An abortion-rights group filed suit against the state over the new sonogram bill, alleging the requirement “violates the constitutional rights of both the doctor and the patient by ‘forcing physicians to deliver politically-motivated communications to women regardless of the woman's wishes,’ ” reports The Texas Tribune.
Grits for Breakfast reports the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles met last week to consider new procedures for placing sex-offender restrictions on parolees who were not convicted of sex crimes. The new procedures follow a ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeals in Ex Parte Evans.
The Austin American-Statesman examines public-private partnerships to build courthouses in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Long Beach, Calif. Officials in Travis County have studied those two projects while determining whether to enter a public-private partnership to build a new Travis County courthouse in downtown Austin.
The National Law Journal, a Texas Lawyer affiliate, listed 14 attorneys on its annual “Winning” list. The lawyers on the list have “at least one significant win at jury or bench trial within the past 18 months and have a track record of success over many years … The criteria for a ‘significant win’ included substantial damages at stake, establishment of an important precedent being altered or unfriendly jurisdictions overcome,” the story says.
“The ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on June 11 approved changes to its annual law school questionnaire that will require schools to report more detailed employment and salary information,” reports The National Law Journal. “They must report whether graduates are in jobs that require a law degree; whether they are unemployed; whether their employment status is unknown; and whether they are in jobs funded by the law school or university,” the story says.
-- Angela Morris