COMMENTS October 2021

Tell us what you think via @statebaroftexas,, or P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. Letters addressed to the Texas Bar Journal may be edited for clarity and length and become the property of the magazine, which owns all rights to their use.

JULY/AUGUST 2021, P. 596

“Great article on intensifiers by Wayne Schiess (my legal writing instructor in law school) in the current Texas Bar Journal. Clearly this is the best legal writing article this month. It is literally a goldmine of valuable tips.”

Zach Wolfe (@zachwolfelaw) on Twitter

“I really, really enjoyed this.”

Jesse F. McClure III on LinkedIn

“A fun read and also—literally—educational.”

Fischer G. Shaffer on LinkedIn

JULY/AUGUST 2021, P. 620

“You’ve come a long way, counsel! Bravo!”

David Roberson on LinkedIn


JULY/AUGUST 2021, P. 584

It is absolutely time for Texas and the U.S. legal system to recognize gaslighting as a tort. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with 23 years of experience working with intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and community violence. I am also a Ph.D. candidate in community psychology. Gaslighting has horrific, devastating effects on individuals, families, communities, and society.

Gaslighting is a slow and invisible violence. The legal system, Western psychology, and psychiatry (just to name a few) collude with gaslighters. Gaslighters are predators who get rewarded by our systems for their predatory gaslighting abuse. Concurrently, the innocent survivors of predatory gaslighters are humiliated, blamed, invalidated, and intimidated by these systems for the often lifelong traumatic effects of being groomed, gaslighted, and preyed upon.

Elena Ruíz defines gaslighting as “an interpersonal abuse mechanism or pressure tactic that enables abusers to get inside the heads of their intended victims for the purposes of asserting power and/or establishing control.” By definition, gaslighting is intentional. The legal system must start recognizing gaslighting as a tort to break the assemblage that predatory abusers leverage to keep their gaslighting violence invisible while pathologizing survivors. Recognizing gaslighting as a tort will prohibit gaslighters from abusing legal and political power to further abuse and traumatize survivors.

I facilitate weekly groups for survivors of gaslighting abuse. A recurring topic is, “How can I heal when there is no justice?” Gaslighting as a tort could help us collectively reimage justice, violence, and healing.

Kristina Yarbrough


JULY/AUGUST 2021, P. 655

“Great article from Megan LaDriere of Baker Botts on tips on how to stand out as outside counsel on your client calls. I personally have enjoyed getting to know Megan through Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and Dallas Women Lawyers Association. While her advice can apply to our practice at any tenure, I think this is a great habit to form when you are a young lawyer. I think most in-house counsel colleagues would agree. Loved this!”

Meyling “Mey” Ly Ortiz on LinkedIn


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