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  • Keeping Austin Woke - Long the liberal redoubt in conservative Texas, the capital city is becoming a statewide model

    Long the liberal redoubt in conservative Texas, the capital city is becoming a statewide model.

  • Redlining in Reverse

    “Adversity scores” are the latest gimmick to justify racial preferences in college admissions

  • Bar Wars: Extending Janus to Bar Associations

    Lawyers across the country challenge mandatory bar dues; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton courageously defends their First Amendment rights

  • Law Schools Need a New Governance Model

    A prior post (entitled “Who Runs the Legal Academy?”) attracted some much-needed attention from other sites, including, Instapundit, and the Tom Woods Show. The governance of law schools, although not a secret, is poorly-understood and seldom discussed. This lack of transparency empowers—or at least emboldens—some of the behind-the-scenes influencers to take unreasonable positions and to pursue self-interested goals that are contrary to the ostensible objective of training students to be effective and ethical lawyers. The result is a dysfunctional legal academy.

  • Climate Change: A Plea For Leadership and Legislation, Not Litigation

    Americans are being sold a dangerous bill of goods by those who promise that lawsuits provide a viable solution to addressing coastal erosion, rising sea levels and other challenges associated with global climate change.

  • Lino Graglia: The Happy Warrior Soldiers On

    My law school years (1977-80) at the University of Texas were, in hindsight, close to idyllic. I loved my first-year professors, tuition at UT was dirt cheap, Austin was a wonderful place to live, and I reveled in the “college town” ambience, which was new to me. (Prior to arriving at UT, I had never attended a college football game. During my first year—when the Longhorns went undefeated in the regular season and Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy–I had season tickets on the 50-yard line at UT’s gigantic Memorial Stadium, for a pittance that even a broke law student could afford.) The post-game victory spectacle—honking horns on the Drag and the Tower lit up in orange—formed indelible memories.

  • Will the Janus Case Strike the Deathblow to Public Sector Unions?

    The Supreme Court will hear oral argument today [February 26] in one of the term’s most important—and highly publicized—cases, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. As many readers are aware, the case involves the constitutionality of “agency shop” arrangements in public sector collective bargaining agreements, which compel non-member employees to make payments in lieu of union dues as a condition of their employment. Agency shop clauses are commonly used in public-sector labor contracts, enabling powerful unions representing teachers and other government employees to collect large sums of money from workers who never consented to such exactions (and who, for that matter, never voted in favor of union representation).

  • Prosecutorial Collusion in the Fourth Estate: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 4

    Mark Pulliam analyzes the baseless and politically-motivated prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, exploring the disturbing collusion between the news media and the special prosecutors.

  • None Dare Call It Politics: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 3

    On November 4, 2014, when the 51-year-old Ken Paxton was triumphantly elected Attorney General of Texas, defeating his Democrat opponent, the euphoniously named Sam Houston, by over 20 percentage points, the conservative movement in the Lone Star State had a new rising star. Paxton’s enemies were worried; the Tea Party favorite, an impressive University of Virginia law school graduate, seemed bound for the Governor’s mansion, a prospect that made the state’s centrist GOP Establishment aghast. Paxton’s political career had been nothing short of meteoric. First elected to public office in 2002 with the support of grass-roots activists and evangelicals, Paxton represented his suburban Dallas district in the Texas House of Representatives for a decade before winning a coveted promotion to the exclusive 31-member Texas Senate in 2012.

  • Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

    Part 1: The indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was procured through deception.

  • Lone Star Chamber

    Texas’s top law officer, Ken Paxton, faces an unjustified legal gauntlet.

  • Texas Political Prosecution; Another dubious case against a politician who riled the status quo

    Texas has a history of politicized prosecutions that attempt to destroy careers only to be thrown out of court. Think Tom DeLay and Rick Perry. The latest target is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and on inspection the evidence and legal process against him so far look equally dubious.

  • Racial Quotas at the Texas Bar Are Illegal and Unwise

    No white males need apply for an opening on the state bar’s board. Those seats are reserved for minorities.

  • A Lawless Labor Agenda

    In prior posts, I looked at the pro-union agenda of the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board, and the anti-employer policies undertaken by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Department of Labor. The leadership of the Department by Thomas Perez deserves a closer look, for Secretary Perez has brazenly promoted the objectives of organized labor at the expense of the rule of law.

  • Brent Coon & Associates named Best Law Firm for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report

    BEAUMONT – National law firm Brent Coon & Associates has been named as a Best Law Firm of 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Beaumont's daily paper: The Brent Coon Enterprise

    It looks like congratulations are in order for Brent Coon.How do we know? Because Brent Coon told us so.  Not directly, of course, but through his publicity firm, The Beaumont Enterprise.The editors at the Enterprise do not officially act in the capacity of press agents for Coon, but they might as well. He sends a press release and they print it, verbatim.

  • Insurance companies go Coon hunting

    “What we try to do with our clients is get them what we can, where we can.” That's what Texas attorney Brent Coon was quoted as saying three years ago in a Wall Street Journal article about the rise in claims against asbestos trust funds.

  • SEIU civil trial calls into question inner workings of labor union

    HOUSTON – Earlier this month, a Harris County jury ordered Service Employees International Union to pay Professional Janitorial Services - Houston $5.3 million in damages, finding the Chicago-based labor union made false claims about the company’s business practices and treatment of employees.

  • The Beguiling Myth of 'Mass Incarceration'

    It is not surprising that those at opposite poles of the ideological spectrum generally view public policy issues—and proposed solutions—differently. What is surprising is when conservatives adopt the rhetoric of the Left (along with the accompanying narratives, memes, and canards) regarding a subject as important as criminal justice.

  • The Mau-Mauing of Justice Kennedy

    The cowardice of Fisher II suggests that Justice Anthony Kennedy fears another confrontation by the “Wise Latina.”