Monthly Archives: March 2009

Strong named general counsel of A&M System

On Friday, March 27, the Texas A&M University Board of Regents selected Andrew Strong as general counsel of the Texas A&M System. As general counsel he’ll be responsible for all legal matters affecting the system and provide legal counsel to A&M’s board of regents, chancellor, and CEOs. Strong is a partner in the Houston office … Continue Reading

Dallas lawyer takes top prize at film festival

The Beacon, a supernatural thriller produced by Dallas lawyer Sally Helppie, took top honors at the Paranoia Horror Film Festival in California on March 15. The festival’s goal is to find "the next great thing in horror each and every year." Helppie, of counsel to Tipton Jones, is co-founder and president of Sabbatical Pictures, a … Continue Reading

South Texas College of Law names new dean

The Texas Lawyer blog reported today that Donald J. Guter is the new dean of South Texas College of Law. He comes to South Texas from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, where he served as dean from 2003 through 2008. Guter’s tenure begins Aug. 1, following the retirement of South Texas College of … Continue Reading

Houston lawyer dominates on the golf course

Not many people can say they have beat Michael Jordan at an athletic competition. Houston attorney Nakia Davis holds these bragging rights! The Beck, Redden & Secrest attorney has played golf with Michael Jordan 18 times. The total game score:  Davis 17, Jordan 1.  Before practicing law, Davis played on the Ladies Pro Golf Association … Continue Reading

Austin lawyer rocks South by Southwest Interactive

Before Monday, Austin lawyer and computer forensics expert Craig Ball might have seemed the least likely speaker to wow an audience of Gen X and Yers gathered to learn about the latest technology and social media at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. Today, he stands toe-to-toe with the Internet celebs who dominate the festival … Continue Reading

Cornyn and Hutchison seek U.S. attorney candidates

Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison are seeking candidates to serve as a U.S. attorney in Texas. Applications are due Friday, March 27, 2009. The open positions are for the Northern District of Texas, based in Dallas, and Southern District, based in Houston. For details, see this press release on Hutchison’s website.… Continue Reading

Archive of the Covenant

Among the treasures in Google’s ambitious digital book repository are the 1882 Proceedings of the Texas Bar Association. That year, hundreds of Texas lawyers convened in Galveston to establish the volunteer organization that would serve as the precursor to the State Bar of Texas. Also available through Google Book Search are the 1919 Proceedings of … Continue Reading

Random Profile – Jimmy Verner, Dallas

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 80,000-plus attorneys, call them, and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next? Most important career lesson: Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” when you don’t know. Current project: A free, online searchable database of Texas … Continue Reading

New digs for TRLA

On March 5, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) will mark the completion of renovations to its Edinburg office with a special grand-reopening and dedication ceremony. Originally built in 1980, the office was in serious need of an update. Over the last year the project doubled the work area for TRLA staff (pictured here in the new building), … Continue Reading

Joe Jamail: Don’t call him a litigator.

Houston’s Joe Jamail would strongly prefer you call him a trial lawyer. Why is that? I’ll forgo expletives on the State Bar blog and instead refer you to a new profile of Jamail in the ABA Journal by Mark Curriden, communications director for Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas.  Curriden recaps the 83-year-old Jamail’s journey from … Continue Reading