Texas Court of Criminal Appeals welcomes three new judges

Three judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals were sworn in during a formal investiture ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the House Chambers of the Texas Capitol. Bert Richardson, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and David Newell, all of whom were elected to the bench by the public in November 2014, are the newest judges on the state’s highest criminal court.

Richardson, a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, was most recently a special state judge, traveling to hear cases in more than 40 counties. He also was of counsel to the San Antonio firm of LM Tatum and an adjunct law professor at St. Mary’s. Richardson is certified in criminal law and is a former federal and state prosecutor and judge of the 379th Criminal District Court of Bexar County. He is currently the judge overseeing the indictment case against Gov. Rick Perry.

Yeary, also a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law, is returning to the court where he began his career in 1991 as a briefing attorney for the late Judge Bill M. White. He also served as an associate of a San Antonio litigation firm, where he was a defense and appellate attorney, as well as an appellate prosecutor in Dallas, Harris, and Bexar counties and, most recently, a senior prosecutor in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Newell, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, was most recently an assistant criminal district attorney for Harris and Fort Bend counties. He is certified in criminal and criminal appellate law and is a frequent author and lecturer on criminal appellate matters.

Richardson, Yeary, and Newell are filling seats left by Cathy Cochran, Tom Price, and Paul Womack, who decided not to seek reelection in 2014.

Additional photos from the investiture ceremony and reception at the Texas Law Center are available on the State Bar of Texas Flickr page.

Lawyers needed to judge competition during ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas

The ABA Law Student Division needs 40 more lawyers and judges to participate as competition judges for the 2012-13 Negotiation Competition National Finals during the ABA Midyear Meeting February 8-9, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. Specific times for the rounds are as follows:

Friday, February 8
Round 1: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (30 judges needed)
Round 2: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (30 judges needed)

Saturday, February 9
Semifinal Round: 8:30 am to12:30 pm (20 judges needed)
Championship Round: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (5 judges needed)

Judges may earn CLE credit if their state CLE Board provides for credit via judging competitions. Texas lawyers may earn self study credit for judging this competition. Texas lawyers may report on their My Bar Page or annual verification report (the 9-digit code is not needed).

Lawyers interested in objectively evaluating the negotiation skills of the top 24 (out of 228) law student teams from across the country and giving them useful feedback are asked to select their round and supply their contact information on the form located at https://abanet.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8BPPZQ7Js8Lm4pD.

In this competition, two teams of student lawyers negotiate an agreement or settle a dispute between their clients. Competition judges evaluate the teams on how well they serve their clients’ needs.

This year’s topic is Small Business Ventures. Volunteers do not need previous competition judging experience, nor expertise in the subject matter.

Please direct questions to Peggy Pissarreck at 312-988-5621 or peggy.pissarreck@americanbar.org.