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The Last of the Perry Appointees

D. Todd Smith
Post updated 1/12/15. As reported on this blog’s Twitter feed, Governor Rick Perry has appointed five new justices to various intermediate courts of appeals. They are: 352nd District Court Judge Bonnie Sudderth, who will replace new Tarrant County Criminal Court at Law Judge Bob McCoy on the Second Court of Appeals; Cindy Bourland (pictured), a private practitioner with Bourland … Continue Reading

Celebrating Chief Justice Woodie Jones

D. Todd Smith
The Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Law Section, along with several law-firm sponsors (including Smith Law Group, P.C.), is hosting a retirement reception for Third Court of Appeals Chief Justice Woodie Jones on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Headliners Club. As many Austin-area readers know, Chief Justice Jones is winding … Continue Reading

2014 Election Results, Texas Appellate Edition

D. Todd Smith
Republicans continued their dominance of statewide judicial races in yesterday’s election, with Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justices Jeff Brown, Jeff Boyd, and Phil Johnson winning new six-year terms on the Texas Supreme Court. In the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Bert Richardson, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and David Newell all prevailed by wide margins. Two sitting … Continue Reading

Texas Appellate Courts Get a Major Website Upgrade

D. Todd Smith
If you’ve received CaseMail updates this week, you’ve likely noticed something new when clicking on the link embedded in your notification emails. Last Friday, the Texas appellate courts got a major online upgrade with the launch of the new and improved site. The new site is very user-friendly and much more pleasing to the eye than the … Continue Reading

Changes Coming to 3rd and 4th Courts of Appeals

D. Todd Smith
With some notable exceptions, yesterday was a good day for incumbents running for re-election to the Texas appellate courts. Texas Supreme Court Justices Nathan Hecht and Don Willett retained their seats. Though not an incumbent, former district judge John Devine did not have a major-party opponent and won election easily. On the Court of Criminal … Continue Reading

Statistics I’d Like to See

D. Todd Smith
Like sportswriters and weathercasters, appellate lawyers are constantly asked to make predictions. Just about every potential appellant who who contacts our firm (directly or through their trial counsel) has three basic questions: How much is this going to cost? How long is it going to take? What are my chances of changing the result? Cost … Continue Reading