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Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em: Policing Texas Poker Rooms for Profit

Despite a criminal statute banning gambling in Texas, approximately 30 establishments have taken advantage of perceived loopholes in the law to operate openly as private poker clubs. Until recently, there has been little pushback from law enforcement. Perhaps realizing the potential for lucrative seizures, several of these private clubs recently came under the scrutiny of … Continue Reading

Beware non-compete agreements in Louisiana: ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Texas anymore’

Multi-state non-compete agreements are commonplace. Enforcing these agreements is generally not a problem, as most states use a reasonableness test for determining their enforceability. Texas law requires an evaluation of reasonableness as to time, geographical area, and activity being restrained, not unlike most other states (Tex. Bus. and Com. Code § 15.50). If the reasonableness … Continue Reading

Texas Bar College to honor members with awards

Texas Bar College will honor members with three major awards to be presented at 2 p.m. on July 15 at the 18th Annual Texas Bar College Summer School Course at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. The Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award given annually to an outstanding Bar College member based on achievement or contribution to professionalism … 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

Civility in Lawyers’ Writing

This article originally appeared in two parts in the Spring and Summer issues of the Missouri Bar’s quarterly magazine, Precedent. Reprinted with permission of the Missouri Bar and the author. A few years ago, American Bar Association President Stephen N. Zack decried the legal profession’s “continuing slide into the gutter of incivility.”[i] An ABA resolution “affirm[ed] … Continue Reading

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

Tips for Transitioning into the Practice of Law

Arturo Errisuriz, Assistant Dean for Career Services at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, shares tips for students transitioning in to the practice of law. 1.    Find a mentor, either within your firm or in the legal community;  your mentor should be someone with professional experience who is       willing to share it. 2.    Join … Continue Reading