News Archive - March 2011

César Chávez left legacy of equality, justice, dignity

Today is the birthday of César Chávez, the farm labor leader who dedicated his life to improving the wages and working conditions of agricultural workers, one of the country's poorest and most exploited groups of laborers. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/31/2011]

Volunteers get veterans on road to care

A group of volunteers is getting East Texas veterans on the road to care. Read the story. (Tyler KYTX (CBS) 19) [03/31/2011]

Women honored for business, community roles

A love of San Antonio and commitments to giving back to the community were shared among the seven winners of the 2011 Women's Opportunity Week awards presented Wednesday by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Ford Motor Co. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [03/31/2011]

Wounded veterans cycling across Texas, stop off in San Marcos

210 veterans and their supporters, as part of a Texas ride sponsored by United HealthCare and others, rode 350 miles from San Antonio to Arlington and stopped in San Marcos on Monday. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/29/2011]

High court e-filing is up and running

The Texas Supreme Court's electronic filing system is up and running today, allowing attorneys to file briefs, pay fees, and serve opposing counsel from their computers. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [03/29/2011]

Attorneys needed to help with free veterans clinic

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is looking for attorneys to volunteer to help with two upcoming clinics where veterans can receive free legal advice and counsel. Read the story. (Midland Reporter-Telegram) [03/28/2011]

Wounded Warriors return to Keene April 2

More than 180 bicyclists who are wounded military veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will bicycle through Keene on Saturday, April 2, as part of the third “Road 2 Recovery Texas Challenge.” Read the story. (Keene Star) [03/24/2011]

Attn artists: Free legal advice - from

Law Students for the Arts, a student group at the University of Texas, is hosting a free law clinic for Austin creatives. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [03/22/2011]

Troubled nuclear plant reconnected to grid

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that external power has been reconnected to all of six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal) [03/22/2011]

Libya releases 4 Times journalists

The Libyan government released four New York Times journalists on Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. Read the story. (New York Times) [03/21/2011]

Texas Supreme Court's new e-filing system delayed until

Texas NICUSA, the private contracting company that set up the system, says e-filing for the Supreme Court will be ready on March 28. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [03/18/2011]

Economic ripples from Japan quake will be felt in Texas

Economists say that the devastation and the expected rebuilding effort could have an impact in Texas beyond electronics. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [03/18/2011]

New program gives veterans a fresh start

A new misdemeanor "Veterans Court," a diversionary treatment program and not a punishment court, has been established in Guadalupe County. Read the story. (Seguin Gazette Enterprise) [03/17/2011]

MCUW teams with Woodlands Bar Association to offer legal hotline

Montgomery County residents who have legal questions will have access to local attorneys through a “Free Legal Hotline” on Monday, April 4, 2011. Read the story. (The Woodlands Online) [03/17/2011]

Japan earthquake displaced water in Edwards Aquifer

An official says energy released from last week's massive earthquake caused the walls of the sprawling aquifer to contract and expand. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/17/2011]

Going paperless

The 12th Judicial District Court is moving closer to becoming a paperless legal document court with the introduction of a new electronic disclosure system. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [03/16/2011)

New scams hit Texas law firms

A handful of Texas law firms are reporting new variations on scams involving fraudulent checks and requests for collection. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [03/15/2011]

Texas Asian Foundation raising money for earthquake relief

The Texas Asian Foundation, an affiliate of the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce, is raising money to help victims of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and the after effects. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/15/2011]

Nuclear crisis rocks Japanese, global markets

The worsening nuclear crisis in Japan is triggering a near-collapse in that nation's financial markets and major losses in markets around the globe. Read the story. (Washington Post) [03/15/2011]

Tsunami causes major damage in northern Japan after 8.9 quake

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan today, causing a 23-foot tsunami that's plowing a destructive path that has killed at least 200 people, washed away cars and bridges, and knocked out nuclear power plants. Read the story. (ABC News) [03/11/2011]

"Texas Drug Wars" to air on Discovery Channel this weekend

This Saturday, March 12, at 9 p.m. (Central Time), the Discovery Channel is scheduled to give the public an inside look at the state’s efforts to fight transnational gangs and drug cartels at the Texas border. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche) [03/11/2011]

Ban on texting while driving gets support at House

Texas roads could soon become a text-free zone, after bills to prohibit cell phone use while driving evoked emotional testimony Wednesday in a state House committee hearing. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/10/2011]

Help hard to find for homeless female veterans

A recent federal report suggests that, as more woman serve in the military, the demographic will grow and agencies will need to expand services for female veterans, particularly those with children. Read the story. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) [03/09/2011]

Lawyers awarding lawyers for good behavior

The Houston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association, announced its annual awards for pro bono service, volunteerism, and legal writing. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/07/2011]

Happy Birthday, Texas: How well do you know the Lone Star State?

University of Houston history professor Raul Ramos gives his take on 10 of the most important dates leading to the establishment of the Republic of Texas. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [03/02/2011]

Texas veterans to be honored

To mark the 175th Texas Independence Day today, a memorial service was held for the veterans of the Texas Revolution at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [03/02/2011]