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Appellate Sections Once Again Co-Sponsoring SCOTX Event

Posted in Announcements, Texas Supreme Court

The Appellate Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association are co-sponsoring a program entitled “An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court.” This event—previously held in 2008, 2010, and 2012—will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel here in… Continue Reading

Brown Appointed to Fill Hecht’s SCOTX Seat

Posted in Announcements, News & Politics, Texas Supreme Court

Governor Perry has appointed Fourteenth Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown (pictured) to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Nathan Hecht, who in turn is replacing departing Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. All of these moves officially become effective on October 1, 2013. Brown began his career clerking for Supreme Court Justice Jack Hightower, then… Continue Reading

Justice Jack Hightower, 1926-2013

Posted in Announcements, Texas Supreme Court

Texas lost another legal giant today with the death of retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Jack Hightower. The Court’s official announcement, courtesy of Osler McCarthy, appears here. I was a brand-new law clerk—a position then known as “briefing attorney”—during Justice Hightower’s last few months on the bench. SCOTX is one of the few high courts… Continue Reading

Upcoming CLE Presentation on IP Appeals

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At its March 21, 2013 luncheon meeting, the Austin Bar Civil Appellate Law Section is sponsoring a CLE panel entitled “Fundamentals of Patent Litigation and Appeals.” The panel will consist of moderator Bill Schuurman, Alan Albright, Amber Rovner, and Sheila Kadura. The event will take place at Green Pastures, 811 West Live Oak Street. Registration begins… Continue Reading

Your Trial Is Over—Now What?

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

Per the announcement pasted below, TexasBarCLE has opened registration for a live webinar that Amanda Taylor and I will present next week. This program will be “studio produced” and shot at the Texas Law Center, which will be a new experience for me. If you’re interested but can’t watch live, the presentation will be archived… Continue Reading

Governor Perry Appoints Boyd to Supreme Court

Posted in Announcements, News & Politics, Texas Supreme Court

Governor Perry has announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Boyd (pictured) to fill the Texas Supreme Court seat vacated by former Justice Dale Wainwright. The official press release is available here. Boyd currently serves as the Governor’s chief of staff and is the Governor’s former general counsel. He was a partner in the Austin office… Continue Reading

Smith Law Group Welcomes Maitreya Tomlinson

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

Six years have passed since I left the big firm to establish my own practice. Over that time, we have added a full-time assistant, a part-time administrator, a second lawyer (Brandy Wingate), and a second office in the Rio Grande Valley. Today, I am happy to announce that Maitreya Tomlinson (pictured) has joined Smith Law… Continue Reading

An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court v.3.0

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In what has become a biennial event, the Appellate Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association are sponsoring a program entitled “An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court” on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel here in Austin. CLE credit… Continue Reading

SLG’s Brandy Wingate to Argue at Texas Supreme Court

Posted in Announcements, Oral Argument

After just over a year with my firm, Brandy Wingate has landed an oral argument at the Texas Supreme Court. The argument will take place at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow at the John B. Connally Center at the University of Texas School of Law here in Austin. The case is Rio Grande Regional Hospital Inc. and… Continue Reading

Solo/Small Firm Section CLE Set for 2/23

Posted in Announcements, Technology

As immediate past chair of the Austin Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section, my main responsibility is to organize and run a half-day CLE program the Section puts on each year.  We have put together what I think will be an outstanding program that will educate attendees on a number of subjects relevant to solos and small… Continue Reading

Austin Appellate Section to Host Chief Justices on January 19

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

The Austin Bar Association’s Civil Appellate Law Section will kick off the new year with a special program featuring chief justices from several of the fourteen intermediate state courts of appeals.  The luncheon meeting, which will take place at noon on January 19, 2012 at Green Pastures, will include the following lineup:   Moderator: Chief… Continue Reading

Results of the Twitter Brief Contest

Posted in Announcements, Briefs, Technology

As I wrote about here, the State Bar Appellate Section sponsored a Twitter brief contest in conjunction with the recent Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course in Austin.  The winners were announced during the Section’s annual meeting. The official PowerPoint containing the winning entries and several honorable mentions is embedded below for everyone’s enjoyment. I intend… Continue Reading

Networking Group for Appellate Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

After attempting to start some discussions on the LinkedIn Appellate Lawyer Network, I’ve concluded the group is useless. My posts aren’t being accepted, and what’s made the cut doesn’t involve anything specific to appellate practice. In fact, the list seems like just another place for self-declared “marketing experts” or “social media gurus” to ply their… Continue Reading

Smith Elected Chair of Austin Bar Appellate Section

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D. Todd Smith (pictured), founder of the Smith Law Group, P.C., has been elected Chair of the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Law Section for 2011-12.  Smith is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses his practice on civil appeals and mandamus proceedings in Texas and federal… Continue Reading

Reaching a Benchmark

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

Today marks the fifth anniversary of my firm, the Smith Law Group. On July 12, 2006, I left Fulbright & Jaworski to begin a new adventure as head of a civil appellate boutique.  What began as a solo practice has grown to three people (me, Brandy Wingate, and our wonderful legal assistant, Sharon Kamus), and… Continue Reading

Wingate Takes New Bar Positions

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The Smith Law Group is committed to state and local bar involvement and leadership.  Brandy Wingate, of our McAllen office, confirmed that commitment in two significant ways last week. First, Brandy was elected District 13 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  TYLA’s primary purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for… Continue Reading

Gateway to Appellate Practice

Posted in Announcements, Appellate Practice

 In early 2009, I began teaching a course on Appellate Practice and Procedure at Solo Practice University, a web-based educational and professional networking community where faculty from across the country teach lawyers and law students how to practice law.  Over that year, I planned and self-produced a series of eight video lectures, which remain available… Continue Reading