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Why collaborative law works for divorce clients

For peace is a process—a way of solving problems.” —John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Peace Speech 1963  We lawyers have heard about collaborative law and its array of protections for managing conflict and developing trust … etcetera. Yet we remain hesitant, even after giving bonus points for its 90 percent success rate. At the end of the … Continue Reading

Texas attorneys graduate as presidential scholars

Two Texas attorneys, Grant Sparks and B.J. Goergen, just wrapped up their year as members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2016. This six-month educational program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Of hundreds of applicants, only 61 … Continue Reading

To serve or not to serve?

Medical malpractice claims and the ever-evolving Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code are not for the faint of heart. In Passmore v. Baylor Health Care Systems, a recent 5th Circuit opinion, the court stepped into an area most medical malpractice attorneys thought was clear: whether Texas’s “threshold expert report” requirement in … Continue Reading

INA waivers for non-immigrant business travelers with criminal pasts

As a young corporate immigration lawyer, I was consistently surprised by how many of my clients, including high-ranking international managers and successful entrepreneurs, had a criminal record. And I’m not referring to white-collar crime. Petty thefts were most common, followed by assaults. One man, while in college, stole the wallet of a drunk at a … Continue Reading

Big news about ADA Internet accessibility (maybe)

On February 9, 2016, Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson issued a 45-page decision denying a motion to dismiss in National Association of the Deaf v. Harvard University, Case No. 3:15-cv-30023-MGM in the District of Massachusetts. She held that the Americans with Disabilities Act governed accessibility for materials presented by Harvard on the Internet. On March 21, Judge Bryan … Continue Reading

What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for Trade Secret Defendants

This post was originally published on Patently-O. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA)—arguably the most sweeping change to the nation’s intellectual property laws in a generation or more—is about to become law. The bill recently passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. President Obama is certain to sign the bill into … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: My Moment of Clarity

Editor’s note: This is the 19th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. I knew for some time that I might have … Continue Reading

Opinion: To celebrate Sunshine Week, cherish our Texas transparency

By Kelley Shannon We Texans have a history of straight talk and openness, and our state’s public information laws reflect it. Shining light on our government allows democracy to flourish. As we celebrate that light during national Sunshine Week from March 13-19, let’s be thankful that Texas laws value the public’s right to know through … Continue Reading

The Justice Scalia I knew

On February 13, 2016, this nation lost one of the greatest legal giants ever to sit on its highest court with the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Regardless of whether one agreed with the opinions he issued over the span of nearly 30 years on the court, one could not deny the … Continue Reading
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