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Bulletin
May/June 2014
James E. Webb
Professionalism Award
Judge Brent A. Carr
Silver Gavel Award
Judge L. Clifford Davis
Blackstone Award
Terry Gardner
Outstanding Mentor
Greg Monroe
Outstanding Young Lawyer
P
resident’s page
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s i write this i am smiling and remembering with
gratitude numerous interactions with you, my fellow members of TCBA, our talented TCBA
staff, and the world-class Board of
Directors with whom i have had
the pleasure of serving.
i’ve learned a lot as TCBA
President. i kept a little note on my
by Ann Diamond
desk from an early training session. it says “You are never not the President.”
The point was that a Bar President’s actions
and words, whenever and wherever, always reflect on the Bar. The quote’s source insisted that
the Bar President always keep that in mind; the
microphone is always on and people are always
watching. Whatever responsible positions you
hold in relation to others in your life, the concept applies to you, too. You are never not the
holder of the responsibilities in your life. You
are always subject to having your organization
or family or firm or client judged by what you
do. This doesn’t have to be a crushing obligation, just a mindfulness as you move through
your day. Throughout the past bar year, i have
done my best to keep that in mind and to honorably serve and represent the TCBA, to think of
the good of the organization and its people first,
and to encourage participation and interaction
by the membership. i sincerely hope that it has
been enough to be counted a success.
The wise and collegial Roland Johnson
told me early on that there is the bar year a bar
president thinks they will have, and then there
is the bar year that they in fact have. Quite true.
All leaders have their ideas of what they want
to prioritize. And to some degree, they can. But
it is important to deal with the actual events
and issues of the year, to do the best one can
with the challenges that present themselves,
and to gracefully let go when initial priorities
don’t fit the needs of those served, the time
and other resources available, or the priorities
of other Board leadership. i see this as the organizational parallel to parenting: there are the
children you imagine you will have, and there
are the children you in fact have. You wanted to
raise a violin virtuoso, but your child’s passion
is soccer? Deal with it. An unexpected twist in
the road can turn out quite well. The year was
not always what i envisioned, but that’s absolutely ok with
me. i am still smiling.
TCBA had a good year. We reviewed our executive
Director’s compensation, outsourced some publication
and bookkeeping tasks, and had some serious discussions
about finances and obligations and goals and about how
the Association and Foundation should relate to one another for the benefit of the local community. We are continuing to improve how we utilize our staff resources. We
had a lot of very good Cle, some great lunch programs, a
fabulous 110th anniversary party, an epic Bench Bar conference, and some Docket Call socials we will long remember.
We laughed at the Bar Foundation’s successful Tortfeasors
show, and showed up to volunteer for legalline, TVAS/
TlTV, and People’s law School. We won some awards and
recognized some among us who truly excel and who serve
as inspiration, and we mourned the loss of colleagues who
died throughout the year. We also saw the involvement of
many new members, some tentatively attending a few functions and others jumping into the ranks of bar volunteers
with enthusiasm.
i look forward to passing the gavel to Mike Henry as he
takes on the job of TCBA President, officially on July 1 and
ceremonially at the July 8 membership luncheon. Mike is
a smart, collegial lawyer and will be a very fine President,
backed up by the impressive 2014-2015 Board of Directors
and the superb TCBA staff. Mike’s genuine care for the individuals who make up the TCBA is the icing on the cake.
it will be a good year. And i will have the best job in the
TCBA: Past President.
i have special gratitude for the generous and wise counsel of the entire Board, and especially David Keltner and
Bob West, appointed Directors Karmen Johnson and Dabney Bassel, and Judge David evans. All were unfailingly
kind and generous with their time and wisdom. And without the dedication and skill of Trisha Graham, our amazing
executive Director, and her staff, well, i do not even want
to think about it.
every committee chair, every volunteer, every speaker,
every lunch and event attendee has added to this year’s
experience for someone else. To all who made this year a
good one, thank you for being a part of TCBA. To those
moving up in the ranks or taking your seat on the Board
or as a committee chair, warm congratulations. To those
considering increasing their involvement with TCBA, there
has never been a better time to venture into a new project.
Tomorrow’s TCBA will be what you make it.
looking forward to being your Past President and to
seeing you at TCBA events in the months and years ahead,
May/June 2014
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Ann
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Tarrant County Bar Association
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ontents
2013-2014 Officers
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Features
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Law Day Awards Dinner
President. . . . . . . . . . . . Ann L. Diamond
President-Elect . . . . . . . Michael J. Henry
Vice President. . . . . . . . . David E. Keltner
Secretary-Treasurer. . . . . . Robert G. West
2013-2014 Elected Directors
Nick S. Bettinger
John H. Cayce
Steven K. Hayes
Claudine G. Jackson
Kim M. Naylor
Randy E. Turner
2013-2014 Appointed Directors
Court Staff Appreciation Reception & Awards Presentation
Dabney D. Bassel
Karmen Johnson
110th Anniversary Celebration
Immediate Past President
Tortfeasors4
Fort Worth-Tarrant County
Young Lawyers Association
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J. Benjamin Barlow
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Vincent Circelli, President
Executive Director
Patricia Graham, PLS, CLAS
Ex-Officio Members
State Bar of Texas Directors
Robert E. Aldrich, Jr.
J. Benjamin Barlow
Judge Jo Ann Reyes
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6 Snippets - Civil and Criminal
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every Year the American Bar
Association Celebrates “Law Day.”
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his celebration traditionally filters down to the state and
local levels and is celebrated by Bar Associations all over the
united States. The 2014 Tarrant County celebration of this
event will be held on May 8th, and this year’s theme is “American
Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”
law Day recognizes the importance of every individual American’s
right and obligation to vote, with an emphasis on the ongoing
importance that we fight to ensure this right continues for every
citizen, enabling everyone to participate in our great democracy.
Blackstone Award
Judge L. Clifford Davis was born in
Wilton, Arkansas, on October 12, 1924. He
was raised on the family farm, but after his
eighth-grade year, he left the farm to further
his schooling in Little Rock, where he lived
with relatives while he attended Dunbar High
School and Philander Smith College. After
his college graduation, he was admitted to
Howard University School of Law where he
started early making an impact on civil rights.
He made a bold attempt to transfer back home to the University of Arkansas
School of Law for his second year. Much to his surprise in the fall of 1947, Davis
received a letter from the University of Arkansas, accepting him into its program.
On January 30, 1948, the President of the University of Arkansas held a press
conference to announce Davis’s acceptance at the school as the first Black law
student. Davis’s efforts and subsequent success in influencing the University of
Arkansas’s decision to integrate its graduate programs voluntarily was groundbreaking. However, by the time this decision was made, Davis was in his third
year of law school and decided to remain where he was and graduate from Howard. After graduating in the spring of 1949, he returned to Arkansas to take the
bar exam and was admitted to practice on July 4, 1949.
Judge Davis began practicing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he practiced
civil-rights law, working on multiple cases challenging school segregation in the
DeWitt School District. Soon after, he opened a solo practice in Camden, Arkansas, where he and attorney Shepperson Wilburn filed cases challenging school
desegregation in Bearden and Helena. By 1955, after serving two years in the
U.S. military, Judge Davis had moved his practice to Fort Worth, Texas, where
segregation was more prevalent, and where he was one of only two black lawyers in the city. He filed suits in the U.S. District Court against the Mansfield and
Fort Worth School Districts, which resulted in both those school districts becoming desegregated.
Judge Davis’s commendable career culminated in his election to Criminal
District Court Judge in Tarrant County in 1983, where he served as the first elected black judge in a contested judicial race in Tarrant County until 1988. Judge
Davis has been recognized numerous times for his honorable and brave career.
He was recognized by his peers in 1997 when he received the Tarrant County Bar
Association’s highest judicial award, the “Silver Gavel Award,” and was inducted
into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by the
NAACP and awarded the “William Robert Ming Award” for his efforts with their
legal affairs. He has been honored with the naming of an elementary school
after him, and more recently, the Fort Worth Black Bar Association has adopted
the name of The L. Clifford Davis Legal Association. Judge Davis continues to
practice law, at the age of 89, at the firm of Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell. He and
his wife of over fifty years, Ethel, have two daughters, Avis and Karen. ■
Additionally, in Tarrant County, we have traditionally celebrated this day by honoring and recognizing outstanding members of
the bar and judiciary. These awards go out to members of the bar
who stand out in their service to our legal community, and the
community at large. The most prestigious of these awards is the
Blackstone Award, given in recognition of a career that exemplifies professional aptitude, integrity and courage. The Honorable
Judge l. Clifford Davis’ career has been this and more.
The Silver Gavel Award is given to a member of the judiciary
who has served on the bench for at least ten years and who has
made a substantial and noteworthy contribution as a result of their
service. This year’s well deserved recipient is Judge Brent A. Carr.
Silver Gavel Award
Judge Brent A. Carr grew up on the
Gulf Coast of Florida about thirty miles south
of Tampa. His father was a U.S. Marine who
served through WWII and the Korean War, and
his mother was an elementary-school librarian.
Neither of his parents had a college degree until
later in life, but getting a college education was
a priority in the household.
After graduating from college and working in an unchallenging career for a few years,
Judge Carr went on to serve in the Marines like his father. But because of his
college education, he was able to serve as an officer. “As far as personal development, this is the best thing I have ever done,” says Judge Carr. He enjoyed
his military career, but after the Viet Nam War ended, he felt “it was time for me
to move on.” For Brent Carr, to “move on” was to enroll in South Texas College
of Law, where he was an honor student and a member of the Law Journal. He
graduated in 1983 with his J.D. and started looking for a job. In his job search,
he had an interview with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and was offered the position of Chief Prosecutor of the Tarrant County Narcotics Task Force.
He also served as appeals, juvenile, misdemeanor, grand jury, and chief felony
trial attorney. Judge Carr was elected as the Presiding Judge to Tarrant County
Criminal Court #9 in 1991, where he remains to the present time.
Judge Carr has several innovative Specialty Court Programs to his name.
He was responsible for the creation of the Mental Health Diversion Program in
2003, helping to divert mentally impaired offenders from the traditional court
system and into a treatment program. He also established the Veterans Court
Diversion Program that helps divert justice-involved veterans into appropriate
rehabilitative alternatives to prosecution. His most recent product is RISE, which
is a diversion program for high-risk women that he started in 2011. Judge Carr
has realized a very high percentage of success with these programs, attaining a
very low number of repeat offenders by those who complete the programs. “The
staff and support services for each of these programs are just exemplary. They
are the ones who create the success,” says Judge Carr humbly. “On occasion I
have thought about being a district or appellate judge, but I know I am where I
should be. At any other position, I would not be able to engage the populations I
work with in my specialty-court program” says Judge Carr about his work in the
County Criminal Court. “Every day I get to my office, I am grateful to be here. I
look upon this job from a servant’s perspective.”
Judge Carr and his wife, who he says has been a “powerful force in his life,”
have two sons, both veterans, and a daughter who is currently studying law. ■
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May/June 2014
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Professionalism Award
The youngest of eight children, Mr. James
Webb was born and raised in Illinois. He earned
a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois in
1967. While in graduate school at the University of
Illinois, Mr. Webb accepted a position with General Dynamics (now Lockheed
Martin) in Fort Worth.
At General Dynamics, Mr. Webb was one of several engineers from the
aerodynamics group selected to perform wing design work for a new fighter aircraft that became known as the F-16, one of the most successful fighter jets in
United States history.
Seeking more control over his professional future, Mr. Webb left behind
a promising career at General Dynamics in 1971 to enroll in The University of
Texas School of Law. There he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1974. While
in law school, Mr. Webb initially planned to become a patent attorney, but after
taking a patent-law course, he decided he needed to broaden his future practice
areas. After graduation Mr. Webb immediately joined the Fort Worth law firm
of McDonald Sanders, Ginsburg, Phillips, Maddox and Newkirk (now McDonald
Sanders, P.C.) as an Associate. Four years later, he was elected as a Partner in the
firm.
Woven throughout Mr. Webb’s successful, forty-year legal career is his
genuine respect for others, his love of the law, his zealous defense of his clients’
interests, and his impeccable work ethic. These traits, combined with Mr. Webb’s
core values, consistently delivering the highest quality legal service, putting the
needs of clients first, and serving as a positive role model for young attorneys,
have earned him the respect of the Fort Worth business and legal communities.
Over the last twenty years, Mr. Webb’s practice has focused primarily on
real estate and banking law. He has represented lenders, governmental entities,
developers, and individuals concerning the financing, purchase, sale, and leasing
of commercial real estate. Mr. Webb also has extensive experience in the formation and operation of banks and bank holding companies.
Passionate about his adopted hometown, Mr. Webb is a tireless community
advocate and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Star Bank of Texas.
He is Board Chairman for Cook Children’s Health Foundation and Cook Children’s
Health Care System. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel.
Over the course of his distinguished and thriving legal career, Mr. Webb has
received numerous honors and awards recognizing his contributions and dedication to the legal field. Most recently, he was recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in
Banking & Finance by The American Lawyer and as a Top Attorney by Fort Worth,
Texas magazine. ■
outstanding Young Lawyer
Greg Monroe was born in Jasper, Texas. He
attended Dayton High School in Dayton, Texas and
went on to the University of North Texas where he
graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Greg earned his Juris Doctorate from Texas
Wesleyan University School of Law in 2007, where
he graduated with honors. While in law school, he
was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and
served as Vice Dean for Delta Theta Phi fraternity.
After passing the Texas State Bar Exam,
Greg began practicing at Morrison & Cox, LLP prior
to joining Law, Snakard & Gambill, PC, then later
Murphy, Mahon, Keffler & Farrier, where he currently practices. Greg’s practice
focuses mainly on commercial real estate and construction related issues, both
transactional and litigation, property acquisitions, sales and development leasing, and landlord and tenant law. He also handles lending transactions, corporate matters, and entity formations associated with real estate transactions.
He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Texas as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Greg is a member of the Tarrant
County Bar Association, the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Associa-
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The Professionalism Award is given to a member of
the bar who has displayed outstanding professional conduct,
which this year’s recipient, James e. Webb, has unequivocally
displayed in his interesting career.
The Outstanding Young Lawyer recipient is given by the
Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young lawyers Association and
goes to a young lawyer who is recognized for their proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community.
Greg Monroe has been active in FW-TCYlA having served as
its president and has been involved with several community
service programs.
The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes an attorney
or judge who has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in the legal community. Terry Gardner has
truly been devoted to giving a hand to lawyers who are beginning their career.
tion where he previously has served as president, the State Bar of Texas, the
College of the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association as well
as the Real Estate and Construction Law sections of the State Bar of Texas.
Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Young
Lawyers Association. He was elected in the Fall of 2008 and currently chairs the
CLE Committee. Mr. Monroe also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of North Texas Alumni Association where he was elected in June 2009. Mr.
Monroe is a member of Vision Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Society of Commercial Realtors. ■
outstanding Mentor Award
Mr. Terry Gardner was raised in Austin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin
for his undergraduate and his law degrees. In his
first year of law school, he was elected to the honorary legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. In 1966, after graduating with honors, and upon passing the
bar exam, he was selected as one of nine briefing
attorneys for the Supreme Court of Texas. Following this Supreme Court clerkship, he joined a
prominent Fort Worth law firm and became a partner after just five years. He was an understudy to
a distinguished trial lawyer from whom he learned
his litigation practices. He had the opportunity to try many types of civil cases.
A few years later, Mr. Gardner and another young partner formed their own law
firm, where they soon began trying civil cases, usually referrals from other lawyers or judges. Mr. Gardner has had his own firm for many years and currently is
a partner at Gardner Aldrich, LLP, which he formed with Robert Aldrich in 1995.
Over his career, he has tried almost every conceivable type of civil case. “Whatever the facts are in your case, the probability of a successful result is greatly
enhanced by the experience, quality, preparation, and advocacy skills your lawyer
possesses,” he offers as advice.
Mr. Gardner has been active in the Fort Worth legal and civic communities and was elected president of The Tarrant County Bar Association for the
1991-92 bar year. He has been elected to a number of boards, associations, and
foundations and continues to be active on them. He is board certified in both
personal-injury trial law and civil trial law. Mr. Gardner has received many honors during his career, including recognition in “Best Lawyers,” “Super Lawyers,”
“Distinguished Lawyers,” and “Pre-Eminent Lawyers” in national, state, and local publications. Gardner was awarded “The Blackstone Award” by the Tarrant
County Bar Association in 2007 for exemplifying the highest attributes of the
legal profession—consistent ability, integrity, and courage as a lawyer.
Mr. Gardner is married to Justice Anne Gardner, who is on the Fort Worth
Court of Appeals. Together they have one son, Travis, who lives in Austin. Mr. Gardner particularly enjoys mentoring young lawyers and for many years has been a
volunteer to assist lawyers and judges suffering from alcohol and/or drug abuse.
When asked what his greatest accomplishment is, Mr. Gardner replied, “Being recognized by my peers for the highest quality of legal services and integrity.” ■
Stephane Rhodes-Reese
Tracey L. Wood
LeaAnn Moore
Jennifer Calfee
Court Staff Appreciation
Reception & Awards Presentation
Co-Chair Michael Tresidder
and Chair Karmen Johnson
t
he 6th Annual Court Staff Appreciation Reception &
Awards Presentation was held at the Tarrant County Bar
Center on March 27, 2014 with an international flare. Chair
Karmen Johnson and Co-Chair Michael Tresidder continued
the tradition of honoring the court staff from all court systems
in Tarrant County. each year this program has expanded.
eligible court staff are all non-lawyer personnel from the
courts of Tarrant County who have been nominated by the legal community. The eligible personnel include deputy district
clerks, deputy county clerks assigned to judicial functions;
court coordinators, court reporters, court recorders, bailiffs,
court security officers, probate auditors, judges’ non-lawyer
clerical staff, and auxiliary court coordinators. Members of
TCBA nominate and vote for the court staff awardees, and the
recipients are recognized at the Court Staff Appreciation Reception and Awards. This presentation event takes place each
year at the TCBA offices. All court staff personnel, attorneys,
the judiciary, and law office staff are invited.
This year, four outstanding court staff personnel were
honored:
Outstanding Criminal Court Staff Award Recipient: Stephane Rhodes-Reese, Lead Criminal District Court Clerk, Criminal District Court #3 presented by Judge Robb Catalano.
Outstanding Civil Court Staff Award Recipient: Tracey L.
Wood, Court Coordinator, County Court at Law #1 presented
by Judge Don Pierson.
Outstanding Family Court
Staff Award Recipient: LeaAnn
Moore, Court Coordinator, 231st
District Court, presented by Judge
Jesse nevarez, Retired Judge
Randy Catterton along with Retired Judge Jeff Walker.
Outstanding Federal Court Staff Award Recipient: Jennifer
Calfee, Courtroom Deputy, U.S. Bankruptcy Court presented
by u.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael lynn.
The presenter of each award gave praise and appreciation
for the work of the recipient to keep the court system efficient,
courteous, and an organized service to the legal community
and to the citizens of Tarrant County. All of the recipients
are “behind-the-scenes” essentials that make the court system
operate efficiently.
Thanks to all the sponsors who contributed to the success
of the event. The food was fabulous and the award ceremony
very appreciated. it was enjoyed by all who attended. ■
tHAnK YoU to oUR SPonSoRS
William K. Berenson • Blaies & Hightower
Brackett & ellis, P.C • Cantey Hanger LLP
Gardner Aldrich, LLP • Law office of Michael J. Henry
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP • Myers * Hill
Daniel R. Barrett • Lisa Haines • Law Offices of Karmen Johnson
Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.
Stickels & Associates, P.C. • Wells Purcell & Kraatz, PC • Tom Wilder
Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C. • The Barrows Firm, P.C. • The Borchardt Law Firm PLLC
Tom Carr • Law Office of J. Kevin Clark • Mark G. Daniel
Hannah’s House for Tarrant and Johnson Counties • Law Office of Steven K. Hayes
Mcdonald Sanders P.C. • Law offices of Gary L. nickelson
Roland K. Johnson • JurisFabrilis/Jeff Sanford • Law, Snakard & Gambill, P.C.
Judge David L. Evans • Fort Worth Paralegals Association • Haynes and Boone, Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC
L.L.P. • Koons Fuller Family Law • Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C. Moses, Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas – District 3 Members
Palmer & Howell, L.L.P. • Parker Law Firm
Law Office of Ernest (Skip) Reynolds, III • Law Offices of Lori Spearman
Wallach & Andrews, P.C.
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP • Judge Jeff Walker
Wick Phillips Gould & Martin, LLP
May/June 2014
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Snippets
Civil and Criminal
by Justice Bob McCoy
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2nd Court Of Appeals
eloquence––A Lost Art
Admirer: Herr Mozart, i am thinking of writing symphonies.
Can you give me any suggestions as to how to get started?
Mozart: A symphony is a very complex musical form. Perhaps you should begin with some simple lieder and work
your way up to a symphony.
Admirer: But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies
when you were 8 years old.
Mozart: But i never asked anybody how.
Who’s that Street named After?
White Settlement Road leads to White Settlement. Mary
Mitchell, the first teacher in the area, made the girls wear
white at recitations and used white prairie flowers for decorations- -this supposedly gave the town its name.
From Werner Magnus, Who Was Hulen? An Attempt to Find
the Origins of Street Names in Fort Worth.
Who’s the Justice?
William A. Hughes Jr. served as an Associate Justice from
1976 to 1984. A native of Decatur, Justice Hughes was a
graduate of Decatur Baptist College and the university of
north Texas, and received his law degree from Baylor in
1948. He served in the navy during World War ii and was
awarded the Bronze Star. Justice Hughes served as Decatur
City Attorney and Wise County Attorney before being appointed judge of the 43rd District Court. Following this, he
was elected judge of the 235th District Court, covering a
three county area. He was appointed to the Second Court of
Appeals, where he served until his retirement in 1983. Justice Hughes continued to hear cases while on senior status,
and was active in his community until his death in 1989.
Ask Judge Bob
Judge Bob, what is the false-lawyer statute?
it is the statute that prohibits someone from falsely holding
himself out as a lawyer in violation of Texas Penal Code Section 38.122.
Celis v. State, 416 S.W.3d 419, 421 (Tex. Crim. App. 2013).
Ask the Danes
Ramses and Moses, are there legal limits on restraining
dogs outside? Yes, under § 821.077(a) of the Health & Safety Code “an owner may
not leave a dog outside
and unattended by use
of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s
movement” under cerRamses
Moses
tain thereafter enumer6 www.tarrantbar.org ■ May/June 2014
ated circumstances. The type of restraint is further defined
in § 821.077(b) with exceptions to § 821.077 enumerated in
§ 821.078.
the Danes’ Quote of the Month
“Puppies are nature’s remedy for feeling unloved . . . plus
numerous other ailments of life.” — Richard Allan Palm
Civil Items of Interest
1. Specific Jurisdiction
“A defendant’s purchase or sale of real property in the
forum constitutes purposeful availment. A defendant’s
conversation in another country about real property in
the forum state, however, is not a sufficient contact if
the defendant holds no interest in the property.”
Curocom Energy LLC v. Young-Sub Shim, 416 S.W.3d
893, 897 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, no pet.)
(internal citations omitted).
2. Retaliation Action
“To prevail in a retaliation action, an employee must establish through either direct or circumstantial evidence
that his discharge would not have occurred at the time it
did but for his filing of a worker’s compensation claim.
Retaliation need not be the sole reason motivating factor behind an employee’s termination to succeed on a
retaliation claim, merely a contributing factor.”
Kingsaire, Inc. v. Melendez, 416 S.W.3d 898, 906 (Tex.
App.–el Paso 2013, pet. filed) (internal citations omitted).
3. Damages
“if conflicting evidence creates a ‘range’ or spectrum of
possible damages awards ‘supported by some evidence,’
the jury’s decision within that range is ‘immune to a
legal sufficiency attack.’”
Kingsaire, Inc. v. Melendez, 416 S.W.3d 898, 910 (Tex.
App.–el Paso 2013, pet. filed)
4. Scope of Discovery
“[R]ules regarding the scope of discovery apply regardless of the discovery method.”
In re Arpin Am. Moving Sys., llC, 416 S.W.3d 927, 929
(Tex. App.—Dallas 2013, no pet.).
5. termination of Parent–Child Relationship
“A trial court ‘may order termination of the parent-child
relationship if the court finds by clear and convincing
evidence: (1) that the parent has ... (e) engaged in conduct ... which endangers the physical or emotional wellbeing of the child.’ . . . [T]ermination on this ground
‘must be based on more than a single act or omission; a
voluntary, deliberate, and conscious course of conduct
by the parent is required.’”
In re O.R.F., 417 S.W.3d 24, 37 (Tex. App.–Texarkana
2013, pet. denied) (internal citations omitted).
6. Recovery of Lost Profits
“[i]n the case of an untested business seeking lost-profits damages, the inquiry should focus on the experience
of the people involved in the enterprise, the nature of
the business activity, and the relevant market.”
Peterson Grp., Inc. v. PLTQ Lotus Grp., L.P., 417 S.W.3d
46, 65 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. filed).
7. Disqualification
“When a movant seeks disqualification based on an alleged violation of a disciplinary rule, he must carry the
burden to establish the violation with specificity. . . .
in addition, the party seeking disqualification based on
violation of a disciplinary rule must also ‘demonstrate
that the opposing lawyer’s conduct caused actual prejudice that requires disqualification.’”
In re Texas Windstorm Ins. Ass’n, 417 S.W.3d 119, 129
(Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, no pet.) (internal
citations omitted).
Criminal Items of Interest
1. Independent Source Doctrine
“[The] independent source doctrine permits introduction of ‘evidence initially discovered during, or as a
consequence of, an unlawful search, but later obtained
independently from activities untainted by the initial illegality’”).
Wehrenberg v. State, 416 S.W.3d 458, 465 (Tex. Crim.
App. 2013).
2. Mistrial
“‘Art. 36.29 requires that the trial proceed with eleven
jurors if one juror dies or becomes disabled from sitting.’
. . . To proceed with eleven jurors is not simply a procedure that is authorized under these circumstances, it is
‘compelled by the statute.’ The trial judge was required
to proceed with eleven jurors. Because there was a less
drastic alternative to a mistrial—trial with eleven jurors—there was no manifest necessity for the trial court
to grant one.”
Hernandez v. State, 416 S.W.3d 522, 526 (Tex. App.–
eastland 2013, pet. ref’d) (internal citations omitted).
3. Jurors notes
“The decision to allow jurors to take notes during trial
or to use such notes during deliberations is left to the
discretion of the trial court. . . .There is no statutory prohibition against allowing jurors to consult notes during
deliberation.”
Coronel v. State, 416 S.W.3d 550, 554 (Tex. App.–Dallas
2013, pet. ref’d) (internal citations omitted).
4. Party-Conspirator theory
“[W]e will adopt the approach used by federal courts,
which focuses on an examination of the totality of the
circumstances to determine whether, on the facts of
each case, a particular offense committed by a co-conspirator was ‘reasonably foreseeable’ within the scope
of the unlawful agreement.”
Anderson v. State, 416 S.W.3d 884, 889 (Tex. Crim. App.
2013).
5. Brady
“if the evidence is not material [for an alleged Brady
Violation] and a defendant instead bases a federal due
process challenge on a state’s destruction of ‘potentially
useful evidence,’ then a different test applies—the defendant must demonstrate that the state destroyed the
evidence in bad faith.”
Higginbotham v. State, 416 S.W.3d 921, 926 n.1 (Tex.
App.–Dallas 2013, no pet.)
6. Plea Agreement
“Once a trial court declares it will accept a plea agreement and ‘binds itself to the terms, both the defendant
and the prosecutor are entitled to the benefit of the
agreement. At the same time, both the defendant and
the prosecutor are also bound to uphold their ends of
the bargain.’”
Lundgren v. State, 417 S.W.3d 11, 19 (Tex. App.–Fort
Worth 2013, pet. granted).
7. Challenge for Cause
“To show error in a trial court’s grant of a state’s challenge of a potential juror for cause, a defendant must
demonstrate one of two things: (1) the trial judge applied the wrong legal standard in sustaining the challenge or (2) the trial judge abused his discretion in applying the correct legal standard.”
Williams v. State, 417 S.W.3d 162, 173 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, no pet.).
Quote of the Month
“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come
from what source it may.” — Sam Houston
old news
Where the West Begins
Over 150 years ago, the Treaty of Bird’s Fort was signed inside the remains of Bird’s Fort, which was located a mile
north of the Trinity River and a mile east of present day
Highway 157. The purpose of the treaty was to make the
land east of this area safe for settlement, while reserving the
land west of here for the indian nations. This later gave rise
to the expression “Fort Worth is where the west begins.” ■
oops!
in the April issue of the Bulletin, the article titled
“Snoopers Beware - Social Media & Family law” was
co-authored by Scott Villarreal.
We inadvertently left Scott out of the byline. ■
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Appellate Section Spring Luncheon
The Appellate Section of the TCBA is pleased to announce its Spring luncheon on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at
11:45 AM at the Fort Worth Club. Jeff levinger, who is Chair
of the SBOT Appellate Section, will be our featured speaker.
Jeff plans to discuss “10 for 30: The Top 10 Changes in the
Practice of Appellate law Over the Past 30 Years.” We have
applied for .75 hour of Cle credit for the luncheon.
The cost of the luncheon will be $23 for section members and $28 for non-section members with timely reservations. Please RSVP to Sherry Jones by calling (817-338-4092)
or e-mailing her ([email protected]) on or before May
27. Seating is limited! ■
News
Lawyer Referral and Information Service
2013-2014 LRIS Members: Please Watch For 2014-2015 Renewal Applications.
t
he 2014-2015 lRiS renewal applications will be sent to all
current lRiS members by email and/or mail. Be sure to
return your completed application by June 30th to ensure no
interruption in referrals. if you are interested in joining the
lRiS for the 2014-2015 bar year, please contact Membership
& lRiS Director Cindy Rankin at [email protected] or at
(817) 338-4092. The lRiS committee does not anticipate any
changes to the lRiS rules.
The TCBA staff wishes to say “Thank You” to all of our
lRiS members for continued support of the program. each
year the lRiS program continues to grow in membership
and referral revenue which has provided additional funds
to promote the lRiS program. This would not be possible
without the lRiS members and their support. We are looking forward to the 2014-2015 bar year!
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We would like to thank the following attorneys who
have paid referral fees since last reported: Weldon Allmand,
Brandon Barnett, Antoinette Bone, William Brotherton, Bill
Catterton, Bradley Clark, David Cook, James Culbertson,
Sylvia Duarte, Joan Durkin, Todd Durden, Lacie Friday, Andrew Gore, An Lee Hsu, James Graham, Earl Hargrave, Chris
Heise, Roger Hurlbut, Frank Jacobini, Dustin Lee, Breanne
Lilly, Michael Martinez, Melton Myers, Gary Nichols, Dustin
Payne, David Pritchard, Lenora Reece, Michael Remme, Lantis Roberts, Nathan Schattman, Leigh Ann Schenk, Karen
Schroeder, Anthony Simpson, Joyce Stevens, Bill White, and
David Wright. Thank you all!!
if you need a referral or if you need to refer a client
to the Referral Service, please ask them to call (817) 3364101! ■
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor
Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP
Silver Sponsors
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Haynes and Boone, LLP
Law Office of Michael J. Henry
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Koons Fuller, P.C.
Law Office of Steven C. Laird
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Parker Law Firm
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
Texas A&M University School of Law
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Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC
TCBA President Sponsors
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tarrant County Bar Association
Salutes Its 2013-2014
100 Club Members
Adams Lynch & Loftin P.C.
Albert Neely & Kuhlmann LLP
Allmand Law Firm, PLLC
Anderson Law Firm
Bakutis McCully & Sawyer PC
Barlow Garsek & Simon, L.L.P.
Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner
& Engel, LLC
Beadles Newman & Lawler PC
The Beal Law Firm
The Berenson Firm P.C.
Blaies & Hightower, L.L.P.
The Blum Firm, P.C.
Bourland & Kirkman, L.L.P.
Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, PC
Boyle & Lowry, LLP
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Broude Smith & Jennings PC
Brown, Dean, Wiseman,
Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP
Bruner & Pappas LLP
Burford & Ryburn, LLP
Suzanne I. Calvert & Associates
Cantey Hanger LLP
City Attorney’s Office-Fort Worth
The Colaneri Firm, P.C.
Cook Children’s Health Care System
Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P.
Dawson Parrish, PC
Decker Jones McMackin
McClane Hall & Bates PC
Dismuke, Waters & Sweet, P.C.
Ebert Law Offices PC
Edison, McDowell & Hetherington, LLP
Eggleston Flowers & King
Forshey & Prostok, L.L.P.
Friedman, Suder & Cooke
FTS International
Gardner Aldrich, LLP
Goodrich Postnikoff & Associates, LLP
Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP
Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
Harrison Steck P.C.
Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.
Holland Johns & Penny LLP
Jackson Walker, L.L.P.
Jim Ross & Associates
Johnston Legal Group, P.C.
JP Morgan Chase Bank
K & L Gates LLP
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Kirkley & Berryman, LLP
Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson
Law Offices of Art Brender
Law, Snakard & Gambill, P.C.
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
Linebarger Goggan Blair &
Sampson, L.L.P.
Lively & Associates, LLP
Loe, Warren, Rosenfield, Kaitcer, Hibbs,
Windsor, Lawrence & Wolffarth, PC
McDonald Sanders, P.C.
Mellina & Larson, P.C.
Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P
Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier, LLP
Noteboom Law Firm
Nunneley Family Law Center
Padfield & Stout, LLP
Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell,
Kelly & Ray, L.L.P.
Ross & Matthews, P.C.
Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier, LLP
Second Court of Appeals
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
Tarrant County DA’s Office
Taylor Olson Adkins Sralla & Elam, LLP
Texas A & M University School of Law
Thompson & Knight, LLP
Wallach & Andrews, P.C.
Watson Caraway Midkiff &
Luningham L.L.P.
Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC
Wilson, White & Doby, L.L.P.
Winstead PC
The Wolf Law Firm, P.C.
This is a list of the “100” Club law firms. if your firm is
not listed, then membership renewals for 100% of the
firm’s attorneys have not been received. For information,
contact Membership Director Cindy Rankin at 817-3384092 or e-mail [email protected]
law firms, government agencies, law schools, and
corporate legal departments, with 100% of their attorneys
(four or more) enrolled as members, qualify for the “100
Club.” TCBA is proud of the participation of these law
firms and other groups in the 2013-2014 Bar year.
tCBA Membership Cards Available As the TCBA
gets more and more benefits, there are those who
may want to carry a Tarrant County Bar Association
membership card. They are available, upon request.
Contact [email protected] or call 817-338-4092.
We will prepare your card and you may come by the
office, or we will send it to a section, committee,
luncheon meetings, etc.
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We reallyneed
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3/13/2014
Joe Colvin
Sylvia Duarte
Norma Bazán
George Lockwood
Dave Olivas
Scott Phillips
Bryce King
Jeff Kinsel
Franklin Moore
Sylvia Duarte
David Lopez
Aleed Rivera
Dave Olivas
Vicki Wiley
You!
Volunteer your time and skill
to a valuable community service
outreach program.
To participate,
call Carolina at 817-338-4092
or email [email protected]
Bring a friend…
Free pizza
for all volunteers!
6 pm to 8 pm
the 2nd & 4th
thursday
of every month
Lawyers on the Move &
Jeremy R. Pruett has been promoted to shareholder at
the law firm of Bourland, Wall, & Wenzel, P.C., 301 Commerce Street, Suite 1500, Fort Worth 76102. Jeremy may be
contacted at 817-877-1088 or [email protected]
The Wolf law Firm, P.C. has added another experienced
trial lawyer, Jack Ormond. Jack may be reached at the firm
at 1360 n White Chapel Blvd, Suite 100, Southlake 76092
(817) 552-9653 or [email protected]flawpc.com.
Jack Martin and Kimberly Frost, formerly sharehold-
in the News
ers with Jack Martin & Associates, are now shareholders
with Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Kyle Hill, an associate with
Jack Martin & Associates, is now a shareholder with Martin,
Frost & Hill, P.C. Lou Bright, formerly of counsel with Jack
Martin & Associates, is now of counsel with Martin, Frost &
Hill, P.C.
John W. Shaw of Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz
PllC has been elected Treasurer of the Texas Young lawyer’s Association (TYlA) for the 2014-2015 State Bar year. ■
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On Saturday, March 22, the 4th annual Tortfeasors show was held at the Scott Theater at
the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth with a record-breaking attendance.
Thanks to the support of the sponsors, the fundraiser has made an approximate profit of
$28,000 to support community-service projects throughout the year and the pro bono
programs Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) and Texas Lawyers for Texas
Veterans (TLTV).
Directed by Rik Sehgal and written by Sehgal, Ronnie Hall, Courtney Key, and Chris
Troutt, this Tortfeasors show was six months in the making. It was directed, written,
performed, and managed by volunteer attorneys who put more than 700 hours of their
personal time into the non-profit show.
Guest star Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann surprised the audience with a
cameo in the introduction as well as at the end of a skit that poked fun of the e-filing
mandate.
Other popular skits in this year’s show included Walker, Texas Lawyer; 1 Angry
Man; Family Law Feud; a “Royals” parody song; and Baby Lawyer. The most
laughs seemed to go to Baby Lawyer, where an attorney was pretending
to be the interpreter for an infant who had a law license but couldn’t talk.
Actors in the show were Antonio Allen, John Corbin, Brad Dowell,
Cynthia Gustafson, Ronnie Hall, Marshall Jacobini, Jessica Janicek,
Courtney Key, James McGrath, Shannon Pritchard, Chris Troutt, and
Kristina Denapolis West. Choreography was by Jessica Janicek.
The stage hands were Sue Allen, Leigh Atkinson, and Melissa
Wilks. The stage managers were Michele DeLotto and Karmen
Johnson. The technical director was Brooke Mixon, and video
production was by Joe Childress.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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– Another
Hit!!!
Tarrant County Bar Foundation
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Producer Sponsors
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State Bar of Texas
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Director Sponsors
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Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
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In Memoriam - Hal Lattimore (93)
Hal McKnight lattimore passed away
at home Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by his family. Hal, the son of
Judge H.S. lattimore and Kate McKnight
lattimore, was born Oct. 13, 1920, in
Fort Worth. He was a lawyer, a jurist, an
aviator, a soaring enthusiast, an outdoorsman, a college athlete, a leader, an organizer, a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. Hal obtained his pilot’s license before our
country entered World War ii. He was an early volunteer and
was assigned to American export Airlines and the naval Air
Transport Command to fly transport planes in support of the
war. initially he flew the PBY-4 or “flying boat” trans-Atlantic.
Those duties took him to ireland, the united Kingdom, north
Africa, Portugal, South America and ultimately post-war Berlin. Hal began his education at Baylor university, but he transferred to the university of Texas. He did not finish his education until after the war, when he obtained his B.A. and J.D.
in 1948. Hal participated on the fencing team at both Baylor
and Texas as a member and a coach and was awarded the
Southwest Amateur Sabre Championship. He was a member
of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a founder and first presiding officer of the honorary legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta,
Tom C. Clark Chapter, established post-war in 1947. in 1948
he joined his father, H.S. lattimore, in the practice of law
and continued until the death of his father in 1969. He then
formed a law firm with neal Adams, Dudley Beatles, Darrell
Keith, Bill Meier and larry Woods. in 1975, he followed his
grandfather, O.S. lattimore, and his father, H.S. lattimore, to
the bench when he was appointed judge of the 96th District
Court where he served until 1987. From 1988 through 1995,
he served as a justice on the Second Court of Appeals and
upon retirement joined his nephew, David l. evans, in the
practice of law. All through his legal career he was involved
in other activities, whether it was hunting or fishing, fencing,
diving or soaring. He is credited with being a leader in the
formation of the Southwest Council of Diving Clubs. Aviation
remained a constant and a passion in Hal’s life until the very
end. Although his flying career began with what was known
as “flying boats,” the Consolidated PBY-4 and the VoughtSikorsky VS-44, gliders soon fascinated him. By the late 1950s
he was involved in Texas Soaring Association and in the Soaring Society of America. By 1968 his abilities as a glider pilot
earned him the A, B, C, Silver, Gold and Diamond badges,
from the Soaring Society of America. His work over the next
three decades as an organizer, contest director, officer and
trustee for the society resulted in him serving as president of
the SSA and receiving four SSA exceptional Service awards,
the Warren e. eaton Memorial Trophy, the Schweizer Award
and induction into the united States Soaring Hall of Fame.
Finally, in honor of his skills as a pilot and contributions to
the Society, the SSA annually presents the Hal M. lattimore
Trophy to the u.S. Sports Class Champion. He leaves behind
a rich legacy of friendships and accomplishments. Survivors:
His wife of 64 years, Glenn Hill lattimore; daughter, Mary
elizabeth lattimore; son, Michael Hill lattimore and wife,
liz; sister, Mary Kay lattimore evans of Rome, Ga.; grandsons, Houston Johansen and Alexander Johansen of Santa Fe;
granddaughters, emma lattimore and Margaret lattimore;
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extended family, Kris Karnes and Katie Karnes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials: in lieu of flowers, the
family requests you consider the national Soaring Museum,
51 Soaring Hill Drive, elmira, nY 14903, or the Tarrant County
Bar Foundation, 1301 Calhoun, Fort Worth, TX 76102. ■
In Memoriam - M. Clifton Maxwell (89)
M. Clifton Maxwell, 89, passed away
Saturday, March 22, 2014. A graveside
service was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in Greenwood Memorial
Park with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at
Ridglea Presbyterian Church, where he
was active in the church choir and Sunday school. He also enjoyed singing in
other local choirs and was active in The
Westside Rotary Club and as a volunteer
for The American Cancer Society.
Mr. Maxwell retired at the age of 80 from the Fort Worth firm
of Weaver & Tidwell, where he was a tax attorney.
Clif was born June 4, 1924, in Memphis, Tenn., and grew
up in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Ole Miss as a
member of Kappa Alpha Order before serving in World War
ii as a B17 pilot. On December 22, 1946, he was married to
Mary Alice Wisdom.
He leaves behind four daughters, six grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Mary Alice Wisdom Maxwell, and his sisters, Jean
Maxwell Adcock and Marilyn Maxwell Parker. ■
In Memoriam - Billy Alexander “Bill” Leonard (79)
Attorney and longtime Fort Worth resident Billy Alexander “Bill” leonard, 79,
died at home Sunday, April 6, 2014. Born
in Cleburne to Jesse Dodson and Carrie lee Alexander leonard on Jan. 30,
1935, Bill grew up and attended school
in Cleburne, graduating in May 1953.
Bill leonard played football for Cleburne
High School under the legendary Coach
Brooks W. Conover. Bill matriculated at
Texas Technological university in 1953 where he played
football and graduated in 1957 with a B.A. in finance. Bill
was a lifelong fan of the Fighting Cleburne Yellow Jackets
and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Although he had been a
Coast Guard reservist, Bill joined the Army in 1957 and
spent two years stationed at Fort Collins, Colorado. in 1966,
Bill enrolled at Baylor School of law in Waco and began
classes the same day his eldest son, Ben, began first grade.
Bill earned his J.D. at Baylor in 1968 and was licensed to
practice law in Texas in november of that year. Bill worked
as a prosecutor at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for six years and was a felony court chief prosecutor
when he left to begin his solo criminal law practice in 1974.
Bill practiced criminal law for 45 years, maintaining offices
in Cleburne and Fort Worth. Bill is survived by his son, Ben
leonard and his wife, Stacy, of Fort Worth; and his daughter,
Mollie leonard Renforth and her husband, James David ii,
and their children, Grace and emily of Willow Park. ■
texas Lawyers for texas Veterans
by Christopher DeLisio,
committee member and volunteer
t
he TlTV Committee discussed providing a Cle to both
highlight what the TlTV legal clinics do, and to address
the common problems facing veterans who attend the clinics. We also thought it would be beneficial to give lawyers
additional tools they can add to their tool belt. A Cle panel
was created, knowledge was pooled, and for a nominal fee,
it was shared.
i support TlTV and spend a lot of time encouraging
people to participate in the program, so it’s nice to get to say
“thank you” to the people who have given so much time to
the TlTV cause. First, a big THAnK YOu to Marvin Champlin as it was his idea to offer a Cle at a TlTV committee
meeting. However, he was adamant that he was not going to
be in charge or have any responsibility for seeing that anything got accomplished. inspired by his “won’t do” attitude,
we rallied behind him, rolled up our sleeves and got down
to business. And it worked. For all his protestations of “i’m
not in charge of nuthin’” the vast majority of the emails i
received about the project came from Marvin. Aleed Rivera
and Jeff Whitfield were decidedly led to join Marvin in recruiting speakers, which they did with charm and discernment.
Atticus Gill and i learned of our participation as speakers in this event because Marvin courageously volunteered
us when we were absent from a meeting. it was through
Marvin’s hands-off style that i learned i had run out of time
to procrastinate, and seriously needed to turn in a presentation. Finally, Marvin was our Master of Ceremonies, and
even presented Martin Rechnitzer’s excellent and thorough
probate presentation on small estate alternatives. So, on
behalf of the rest of the TlTV Board, thank you Marvin!
Though the flag you waved bore the motto “Don’t look At
Me” you led the charge, and we were lucky to have you at
the helm of this event.
Just who was it that rallied at the flag? Some of the best
and the brightest TlTV volunteers who have consistently
participated. One of the best things about cross-denominational Cles is that it gives you greater respect for the work
other types of practitioners do. As i mentioned before, Martin Rechtnitzer submitted an excellent handout. lee Barrett
gave a great presentation on Consumer Debt Collections.
Atticus gave a great presentation on Mental Health and Probation issues facing Veterans alongside mine on tickets, expunctions and non-disclosures. J. Michael McBride shared
his knowledge of Bankruptcy with his usual blend of wit
and charm, presenting through the lens of actual questions
asked at our clinics and how to answer them. Trevin Ware
with legal Aid of northwest Texas gave a thorough presentation on residential evictions and how to keep Vets from
becoming homeless. ezra Kuenzi showed us all why he is
“The Man To Talk To” at Kelly Hart with his great presentation on Wrongful Discharge. Finally, Kim naylor taught us
Tarrant County Chapter
about child custody rights and wrongs and
specific statutes that affect veterans. To
all of you, thank you for bringing your
knowledge and expertise to the Cle,
and making it a success.
Finally, to the two ladies who
work so hard to make everything
we do at TlTV look easy, Aleed Rivera
and Ameera Hallaq. When someone wants to know what’s
really happening, who needs to do what, and probably
where Marvin lost his glasses, the rest of us look to Aleed
and Ameera. Going the extra mile seems to come standard
for them and it is our great privilege to work with these two
ladies.
i invite the rest of you to join with us, take a case, and
change lives.
Cheers!
Chris
May/June 2014
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TCBA Bulletin
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IP DoMAIn:
First Amendment, Filmmakers, and
Fatwas Collide in 9th Circuit opinion
By Dustin Johnson and Vinny Circelli
I
n a decision alarming to some intellectual property and
First Amendment lawyers, the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Google to remove from YouTube a controversial 13-minute film entitled “innocence of Muslims” based on
an actress’s claim that she retained an independent copyright
interest in the film. Despite a harsh dissent and criticism from
some analysts, the ninth Circuit declined to rehear en banc its
denial of a stay of its order directing Google to remove the film
from its platforms.
I. the Dispute and the Lawsuit
a. “Film” Uploaded and Fatwa Issued
Plaintiff Cindy Garcia received $500 for her minor role in
what she believed to be “an adventure film set in ancient Arabia” called “Desert Warrior.” Garcia v. Google, Inc., no. 1257302, slip op. at 4, 14 (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2014).
instead of “Desert Warrior,” Garcia’s scenes were used in
a film called “innocence of Muslims,” which, unknown to Garcia, contained Arabic dubbing and subtitles making it appear
Garcia was speaking words offensive to Muslims. The dubbed
version, which Garcia first saw after it was uploaded to YouTube.com, sparked protests in egypt, and an “egyptian cleric
issued a fatwa, calling for the killing of everyone involved in
the film.” Id. at 4. Garcia received death threats and immediately attempted to have the film removed from YouTube.
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b. Litigation Ensues
Garcia initially filed “takedown notices” with Google under the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. See 17 u.S.C. § 512. After Google
refused to comply with the notices, Garcia sued and applied
for a temporary restraining order, seeking removal of the film
from YouTube.
The district court denied Garcia’s request, concluding that
Garcia (1) delayed in bringing the action; (2) failed to demonstrate “that the requested preliminary relief would prevent
any alleged harm;” and (3) was “unlikely to succeed on the
merits” of her claim.
c. Ninth Circuit Majority
On appeal to the ninth Circuit, a 2-1 majority of the panel
reversed and ordered Google to remove immediately all copies
of “innocence of Muslims” from YouTube.com and any other
platforms under Google’s control. The panel later modified its
order to allow posting of other versions of the film if they did
not include Garcia’s performance.
1. Likelihood of Success on the Merits
The majority opinion by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski examined the district court’s holding that Garcia was unlikely to
succeed on the merits of her copyright claim. The majority
said that “just because Garcia isn’t a joint author of ‘innocence
of Muslims’ doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a copyright interest in her own performance within the film.” Id. at 6-7. The
majority disregarded Google’s argument that Garcia made no
protectable contribution to the film because she did not write
the dialogue or manage the production, and her few speaking
roles were dubbed over. Id. 7-8. Citing a 1930s acting handbook, the majority noted that “an actor does far more than
speak words on a page; he must ‘live his part inwardly, and
then . . . give to his experience an external embodiment.’” The
majority held that Garcia’s performance thus met the “minimal degree of creativity” to constitute a copyrightable performance. Id.
Then, in a somewhat contradictory statement, Judge Kozinski concluded that “while the matter is fairly debatable, Garcia is likely to prevail.” Id. at 10.
2. Irreparable Harm
The majority then examined whether Garcia had shown
sufficient likelihood of irreparable harm. noting that “[i]rreparable harm isn’t presumed in copyright cases,” the majority
held that the death threats Garcia received were “real and immediate,” id. at 15-16, and concluded that “to the extent the
irreparable harm inquiry is at all a close question, we think it
best to err on the side of life.” Id. at 17.
3. Balance of Equities
lastly, the majority examined the balance of equities,
noting that “the First Amendment doesn’t protect copyright
infringement,” and that because “Garcia has demonstrated a
likelihood of success on her claim that ‘innocence of Muslims’
infringes her copyright” the balance of equities “clearly favors
Garcia.” Id. at 18. The majority concluded that to the “extent
the public interest is implicated at all, it, too, tips in Garcia’s
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Vinny Circelli
President, FW-TCYLA
tCYLA
Spring Fiesta at Joe T. Garcia’s, was another huge success this year. We want
to thank all the TCYlA members, past-presidents, judiciary,
and spouses for attending.
TCYlA also greatly appreciates the Spring Fiesta sponsors and raffle prize donors. We look forward to seeing everyone again for the party next year. Spring Fiesta committee
heads Martin Garcia and Susan Smith, with excellent help
from Tennessee Walker, did a great job organizing and running the event. As a reminder, Spring Fiesta is a major fund
raiser for TCYlA’s annual projects, including our free monthly member Cles & Wills Clinics. Funds are also donated to
Ronald McDonald House and other service projects.
This spring, TCYlA also honored some very deserving
individuals with law Day awards. The 2014 Outstanding
Young Lawyer Award was awarded to Greg Monroe of
Murphy Mahon Keffler & Farrier.
Greg is a former TCYlA president, a Fellow in the Texas
Bar Foundation, a member of the State Bar College, and an
You Are Cordially Invited
to the
Portrait Unveiling Ceremony
of the
Honorable C. Randy Catterton
Former Judge, 231st District Court
Thursday, May 29, 2014
2 p.m.
231st District Court, Family Law Center
200 E. Weatherford, Fort Worth
Reception to Follow
Sponsored by
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
&
Tarrant County Bar Association
active member of TCYlA. Greg has also been nominated for
the Outstanding Young lawyer of Texas Award. Congratulations to Greg!
Terry Gardner of Gardner Aldrich, llP was honored
with the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award. Mr. Gardner was described by those nominating him
for the award as a lawyer who
“leads by example, rather than
by lip service” and has repeatedly mentored young lawyers to
live out their obligations to “be of
service to others.” Terry is a welldeserving recipient of this honor
and a staple of the Tarrant County
Bar. Mr. Gardner’s nomination has
Greg Monroe
been submitted for the state-wide
Texas Young lawyer Association
Outstanding Mentor Award.
The 2014 Liberty Bell Award
was given to Julie Sherman. The
liberty Bell Award is awarded to
an outstanding non-lawyer who
has made a substantial contribution to the community, strengthening the effectiveness of the
American system of justice. Ms.
Sherman is a paralegal at Cantey
Terry Gardner
Hanger and has dedicated countless hours working pro bono on
behalf of TVAS and TlTV. Ms.
Sherman continues her winning
streak this year, as she was previously awarded the 2013 TVAS Volunteer Paralegal of the Year by the
Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
in other news, TCYlA finished off another successful MenJulie Sherman
tor Program with a closing reception at Whiskey and Rye in April.
Thanks to all the mentors who volunteered and met with
Texas A&M university School of law students. Chris Gee did
a great job heading up the program. Please consider becoming a mentor to a law student when the Mentor Program
kicks off again in the fall semester.
We look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events,
and congratulations to this year’s award recipients! ■
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IP DoMAIn continued from page 16
direction.” Id.
d. Dissent
in a stinging dissent, Judge n.R.
Smith charged that “the majority
makes new law in this circuit in
order to reach the result it seeks.”
Id. at 21. The dissent argued that
dustin Johnson is a partner
in the Fort Worth and
mandatory injunctions are “parRichardson, tX offices of
ticularly disfavored,” id. at 19,
the law firm of Haynes
and disagreed that Garcia was
and Boone, LLP. He may
likely to succeed on the merits,
be reached at dustin.
[email protected]
given the ninth Circuit precedent
com (972-739-6969).
that acting and singing performances do not constitute copyrightable works. Id. at 26-27. Judge Smith argued the majority’s ruling created “an impenetrable thicket of copyright” in
every created work that would be untenable and unpredictable. Id. at 27.
II. Subsequent developments
The full ninth Circuit refused to review the panel decision, denying a stay of the order requiring removal of the film,
although Google has filed a request for rehearing en banc. The
Court has not yet ruled on Google’s request. The Court also
recently denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Contempt after Plaintiff
alleged Google failed to prevent re-uploads of the movie after
the Court ordered any and all parts of the movie depicting
Plaintiff had to be immediately removed.
Garcia v. Google is far from over, but at least for now, YouTube viewers remain unable to watch Plaintiff’s performance
in the film. ■
Vinny Circelli is an
associate in the Fort Worth,
tX office of the law firm of
Haynes and Boone, LLP. He
may be reached at vincent.
[email protected]
(817-347-6619).
other Associations’
News & Information
FW-TC YLA 2013-2014 new Bar Year began September 1, 2013. if
you need an application or meeting information, call 817-338-4092,
email [email protected] org, or go to the website at
tcyla.org.
Arlington Bar Association
Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. President, Deborah R.
Hinds. For location & information, email arlingtonbarassociation@
yahoo.co
MABA (Mexican American Bar Association)
Meets on the last Thursday of each month at Rivas Mexican
Restaurant, 5442 River Oaks Blvd., River Oaks 76114. For more
information, contact President eloy Sepulveda at 817-332-1285.
Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association (neTCBA)
Meets for Cle luncheons on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at
la Hacienda Restaurant, Hwy. 121. Contact President Michael
Jaskowak at 817-949-2161 or [email protected]
L. Clifford Davis Legal Association (f/k/a) Tarrant County Black
Bar Association holds its meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact President David Patin,
Jr. at 972-230-4458.
Black Women Lawyers Association
For meetings and information, contact Sue Allen, President at
(817) 926-5005 [email protected]
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDlA)
meets every 2nd Thursday at Joe T. Garcia’s, 2201 n. Commerce.
For more information, contact President Gary Medlin at
817-877-3333.
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
Meets at 12 noon on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Family law
Center Assembly Room on the 2nd floor. For more information,
contact President lindsay DeVos at 817-453-0101 or
[email protected]
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association
Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Joe T. Garcia’s. For
more information, contact Colby Wooten at 817-632-8400.
Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Petroleum Club—
members free, guests $25. For more information, contact Monica
Benson, (817) 263-5190 or [email protected]
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Meets for lunch every 4th Wednesday at Angelo’s. Contact George
Haratsis, McDonald Sanders, 817-336-8651 for more information.
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practice.” This particular program is al-
transition to Practice 2014
The 2014 Transition to Practice program will meet this
month on Wednesday, May 28. Judge Jennifer Rymell and
earl Harcrow will speak on “Tips to Avoid Malpractice.” This
particular program is always a favorite.
Judge Rymell of County Court at law #2 was previously
with the State Bar of Texas Disciplinary Committee. earl Harcrow was a previous chair of the Grievance Committee for the
State Bar of Texas. Together, they have a lot of war stories of
“what nOT to do.” They are very candid about what they’ve
seen and what young lawyers need to do to avoid having a
grievance filed against them.
Mentor and mentee participants watch for more details in
future emails.
This program was originated by the State Bar of Texas,
and 2014-2015 will be the fifth year TCBA has participated. if
you are a young lawyer who has been licensed 3 years or less
and are a member of the TCBA, we would love to have you
join the mentoring program.
Please email [email protected] Mentees are partnered with an experienced
attorney Mentor to contact
and/or meet with to help
you in your practice. There
are six Cle luncheons during the year presented by
and paid for by the Tarrant
County Bar Association. ■
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C
alendar of Events
May 2014
June 2014
THuRSDAY, May 1
5:30 pm . . . . . . . . Women Attorneys Section Spring Fashion Show
neiman Marcus, Ridgmar Mall
MOnDAY, June 9
4:00 pm . . . . . . . . Board of Directors Meeting
TCBA Office
WeDneSDAY, May 7
noon . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Counsel Section luncheon
TCBA Office
THuRSDAY, June 12
noon . . . . . . . . . . energy law Section luncheon
City Club
5:30 pm . . . . . . . . Women Attorneys Section
Mixer at Times 10
6-8 pm . . . . . . . . . legalline
TCBA Office
THuRSDAY, May 8
6-8 pm . . . . . . . . . legalline
TCBA Office
6:30 pm . . . . . . . . law Day Awards Dinner
Fort Worth Club
$65 per person
MOnDAY, May 12
4:30 pm . . . . . . . . Board of Directors Meeting
TCBA Office
TueSDAY, May 13
5:30 pm . . . . . . . . Business litigation, Appellate & Corporate Counsel
Sections Joint Mixer
Bird Café
THuRSDAY, May 15
noon . . . . . . . . . . Construction law Section luncheon
TCBA Office
TueSDAY, May 20
11:30 am . . . . . . . . Tax & estate Planning Section luncheon
Petroleum Club
noon . . . . . . . . . . Real estate and international & immigration
Sections Joint luncheon
City Club
noon . . . . . . . . . . Collaborative law Section elections
TCBA Office
MOnDAY, June 16
noon . . . . . . . . . . Bankruptcy Section luncheon
Petroleum Club
TueSDAY, June 17
noon . . . . . . . . . . Collaborative law Section luncheon
TCBA Office
noon . . . . . . . . . . labor & employment law Section luncheon
City Club
THuRSDAY, June 19
noon . . . . . . . . . . Construction law Section luncheon
TCBA Office
TueSDAY, June 24
1-4 pm . . . . . . . . . last Tuesday Cle
TCBA Office
THuRSDAY, June 26
6-8 pm . . . . . . . . . legalline
TCBA Office
THuRSDAY/FRiDAY, June 26-27
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting - Austin
WeDneSDAY, May 21
noon . . . . . . . . . . intellectual Property Section luncheon
City Club
THuRSDAY, May 22
6-8 pm . . . . . . . . . legalline
TCBA Office
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MOnDAY, May 26
Memorial Day Holiday - Office Closed
TueSDAY, May 27
1-4 pm . . . . . . . . . last Tuesday Cle
TCBA Office
4:30 pm . . . . . . . . Solo and Small Firms Section Mixer
WeDneSDAY, May 28
noon . . . . . . . . . . Transition to Practice luncheon
TCBA Office
[Only for those enrolled in the program]
THuRSDAY, May 29
11:45 am . . . . . . . . Appellate Section luncheon
Fort Worth Club
FRiDAY, May 30
12:30 pm . . . . . . . Brown Bag Seminar - Judge for All Occasions
TCBA Office
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Members
Attorneys
Timothy Davit
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Jody Walker
Delonia Watson
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Associates
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ABA Retirement Funds program provides full-service
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Effective July 1, 2014
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