rainier

Mountain-climbing federal judge scaling Mount Rainier days before tragedy

By John Council |

"We were 45 minutes to the summit, and ... as we're about to start up to the summit, we get hit with 40- and 50-mile-per-hour winds, and snow is going sideways," said U.S. District Judge Rob Junell.

Karl S. Stern, partner, Vinson & Elkins, Houston

BigTex Firm Names New Managing Partner for Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The incoming managing partner of the office says he'll focus on lateral hiring.

Former Judge Denise Pratt Loses in Primary Runoff

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Denise Pratt's attorney, Terry Yates of Terry W. Yates & Associates in Houston, said Pratt "quit campaigning and closed up shop a long time ago."

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'Robert Smith' v. 'Robert A. Smith': Does a middle initial win a lawyer more respect?

By Mark Bauer |

Participants were more likely to choose a certain team for an intellectual competition on the basis of which team included the most members with middle initials.

Texas Supreme Court building

$50,000 Texas Bar Foundation grant funds design of exhibits for new Judicial Civic and Education Center

By Angela Morris |

The third branch of government has launched a plan to offer more for Austin tourists.

Man files barratry suit against lawyer who he claims came to hospital after accident

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Defendant paid an unsolicited visit to Mr. Gonzalez's hospital room, and attempted to sign Mr. Gonzalez up as a client related to his potential personal injury claims," alleges the petition.

$125,000, mentors and a chance: help for "dead end" on job search after 15-year hiatus from law

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Houston lawyer has been out of the workforce since 1999 and was "really shocked" at how difficult it has been to find a job since she recently decided to go back to work.

Western District Judge Hits Defendant With Unusual Bond Condition

By John Council |

Bond conditions set by busy federal judges in the Western District of Texas contain some standard provisions, such as requiring criminal defendants to abstain from alcohol and travel to Mexico. But this order contains something more.

Lucky or unlucky seven: How do Texas firms fare in Citi Private Bank Law Watch?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Revenue, productivity and inventory all come under scrutiny in the first-quarter analysis.

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Dilemma: Go to Law School or to Mars?

By Mark Bauer |

Cole Leonard wrote in an email that he'll attend Texas Tech University School of Law, where he's been accepted for the fall, while concurrently wading through the Mars One selection process.

Criminal lawyers, prepare: e-filing may be in your future

A county has been selected to host a pilot project.

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Where hot sauce and business-friendly climate mix, definitely don't mess with Texas.

By Miriam Rozen |

Politicians picking a peck of pickled peppers? No, statesmen summoning Sriracha.

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Cinco de Mayo brain freeze for attorneys

By Mark Bauer |

Did a Dallas entrepreneur ever patent one of the great Texas inventions?

Texas A&M Law School Gets a Dean

By John Council |

While Andrew Morriss is a Longhorn, his wife, Carol, is an Aggie.

Joseph D. Jamail of Jamail & Kolius in Houston

Hairpiece v. Fat Boy: A Deposition for the Ages

By Miriam Rozen |

It will be tough for a new series of legal transcript dramatizations to top a classic deposition moment featuring Joe Jamail and Edward Carstarphen.

Want a quick marriage? Can it happen in a Texas JP Court?

By John Council |

A question recently arose in South Texas over whether a justice of the peace court (a very popular jurisdiction among the "let's get married now" set) is authorized to grant waivers of the waiting period.

Leonard Baynes

Changing the World: New dean for University of Houston Law Center

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"My vision of the law center is a globally and nationally recognized law school that changes the world through legal education," said Leonard Baynes.

Happy 75th birthday, State Bar of Texas!

By Angela Morris |

To commemorate the state bar's 75th anniversary, a team of staffers published research in an online timeline, created an exhibit in the state bar's Austin headquarters and are planning a special display at this year's annual meeting in June, said state bar spokesman Lowell Brown, who helped with the research.

We're No. 2?! Which venue beat out EDTX for patent-infringement filings? Hint: It's not the Sunshine State

By John Council |

The report indicates that the rise in patent infringement filings is due to the 2011 American Invents Act which forces patent infringement plaintiffs to sue multiple defendants instead of filing a single multi-defendant case.

Boston Strong: TLR outside counsel, who was 100 yards from blast in 2013 Boston Marathon, returns to run the race

By Angela Morris |

"I'm pretty emotional about all of it," said Austin attorney Mike Hull. Recalling last year, he said, "On the train, there were runners there who hadn't been able to finish. ... They were cold. They were in their running gear. They were wet. People would run up to them and give them a coat: 'Here's my coat.'"

Anthony 'Tony' Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston

Tony Buzbee Gives $1 Million to Texas A&M School of Law

By Miriam Rozen |

"I wanted to jump-start the giving. As a regent, I wanted it known that the A&M system is serious about the law school, and we expect it to be a success," Buzbee wrote in an email.

Robert S. Strauss, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, co-founder of the firm. May 9, 2008. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

Remembering Akin Gump Cofounder Robert S. Strauss

By Miriam Rozen |

Rabbi David Stern from Temple Emanu-El in Dallas will join former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in speaking at the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Norton Rose Fulbright riders during the April 12-13, 2014, MS150 ride from Houston to Austin.

Post-merger, Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers bond on bikes

By Angela Morris |

After riding all day on April 12, the team stopped in La Grange, feasted on Texas barbecue and slept in "a very large tent" with 170 cots.

Shorts in court leads to recusal motion

By John Council |

A Dallas criminal defense lawyer has filed a motion to recuse a Dallas County misdemeanor court judge from hearing his client's case. He claims that she won't let him wear shorts in her courtroom.

Biz litigation spending up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

46 percent of energy companies spent more than $5 million on litigation in 2013.

Heinz ketchup

Bottle battle: trademark ruling for H.J. Heinz Co.

By Miriam Rozen |

"Since the 1890s, Heinz has marketed, distributed, and sold its famous ketchup products in a highly distinctive glass bottle design," wrote U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle of the Northern District of Texas.

Rainbow color marshmallow peeps and jelly beans.

Who Knew Marshmallow Bunnies Had So Much to Say?

By Miriam Rozen |

Brink constructed and photographed the dioramas before she knew about the ABA Journal contest because, she said, "I thought my children would appreciate it."

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#TBT: Man Held in Contempt After Telling Judge He Doesn't Remove His Cowboy Hat for "Nobody but His Mama"

By Mark Bauer |

Leave it to a Texan to disrespect a courtroom in honor of his mother.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on.

UT Law hosts Civil Rights Summit

By Miriam Rozen |

Students at the University of Texas School of Law have a better than usual chance of running into a current or former U.S. president—or four—this week.

Deborah G. Hankinson, a former justice on the Texas Supreme Court, now practices at appellate firm Hankinson LLP in Dallas

5 oral argument tips from former SCOTX justice Deborah Hankinson

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson, who now practices at appellate firm Hankinson LLP in Dallas, offers a half-dozen tips for lawyers prepping for oral argument.

Soldier memorials stand in tribute Nov. 10, 2009, during a service at Fort Hood, Texas, honoring the 13 U.S. Soldiers killed by a lone gunman Nov. 5. The service was held in front of Van Fleet Hall, the headquarters of III Corps and Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher Varville/Released)

Deadly Fort Hood Shootings

By Miriam Rozen |

In the aftermath of the fatal Fort Hood shootings, a lawyer for the 2009 Fort Hood shooter reflects on the Army's approach to PTSD.

New trend in IP? Lawyer carves out role as consultant, case manager

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Building that firm over time—as well as making a lot more money—is the reason that Houston lawyer Sandeep "Sandy" Seth left Susman Godfrey.

Lisa Blue Baron, partner, Baron and Blue in Dallas

Dallas Trial Lawyer Lisa Blue to Move to D.C.

By John Council |

"It's my desperate love for politics," Blue said of the reason for the move. "When Fred died, one of the last things he said to me was, 'Politics matter.'"

Throwback Thursday: George W. Bush Purchases the Texas Rangers

By Mark Bauer |

A Fort Worth businessman had been trying to sell his share in the team for three years, and league owners rejected a deal he had reached the previous summer with a Florida car dealer and a New Jersey real estate developer.

When divorce splits a family, lawyer's book can help children cope

By Angela Morris |

"We can't, as parents, control everything that affects us in our lives. ... But our one thing we can control is our expression of love to our children," said Kerry Lance McGill.

Texas Supreme Court makes electronic filing easier

By Angela Morris |

In a March 21 order, the high court approved new technology standards by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, which includes uniform, statewide codes for e-filings and specific reasons why court clerks may reject an e-filing.

Judicial candidate won't seek recount in election lost by 12 votes

By Angela Morris |

The deadline came and went on March 20 for Donna King to request a recount in her Republican primary race for Williamson County's 368th District Court, which she lost by 12 votes to incumbent Rick Kennon.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan combines with London-based Arbis to enhance energy practices

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mark Wasserman, managing partner of Sutherland Asbill, said the deal is structured as a combination, and the firms will maintain two partnerships.

Lawyer dons prison jumpsuit for Lent

By Angela Morris |

"It's been an eye-opening experience for me. I'm a white middle-class professional male. I've never had to walk out of my house and feel the stigma that's attached, for various reasons, to certain groups of people," said Waco attorney Kent McKeever.

A murder in Hawaii and a miscarriage of justice: Lawyer's fifth book in the works

By Miriam Rozen |

Research for the book includes "an exhaustive report by the Pinkerton Detective Agency."

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12 vote difference evokes possible recount in Republican primary race for Williamson County's 368th District Court

By Angela Morris |

There's speculation of a recount in the Republican Primary race for Williamson County's 368th District Court, since incumbent Rick Kennon won with just 12 votes more than challenger Donna King.

For the record: E-filing a boon to at least one appellate lawyer

By Angela Morris |

Although lawyers report mixed reactions about having to electronically file their court documents; at least one appellate lawyer is happy about a different e-filing mandate.

King & Spalding turns newsletter into online resource

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"What the Energy Law Exchange does is to catalogue those articles into practice areas, geographic regions and the like to provide access to those interested, as well as an ability to provide news alerts," said Charles "Tim" Engel.

Battleship Texas, from left: Tom Wright, a partner in Houston’s Close & Wright, and Bruce Bramlett, executive director of the Battleship Texas Foundation

Celebrate Texas' most important ship with a lawyer who's helping keep it afloat

By John Council |

Houston's Close & Wright provides an office for Bruce Bramlett, executive director of the Battleship Texas Foundation that helps raise money to preserve the vessel housed on a Texas Parks & Wildlife historic site.

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Four white-collar crime defense and securities law lawyers move from Locke Lord to Greenberg Traurig

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Shareholder Jason Lewis said Greenberg Traurig is a good fit for his group's practice because of the network of offices but also because of its entrepreneurial bent and the "quality of its people."

After 32 years of service, Rene Guerra is voted out as Hidalgo County Criminal D.A.

By Angela Morris |

Democratic voters in Tuesday's primary said "goodbye" to longtime Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Rene Guerra.

John Eddie Williams Jr., managing partner in Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas in Houston

Tex Parte: Houston plaintiffs' lawyer assumes chair of Houston Bar Foundation

By Angela Morris |

In his role, John Eddie Williams Jr. will lead the board of directors in making decisions about investments, grants and the foundation's programs.

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Tex Parte: Houston Association of Women Attorneys to honor six lawyers

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Houston Association of Women Attorneys will honor six women lawyers at its Premier Women in the Law awards on March 11, and the AWA Foundation will award six scholarships to women law students in Houston.

Bar Poll: Incumbents Winning Primary

By Angela Morris |

If lawyers who took a State Bar of Texas poll were in charge, the March 4 Republican primary would end in three incumbent Texas Supreme Court justices winning their races. But a fourth justice who is unopposed in the Republican primary might need to worry about the general election.

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Tex Parte: Baker Botts adds new positions to its senior management team

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts of Houston has added a new position to its senior management team for 2014—director of pricing and project management—and hired a new director of recruiting and development and a new chief marketing officer.

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Throwback Thursday: guns on a plane

Just as travelers today forget to discard liquids greater than 3.4 ounces, travelers used to claim they forgot to remove firearms from their luggage prior to arriving at the airport.

Blake Hawthorne, center, during production of the NBC television series

'Revolution' at the Texas Supreme Court: Post-apocalyptic series shoots in the Lone Star nation

By Miriam Rozen |

This season, the post-apocalyptic series "Revolution" on NBC is set in "the great nation of Texas." The show's producers began filming this week in front of the Texas Supreme Court building.

Tex Parte: Texas Supreme Court debuts on Twitter

By Angela Morris |

The High Court has been on the mobile social network only a week, but it's already prompted light-hearted jealousy tweets from one of the justices.

Former 4th Court of Appeals Justice Phylis Speedlin

Tex Parte: Former high court justice Phylis Speedlin joins San Antonio firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Quieter existence" wasn't enough for judge who had left the Fourth Court after a decade on the appellate bench.

Tex Parte: Central and Southeast Texas winter weather courts closings

By Angela Morris |

The second blast of freezing rain in the past week hit Central Texas today, forcing state, county and federal courthouses to close or open late.