Dallas lawyer, TBJ board member wins legal writing award

Dallas attorney John G. Browning has received a 2014 Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing, his law firm announced. 

Browning, a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, received the award for “Keep Your ‘Friends’ Close and Your Enemies Closer: Walking the Ethical Tightrope in the Use of Social Media,” published in the St. Mary’s Journal of Legal Malpractice & Ethics in 2013. The article was one of five law review pieces Browning published last year.

This is the fourth Burton Award for Browning, who is a member of the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors.

“I’m pleased that the judging panel chose to recognize a cutting-edge topic like the ethical concerns lawyers must be mindful of when using newer technologies like social media,” he said. “And I’m just amazed and humbled at the thought of receiving this wonderful accolade for the fourth time.”


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Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange: An update on key deadlines

The January Texas Bar Journal features an update on important deadlines for the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange, and we’ve released the story early here.

Health insurance companies are accepting enrollments through the private exchange for a six-month period, ending March 31, 2014, for coverage effective dates starting in 2014. For a desired coverage effective date of Jan. 1, the application completion deadline is Dec. 19.

The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange is a multi-carrier private exchange designed exclusively for State Bar of Texas members and their staff and dependents. Read the TBJ story and visit the Member Benefits website for more information.  

The TBJ May Issue

Inside: C.E. Rhodes, Priscilla Camacho, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Houston on how they are getting the word out to students about the TYLA project What Do Lawyers Do? Plus: A look at social host liability in Texas, a new book by James L. Haley on the history of the Texas Supreme Court, a video that uses Brady V. Maryland to train law enforcement officers, and tips on how to wow if you land at a solo or small firm after law school. Go to the Texas Bar Journal to read the entire issue. 

The TBJ April Issue

Inside: State Bar president-elect candidates Trey Apffel of League City, Steve Fischer of Rockport, and Larry W. Hicks of El Paso talk about the issues facing the legal profession, ethics, and the next generation of lawyers. Plus: A comprehensive look at the oil and gas industry in Texas, Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson on the state of the judiciary, a Q&A with TYLA president-elect candidates Rebekah Steely Brooker of Dallas and Alfonso Cabañas of San Antonio, and tips on dealing with the electronic media. Go to the Texas Bar Journal to read the entire issue. 

This Month in the Texas Bar Journal

How is the criminal justice system in Texas responding to the issues of incarceration, recidivism, and rehabilitation? This issue of the Texas Bar Journal examines the Texas criminal justice system and several ways the state is working to reduce recidivism.


Incarceration, Recidivism, and Rehabilitation
• Punishment and Rehabilitation: A Brief History of the Texas Prison System. Page 604.
• Prison Is Prison: A Conversation with Michael Morton. Page 608.
• Reducing Risk and Recidivism: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Page 612.
• Veterans Courts in Texas. Page 616.

Other Features
• 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Coverage. Page 620.
• Ethics Opinions 617, 618, and 619. Page 636.
• Solo/Small Firm: Preparing for a Disaster. Page 642.

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This month in the Texas Bar Journal

From the economy to technology to cultural practices, international integration is quickly becoming the norm, even in Texas. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal provides several tools to help Texas attorneys practice in an increasingly global atmosphere.


 Globalization and International Law:
• Transnational Disputes in a Global Economy. Page 512.
• How to Avoid the Broad Nature of Export Control Violations. Page 520.
• Joint Ventures in Texas: A Primer for International Partners. Page 524.
• Managing U.S. Immigration Risks: Key Concepts for a Global Workforce. Page 530.
• Hiring Foreign Nationals on an H-1B Visa. Page 535.
• Business Entertainment "Texas Style" Here and Abroad: What You Need to Know. Page 536.

Profiles of 2012 Pro Bono and Legal Services Award Winners. Page 540.

February 2012 Bar Exam High Scorer Remarks. Page 544.

State Bar Section Reports (2011-2012). Page 546.

State Bar Committee Reports (2011-2012). Page 556.

Solo/Small Firm: Going Global — Delving into the International Legal Arena. Page 566.

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This month in the Texas Bar Journal

This month in the Texas Bar Journal:

A profile on Buck Files, a shareholder in Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, P.C. in Tyler, who takes office as the 132nd president of the State Bar of Texas during the State Bar Annual Meeting in Houston, June 14–15. See what he has in store for the year. Page 434.

A profile on C.E. Rhodes, U.S. operations and Compliance counsel to Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, who takes office as president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association at the Annual Meeting. Page 474.

Legal article on the Texas Supreme Court's revisiting of the Covenants Not to Compete Act. Page 438.

Frank E. Stevenson II of Dallas becomes chair of the State Bar Board of Directors this month. Page 462.

Read the winning entries of the 2012 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Fiction Writing Contest. Finalists are listed on page 446; the winning stories begin on page 448.

A profile on retired Dallas attorney Rex Spivey's work with Habitat for Humanity International. Page 467.

Solo/Small Firm: How to Hire Well-spoken Lawyers. Page 478.

Also: Ethics Opinions, Disciplinary Actions, Memorials, and more can be found at texasbar.com/tbj.


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This month in the Texas Bar Journal

In this issue of the Texas Bar Journal, we provide an article by Steve Fischer that discusses the patterns of growth and employment for lawyers in Texas, providing statistical data including two comprehensive lists on statewide attorney-to-population ratios and caseload numbers. Associate Editor Patricia Garcia examines the issue of diversity in the legal profession, while John Browning and Robert Bogdanowicz share their experiences as mentor and mentee, respectively, and the benefits of the mentoring process to the betterment of the profession. Managing Editor Judy Marchman takes a look at the new law school being developed in Dallas and talks with incoming Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Michael H. Schwartz. Let us know your thoughts. Email us at tbj@texasbar.com.

In addition, you can learn more about this year's Annual Meeting, which heads to Houston June 14-15, 2012.

This month in the Texas Bar Journal

This month, the Texas Bar Journal examines the efforts of the Texas Supreme Court-appointed Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force to build awareness of the importance of preserving the state's vast collection of historical court documents. In addition, we look at the issue of recovering stolen Texas court documents, provide document preservation tips, and highlight the work of the State Bar of Texas Archives Department. We also introduce the 2012-13 State Bar President-elect candidates, Steve Bolden of Dallas and Lisa Tatum of San Antonio, and the 2012-13 Texas Young Lawyers Association President-elect candidates, Kristy Sims Piazza of Plano and Shivali Sharma of Texarkana.

This month in the Texas Bar Journal

This month, the Texas Bar Journal highlights The Unconscious Truth: Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking, a new project from the Texas Young Lawyers Association on the legal consequences and health dangers associated with underage binge drinking. In addition, we also take a look at juvenile law and the juvenile justice system, including an overview of juvenile vs. criminal law, deferred prosecution, and the law concerning underage drinkers stopped for a DWI.

TBJ Board of Editors talk social media, blogging with SMU law students

Students in the Intellectual Property Association at SMU's Dedman School of Law had the opportunity to listen to members of the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors talk about the quickly evolving area of social media, blogging and the law on Tuesday. The board of editors met that morning on the law school campus as guests of Prof. Xuan-Thao Nguyen, who arranged the panel discussion. Board of Editors Chair Michael Smith (second from left) of Marshall blogged about the experience at EDTexweblog.com. He was joined on the panel by (from left) Mitch Smith of Beaumont, John Browning of Dallas (who teaches on the topic at SMU), and Steve Fischer of Rockport. Discussion touched on the recent Troll Tracker litigation, the dos and don'ts of lawyers as bloggers, and ethical considerations of monitoring jurors' social media presence.