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Being Board Certified

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization inducted 267 attorneys and 22 paralegals at a ceremony in Austin on February 10, 2017. TBLS recognizes 22 specialty areas for attorneys and seven specialty areas for paralegals. Construction law, which was added last year, had one of the largest attorney groups of an inaugural specialty in TBLS history. … Continue Reading

Luncheon celebrates Paralegal Day

District 3 of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division celebrated Paralegal Day with a luncheon October 12. The event celebrated paralegals and the 35th anniversary of the division’s establishment in 1981, when the State Bar of Texas became the first bar association to create a separate division for paralegals.… Continue Reading

Seeking attorneys with hobbies

A mom who writes and performs spoken-word pieces to audiences around Austin. A Houston man who photographs polar bears and lions from just a dozen feet away. A Dallas cancer survivor who sailed around the world. A Woodlands grandfather who swims with great white sharks. All of these people have been profiled as lawyers with … Continue Reading

Veteran Texas newswoman wins freedom of information award

Wanda Garner Cash, a veteran Texas newswoman and educator who has long fought for the public’s right to know, will receive the 2016 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open … 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

‘Never Quit. Never.’ A Tribute to Buck Files

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in The Voice for the Defense and is republished with permission. Read the full May 2016 issue.  There is a blithe irony in our honoring Buck for his 200th article for this publication—a man of few words for having expressed literally thousands of them. In fact, if you know Buck, … Continue Reading

Austin attorney celebrated as environmental law pioneer by national nonprofit

Austin environmental attorney Kinnan Golemon shared his experiences as a pioneer in his field with the Environmental Law Institute to commemorate Earth Day. Golemon, a founder and past chair of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, was one of 24 “environmental pioneers” the institute interviewed, compiling oral histories with individuals … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for Texas veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Commission will host its annual Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for low-income veterans at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin. The gala will feature guest speaker Gen. Peter Pace, who served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue Reading

Board of Legal Specialization announces induction of 206 attorneys, 25 paralegals

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced the induction of 206 attorneys and 25 paralegals into Board Certification at its annual induction ceremony Thursday. The event, held at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center, was attended by more than 450 attorneys, paralegals and family members from all over the state as well as the … Continue Reading

50 Years: Graham v. Deere

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Graham v. Deere, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that set the framework for determining obviousness in patent law. Amarillo attorney Tom Morris represented John Deere Co. and argued before the Supreme Court. For 10 years leading up to Graham v. Deere, Morris had been litigating the Graham … Continue Reading
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