Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Tweet Smell of Success: Social Media Clauses in Sports & Entertainment Contracts

Once upon a time, if you mentioned the topics of "social media" and "contract clauses" in the same sentence to entertainment industry big shots, they would associate it with a way to limit entertainers from discussing their projects on social networking platforms. But fast forward a few years to 2013, and now studios, agents, and talent in the entertainment and sports realms regularly sit down to negotiate how much social media activity the actor or athlete will be required to engage in. What accounts for the change in attitude?… Continue Reading

Former State Bar president returns from Turkey

Richard Pena has spent a lifetime advocating for the rule of law—in Texas and around the world. Pena, who practices in Austin, just returned to the United States from a trip to Turkey, where he met with lawyers, law professors, law students, and bar association officers to learn about that country’s justice system. The former State Bar … Continue Reading

A letter to the new attorneys of Texas

David Ray Olivas of Flower Mound passed the bar exam in October but will not be able to attend the new lawyer induction ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center on Nov. 18, 2013. He is living in Mazar-e-Sharif, in the Balkh province of northern Afghanistan. Olivas has been stationed there a while, where he generally … Continue Reading

ABLA holds first pro bono clinic based on SBOT’s Care Kit

                  On Nov. 9, the Austin Black Lawyers Association hosted its first free legal clinic based on the State Bar of Texas’s Care Kit that encourages lawyers to engage in pro bono work. Rudolph Metayer, president of ABLA, said he hoped the clinic would achieve one simple … 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