News Archive - February 2011

San Antonio-area lenders honored for commitment to Texas legal aid

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation awarded six lenders with major operations in San Antonio the Prime Partner Award for their outstanding contributions to civil legal services. Read the story. (San Antonio Business-Journal) [02/28/2011]

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights to host annual symposium

The University of Texas School of Law’s Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and the Immigration and Nationality Section of the State Bar of Texas will cosponsor a symposium about the controversial immigration issues on the United States-Mexico border on Tuesday, March 1. Read the story. (UT Law Magazine) [02/28/2011]

City attorney admires those who paved the way

As part of Black History Month, highlighting extraordinary people who have gone beyond the call of duty in the realms of education, volunteerism and in their careers, the spotlight falls on San Angelo City Attorney Lysia Huntington Bowling. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [02/28/2011] This week, a restored version of the film became part of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, a permanent archive dedicated to the late president and his fateful trip to the city.

Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [02/25/2011]

County given its 2nd award for preservation

Harrison County recently nabbed another Lucille Terry Preservation Award, this time earning it for the restoration of the historic Harrison County Courthouse. Read the story. (Marshal News Messenger) [02/24/2011]

In Austin, crowds rally against immigration

People from all over the state converged on the Capitol on Tuesday to protest several immigration-related bills. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [02/23/2011]

Eyewitness reform bill on the move

Texas law enforcement departments would move toward uniform eyewitness procedures under a bill representatives Tuesday quickly sent to the Texas House floor. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [02/23/2011]

Ruling protects vaccine-makers from lawsuits

Federal law protects pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits by parents who claim that vaccines harmed their children, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [02/23/2011]

State Your Case

The Elder Law Committee of the Houston Bar Association will hold its annual "Will-A-Thon" on April 19. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [02/22/2011]

Year after plane hit, repairs continue at Echelon

By year's end, new tenants could start moving into the Northwest Austin office building that was severely damaged one year ago when a plane was crashed into it. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [2/18/2011]

Population growth surging around Dallas, other Texas cities, census figures show

Most of Texas' phenomenal growth over the last decade followed the route of Interstate 35. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [2/18/2011]

G-20 nears deal on imbalance measures

The Group of 20 industrial and developing nations is headed toward agreement on setting four indicators as guidelines for measuring global economic imbalances. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal) [2/18/2011]

Black History Month: Joseph Vance Lewis

From humble beginnings as a slave in Louisiana, Joseph Vance Lewis became Houston's first black attorney. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [02/17/2011]

Higher fees could fill legal aid shortfall

Hoping to preserve courthouse access for tens of thousands of indigent Texans, legal aid advocates are backing four bills that would fill a budget gap largely by increasing court fees. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [02/17/2011]

Veterans grateful for belated valentines

The belated observance of Monday's holiday is part of a weeklong tribute by the VA called the National Salute to Veteran Patients. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [02/17/2011]

Texas Veterans Commission awards $2M

The Texas Veterans Commission awarded more than $2 million in grants to organizations statewide that provide mental health services to vets. Read the story. (Austin Business Journal) [02/16/2011]

Sharing space at the Space Center

The NASA Johnson Space Center in the Clear Lake Area is also a wildlife refuge. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [02/16/2011]

Vets now battling unemployment

Almost 400 military veterans and their spouses attended a job expo hosted by RecruitMilitary. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [02/14/2011] Also see Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans.

Future of law panel: change with the times or find another line of business

According to a panel at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, law practice is changing so fast and so dramatically that wholesale groups of lawyers either need to change how they operate or face finding another line of business. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [02/14/2011]

Leon was a prominent San Antonio lawyer who gave back

One of San Antonio's most respected lawyers died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. Full Story (San Antonio Express-News) [02/14/2011]

Daughters get to know activist father through film

Sarah and Emily Kunstler decided to make a documentary about their father, the famous civil rights attorney William Kunstler. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [02/11/2011]

Veterans offered free legal advice at upcoming clinic

The Houston Bar Association (HBA) will hold a free legal advice clinic for all Harris County veterans on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the American Legion Post 490. Read the story. (Ultimate Pasadena) [02/09/2011]

Aggies couple will be on Wheel

Two College Station residents were coupled on one of a series of episodes of Wheel of Fortune to air this week for what the show is calling “Sweethearts Week.” Read the story. (The Houston Chronicle) [02/08/2011]

Feature: Walking in the woods on a snowy

Dallas attorney Bill Holston writes about a recent walk through the snow. Read the story. (D Magazine) [02/07/2011]

Falkenberg: A court program worth saluting

The special court for veterans was the brainchild of state district Judge Marc Carter, a retired Army captain, and defense attorney Patrick McCann, a Navy reservist. Read the story.(Houston Chronicle) [02/03/2011]

Senate rejects bid to repeal health care law

Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated an effort by Republicans to repeal the new health care law. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [02/03/2011]

Jefferson County civil judges go 100% digital

Making paper obsolete, Jefferson County's four civil district judges have gone completely digital in 2011, requiring all new lawsuits to be filed electronically. Read the story. (Southeast Texas Record) [02/02/2011]

Oil prices fluctuate on Egypt, growing US supplies

Oil prices fluctuated Wednesday as investors weighed a report of growing fuel supplies in the U.S. against more scenes of unrest in Egypt. Read the story. (The Dallas Morning News) [02/02/2011]

Mubarak's grip on power is shaken

Hundreds of thousands of people crammed into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday, seeking to muster a million protesters demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Read the story. (The New York Times) [02/01/2011]

Health care could be high-court nail-biter

Monday's federal court decision striking down the Democrats' health care reform law is just Act I in a long legal drama — and nobody knows how it will end. Read the story. (Politico) [02/01/2011]