Law school: Hey, 1Ls, having second thoughts about getting a J.D.? Is there still time to recoup tuition? Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys and research editor Jeanne Graham talk with law deans, including Thurgood Marshall’s Dannye Holley (pictured), to find out.
Money matters: The Texas Office of the Attorney General’s appropriations request notes that the “most significant challenge” for the OAG is the budgetary crisis facing the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
Defamation suit: Houston attorney Robert S. Bennett has sued Xiomara Collins, a former legal assistant at his firm, alleging she made defamatory statements about him on Facebook. Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys has the story.
Reversing arbitration vacatur: Lawyers who have even a hint that there could be a relationship between an arbitrator and opposing counsel should object loudly and long before a decision is reached. Senior reporter John Council checks out a recent 5th Court of Appeals decision.
Hayboo: Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys writes that, after four weeks of trial, defendants Haynes and Boone and partner Patrick Hughes settled a suit filed by former clients.
Hard-fought fees: A Louisiana appeals court has awarded $2 million in fees and costs to a Houston lawyer who has spent more than a decade in a bitter battle against Louisiana’s attorney general over the lack of handicapped-accessible restrooms at a public university.
Deal of the week: Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys checks the roster of lawyers working on a pending $5.55 billion purchase of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties.
Litigator of the week: Reporter Miriam Rozen takes a look at a multimillion-dollar victory involving the Eagle Ford shale play.
Understanding airspace: David T. Norton helps lawyers stay aloft in the world of reduced vertical separation minimum requirements.
Bumpy ride: Turbulence is a fact of flying, writes Pamela C. Hicks. But lawyers should know what to do when rocking and rolling causes injury.
Ancient sea codes: Jim Brown helps lawyers understand the roots of the maintenance and cure rights that protect seamen.
Law tech: Patent-infringement suits by a nonpracticing entity are winding their way through legal proceedings.
Get creative: David Bissinger explores when trial lawyers should implement four innovations in their civil trials.
Simple truths: Harry Jones, Jason Bloom and Emily McDonald lay out some simple truths for making a client's case to the jury.