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50 Years: Graham v. Deere

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Graham v. Deere, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that set the framework for determining obviousness in patent law. Amarillo attorney Tom Morris represented John Deere Co. and argued before the Supreme Court. For 10 years leading up to Graham v. Deere, Morris had been litigating the Graham … Continue Reading

University of Houston hosts conference analyzing implications of 2016 presidential election

University of Houston law, economics and political science professors will discuss the judicial, domestic and international implications of the 2016 presidential election Tuesday at a conference that is free and open to the public. The event, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center and the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is … Continue Reading

Austin Bar Foundation holds annual gala, honors 5 outstanding lawyers, judges

More than 500 members of Austin’s legal community turned out for the Austin Bar Foundation’s annual Gala on Saturday. The Austin Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Austin Bar Association. The foundation was established in 2003 to support and expand the provision of legal-related charitable and educational programs and services in Central Texas. Gala … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association to present MLK Justice Award to Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

The Dallas Bar Association will present the Martin Luther King Justice Award to Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, during the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon on January 18 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. The award is presented to local leaders whose lives and practices exemplify the principles embodied … Continue Reading

TBLS executive director set to retire

After more than 30 years with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Gary McNeil is retiring from his position as executive director. In his tenure, McNeil has witnessed significant changes in the legal profession and has helped TBLS adapt accordingly. Here, he discusses his role in the organization, the significance of being board certified, and … Continue Reading

A Texas criminal defense legend on fighting for the underdog

E.G. “Gerry” Morris is a longtime Austin criminal defense attorney most well known for representing a Branch Davidian member and winning his acquittal on all counts. This July, Morris was inducted as the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He recently spoke with the Texas Bar Journal about his career, the criminal … Continue Reading

DBA executive director announces pending retirement

The Dallas Bar Association will lose its longtime Executive Director Cathy Maher when she retires in just over a year at the end of 2016. The DBA Board of Directors announced Maher’s decision at a recent meeting. “I am very grateful to have spent almost four decades with this outstanding organization and deeply honored to … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association hosts 10th anniversary scholarship dinner

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation will host its 10th anniversary scholarship dinner Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Houston. The dinner will honor members of the community who exemplify the ideals of the foundation. The event will include a keynote address from Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals … Continue Reading

Former SBOT president travels to Ireland

Richard Pena, 1998-1999 State Bar of Texas president, is headed home following a seven-day tour in Ireland. Pena, along with a delegation of attorneys from the U.S., has spent the past week exploring the land and meeting with leaders to learn about the area’s current politics and history, including the Northern Ireland peace process. The … Continue Reading

Joseph W. McKnight: Man of Scholarship and Service

Joseph W. McKnight, professor emeritus of law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, has been a great inspiration for scholarship and service for countless people in our profession and in other vocations. Remaining active and vital, McKnight was awarded the Honorary Alumnus Award at the school’s 28th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on … Continue Reading

Hard Work Out West

Roy B. Ferguson and his attorney wife, Pene, started their careers in Houston, but in 1999, they moved almost 600 miles to one of the state’s least-populated regions, a place with high-desert vistas of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend where both of them have family roots. Their law office in Marfa, which they opened … Continue Reading

Man About Town

Twenty years ago, Paul Looney, 60, moved from Houston to the nearby town of Bellville to raise his daughter. He spent years commuting to the city every day to practice law but eventually realized there were opportunities in neighboring Hempstead, population about 5,700. Looney has been a happy and successful small-town attorney ever since. He … Continue Reading

She Grew Up in Boots

When Natalie Cobb Koehler was a student at South Texas College of Law in Houston, she decided that she would move back home to practice law. Koehler and her family now live on an oak- and cedar-covered ranch in Cranfills Gap in Central Texas, where her kids show animals in 4H and her husband co-stars … Continue Reading

Way Up Yonder

H.P. “Mike” Berkley, 65, is a solo practitioner outside Forestburg, a community near the Texas-Oklahoma border with a population of about 250. He went to Southern Methodist University School of Law and practiced in Dallas until moving to the country about 25 years ago. Berkley talks about marrying the town vet, being a content attorney … Continue Reading