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Proposed bill would release information about civil rights cold cases

By Sens. Ted Cruz and Doug Jones | Oct 30, 2018

The civil rights movement gave millions of people a new share in the American Dream. Tragically, many violent crimes committed against black families struggling for equality during this time remain unsolved.

Bailing Out On Common Sense

By Mark Pulliam | Oct 15, 2018

The bail system has existed in America since colonial times. It addresses a timeless problem: how to ensure the appearance of a criminal defendant at trial without the need for pretrial incarceration.

A parting thought about this latest judicial nomination

By Mike Thompson | Oct 12, 2018

On July 5th I wrote that conservatives remembered what the left had done to Judge Robert Bork and believed Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be a just appointment to the seat Bork was denied. The extreme efforts to stop his nomination confirm that the left was determined to prevent that from happening. Of course, at the end of the day the ferocity of the opposition to this appointment illustrates the outsized power the court has assumed in our country. The fear of losing the power of the court as their vanguard, of the gavel being in the hand of others, explains the lefts willingness to “do anything” to defeat the nomination. Indeed, some even suggested Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley was not qualified to lead the committee because he is not a lawyer. The fact is Senator Grassley has as many hours in law school as Senator Feinstein, the ranking minority member.

Contreras: Hail Yes, Reform Works

By Sergio Contreras | Sep 18, 2018

For 20 years, Texas has stood on the forefront of common-sense lawsuit reform aimed at ensuring our courts are used for justice, not greed.

Strange Times Ahead in the Lone Star State?

By Mark Pulliam | Sep 12, 2018

The potential for electoral flukes in November endangers the rule of law.

‘Social Justice’ is Overrunning the University of Texas

By Mark Pulliam | Aug 20, 2018

The latest racket in higher education, evident at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, is the disturbing proliferation of “social justice” as a degree program, a course topic, an academic emphasis, and even as a prerequisite in campus job descriptions.

Texas AG: We're suing to repeal DACA because no president should have that much power

By Attorney General Ken Paxton | Aug 9, 2018

Obama acted outside his constitutionally provided powers when he created DACA. We are suing to end DACA and send it to Congress where it belongs.

Cronyism 101 at the University of Texas

By Mark Pulliam | Aug 6, 2018

The Burnt Orange Mafia at the University of Texas–the inner circle of overpaid administrators, influence-wielding donors, supplicant vendors, and political hacks who approve UT’s inflated budget in exchange for preferential admission for their (and supporters’) unqualified children–want to raise “protection money” to ensure UT receives friendly treatment in the upcoming legislative session.

Worried about the composition of the Supreme Court, two reforms might ease your angst

By Mike Thompson Jr. | Jul 24, 2018

As the Senate begins another round of debates on whether to appoint a Presidential nominee to the high court, the country deserves a continued debate on the proper role of the courts in our republic. During the last Presidential election Donald Trump campaigned on appointing judges who would follow in the mold of Antonin Scalia. In recent times, the democrats have argued that judges should apply something of an empathy standard when interpreting the constitution, creating a sort of living constitution to keep up with the times.

An Open Letter to the University of Texas Board of Regents

By Mark Pulliam | Jul 20, 2018

Mark Pulliam writes "to express my chagrin, bordering on exasperation, at the continuing hijinks at UT-Austin under the so-called leadership of President Greg Fenves."

Replacing Kennedy

By Michael Thompson Jr. | Jul 5, 2018

As the President considers a new judge to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy he would do well to remember that the Kennedy seat was supposed to go to Judge Robert Bork, a good man who was unjustly attacked and precluded from sitting on the Supreme Court. Conservatives have long recognized Bork should have had that spot.

The End of an Era for One Storm-Chasing Lawyer

By Texans for Lawsuit Reform | Jul 2, 2018

TLR spent the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions working to fix the problems storm-chasing lawyers were creating for Texas property owners. Fortunately, the Texas Legislature passed a common-sense solution in 2017 to make it harder for these lawyers to file unnecessary lawsuits, while maintaining the strongest insurance consumer protections laws in the United States for Texas property owners.

Letter to the editor: Lawsuits aren't the solution to addressing climate change issues

By Jennifer Harris | Jun 29, 2018

There’s every reason to be alarmed by some personal injury lawyers’ efforts to abuse our courts and cash in on the climate change debate (“Climate Change: A Plea for Leadership and Legislation, Not Litigation,” June 22, 2018). It’s a long running effort dating back to the 1990s but seems to be picking up steam once again.

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.

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

By By Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Jun 22, 2018

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.

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