Phoenix from the flames:Carla Powers Herron (pictured) survived a childhood in a religious cult and a violent, alcoholic, pyromaniac father. She went on to become the worldwide head of litigation for Royal Dutch Shell in Houston. Senior reporter Mary Alice Robbins looks back at the key decisions that helped Herron overcome early hardship to achieve success.
Play it again: The Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing in companion oil and gas cases. Senior reporter John Council drills into the controversy.
Rural route:Judge Graham Quisenberry (pictured) speaks candidly about what frustrates him as a judge and where you'll find him and his two-wheeled steed this spring or early summer.
Lump of coal or necessary stand?: A lawyer who owns an office building has sued a nearby homeless day center.
On the level: Kathleen Wu examines how client pressure may force firms to get real about flextime.