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Guest blog: What do judges say about the jury system?

Over the years, I have become a huge advocate for and supporter of the jury system. After presiding over hundreds of jury trials I’ve concluded that juries tend to get it right. The collective wisdom of 12 or even six citizens is truly impressive; to use an old phrase, the sum is greater than its … Continue Reading

Juror questions answered

Editor’s Note: This information was originally published in the February 2005 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. The child age exemption was 10 at the time of publication; it has since been changed to 12. The information included in this column is for educational and informational purposes only. Please consult an attorney regarding specific legal … Continue Reading

So you received a jury summons—now what?

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared as a Client Page in the April 2012 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. The information included in this column is for educational and informational purposes only. Please consult an attorney regarding specific legal questions. For most people, a letter from their county clerk’s office containing a summons for … Continue Reading

The Texas Bar Journal’s April must-reads

April is a special month for members of the State Bar of Texas because we vote for the person who will soon lead the organization as president. That’s why the Texas Bar Journal’s April issue brings you the president-elect candidates’ views on important issues. Three other feature stories as well as Memorials and Disciplinary Actions … 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

Lessons and impressions from 50 years of practicing law

By James Boanerges When I was attending Lamar High School in Houston, a lawyer and an accountant came to campus one day to address the student body. The first speaker, famous criminal defense attorney Percy Foreman, made a huge impression with his booming voice and engaging smile. The accountant, a mild-mannered, nondescript fellow, simply could … Continue Reading

Crash course on jury duty for high school seniors

Many people dread jury duty, which is associated with detouring from our all-too-comfortable daily routines. High school seniors are no different, and with a multitude of enticing alternate options for how to spend their time, they likely are more susceptible to developing jury duty apathy. On Nov. 7, a program of the Houston Bar Association … Continue Reading
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