Big D and diversity: Reporter Miriam Rozen takes a look at the Dallas Diversity Task Force’s annual report and talks with Hope Shimabuku (pictured), the group’s 2012 chairwoman.
PR and pro bono: The State Bar of Texas Family Law Section hired a PR firm to promote the expansion of its pro bono initiative, which is aimed at providing more lawyers to assist the indigent with family law cases.
Health-care claim?: Does the Texas Medical Liability Act apply when a patient accuses a doctor of assault? Senior reporter John Council finds the answer in an opinion from the Texas Supreme Court.
“Court records”: The 6th Court of Appeals weighs in on Judge Carlos Cortez’s fight to keep from public view documents related to a defamation suit Cortez filed and later nonsuited against Dallas attorney Coyt Randal "Randy" Johnston.
Judicial conduct: Two jurists have been disciplined by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Senior reporter John Council outlines the facts.
Lawyers’ suit: A visiting judge granted a motion to recuse a judge from presiding over a suit filed by three Dallas lawyers against Fish & Richardson, JAMS and others. Reporter Miriam Rozen finds out why.
Eminent domain: By a 6-3 vote, the Texas Supreme Court vacates a $21 million verdict.
EDTX judge affirmed: The latest win for Apple Inc. came courtesy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which affirmed a lower court’s decision to toss a $208.5 million infringement verdict for Mirror Worlds LLC.
Deal of the week: Lawyers from two Texas firms worked on a deal announced on Sept. 5 for investment funds to invest up to $500 million in the newly formed Sage Midstream LLC of Houston. Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys knows who got the work.
Litigator of the week: Reporter Miriam Rozen talks with a Dallas lawyer who scored a Fair Labor Standards Act win for auto-repair technicians.
Junior J.D.: Farbod Farnia shares how lawyers can turn a stint during document review into a résumé-enhancing career move.
Practice Management: From lies to misunderstandings to poor decisions, Vianei Lopez Braun uncovers findings from psychology that should give pause to email-loving lawyers.