News Archive - August 2011

Final salute to history

With Air Force's exit, Brooks City-Base honors military past, looks to evolving future. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [08/31/2011]

DPS to streamline driver's licensing with megacenters

State officials hope to cut the long lines and red tape at driver's license centers across Texas with upgraded technology and new "megacenters" in Austin and three other metro areas. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [08/31/2011]

Law teacher honored by bar association

Ben Ewald, a teacher at the Career and Technical Education Center in Frisco ISD, was named the 2011 High School Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year at the American Bar Association Convention. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [08/30/2011]

New state laws take effect Sept. 1

Much of the legislation takes effect on Thursday, the first day of Texas' fiscal year. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [08/29/2011]

Local courthouse marks 100 years

The Centennial Celebration for the O.C. Fisher Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse attracted local and state dignitaries who paid tribute to the West Texas landmark. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [08/29/2011]

Ouisa Davis: Women have come a long way as jurists in US society

Each year since 1971, Aug. 26 has been designated as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the great strides made in U.S. society to recognize, honor, and include the gifts and talents of women to our national community. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [08/26/2011]

Free course offered for the attorneys who serve

A free continuing legal education course for Texas attorneys serving veterans will be held Friday in Longview. Read the story. (Longview News-Journal) [08/25/2011]

Serving up justice for kids

Tickets and reserved tables are on sale now for the seventh annual "Justice Is Served." Read the story. (Bonham North Texas E-News) [08/25/2011]

State moves to deport foreign convicts now in prison

State parole officials Wednesday took the first steps to begin deporting some of the 11,000 foreign citizens who are serving time in Texas prisons. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [08/25/2011]

Historical gem is polished: Harris County's century-old courthouse reopens

An eight-year project to restore Harris County's historic 1910 courthouse culminated in a dedication ceremony and reopening Tuesday.

Read the story. (The Memorial Examiner) [08/24/2011]

The Hispanic National Bar Association to hold 36th Annual Convention in Dallas

The Hispanic National Bar Association is honored to bring together hundreds of lawyers, judges, and students from across the country at the 36th Annual Convention from August 31st through September 3rd in Dallas. Read the story. (PR Newswire) [08/23/2011]

Dallas lawyers crank out legal riffs for a

The Catdaddies was one of seven bands that performed Saturday night at the Granada Theater in Dallas at Law Jam 3, a concert benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Read the story. (Dallas Business Journal) [08/23/2011]

George Fleming, attorney, honors father's memory with Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence

Six years after the award was founded, George Fleming continues to honor the dedication to education that his father held by awarding the Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence to its 2011 recipients. Read the story. (PR Web) [08/22/2011]

An interview with State Bar of Texas President Bob Black

Robert "Bob" Black took the reins of the State Bar of Texas on June 24 in San Antonio, when he was sworn in as the 2011-2012 president of the organization during the Bar's annual meeting. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [08/19/2011]

Ouisa Davis: El Pasoans should be proud of legal aid providers

El Pasoans have three legal-aid providers in Texas situated in El Paso - Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [08/19/2011]

Emotion just beneath the surface

Survivors and relatives are expected be in Amarillo this weekend to remember and reaffirm the harrowing four days that began July 30, 1945, in the South Pacific near the Philippines. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [08/18/2011]

City of Ennis dedicates Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Ennis has a new a park that will be enjoyed by children yet too young to understand the meaning of war.

Read the story. (Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8) [08/17/2011]

Fort Worth council wants best practices for gas drilling

The City Council signaled its desire Tuesday to require best practices for the oil and gas industry to increase oversight of drilling in the city. Read the story. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) [08/17/2011]

Baker Botts partner Jim Grace of Houston to deploy to Afghanistan with U.S. Naval Reserve

Grace, who entered the Reserve with a direct commission as an officer, will take a leave from the firm for nine months because he's being deployed to Afghanistan. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [08/17/2011]

Lawyer-programmer launches website to search and track

Don Cruse, the lawyer-programmer behind the popular Texas Supreme Court analysis site, has launched a new website to search and track the U.S. Supreme Court's docket. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [08/16/2011]

Area lawyer fired up for HHH

One area racer, Brad Altman, is a family man and attorney who rides at least 250 miles a week and races in the region about five times a year. Read the story. (Wichita Times Record) [08/16/2011]

A-J reporter receives Gavel Award from State Bar of Texas for 'Mental Injustice'

Logan Carver, courts reporter for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and, received a Gavel Award on Friday from the State Bar of Texas.

Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [08/15/2011]

Keeping public work open

Media attorney Paul Watler and other advocates reviewed the 2011 legislative session during a discussion at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas state conference late last week in Austin.

Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [08/15/2011]

Appellate lawyers challenged to write Twitter-length briefs

Texas appellate lawyers are being challenged to write a Twitter-length brief in 140 characters or less.

Read the story. (ABA Journal) [08/15/2011]

St. Mary’s law professor Michael Ariens pens legal history of Texas

Michael Ariens, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, has spent more than five years working on the book, which will be published in October by Texas Tech University Press. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [08/12/2011]

Legislators take a bike tour

148 bicyclists from the National Conference of State Legislatures gathered Thursday for the annual Bipartisan Bike Ride, touring the missions and the new hike-and-bike trails along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [08/12/2011]

It's official, if familiar: Perry's in

Gov. Rick Perry, The Associated Press reported in an afternoon news alert, is indeed running for president, as confirmed by Perry spokesman Mark Miner. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [08/12/2011]

A dream set in stone

In memorializing Martin Luther King and his work, Harry Johnson has played a significant role in producing the King monument in Washington, D.C. Read the story. (The Charlotte Post) [08/11/2011]

Set adrift in Houston, WWII vet joins those facing homelessness

About 5 percent of the city's homeless population is over the age of 70, said Luis R. Paulino, who supervises the VA's health care for homeless veterans program in Houston. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [08/10/2011]

Fed pledges low interest rates, spurring wild ride on Wall Street

The Federal Reserve made a rare promise Tuesday to hold short-term interest rates near zero through at least the middle of 2013. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [08/10/2011]

Notable Neighbor: Legal professionalism earns Gold an award

The College of the State Bar has awarded one of its most prestigious awards, the 2010 Jim D. Bowmer Award for professional contributions to the Bar, to Paul N. Gold.

Read the story. (Memorial Examiner) [08/09/2011]

Elizabeth Smart addresses child-crimes conference

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002 and missing for nine months, was the keynote speaker at the Crimes Against Children Conference. Read the story. (The Salt Lake Tribune) [08/09/2011]

Accused State Capitol shooter pleads guilty

The man charged with opening fire outside the State Capitol is pleading guilty and is now awaiting sentencing. Read the story. (Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8) [08/09/2011]

Food for Thought 2011 at Tower Club raises funds for Big Thought

There was a full house Saturday night at The Tower Club for Food for Thought, an annual charity fundraiser hosted by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Read the story. (D Magazine) [08/08/2011]

Compromise on FAA shutdown reached

Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [08/05/2011]

Dow falls 512 in steepest decline since '08 crisis

Gripped by fear of another recession, the stock market suffered its worst day Thursday since the financial crisis in the fall of 2008. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [08/05/2011]

Senate approves one Texan for federal judgeship

A South Texas judge from Corpus Christi was one of only four judicial nominees confirmed by the Senate before its month-long recess. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [08/04/2011]

Perry announces creation of online Texas university

Today, Gov. Rick Perry, along with higher education committee chairs Rep. Dan Branch and Sen. Judith Zaffirini announced Western Governors University Texas. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [08/04/2011]

Plaintiffs rest after month long presentation

After a month of testimony, attorneys for two men freed from prison after more than a decade finished presenting their case Tuesday. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [08/03/2011]

Food for Thought, young Dallas lawyers' food-centric benefit

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers hosts its third annual Food for Thought on Saturday at The Tower Club, where guests can buy goodies in the silent and live auctions and sample fare from a number of top-notch local chefs and restaurants. Read the story. (Dallas Observer) [08/02/2011]

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