Welcome to the Texas Appellate Law Blog!  For those of you who have followed my previous ventures into the blogosphere, Reversible Error (geared toward my personal experience transitioning from mega-firm lawyer to sole practitioner) and Court of Appeals Update (providing summaries of significant civil decisions from the Third Court of Appeals in Austin), my idea to re-tool and improve those projects sort of took on a life of its own, resulting in what you are reading now.  Since no one else seems to be publishing a general-interest blog about Texas civil appellate practice, I figured, why not me?

I am committed to developing this blog and making it a resource for appellate practioners, both the purposeful (like me) and the accidental (who should consider calling someone like me).  But I am starting to doubt whether I can do that and maintain two other blogs (one of which requires a considerable time investment in reading and summarizing cases).  Oh, and I also need to make a living practicing my craft.

So, I’m going to experiment with blending all of my ideas together in this format.  My more personal posts will involve practice management issues, and my case-related posts—while still focused largely on the Third Court—will not go into quite as much detail as before.  Most likely, this blog will supersede the others entirely.

Please send me your ideas and comments, and I will do my best to post about them. I will also consider guest posts, if anyone is so inclined.  Thanks for visiting, and Happy New Year!

D. Todd Smith
Austin, Texas
Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization