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SMU Dedman to create justice reform center with $7 million gifts

The Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law announced Tuesday the creation of a new criminal justice reform center funded by $7 million in donations. The Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center will support research and educational programs dealing with issues such as wrongful convictions, over-incarceration, and help to ensure fair ethical treatment of individuals … Continue Reading

Winstead awards scholarships to diverse law students

Winstead recently announced the winners of its annual scholarship program benefitting outstanding diverse first-year law students in Texas. The Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarship—in its ninth year—is awarded to three exceptional and ethnically diverse students at the University of Houston Law Center, University of Texas School of Law, and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.… Continue Reading

St. Mary’s Law students triumph at national moot court contest

A trio of aspiring litigators from St. Mary’s University School of Law reigned supreme at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago last week. “This championship speaks volumes about the quality of our law students as advocates,” David A. Schlueter, Hardy Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at St. Mary’s, … Continue Reading

FOIFT, AG’s Office host open government seminars in El Paso, Houston area

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in El Paso and the Houston area in May. The one-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information … Continue Reading

Houston firm’s annual social media campaign aims to stop texting while driving

People of all ages do it no matter how much they know they shouldn’t: texting while driving. And for teenagers, who already have some of the highest crash numbers and are often big users of technology, the consequences can be dire. The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend is bringing … Continue Reading

Registration open for University of Houston’s ‘People’s Law School’

The University of Houston Law Center will reconvene its free “People’s Law School,” on Saturday with courses in 13 different areas of law. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon in Max Krost Hall and include more than 30 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors teaching the courses. According to a news release, … Continue Reading

Mock trial hopes to educate teens about dating violence

More than 100 teenage students in Hays County will participate in a mock trial dealing with dating violence on February 25 as community leaders and legal professionals seek to bring awareness to a serious and all-too-common problem. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the workings of the justice system while learning the … Continue Reading

Attorneys, associations celebrate Constitution Day with readings, presentations

Organizations of attorneys throughout the state of Texas have planned special events to honor Constitution Day – the nationally recognized holiday marking the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. As part of the celebration, more than 100 attorneys from the Houston Bar Association will read to 209 classes in elementary schools across … Continue Reading

High schoolers to tour Capitol, meet leading historian on Constitution Day

The transition away from summer and into full-swing academia will be a little easier for select high schoolers who will soon explore the State Capitol and meet one of America’s leading historians. On September 17, 2015—recognized as Constitution Day—the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates will host its fourth annual James Otis … Continue Reading

ACU pre-law adviser recognized as best in the country

With more than 20 years spent providing guidance to undergraduate students considering a career in the law, Mel Hailey of Abilene Christian University has been recognized as the top pre-law adviser in the nation. On March 23, 2015, the Pre-Law Advisors National Council announced that Hailey would be the recipient of its 2015 Dean Gerald … Continue Reading

LRE hosts conference for teachers

  Teachers from around state gathered in Austin on Friday, Jan. 30, to attend the State Bar of Texas 2015 Law-Related Education Conference at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The event kicked off with a lecture by Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library. Using videos and recordings of Johnson, Updegrove offered … Continue Reading
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