Monthly Archives: September 2009

Random Profile – Stephen Daniel

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? Best thing about being a lawyer: Being involved in the community and making a difference in my client’s lives. Favorite saying/quote: The minute you … Continue Reading

In Memoriam: Judge Jerry Buchmeyer

Retired U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, who for nearly 30 years compiled the popular humor column et cetera for the Texas Bar Journal, died Monday, Sept. 21, of natural causes. He was 76. He served as chief judge of the Northern District of Texas from 1995 to 2001 and took senior status in 2003 before … Continue Reading

Lawyer referrals go online

The State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) has launched a new online service to more efficiently connect lawyers and clients, 24 hours a day. The service is available via the LRIS website. The State Bar LRIS covers areas of Texas not served by local referral services. These are generally non-metropolitan areas. Members of … Continue Reading

Public hearing on certification standards slated for Sept. 30

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) will hold a hearing in Austin on Sept. 30, 2009, to gather public comment on proposed changes to certification standards covering personal injury trial law, civil trial law, and labor and employment law. TBLS certifies attorneys and paralegals through a voluntary program which requires that they meet certain … Continue Reading

Random Profile – Cami Boyd, Dallas

Education: Southern Methodist University, B. S. Economics, 1990; Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1993 Areas of practice: Intellectual property law. My practice focuses on all aspects of business and intellectual. I routinely advise clients on all aspects of the development of a business. Family: Husband, Randy. Spoiled pets – Scamp and Marilyn. Favorite music/musician: … Continue Reading

Gary F. Kennedy named TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year

Congratulations to Gary Kennedy, American Airlines Senior Vice President and General Counsel (pictured, left, with State Bar of Texas President Roland Johnson). The Texas Minority Counsel Program named Kennedy the Corporate Counsel of the Year for his commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession and at American Airlines.  Kennedy is a founding member of the … Continue Reading

CAAP marks 10 years of mediating client-attorney disputes

The State Bar’s Client-Attorney Assistance Program (CAAP) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. The program was launched on Sept. 27, 1999, to help mediate problems between attorneys and their clients in cases where a formal disciplinary proceeding is not warranted. CAAP has a staff of eight, most of whom are certified mediators. Most complaints … Continue Reading

This month in the Texas Bar Journal

most links below point to PDF files Legislative Update — Royce Poinsett provides an overview of the 81st Texas Legislature and how it may affect Texas lawyers, from the revised franchise tax to the fate of the "Pork Chopper Bill." For updates on specific areas of practice, from Criminal Law to Insurance Law, click here. Lawyers, Laptops, and … Continue Reading