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					     MARK YOUR CALENDAR - SEPTEMBER 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                VOLUME 21
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                                                                                                                                                            A Publication of the Amarillo Area Bar Association

                                                             AABA Board Meeting
                  Labor Day                                  11:45 a.m.,

                                                                                                                                  The Chief Justice Charles L. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
                  Government                                 Amarillo Club

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                  offices closed                             Retirement Reception
                                                             for Justice Reavis
                                                             4:30–6:30 p.m., Amarillo Club

                                                             Luncheon                                                                  The AABA is pleased to name                                                      a “Legal Legend” by Texas Lawyer.

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                                                             11:45 a.m.,                                                          Judge Mary Lou Robinson as a recipi-                                                         In 1998, Judge Robinson received
                                                             Amarillo Club                                                        ent of the Chief Justice Charles L.                                                   national acclaim for the manner in
                                                                                                                                  Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.                                                  which she handled the Oprah Winfrey
                                                             New Lawyer
                                                             Orientation                                                               Judge Robinson earned a degree                                                   trial in Amarillo. She achieved this by
                                                                                                                                  from Amarillo College, then a B.A. de-

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                                                             and Reception                                                                                                                                              conducting the trial in the same man-
                                                             5:00–7:00 p.m.,
                                                             Amarillo Club                                                        gree from the University of Texas in                                                  ner that she always does: strictly and
                                                                                                                                  1948. She received her L.L.B. from the                                                orderly but fairly. This event demon-
                                                             AAEPC Joint                      AABA
                                                             Meeting                          Kickoff Party                       University of Texas School of Law in                                                  strated that all cases, even high-profile
                                                             11:45 a.m.,                      Tri-State                           1950. She was one of only six women                                                   cases, can be handled properly, fairly,
                                                             Amarillo Club                    Fairgrounds                         in her graduating class.         Judge                                                and with dignity, and it exemplifies
                                                                                                                                  Robinson returned to Amarillo that                                                    Judge Robinson’s contributions to our
                                                                                                                                  year and became one of two women                                                      community, our profession, and our
                                                                                                                                  practicing law in the city. She and her                                               justice system.
                                                                                                                                  husband, A. J. Robinson, opened up                                                           Judge Robinson has also been ac-
                                                                                                                                  the law firm of Robinson & Robinson.                Judge Mary Lou Robinson           tive in a number of community organi-
                                                                                                                                  In 1955, she was appointed judge of                                                   zations over the course of her career.
                                                                                                                                  the Potter County Court at Law, and        of the 108th District Court in Amarillo    Judge Robinson is involved in the
                                                                                     Liberty D. Lay, Editor of AMA-LAW
                                                                                                                                  she was reelected to that position in      in 1960 and subsequently reelected in      Rotary Club of Amarillo and has partic-
                                                                                                                                  1956 and 1958. She was elected judge       1964, 1968, and 1972.                      ipated in their mentoring program, in-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Judge Robinson became the first      troducing young women to the legal

                                                                                                                                     What’s Inside
                                                                                             Jo Ann Holt, Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                                             female appellate judge in the State of     profession and encouraging them to

                                                                                                                                     AMA-LAW . . .
                                                              Mike Watkins                            Walter T. (Four) Price IV                                              Texas when she was appointed               pursue their goals. She is a former
                                                              Craig Jones                             Samuel S. Karr
                                                              Roger Cox                               Hon. Clinton Averitte                                                  Associate Justice of the Texas Court of    member of the Board of Directors of
                                                              Terms Expire 2008                       Terms Expire 2007                                                      Civil Appeals in Amarillo in 1973, a po-   the State Bar of Texas and is a long-

                                                                                                                                   President s
                                                                                                                                                                             sition to which she was reelected in       time active member of the Amarillo

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                                                                                                 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                                         1974. In 1977, she was appointed           Area Bar Association.
                                                                                                                                                                             Chief Justice of the Court of Civil
                                                                      Wendy A. Humphrey, Secretary-Treasurer

                                                                                                                                   Young Lawyer
                                                                      Kelly Utsinger, Vice President                                                                         Appeals for the Seventh Supreme                  The Chief Justice Charles Reynolds
                                                                                                                                                                             Judicial District and was reelected to     Lifetime Achievement Award was created

                                                                                                                                   of the Month              Page 3
                                                                      Michele Fortunato, President-Elect
                                                                      Mark D. White, President                                                                               that position in 1978. In 1979, Judge      in 2001 by the Executive Committee of the
                                                                                                                                                                             Robinson was appointed by President        Amarillo Area Bar Association to honor the

                                                                                                                                   September Bar
                                                                                                                                                                             Jimmy Carter as United States District     memory and achievement of Justice

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                                                 A Publication of the Amarillo Area Bar Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reynolds, who served as Chief Justice of
                                                                                                                                                                             Judge for the Northern District of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Amarillo Court of Appeals for many
                                                                                                                                                                             Texas, Amarillo Division, her current

                                                                                                                                   AAYLA Update              Page 6
                                                                                             Amarillo, Texas 79105                                                                                                      years. The award is presented to an area
                                                                                                                                                                             position.                                  lawyer or judge with a lengthy distin-
                                                                                             112 West 8th Ave., #617                                                               Judge Robinson has received the

                                                                                                                                   Legal Briefs              Page 3
Amarillo, Texas                                                                                                                                                                                                         guished legal career who, over that per-
Permit No. 195                                                                                                                                                               Sandra Day O’Connor Award for pro-         son’s lifetime, has made substantial
  PAID                                                                                                                                                                       fessional excellence from The Texas        contributions to the Amarillo Area Bar

                                                                                                                                   Legal Yarns               Page 7
U.S. POSTAGE                                                                                                                                                                 Center for Legal Ethics and                Association, the community, and the legal
 PRSRT STD                                                                                                                                                                                                              profession.
                                                                                                                                                                             Professionalism, and has been named
                                                                                                                                                                           Legal Yarns
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                                                                                   AMA-LAW is published monthly from
                                               President’s                         September through May by the Amaril-               Better Lucky than Good                                           he informed us that he was from Panhandle, Texas, and had gone

                                                                                   lo Area Bar Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to court reporting school here in the Panhandle. I am not making

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                                                                                                                                eled to Huntsville, Alabama, for depositions and were lucky
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                                                                                                                                      Please realize that Jim and I traveled to Huntsville the day     help your colleagues get their monthly dose of legal entertain-

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                                                                                                                                before, had dinner and went to see Gallagher, so we had spent          ment by contacting James Wester at

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                                                                                                                                many hours together. Probably less than an hour into our drive,        with your story idea.

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                                                                                                                                while we are enjoying the scenery, discussing Gallagher, and chat-

                                                                                   serves the right to select and edit ma-
                                                                                                                                ting about a myriad of things, Jim said to me, “How did you find

                                                                                   terials to be published. Advertisements
                                                                                                                                the court reporter for the depositions?” My response was,               Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council
                                                                                   are limited to those products and serv-
      If you think about our recent history, you can see that we have matured                                                   “WHAT?”
                                                                                   ices that are substantially related to im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The AAEPC is sponsoring a joint meeting of attorneys,
into a sophisticated, metropolitan bar association that operates professional-                                                        At this point, we were both looking at each other and realiz-
                                                                                   proving the legal profession and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       bankers, CPAs, and insurance professionals at 11:45 a.m. on
                                                                                                                                ing that neither one of us was joking. I remember saying some-
                                                                                   legal community in the northernmost
ly and is of tremendous service to our members and the community. In my                                                                                                                                September 28, 2006, at the Amarillo Club. The meeting allows

                                                                                   twenty-six counties of the Panhandle
                                                                                                                                thing like, “These are your depositions so I assumed (we all know
judgment, it all started with Judge Abe Lopez’ presidency, when he pushed                                                                                                                              professionals to meet and network, and will feature Austin attor-

                                                                                   of Texas. Contact Jo Ann Holt, Execu-
                                                                                                                                the old adage of what happens when you “assume” anything) you
for the extension of our reach to the twenty-six counties of the Northern                                                                                                                              ney Jerry Frank Jones as the speaker. CLE credit is available. The

                                                                                   tive Director, at 371-7226 or
                                                                                                                                arranged for a court reporter.” Jim said something like, “You
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cost for this event is $15. For more information, contact Val

                                                                          for more information
District of Texas, making this the Amarillo “Area” Bar Association.                                                             scheduled all of the depositions of your folks so I assumed (see
                                                                                   about advertising in AMA-LAW.
Subsequent leadership has ensured that we are not smalltime any more. We                                                        above) you arranged for the court reporter.” At this point, it would
have an executive director, an office, and we coordinate with the State Bar of                                                  be safe for you to assume that we both were riding a wave of pan-

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                                                                                                                                      Jim and I quickly put on our “thinking caps” to address the
                                                                                   For more information about your local
membership numbers, and, most importantly, old-fashioned camaraderie.
                                                                                                                                immediate need for a court reporter that could meet us in Red Bay
                                                                                   area bar association or for address
      Continuity is important. Following up on last year’s agenda, our proj-                                                    in about an hour or so. Jim, being the much wiser of the two of
                                                                                   changes, contact Jo Ann Holt, Execu-
ects for this year include continued urging to have, at long last, security at                                                  us, suggested that we stop at the courthouse in the next county.
                                                                                   tive Director, at:
the Potter County Courts Building. This is a big project that will require fi-                                                  Under the circumstances, that seemed as logical as any of our

                                                                                   Amarillo Area Bar Association
nesse, creativity, and money. If you are interested in helping with this, give                                                  other ideas and was preferable to staying another night in

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me a call.                                                                                                                      Huntsville or Red Bay and taking the depositions the next day.

                                                                                   112 West 8th Avenue, Suite 617
                                                                                                                                      We asked directions to the nearest county seat for whatever
      In the spring, we will have the judicial evaluation poll. I have asked Tom
                                                                                   Amarillo, Texas 79101
                                                                                                                                northern Alabama county we were in at the time and headed that
Riney to chair a broadbased committee to see that it is conducted timely, pro-
                                                                                                                                direction. Upon finding the courthouse that could easily be mis-
fessionally, and accurately. The committee includes Vance Ivy, Cindi Barela,                                                    taken for any courthouse in any small county in the Texas

                                                                                   Phone: 806-371-7226
Dean Roper, Dee Johnson, Ed McConnell, Matt Hand, Mike Watkins, and Tim                                                         Panhandle, we simply walked into the courthouse and asked for
Newsom. Thanks to those folks for helping with this important service.                                                          the names and numbers of the nearest court reporters. As luck

                                                                                   Also visit our website at
      Remember to join us for the AABA 2006 – 07 kickoff party on                                                               would have it, the judge was in that particular county on that par-

                                                                          for information
                                                                                                                                ticular day along with his court reporter. The clerk was kind
September 29. I know that Michele Fortunato has great speakers lined up for
                                                                                   and links to both local and state-wide
                                                                                                                                enough to take and introduce us to the court reporter. As we in-
our luncheons and we hope to see a large turnout there. If you have any sug-
                                                                                   legal resources.
                                                                                                                                troduced ourselves and explained our plight to the court reporter,
gestions about what the Amarillo Area Bar Association can do for you or the

                                                                                                                                  Calendar September 29 for Fun!
community, I will gladly visit with you. Call me at 468-3306 or send me an
email at We are here to serve you.
                                                                                                                                         Invitations will soon be mailed for the 2006-2007 Bar

           Ethics Hotline              Advertising Review Committee
                                                                                                                                Year Kickoff Party to be held Friday night, September 29, at the

         State Bar of Texas                 State Bar of Texas
                                                                                                                                Coors Cowboy Café on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. The event is

          (800) 532-3947                       (800) 566-4616
                                                                                                                                presented by the AABA and AAYLA and sponsored in part by
                                                                                                                                Great Western Distributing Company. The cost will be $15 per

               Check out the Amarillo Area Bar Association s website at
                                                                                                                                person, a good deal for great food and fun. We plan on seeing
                                                                                                                                you there!
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                                          AAYLA UPDATE                    By Dusty Stockard
                                                                                                                                              Young Lawyer of the Month
                                                                                                                                                    September’s Young Lawyer of the           Grace, who is one year old. Like her par-      joys reading, traveling, cooking, crafting,
                                              both the AAYLA and the AABA should start         derful executive committee and board          Month is Liberty Lay, an associate at            ents, Lily is fond of books, but prefers to    debating with Frank the superiority of the
                                              out on the right note with a Kick-Off Party      members in advance for all of the time        Peterson Farris Pruitt & Parker, P.C. Liberty    chew rather than read them.                    Green Bay Packers to the Dallas
                                              scheduled for September 29. We look for-         and effort devoted to making our associa-     joined the firm in September of 2004.                  When not practicing law and solicit-     Cowboys, and teaching Lily to say “Sic

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Legal Briefs
                                              ward to working with the AABA on this            tion one of the best legal associations in                                        Liberty      ing contributions to AMA-LAW, Liberty en-      ‘em.”
                                              project and on other projects this year in-      the State. Special thanks to Tye Lamberth                                   grew up on a
                                              cluding Wills for Heroes. Last year both or-     whose words of advice on this year as                                       family farm in
      Here it is, the moment you have all     ganizations, with the help of NALS, were         president included, “Here is the box with                                   Melrose, New
been waiting for, another exciting install-   able to assist with simple estate planning       all of the stuff in it.” Thank you, Tye.                                    M e x i c o ,
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Amarillo attorneys John S. Ir win, Johnny K. Merritt, Joel R. Hogue, and

                                                                                                Upcoming CLE
ment of AAYLA in your AMA-LAW. If you         for several area firefighters. This year the                                                                                 where       her
                                              plan is to present the same program to our                                                                                   family still re-   Walter T. (“Four”) Price IV have formed a new law firm, Irwin Merritt Hogue &
are anything like me, you have been sitting
on the edge of your seat waiting and won-     local police officers.                                                                                                       sides.      She    Price, P.C. The firm is located at 320 S. Polk, Suite 500, in Amarillo, and can be
dering if questions will be answered and if          I must mention that the AAYLA will                                                                                    graduated          reached at 806-322-1440. Irwin Merritt Hogue & Price, P.C. provides a wide
Tye Lamberth survived the immunity chal-      again sponsor a CLE in Las Vegas. Over                                                                                       from Melrose       range of civil legal services. Mr. Irwin primarily practices in the areas of oil and
lenge. He did not and I am now writing this   the past eight years this has provided qual-     • W est Texas Bench Bar Confer ence ,                                       High School        gas and real estate law. Mr. Merritt focuses his practice on real estate, business
column for the next nine months.              ity, and I must say entertaining, CLE for        September 8–9, at the Inn of the Mountain                                   in 1994. She       organizations, and litigation. Mr. Hogue concentrates in civil litigation and trial
                                              young and old lawyers alike. In the past         Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The con-                  Liberty Lay          then became
      I am excited about the coming year                                                                                                                                                      practice. Mr. Price devotes his practice to estate planning, probate, and com-
for AAYLA. As we have done in years past,     this CLE has been scheduled during               ference is approved for eight hours of par-   a Baylor Bear, graduating in 1997 with a de-     mercial business transactions. Attorney Jimmy Ross, who was a general prac-
AAYLA will host the new lawyer orientation    February; however, this year it will be held     ticipatory Texas MCLE, including 1.5          gree in Journalism and English.
                                                                                                                                                                                              titioner in Dimmitt for forty years, is Of Counsel with the firm.
designed for new lawyers or those who are     in April to give everyone the opportunity to     hours of ethics. Cost is $199; $149 for              She tried her hand as a newspaper-
                                              win their taxes back. (Disclaimer: This is                                                     woman at the Waco Tribune-Herald and
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Christian (Chris) D. Stewar t is pleased to announce the opening of the Law
new to town. This offers a great opportu-                                                      judges. For more information, contact
                                              not a guarantee of winnings and in fact is a     Mike Willson at 432-685-8567 or mwill-        Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for a while, but       Office of Chris Stewart, P.C. Mr. Stewart’s practice will continue to focus on
nity for new lawyers of every field to meet
                                              dire warning that gambling is addictive but                                 soon felt something calling her back to          trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets, technology and computer law,
the judges and get to know other new
                                              more fun than mussing Chris Jensen’s                                                           school. His name was Frank Sobey. Liberty        and civil litigation. He can be reached at 301 S. Polk, Suite 700, Amarillo,
lawyers in town.                                                                               • ADR in the Mountains 2006, September
      Thanks to Jo Ann Holt, the year for     hair.)                                                                                         and Frank met while graduate students in         79101; phone: 806-322-1251; email:
                                                                                               18–21, at the Ruidoso Convention Center
                                                     I must say thank you to our past-
                                                                                               in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Workshop op-          the English Department at Texas Tech             • Wendy A. Humphrey has become a partner in Lovell, Lovell, Newsom & Isern,
                                              president, Tye Lamberth. Under Tye’s guid-                                                     University. After a few weeks of classroom       L.L.P. She joined the firm in 2001 after graduating from Texas Tech University
                                                                                               tions are Basic Mediation Training or
           NEW LAWYER                         ance, leadership, and all-around support
                                                                                               Family Mediation Training. For more in-       observation and just two dates, Frank bold-      School of Law.
           ORIENTATION                        AAYLA was again recognized at the State                                                        ly proposed marriage and Liberty bravely         • Cour tney Cook has joined Lovell, Lovell, Newsom & Isern, L.L.P. Ms. Cook is
                                                                                               formation, contact the Dispute Resolution
                                              Bar’s leadership conference in July. An                                                        accepted. They were married a few months         a graduate of Baylor Law School, and she is anxiously awaiting the Texas bar re-
          September 21, 2006                                                                   Department of Lubbock County at 806-
                                              award was presented for single project and                                                     later in May of 1999.
   Reception for All Lawyers 5:00 -                                                            775-1720 or                                                              sults.
                                              another award in the comprehensive cate-                                                              After completing their master’s de-
       7:00 at the Amarillo Club              gory.                                            • Advanced Personal Injury 2006 will be       grees, the newlyweds went to Baylor, where
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Allan B. Adkins has opened a new office at The Cedar Forum, 3012 S.W.26th
  This event is for all new lawyers or               To those young lawyers who are not        held September 28-29 in the second-floor      Frank began work on a Ph.D. in English and       Ave. #300, in Amarillo. Mr. Adkins has over 40 years of experience in the prac-
          those new to town.                  yet members of the AAYLA, I would en-            training room at Eagle Center, 112 W. 8th     Liberty attended law school. They moved to       tice of real estate, deeds, contracts, commercial transactions, wills and probate,
       Please contact Joni Paul               courage you to take a look at the applica-       Ave., in Amarillo. The $400 course is ap-     Amarillo in 2004 when Liberty joined             and general practice. His phone number is 806-353-7022.
  Kleinschmidt to attend the orienta-         tion which will be sent out this month and       proved for up to 19.5 hours of CLE credit,    Peterson Farris Pruitt & Parker. Frank has
                                              see that AAYLA is a very worthwhile organ-       including up to 2.75 hours of Ethics. For     since joined the English Department faculty
   tion: phone 468-3205; e-mail jk-                                                                                                                                                               If you have news, we want to hear from you. Send your information to the
                                              ization with much to offer young lawyers.        more information, contact Laura Hamilton      at Amarillo College.
   leinschmidt@GWINNROBY.COM                                                                   at 371-7002 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                   AABA: email, fax 379-9259, or call 371-7226.
                                                     Finally, I would like to thank our won-                                                        The couple has one daughter, Lily

                                                                           Beautifully decorated individual                                               New Printed Directory
                                                                                                                                                    A new AABA printed directory is in the works for this                                   WANTED:
                                                                          office suites for lease in Amarillo.                                 fall. It will include all 2006–2007 bar year members who                         Person experienced with
                                                                                Receptionist, faxing &                                         have paid their dues by the September 29, 2006, dead-
                                                                                                                                               line. Members who have not previously had their pic-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            database program called “ACT!”
                                                                                  copying available.
                                                                                                                                               tures taken still can make an appointment at Gray’s                                    to input data.
                                                                                                                                               Studio. These photos will appear in the printed directo-                      Call Jon T. Oden at 373-4333
                                                                                      Eagles’ Nest Suites,
                                                                                                                                               ry and will also be placed on the website. This directory                       or
                                                                                     112 W. 8th, Suite 900                                     is free to all AABA members. Additional copies can be
                                                                             Call Sheila Langford at 806-331-5044                              purchased by bar members only.
                                                                   Potter County
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                                                                                                                                                              Spring Institute Recap

Board of Law                                                                                                   Questions from the                                       The AABA held its annual Spring Institute on
Examiners Applicants                                                                                           Website                                        May 12–13, 2006. Golf Chairman Sam Karr delivered

                                                                                                                                                              on his guarantee for excellent weather. About 90
Sought                                                                                                               Are you a symbol? Does your face         good and not-so-good golfers turned out to enjoy the
                                                                                                               appear on the website as the logo of the       weather and the super prizes. The seminar started
       The Supreme Court is seeking appli-
                                                                                                               AABA? Why don’t you have your picture          bright and early on Saturday with bagels and Roasters
cations for a six-year appointment to the
                                                                                                               on the website? The AABA office gets calls     coffee donated by the Lawyers Auxillary. Seminar
nine-member Board of Law Examiners.                                          Potter County has organized a
                                                                                                               daily from around the world asking ques-       presentations included Wayne Schiess who enter-
Applicants must be licensed to practice law                        Collections Department dedicated to the
                                                                                                               tions about who you are and what you do.       tained us with stories about ethical legal writing and
in Texas, be at least 35 years of age, and                         collection of court costs, fines, and ap-
                                                                                                               Since we do not have a certified referral      Ann Graham who covered the new Business
have a minimum of ten years’ experience in                         pointed attorney fees in criminal cases.
                                                                                                               service, we cannot answer these questions.     Organizations Code. The seminar concluded with a         Justices from the 7th Court of Appeals (James Campbell, Brian Quinn,   University of Texas Senior
the practice of law. Applicants may not be                         Pursuant to Texas Senate Bill 1863 and                                                                                                              Don Reavis and Mackey Hancock)                                         Lecturer Wayne Schiess
                                                                                                               We can only refer the caller to our Attorney   panel discussion featuring the Justices from the
employed as an instructor, teacher, or pro-                        guidelines set by the Office of Court
                                                                                                               Locator Service.                               Seventh Court of Appeals who shared their wisdom
fessor at any law school. Service on the                           Administration, all such charges are gen-
                                                                                                                     Did you know that the State Bar of       and advice about winning an appeal (hint: win at the
Board requires a substantial commitment of                         erally due at the time of sentencing or
                                                                                                               Texas directs callers to our website? It’s     trial court).
time, usually in excess of 400 hours annu-                         pleading. Defendants unable to pay in
                                                                                                               not too late to “show your face.” Just call              At the banquet on Saturday night, Chief
ally. Annual compensation for service on                           full at that time must appear in the
                                                                                                               Gray’s Studio for an appointment. The sit-     Justice Brian Quinn installed the officers of the AABA
the Board is $30,000. Applications and                             Collections Department to make arrange-
                                                                                                               ting fee is still an affordable $15.           and AAYLA. The AABA honored Judge Mary Lou
more detailed information about board du-                          ments for an extension.
                                                                                                                     Do you have an enhanced page that        Robinson with the presentation of the Chief Justice
ties are available on the Court’s website                                The Collections Department is lo-
                                                                                                               explains your practice? If so, does the sec-   Charles L. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award,
( w w w. s u p r e m e . c o u r t s . s t a t e . t x . u s ) .   cated in Room 101 of the County
                                                                                                               tion called “description of practice” really   which was presented by AABA President Tom Riney.
Interested persons should send an applica-                         Courthouse at 500 S. Fillmore. Please
                                                                                                               describe what you do? If you don’t have an     Pat Swindell and Pizzazz entertained us with music
tion, a resume, and references to Lisa                             contact Stacey M. Lawlor, Collections
                                                                                                               enhanced page, why not? It’s still a $20       suitable for dancing and a few brave souls showed off
Hobbs, Supreme Court of Texas, P.O. Box                            Coordinator, at 379-2235, for more infor-
                                                                                                               set-up fee and $10 year. Call the AABA of-     their ballroom dancing moves. It wasn’t exactly
12248, Austin, TX 78711, or call (512) 463-                        mation.                                                                                                                                             Texas Tech Professor Ann Graham and AABA          AABA President Tom Riney presents the Chief
                                                                                                               fice to learn more.                            “Dancing with the Stars.”                                                                                  Justice Charles L. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement
1312.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  President Tom Riney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Award to the Honorable Mary Lou Robinson

                                                                                                                                                              September Bar Luncheon Speaker                                          Notice from U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The District Judges of this Court have adopted amended local
                                                                                                                                                                     Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C. will be the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      civil rules LR 1.1, 4.1, 5.1, 7.1, 10.1, 15.1, 56.6, 77.1, 79.1, 83.13,
                                                                                                                                                              luncheon speaker at September’s bar meeting. He will discuss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and 83.18, adopted new local civil rule LR 11.1, and repealed local
                                                                                                                                                              trade secrets and covenants not to compete.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      civil rule LR 12.1. The judges have also adopted amended local
                                                                                                                                                                     Mr. Jordan has represented companies ranking among the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      criminal rules LCrR 1.1, 47.1, 49.2, 49.3, 49.4, 53.1, 55.1, and
                                                                                                                                                              nation’s leaders in the fields of telecommunications, hospitality,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      57.13, and adopted new local criminal rules LCrR 49.5 and 49.6.
                                                                                                                                                              restaurants, computer services, software development, financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For the complete text of Special Orders 2-63 and 2-64, please
                                                                                                                                                              services, engineering, and manufacturing. His practice focuses
                                                                                                                                                              on commercial litigation, trade secrets, and covenants not to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The amendments take effect on September 1, 2006, and shall
                                                                                                                                                              compete. He also served as his firm’s Chairman and Chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      apply to all proceedings in civil and criminal actions thereafter com-
                                                                                                                                                              Executive Officer from 1998 through 2005. The Dallas Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      menced and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings in civil
                                                                                                                                                              Journal has named him one of the six most influential leaders in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and criminal actions then pending.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     State Bar Lauds AABA
                                                                                                                                                              the Dallas/Fort Worth legal community, and Texas Monthly has
                                                                                                                                                              twice named him a Texas Super Lawyer.
                                                                                                                                                                     Mr. Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from
                                                                                                                                                              the University of Missouri (1978), an M.B.A. from the University         Michele Fortunato accepted two
                                                                                                                                                              of Illinois (1982), and a J.D. from the University of Illinois         awards on behalf of the Amarillo
                                                                                                                                                              College of Law (1982).                                                 Area Bar Association at the Bar

                                                                                                                                                                Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leaders Recognition Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     during the State Bar Annual
                                                                                                                                                                    The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas is spon-        Meeting. Here, State Bar of Texas
                                                                                                                                                              soring the 2006 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS) on             President Eduardo R. Rodriguez
                                                                                                                                                              September 20-22 in Addison (North Dallas) at the Crowne                presents Ms. Fortunato with the
                                                                                                                                                              Plaza Hotel. TAPS is a three-day multi-track CLE seminar that          Outstanding Par tnership Awar d
                                                                                                                                                              includes advanced CLE, networking opportunities, and socializ-         (awarded for AAYLA’s “Legal
                                                                                                                                                              ing.                                                                   Assistance for Lives on the Line”)
                                                                                                                                                                    A registration packet is available at Early        and a Cer tificate of Achievement
                                                                                                                                                              registration ends September 6. For more information, contact           (awarded for the AABA’s 50-Year
                                                                                                                                                              Leticia (“Tish”) Martin, CP, at 817-551-8639.                          Lawyer Luncheon).

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