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Status of Harris County courts; Criminal Justice Center closed indefinitely in wake of Harvey

Judge Sylvia Matthews issued the following update on the status of Harris County courts: 201 Caroline: The Harris County Civil Courthouse sustained minimal damage in the storm and reopened Sept. 5. Jury Trials: The civil district courts will not call cases for jury trials in September or October. Courtroom Locations: The Criminal Justice Center sustained … Continue Reading

Scholarships available to criminal law attorneys interested in conferences

The State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section has announced that a record $30,000 in scholarships will be available to criminal law practitioners who would like to attend any of the following criminal justice conferences in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, or Fort Worth within the next few months: ·      30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law … Continue Reading

Texas criminal defense lawyers lead Declaration of Independence readings

Across the state’s 254 counties today, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association members led readings of the Declaration of Independence in honor of the Fourth of July. State Bar of Texas President-elect Tom Vick of Weatherford joined in the tradition in Parker County, telling the Texas Bar Blog it was a “moving exercise.” In Austin, criminal defense attorneys … Continue Reading

Texas Advocacy Project launches school supplies drive for children affected by domestic violence

With the first day of school approaching in a couple months, a new Texas Advocacy Project campaign aims to make the transition easier for families impacted by domestic violence. The nonprofit is asking the community to donate new backpacks and school supplies to meet requests from 96 domestic violence shelters across the state for more … Continue Reading

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association holds yearly meeting

More than 800 criminal defense attorneys from across the state converged on San Antonio last week for the Texas Criminal Defense Layers Association’s annual meeting. The 29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course—the largest gathering of criminal defense lawyers in the Southwest—on June 16-18 featured continuing legal education, court and law updates, and honored … Continue Reading

Houston pro bono team secures inmate’s release from prison for non-violent drug offense

The pro bono efforts of a Houston-based husband-and-wife legal team allowed an Illinois man to walk free after serving nearly two decades in prison for a non-violent drug offense. For the past seven years, Vinson & Elkins partner Darin Schultz and Morgan Lewis associate Christina Vitale represented Scott Walker, an Illinois man arrested, charged and … Continue Reading

SMU Dedman to create justice reform center with $7 million gifts

The Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law announced Tuesday the creation of a new criminal justice reform center funded by $7 million in donations. The Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center will support research and educational programs dealing with issues such as wrongful convictions, over-incarceration, and help to ensure fair ethical treatment of individuals … Continue Reading

A Texas criminal defense legend on fighting for the underdog

E.G. “Gerry” Morris is a longtime Austin criminal defense attorney most well known for representing a Branch Davidian member and winning his acquittal on all counts. This July, Morris was inducted as the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He recently spoke with the Texas Bar Journal about his career, the criminal … Continue Reading

Judge shows binge-drinking video to juvenile alcohol offenders

A former paramedic and police chief, Judge Kevin Madison knows the dangers of teenage drinking in terrifying detail. “I’ve had to remove bodies from cars,” Madison said. “It’s bad enough when they’re adults. But 15, 16 years old … it’s horrible.” Many of those wrecks were the result of alcohol, Madison said, and as presiding … Continue Reading
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