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Law Schools Need a New Governance Model

By Mark Pulliam | Jun 25, 2018

A prior post (entitled “Who Runs the Legal Academy?”) attracted some much-needed attention from other sites, including Overlawyered.com, 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.

Court: Unimex Logistics liable for cleanup, towing fees after tractor-trailer wreck

By Amanda Thomas | May 30, 2018

BEAUMONT – A appellate court has affirmed a lower court’s decision to hold Unimex Logistics LLC liable for the balance a towing company is owed for providing cargo and equipment involved in a spill that resulted from an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Hanszen Laporte to defend $100M free speech case

By David Yates | May 9, 2018

DENTON - Hanszen Laporte lawyers will take over the defense of a $100,000,000 federal defamation suit filed by Denton attorney Jason Van Dyke against Arizona resident Thomas Retzlaff.

Former judge Mizell named to Texas Ethics Commission

By Dawn Geske | Apr 30, 2018

HOUSTON – Attorney and former judge Pat Mizell has been announced as a new appointee to the Texas Ethics Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Round Two for Obamacare: Sebelius Redux

By Mark Pulliam | Mar 24, 2018

Rarely do challengers of landmark legislation get a second bite at the apple in constitutional litigation. Thanks to some enterprising state attorneys general, however, champions of limited government may have another chance to overturn the signature overreach of the Obama Administration. Six years after Obamacare was initially upheld, opponents of the law (technically “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” or “ACA”) are preparing a second test case, based—ironically enough—on the implausible rationale of the initial ruling.

Lino Graglia: The Happy Warrior Soldiers On

By Mark Pulliam | Mar 22, 2018

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.

Schwarzenegger reportedly in talks with lawyers to sue big oil for climate change, first-degree murder

By David Yates | Mar 13, 2018

AUSTIN – Cities and counties apparently aren’t the only ones who want to sue big oil for climate change. On March 11 at the SXSW festival in Austin, Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a Politico podcast that he’s in talks with law firms about suing global oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”

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

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 16, 2018

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.

When Cronyism Met Political Correctness at the University of Texas

By Mark Pulliam | Dec 8, 2017

As an alumnus of the University of Texas Law School and the father of a recent UT graduate, I pay close attention to what is going on at my alma mater. Sadly, I have witnessed at UT many of the ailments afflicting higher education generally: rising tuition, declining academic performance, bloated administrative bureaucracy, curricula infected with identity politics, officious “diversity” enforcers who abuse their authority, and a climate of political correctness that overreacts to every passing fad.

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

By Mark Pulliam | Oct 26, 2017

I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?” The event, held during Free Speech Week, was co-sponsored by UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), and The Opportunity Forum, all funded in whole or in part by the state of Texas. IUPRA’s mission “is to use applied policy research to advocate for the equality of access, opportunity, and choice for African Americans and other populations of color.”

Consumer sues Capital One for invasion of privacy

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 25, 2017

HOUSTON — A consumer is suing Capital One Financial Corp., alleging invasion of privacy and telephone harassment

Man alleges slick spot in Houston Lowe's parking lot caused fall

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 9, 2017

HOUSTON – A Harris County man alleges he was injured at a home improvement store because of the conditions in the parking lot.

Judge: FACT Act would prevent 'abuse' of double-dipping

By Angela Underwood | Aug 23, 2017

HOUSTON – Attorneys double-dipping from asbestos trusts funds that rightfully belong to affected veterans is unacceptable, according to a past American Legion National commander and judge.

Product liability litigator joins McGuireWoods

By David Yates | Jul 11, 2017

DALLAS - John Henderson, a leading litigator in matters involving complex scientific issues, has joined McGuireWoods’ Product and Consumer Litigation Department as a partner in Dallas, where he will advise clients across industries in high-stakes product liability and mass tort litigation, according to a firm press release.

Selective Outrage

By Mark Pulliam | Jul 7, 2017

Is Sen. Kamala Harris the victim of partisan politics, or its savvy practitioner and beneficiary?

Customer accuses cabinet manufacturer, Home Depot of breach of warranty

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 15, 2017

HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing Home Depot, alleging breach of implied and express warranties.

Kidney specialist, practice hit law firm with legal malpractice suit

By John Suayan | Apr 4, 2017

HOUSTON – A kidney specialist and his practice have brought a legal malpractice lawsuit against a Richmond, Va.-based law firm, alleging the defendant forced them to accept lesser amounts in monetary benefits.

Libertarian Judicial Activism Isn’t What the Courts Need

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 4, 2017

Were the Founding Fathers anarchists? Did the ideas contained in John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, published in 1859, somehow inspire the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787? Does the Constitution contemplate Robert Nozick’s minimal state, presaging his 1974 magnum opus Anarchy, State, and Utopia?

Disabled employee accuses Family Dollar of unlawful termination

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 22, 2016

BEAUMONT — A disabled Texas worker is suing his former employer, alleging wrongful termination.

Houston hospital pushes forward with plan payment embezzlement allegations

By Carrie Salls | Nov 17, 2016

HOUSTON – RedOak Hospital LLC has responded to AT&T Services Inc.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit related to withheld insurance plan payments, alleging the defendant’s argument “misses the mark because the plans’ anti-assignment provisions are ineffective as a matter of law.”  

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