News Archive - July 2010

Harris County leaders okay revised public defender plan

Harris County commissioners have approved a $4.1 million plan to create a public defender's office. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [7/28/10]

Task force working to create veterans court

A task force in Smith County seeks to set up a court for area veterans who land in the criminal court system. Read the story. (Tyler Morning Telegraph) [7/26/10] Also see Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans.

Keul appointed commissioner on Texas Access to Justice Commission

Cristy Keul said she cares about helping people who need access to the law, but who are unable to afford it. Read the story. (Tyler Morning Telegraph) [7/23/10]

President makes first federal court nomination in Texas

President Obama has nominated Judge Diana Saldaña to be a U.S. district judge in the Laredo Division of the Southern District of Texas. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [7/15/10]

More vets may get treatment for PTSD

The Veterans Administration has adopted changes that make easier to qualify for treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [7/14/10] Also see Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans.

Courtrooms explore jury anonymity

Should the names and addresses of jurors be withheld from the public during trials? This question is being considered around the country. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal) [7/13/10]

Court backs American Indian student's long hair

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Needville ISD violated a student's religious rights when it restricted him from wearing long hair. Read the story. (Education Week) [7/11/10]

More law firm mergers? Hildebrandt thinks so

A recent report shows law firm M&A activity is picking up. Read the story. (The AM Law Daily) [7/8/10]

Our Neighbor: Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

WFAA-TV covered the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program in its "Our Neighbor" segment. View the segment. (WFAA-TV) [7/7/10]

Serving Those Who Served: Lawyers Helping Veterans

HBA President T. Mark Kelly writes about the statewide effort by Texas lawyers to provide legal help to Texas veterans. Read the letter. (The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel) [7/6/10]

Veterans Recall Struggles, Support

Veterans rely on the support of their communities when they return home. Full story. (Times Record News) [7/6/10]

Tropical Storm Alex: Statutes Regarding Court Proceedings During Disasters

Attorneys should remember certain statutes related to court proceedings during disasters. Read them here. [7/10]

Tropical Storm Alex: OCA Lists Court Closures

The Office of Court Administration is maintaining a list of court closures because of Alex. Visit the OCA website. [7/10]