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News Archive - May 2012

Cornyn wants federal funds to help clear rape kits backlog

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has introduced legislation that would help clear the staggering number of untested rape kits in Houston Police storage - some 6,663 at the agency's last count - and help eliminate a nationwide backlog. Read the story.(Houston Chronicle) [05/31/2012]

Two honored with 'Jurist of the Year' nods

West Texas' chief federal judge and one of the state's appeals court justices have each been named “2012 Jurist of the Year” by a trial advocacy group. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [05/31/2012]

Townsend announces retirement from juvenile corrections system

Cherie Townsend, who led Texas' juvenile corrections system amid continuing controversies in recent years as it transitioned through sweeping reforms, announced her retirement Tuesday. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [05/30/2012]

CASA gets award from Texas Bar Foundation

CASA of Grayson County, Inc. has been approved for a grant in the amount of $4,500 by the Texas Bar Foundation. Read the story. (Sherman-Denison Herald Democrat) [05/29/2012]

Talks start for veterans court in county

While Montgomery County still lacks a veterans court, the wheels have been set in motion to create one, several officials said. Read the story. (Woodlands Villager) [05/25/2012]

Texas Law Fellowships announces 2012 Excellence in Public Interest Award recipients

Texas Law Fellowships has announced the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Public Interest Awards. Read the story. (UT Law Magazine) [05/25/2012]

A bittersweet trip on the Honor Flight Network

In May 2005, an incredible effort was started to bring veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam from across the country to see the Washington, D.C. memorials constructed in their honor. Read the story. (Wilson County News) [05/25/2012]

TDI Fraud Prosecutor named for Bexar County

The Texas Department of Insurance announced the assignment of a fraud prosecutor to work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in Bexar County to combat insurance fraud. Read the story. (Texas Department of Insurance) [05/24/2012]

Litigation over Facebook IPO just starting

The key question is whether Facebook properly disclosed all material facts about its financial performance in the run-up to its initial public offering. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [05/24/2012]

County attorney needs help with public info requests

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a request to hire outside lawyers to help the county handle complex open records requests. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [05/23/2012]

Bar Foundation announces grants

The El Paso Bar Foundation has announced its grants for 2012. Read the story. (El Paso Inc) [05/22/2012]

To steno or not to steno? Texas attorney general weighs in on audio/video recording of depositions

In response to a question from the Court Reporters Certification Board, the Texas Office of the Attorney General has decided on audio/video recording of depositions. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [05/22/2012]

Appeals court orders retrial in Galveston Open Beaches Act case

A federal appeals court Monday ruled that the Texas Open Beaches Act is unconstitutional in the case of a Galveston Island property. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [05/22/2012]

El Paso Lawyers for Patriots offer legal help to military, family

El Paso Lawyers for Patriots offered free legal help for veterans, active military, and their families as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [05/21/2012]

Free legal clinic for veterans

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic scheduled in Huntsville/Walker County in conjunction with the Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations providing pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 14 counties in Southeast Texas. Read the story. (Huntsville Item) [05/21/2012]

Talks under way for veterans court

While Montgomery County still lacks a veterans court, the wheels have been set in motion to create one, several officials have said. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [05/21/2012]

Free legal advice clinic for area veterans this Saturday

Saturday, May 19, the Houston Bar Foundation and the Walker County Bar Association will sponsor a free legal advice clinic for all area veterans from 9 a.m. until noon at the HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas, at 463 SH 75, north. Read the story. (Navasota Examiner) [05/18/2012]

Video depicts peril of underage binge drinking

The Texas Young Lawyers Association will present an education video on underage binge drinking to community leaders Thursday morning. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [05/17/2012]

State Rep. Gonzales Named V.P. for University Advancement

Veronica Gonzales will represent the Valley’s largest university, The University of Texas-Pan American as its vice president for university advancement. Read the story. (Texas Insider) [05/17/2012]

Survey says: Big jumps in some not-so-positive numbers reflecting firm leaders' views of the future

The vast majority of leaders of large U.S. firms believe firms are competing on price more than they did before the recent economic downturn, results of a new survey indicate. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/17/2012]

Legal eagles soar in spotlight at South Texas College of Law gala with Don Jordan getting a medal

Applause were aplenty at the South Texas College of Law Awards Gala where a quartet of graduates were recognized with 2012 honors. Read the story. (Culture Map) [05/16/2012]

Panel to debate pros, cons of government regulation of groundwater

A symposium Thursday at Trinity University will tackle one of the most contentious water issues facing the state: How can government regulate groundwater? Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [05/16/2012]

Travis County Commissioners move forward with new courthouse plans

Tuesday, county commissioners approved appointing a committee that will help oversee plans for a new courthouse. Read the story. (Austin KVUE (ABC) 24 ©) [05/16/2012]

Attorneys for ex-BP engineer say 'third-party' evidence proves innocence

Attorneys for a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages about the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday an unnamed third party holds evidence that proves his innocence. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [05/15/2012]

Veterans Benefits Clinic May 19

A free-of-charge Veterans Benefits Clinic will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland St. in Dayton. Read the story. (Dayton News) [05/14/2012]

Keynote speakers prepare for law school graduation ceremonies

The keynote speakers for the spring hooding ceremonies at Texas’ nine American Bar Association-accredited law schools include jurists, an academician, a philanthropist, an assistant attorney general, private practitioners, a general counsel, and the president of the State Bar of Texas. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/14/2012]

Law Day speaker: budget cuts, case loads on the rise

Judicial case loads are on the rise across the nation, and courts are struggling to keep up with them because of budget cuts. Read the story. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times) [05/11/2012]

Amarillo College student will be school's first male paralegal graduate

Staton is set to become the program’s first male graduate when he crosses the stage during ceremonies that begin today. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [05/11/2012]

Writer-lawyer's first novel drawing rave reviews

Ben Fountain, a former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld associate, has launched himself as a fiction writer. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/11/2012]

Veterans Legal Clinic

This clinic is offered in conjunction with the Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations providing pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 14 counties in Southeast Texas. Read the story. (Huntsville Item) [05/10/2012]

Sun Spots

A free pro-se divorce clinic will be presented by a Lone Star Legal Aid attorney at 10 a.m., Monday, May 21 at the Alvin Senior Center, 309 W. Sealy. Read the story. (Alvin Sun-Advertiser) [05/10/2012]

Rusk County Bar holds annual Law Day event

The Rusk County Bar Association held its annual Law Day Banquet Monday. Read the story. (Tyler Morning Telegraph) [05/08/2012]

Jurors: Quiet unheralded stars of justice system

Jury service is one of the ultimate forms of community service in a democracy. Read the story. (Your Deer Park News) [05/08/2012]

Smith County Law Day

On Friday, many Smith County attorneys gathered for the annual Law Day. Read the story. (KLTV) [05/07/2012]

Program aims to help artists with legal issues

The Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts operations will be embedded in the Austin Creative Alliance headquarters in East Austin. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [05/07/2012]

Law Day banquet will be Monday at the Civic Center

Rusk County Bar Association members will hold their annual Law Day banquet beginning at noon Monday in the Henderson Civic Center. Read the story. (Henderson Daily News) [05/04/2012]

Baylor Law School again leads state in passing bar exam

For the 15th time since 2001, Baylor Law School students have claimed the top pass rate on the Texas State Bar Exam with a 92.59 percent success rate, the highest pass rate for students from the nine Texas law schools. Read the story. (Baylor University) [05/04/2012]

Lisa Tatum's election makes history for State Bar

Lisa Tatum has won a historic election to become the first African-American president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/03/2012]

Pro bono group of accountants and lawyers opens office in Austin

The Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts announced on April 26 the opening of an Austin office in the headquarters of the Austin Creative Alliance at 701 Tillery St. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/03/2012]

Local attorneys give free advice in observance of Law Day

In observance of Law Day, several Harrison County bar members presented an “Ask a Lawyer” program this past Saturday offering free consultations for anyone in need of legal advice. Read the story. (Marshal News Messenger) [05/02/2012]

Houston lawyer says he was target of scam attempt

Tredennick says a person emailed him identifying himself as “David Hingston,” chairman of Permanoid Ltd. in Manchester, England and was looking for local counsel. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [05/02/2012]

National Law Day banquet set for May 7

Once a year members of the Rusk County Bar Association meet for a luncheon and to recognize those in the community who have served our system of law. Read the story. (Henderson Daily News) [05/01/2012]

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