Random Profile - Charley Prine, Houston

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: Finding solutions for real world problems

The last movie I saw was: Ernest Saves Christmas. It's not Christmas without it – “KnowhutImean”

Collects: My clients send me decks of playing cards from around the World. I have cards from all continents except Antarctica, several islands, and many tourist spots in the U.S. Interesting decks in my collection include decks from Air Force 2 and Marine Helicopter 1, a deck made by a missionary group in Africa, and decks from companies and countries that no longer exist.

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Random Profile - Larry Fogel, Dallas

Larry FogelFor 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?

Areas of practice: Litigation

Education: Texas Christian University, B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, J.D.

Bet you didn’t know: that I’m allergic to shellfish, and I bet you didn’t care either.

Bad habit: rooting for Kansas City sports teams.

Most important career lesson: Be honest, even when it hurts.

Latest pursuit: Raising my daughter Ryan (2) and my son Zane (3 months) with my wife, Jenny.

Pet Peeve: I love virtually everything about football except when players (seemingly everywhere) hold up four fingers at the end of the third quarter. We get it.

Best thing about being a lawyer: People always seem interested in finding out I am an attorney – whether it is because they like lawyers or hate them, cannot wait to tell a lawyer joke (looking at you, Dad) or somehow think I can properly advise them on an obscure probate or criminal issue. 

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This month in the Texas Bar Journal


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Legal Article — Controversial Uses of the 'Clawback' Remedy in the Current Financial Crisis by Spencer C. Barasch and Sara J. Chesnut.

 Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Turns 20 — Preserving and Celebrating Judicial History by William S. Pugsley.

ABA-YLD Adopts TYLA Voting Rights ProjectInspiring the Future: Texas Young Lawyers Association Takes Steps to Empower Youth by Patricia L. Garcia. 

Profile — Texas lawyers take their passions seriously, as you'll see from a story about Sally Heppie, a Dallas-based entertainment lawyer turned film producer.



The Texas Bar Journal wants your short stories!

It's that time of year again — not when we snuggle around the open fire or get a little silly at the office holiday party, no. It's time for aspiring John Grishams to dust off their typewriters (or more realistically, their computer keyboards) and get to writing their award-winning short story.

The 2010 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Fiction Writing Contest is officially on. The June 2010 issue of the Texas Bar Journal will feature the top three stories, as judged by our independent panel (it's a blind judging, too, to make it more fair). Deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.

"How long does my story have to be?" you ask. Well, we know you like telling stories, but, it's a short story contest, so keep it to 2,000 words or less.

You are pondering what you can write about, too, right? We're pretty open to the topic, as long as your short story is previously unpublished and deals with or is related to the law or lawyers in some fashion.

"What if I have entered or won a previous year?" you wonder. That's okay — go for win No. 2 or polish up last year's story. We welcome all entries, as long as it's from any lawyer licensed to practice in Texas who is in good standing. (We fibbed a little in that last sentence — directors of the State Bar or the Texas Bar Journal board of editors are ineligible.)

"How much time do I have?" you worry. No worries — the deadline is months away, next year in fact. Send those stories in by March 1, 2010, and you'll be good.

For more information, download an entry form.

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.