Closed-door policy: Earl Musick, president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), says the fact that the Sunset Advisory Commission staff was barred from the Judicial Conduct Commission’s closed meetings points to a lack of accountability, reports freelance writer Mary Alice Robbins.
Seeking arbitration: John M. O’Quinn’s firm wants a judge to declare that a New Jersey collectibles dealer must submit a withdrawal dispute to arbitration in Texas. Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys has more.
And they’re off: Races are taking shape for seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Veteran court watcher freelance writer Mary Alice Robbins looks at who filed to run.
Rankings: Some Texas law schools move around on the latest rankings by U.S.News & World Report. Research editor Jeanne Graham talks with the law deans.
Fee suits: Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys lists Texas firms and lawyers that have filed suits this year to collect allegedly unpaid fees from clients or former clients.
State v. federal: Jeffrey M. Gaba helps lawyers understand real estate cleanup statutes.
Title fight: David Fair and Brian Watts point out title insurance issues that can arise in litigation and transactions.
TARA: Attorneys dealing with the Texas Assignment of Rents Act will need to know a little bit of background on the statute, as well as how to work with the new provisions, says Susan George.
Real pitfalls: Emily M. Herbster helps lawyers avoid traps for the unwary in real estate law.
The lawyer’s coach: James Dolan guides lawyers in identifying and facing down fear.
Intellectual property law: Julie Machal-Fulks has the rap on three main kinds of wrap agreements.
Fashion Friday: Erica Lovett advises lawyers on the other kind of legal suit (and makeup and pantyhose).