Monthly Archives: August 2013

Texas Counties to Receive Additional Appropriations for Indigent Defense

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) adopted a budget that allocates $35 million to the indigent defense formula grant program. The budget reflects a $15 million increase over the previous year thanks to legislative action to ensure that all dedicated funds collected specifically for indigent defense will again be available for that purpose.… Continue Reading

Scam Emails Targeting Attorneys Making Their Rounds

From time to time, the State Bar receives notifications from attorneys that they've received scam emails. Here's the latest one that is circulating this week, which was reported by a lawyer on August 20th, sent through the Find A Lawyer messaging system on the State Bar site ...… Continue Reading

Attorney: Ruling could affect how courts certify juvenile offenders as adults

We recently caught up with Houston lawyer Jack Carnegie about his work in the case of Cameron Moon, whose 2010 murder conviction was recently reversed after an appeals court ruled Moon should not have been tried as an adult. Carnegie, an attorney with Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, who argued Moon's case pro bono, said the decision is noteworthy because child certification rulings rarely get reversed on appeal.… Continue Reading

Texas Bar Historical Foundation awards grant

Travis County District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza gratefully accepted a grant award from the Texas Bar Historical Foundation on Aug. 13, 2013. The funds will be used to preserve the District Court Civil Minutes: Volume B, the second oldest in the county. Volume B accounts for court records from the fall term of 1848 to the … Continue Reading

We Salute You

Rocking lawyer musicians are getting amped up about Law Jam 4, a benefit concert for pro bono legal aid at the Granada Theater in Dallas on August 17. Six bands whose members are comprised of Dallas-area lawyers and judges will be rocking the house to raise money–and awareness–for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative … Continue Reading

Former Justice Hightower dies at 86

  Jack Hightower, who served in the Texas Legislature, in Congress, and on the Texas Supreme Court, died Saturday in Austin. He was 86. Hightower served as a state Supreme Court justice from 1988 to 1996 before retiring. A graduate of Baylor University Law School, he received his law license in 1951 and spent time … Continue Reading