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Texas MDLs and Appellate Lawyers

Brandy Wingate Voss
Last week, I spoke at TexasBarCLE’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course about transfer proceedings before the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. For anyone interested, my presentation slides appear at the end of this post. MDLs may not seem all that relevant to appellate practice at first blush, but it is important for appellate lawyers … Continue Reading

An Appellate Lawyer Makes a Trial Team Better

D. Todd Smith
A while back, the folks at Texas Lawyer invited me to submit an article on how appellate counsel may play a supporting role in the trial court. The article is now available online and will appear in next week’s print edition. In the article, I focus on four areas in which an appellate lawyer can support … 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

SCOTX: Postjudgment Interest—All Accrual Dates Are Not Created Equal

Maitreya Tomlinson
Statutes that appear clear are oft fraught with unanswered questions. This is unsurprising, as drafters cannot anticipate every scenario when crafting legislation. Falling into that vein, last week, the Texas Supreme Court decided a previously unaddressed question regarding the accrual date of postjudgment interest under the Texas Finance Code. In Long v. Castle Texas Production … Continue Reading

I, Juror No. 3

D. Todd Smith
Since I became a practicing lawyer, I’ve been called for jury duty four times: twice in Dallas County (where I lived from 1997 to 2003), and twice in Travis County (where I live now). This past week, I served my second stint as an actual juror. My first experience as a juror was in Dallas. … Continue Reading

Use Care When Drafting Trial-Court Orders

D. Todd Smith
A lawyer heading into a trial-court hearing should draft a favorable order and have it on hand in case the judge is inclined to rule then and there. In addition to being efficient and good for client relations, getting that kind of instant gratification feels great. That said, use care when drafting an order you want … Continue Reading