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This month in the Texas Bar Journal

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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 the Border — Odean Volker discusses electronic searches and seizures and their implications on attorney-client privilege. Learn what you should say if a customs official seeks to inspect electronically stored privileged documents.

Annual Meeting CoverageRead how State Bar President Harper Estes nearly stole the show from musician Charlie Robison, Justice Antonin Scalia's linguistic pet peeves, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's awkward picnic with her former boss, LBJ.

Profiles — Texas lawyers are really into their hobbies, as you'll see from stories about Kent Durham, part of a three-generation trick-roping family, and Rick Evans, a telecommuting steamship captain.

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