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Demystifying Appellate Law on The Law Entrepreneur

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:31:47 +0000

Solo and small firm lawyers, if you’re into podcasts and haven’t checked out The Law Entrepreneur, you should. Maryland lawyer Neil Tyra has put together 69 episodes (so far) of great conversation with lawyers, tech consultants, and other professionals offering insight into the entrepreneurial side of modern-day law practice. The main reason I know exactly how … Continue Reading

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How Outside and In-House Counsel Can (and Should!) Collaborate on Post-Litigation Lessons-Learned

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:22 +0000

For much of my career as outside litigation counsel, I marked the end of cases with a celebratory client lunch or a sigh of “good riddance.” But when I went in-house with one of my clients, the end of each case was an opportunity to consider lessons the company could learn from the litigation. Now … Continue Reading

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An Evening with the Third Court of Appeals, 2017 Edition

Fri, 05 May 2017 20:05:31 +0000

Yesterday, the Austin Bar Association’s Civil Appellate Law Section hosted a program entitled “An Evening with the Third Court of Appeals” at Austin’s InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. My firm, Smith Law Group, was among the event’s sponsors. This event was a natural sequel to the well-received peek behind the proverbial curtain when the Court, months … Continue Reading

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[Tap…Tap…Tap] Is This Thing On?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:23 +0000

After a decade of blogging, I’m still amazed how one simple post can spin off new opportunities. Back in November, I wrote about how I’m using my iPad Pro during oral arguments. As a direct result of that post, I was: featured on iPhone JD (a site I highly recommend to anyone using iPhones or iPads in their … Continue Reading

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Bench Bar Beyond: The Future is Now

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:13:14 +0000

The Austin Bar Association is accepting registrations for Bench Bar Beyond, its annual conference with the local judiciary. As the name and artwork suggest, the theme this year is futuristic; attendees are invited to explore topics and current trends in the legal profession that will impact our future as lawyers. I’m slated to moderate two … Continue Reading

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Formal Bills of Exception

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:57:50 +0000

Appellate lawyers are the legal equivalent of a parent that you call to help navigate life’s uncertainties. In action, this means that appellate lawyers receive phone calls regarding obscure areas of law or rarely utilized procedures. The parent comparison suffers in that, unlike answering many parental questions, even well-seasoned appellate lawyers may have to research … Continue Reading

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More on iPads and Appellate Arguments

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:13:32 +0000

Happy New Year! After seeing my recent post on how I’m using my iPad Pro for appellate arguments, the good folks at the Texas Bar Journal asked if I’d like to publish a version of it in print. That version appears in the just-released January issue, an electronic copy of which is available here. I’ve since … Continue Reading

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Demanding a Recount: Appealing Election Challenges

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:57:58 +0000

The recent election reminded me of a brush that I had with election-related appeals. A few years ago, I fervently drafted a brief in a primary-contest appeal under a looming deadline. As I neared completion, my pregnant wife called to inform me that she was in labor. No problem, right? I’ll get the deadline extended. … Continue Reading

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Election 2016: Some New Faces on Texas Appellate Courts

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:18:01 +0000

As in recent cycles, Republican incumbents and open-seat candidates for Texas appellate benches generally fared well in the 2016 general election. South Texas was the notable exception. The election will not change the Texas Supreme Court’s composition—at least not directly—as incumbent Justices Paul Green, Eva Guzman, and Debra Lehrmann all retained their seats. Donald Trump’s … Continue Reading

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How I’m Using My iPad Pro for Appellate Arguments

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:48:40 +0000

I just completed my second Fifth Circuit argument using my big iPad Pro in a more prominent role than ever before. Inspired by Jeff Richardson’s post about how he used an iPad to prepare for and present an appellate argument, I thought I’d share how I’ve integrated the device into my preparation and presentation strategy. Documents … Continue Reading

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