11/30/2011 - Texas Supreme Court Update
As seen in The Appellate Advocate,
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Fall 2011, Vol. 24, No. 1.
10/01/2011 - Slip Slidin' Away: Easements, Avulsion, Access, and the Ever Changing Law of Beachfront Property
As seen in At the Cutting Edge 2011: Land Use Law from The Urban Lawyer,
American Bar Association © October 2011.
09/01/2011 - New Requirements Under Texas Eminent Domain Laws
The 2011 Texas Legislature adopted broad changes to eminent domain laws that take effect on September 1, 2011. Under the new law, public and private entities that hold condemnation power face important new requirements and deadlines.
03/03/2011 - Nothing Personal: Supreme Court Denies Corporate Privacy Exception Under FOIA
Corporate documents provided to the government as part of an investigation of the company are not excepted from disclosure for “personal privacy” purposes under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In Federal Communications Comm. v. AT&T Inc.,
the Supreme Court held AT&T did not have a personal privacy interest in documents the company provided to the FCC during an investigation.
01/10/2011 - Employer Has Standing Under PIA to Seek Mandamus Relief When Information Requested by Employee is Not Released
Under the Texas Public Information Act, a “requestor” may file suit for a writ of mandamus compelling the release of public information. In The City of Dallas v. The Dallas Morning News,
the Dallas Court of Appeals held that an employer has standing to file such a suit when its employee made the initial request.
06/17/2010 - New Barriers to Campaign Spending? Schumer-Van Hollen Campaign Finance Bill
A new campaign finance bill sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Chris Van Hollen would impose new spending restrictions and disclosure requirements.
05/17/2010 - Texas Ethics Commission Reacts to Citizens United
The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) recently adopted an advisory opinion that gives all corporations and unions some degree of certainty if they choose to make direct campaign expenditures, the Texas equivalent of the “independent expenditures” the U.S. Supreme Court addressed in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
05/07/2010 - Preparing for Appeal
This paper describes steps to be taken when preparing for an appeal.
02/09/2010 - Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
On January 21, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the restrictions on corporate expenditures encompassed in the Bi-Partisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (commonly known as the McCain-Feingold Act).
11/02/2009 - Texas Supreme Court Update
As seen in The Appellate Advocate,
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Fall 2009, Vol. 22, No. 1.
09/01/2009 - Supreme Court Update: Decisions from 2009
In Business Law Today,
Haynes and Boone lawyers Kendyl Hanks, Kate David
and Stacy Nathanson provide an update on 2009 decisions in the Supreme Court. American Bar Association, Business Law Today,
Vol. 19, No. 1, September/October 2009.
09/01/2009 - Juicy Enough For Grisham, But Does It Have Any Bite? Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co. and the Impact for Texas Courts
“A guy owned a coal company. He got tired of being sued. He elected his guy to the Supreme Court. It switched ... back his way. Now he doesn't worry about getting sued.” Reprinted by permission from The Houston Lawyer,
07/16/2009 - Trends in the United States Supreme Court
Presentation to the State Bar of Texas 21st Annual Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, July 16-17, 2009.
05/01/2006 - Summary Judgments in Family Law Cases
Although most family law cases are fact driven, summary judgment can be an effective way to partially or fully resolve some family law matters. This article offers guidance on when to move for summary judgment in a family law case. Texas Bar Journal,
Vol. 69, No. 5, May 2006.