Although I ended my year as chair of the State Bar Litigation Section in June, I am still a great believer in the work that the Section does and the quality of the product that it puts out. As always, our flagship program is publication of our quarterly "Section Report", which long since has become one of the most respected and popular legal periodicals in Texas – The Advocate, edited by Professor Lonny S. Hoffman. At present, hyperlinked pdf's of recent issues are available online here, but better hurry - we are shortly moving them to a section members-only page, and current issues will be available only to the few and the proud. So please consider joining us.
The fall 2013 issue is entitled A Practical Guide to Obtaining, Enforcing and Avoiding Judgments. It was created by an editorial board subcommittee led by Jennifer Ainsworth of Tyler , and featured a star-studded list of articles, including the following:
- Default Judgments by Alex Wilson Albright
- Tactical Considerations in Summary Judgment Practice by W. Alan Wright & Thomas E. Kurth
- Preserving Error in Obtaining the Final Judgment – A Primer by Bruce K. Thomas
- Correcting Judgments by Deborah Race (also of Tyler, I note)
- Suspending the Enforcement of the Judgment Pending Appeal; Considerations Relevant to Proving and Contesting the Judgment Debtor's New Worth by Vincent Lee Marable III & David Gunn
- Post Judgment Remedies: Tools and Strategies for Turning Judgments Into Ca$h by Donna Brown
- Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions by Gabe T. Vick
- There's No Place Like Home: Domesticating and Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Texas by Byron Henry & Tabitha Goodwin
- We Won! Now What? Practical Post-Judgment Discovery for Judgment Creditors by Dawn Estes & Katherine M. Anand
- Practical Considerations for Post-Trial and Appellate Mediations by Hon. Jeff Kaplan (Ret.)
- Navigating Bankruptcy After Judgment: Post Judgment Bankruptcy Blunders to Beware by Vicki M. Skaggs
- Evidence & Procedure Updates by Luther H. Soules III & Robinson C. Ramsey
- From My Side Of The Bench by Judge Randy Wilson.
I have to say a little more about the last, because Judge Wilson's article is about jury notes (borrowing from an article in ABOTA's Voir Dire), and featured copies of several. For example, this first one was apparently in a case involving the beating of a helpless farm animal of some kind. Surely that's what it means.
Anyway, it's a top-notch publication, and should be on your desk. We have looked several times at changing to an online-only format, and get massive negative feedback whenever we ask our members. It's the thing they actually read and keep in their office, because it is state of the art on the subjects it covers. Again, I strongly encourage anyone involved in litigation in Texas to become a member.