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Texas attorneys graduate as presidential scholars

Two Texas attorneys, Grant Sparks and B.J. Goergen, just wrapped up their year as members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2016. This six-month educational program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Of hundreds of applicants, only 61 … 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

Austin attorney celebrated as environmental law pioneer by national nonprofit

Austin environmental attorney Kinnan Golemon shared his experiences as a pioneer in his field with the Environmental Law Institute to commemorate Earth Day. Golemon, a founder and past chair of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, was one of 24 “environmental pioneers” the institute interviewed, compiling oral histories with individuals … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for Texas veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Commission will host its annual Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for low-income veterans at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin. The gala will feature guest speaker Gen. Peter Pace, who served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue Reading

Board of Legal Specialization announces induction of 206 attorneys, 25 paralegals

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced the induction of 206 attorneys and 25 paralegals into Board Certification at its annual induction ceremony Thursday. The event, held at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center, was attended by more than 450 attorneys, paralegals and family members from all over the state as well as the … Continue Reading

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