News Archive - July 2011

Vets with PTSD, government reach settlement

More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans. Read the story. (Beaumont Enterprise) [07/29/2011]

Criminal Appeals Court grants rare execution stay

In a rare move today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal court, stayed the scheduled August 18 execution of Larry Swearingen. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [07/29/2011]

2 US hikers face Iranian court date on spy charges

The families of two Americans imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years say they're counting on a court hearing Sunday to end their ordeal at last. Read the story. (Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8 ©) [07/29/2011]

State Bar of Texas warns members about scam phone calls

The State Bar has sent attorneys an email warning them that “at least two local bar associations report that scam artists are calling members and asking for dues payments." Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [07/28/2011]

Texas Wesleyan law professor James McGrath receives

McGrath is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant, an exchange program sponsored by the State Department, and will be teaching, in English, an introduction to U.S. law course and a course on courts and remedies. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [07/28/2011]

American with Disabilities Act turns 21

The Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect 21 years ago Tuesday. Read the story. (Austin News 8) [07/27/2011]

Video to assist in self-representation

The Lubbock County Bar Association and Texas Legal Services Center today will debut a new video designed to help self-represented litigants through the civil legal system. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [07/26/2011]

3rd annual Food for Thought features big chefs for Big Thought

On August 6th, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) will host their third annual Food for Thought event featuring some of their favorite chefs in the city, benefiting Big Thought, a Dallas based non-profit dedicated to helping improve public education.

Read the story. (D Magazine) [07/26/2011]

Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation applaud the Texas Legislature for providing funding for the state's legal aid system

In a tremendous show of bipartisan support, the Texas Legislature has appropriated $ 17.5 million for civil legal aid and $7.6 million for county indigent defense programs in general revenue during the recent Special Session. Read the story. (PR Newswire) [07/25/2011]

Texas Supreme Court announces its fall lineup

The Texas Supreme Court today announced its fall schedule to hear oral arguments for previously accepted cases. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [07/25/2011]

UNT psychologist receives recognition for research contributions to public policy on Miranda warnings

Dr. Richard Rogers, Regents Professor of psychology at the University of North Texas, has received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Contributions for Research in Public Policy from the American Psychological Association. Read the story. (Bonham North Texas E-News) [07/22/2011]

Kitzman is Perry's new insurance commissioner

Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday the appointment of Eleanor Kitzman, who will be the state's new insurance commissioner, starting next month. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [07/21/2011]

Hasan's top lawyer off defense team

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a Fort Hood rampage nearly two years ago, told a judge Wednesday that he had released his lead counsel, retired Army Col. John Galligan. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [07/21/2011]

Wills for Heroes

Members of the Denton County Bar Association drafted wills and other legal documents for 30 firefighters and 20 spouses Saturday during the organization's first Wills for Heroes event in Denton. Read the story. (Denton Record-Chronicle) [07/20/2011]

Obama urged to fill two federal bench vacancies in Texas

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Costa of Houston and U.S. Magistrate Judge David Guaderrama in El Paso were recommended to the White House on Tuesday for nomination to the federal bench in Texas. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [07/20/2011]

How AmLaw 100 firms are using Twitter

There was a time when big, respectable law firms would never use silly words like Tweet, Twitter and Twitterverse, but that seems to be changing, at least for some firms. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [07/19/2011]

Texas school discipline under the microscope

Nearly 60 percent of junior high school and high school students get suspended or expelled, according to a report that tracked about 1 million Texas children over a six-year period. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [07/19/2011]

The need for deeds: firms instill importance of pro bono goals

Attorneys with the state's largest firms helped relieve some of the need for legal advice in 2010 by donating 178,867 hours to pro bono matters. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [07/18/2011]

2011 San Angelo Living: need a hand?

San Angelo has a list of numbers and websites for those in need of assistance. Read the list. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [07/18/2011]

Gov. Perry: Veterans' experiences, skills are valuable to our workforce; signs legislation creating College Credit for Heroes program

Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed Senate Bill 1736, which establishes the College Credit for Heroes program.Read the story. (Cypress Times) [07/15/2011]

Texas voters will consider 10 constitutional changes

In a little celebrated - in fact, hardly noticed - biennial Texas tradition, voters will decide the fate of 10 new proposed constitutional amendments in November. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [07/14/2011]

For Texas policymakers, drought exposes limits of power

The Texas drought has escalated into a significant natural disaster. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [07/14/2011]

BexarMet tries to stop new state laws in federal court

The interim general manager and board president of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District testified in federal court Wednesday that Senate Bills 341 and 271 which became law in June, are hindering the utility and violate voters' rights.

Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [07/14/2011]

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association offers ethics hotline

Defense attorneys wrestling with ethical dilemmas have someone to call for counsel thanks to a new ethics hotline set up by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [07/13/2011]

Legal forum on employee rights to be held Saturday

The Dallas Bar will host a series of legal forums for the public in the next few weeks. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [07/12/2011]

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