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If You Don’t Like Our Courts . . . .

Our legal system is not perfect, and it is rightly criticized when it falls short.  But we too often overlook the genius of the Founding Fathers when they gave us the then-radical idea of separation of powers and an independent judiciary.  Judicial independence is so woven into the national fabric that people rarely think about how remarkable it is.

Posted: 1/20/2017 12:08:36 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Half Nelson 

Celebrities have good reason to be wary of the people around them; there are countless examples of trusted associates taking advantage of their wealth and their fame.  So when superstar musician Prince died, it wasn’t surprising that he died without a will.  He was, after all, famously mistrusting of lawyers.  

Posted: 1/19/2017 9:29:52 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

An Early and Innovative Start to His Legal Career 

Derek Mergele didn’t even wait until he graduated from law school to make a big impact on the legal profession.  A Texas Tech University School of Law student, he wanted to bring LGBT issues to light in the West Texas area.  

Posted: 1/12/2017 8:24:19 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Texas Lawyers Throughout Texas Providing Free Legal Services in January

Many Texas attorneys volunteer their time to provide free legal advice at local clinics or via a hotline.  Below is a list of some of these clinics and hotlines.  Visit TexasLawHelp.org for more information.

Posted: 1/3/2017 1:10:33 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

When There’s a Will, There’s a Way

The untimely death of pop star Prince, 57, earlier this year was met with shock by his worldwide fanbase and the general public alike. Even more surprising was the fact that the multimillionaire passed away without a legal will.

Posted: 8/31/2016 8:00:29 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for the Fourth Amendment

Tensions between U.S. law enforcement and the public have been running high for some time, culminating recently with several high-profile shootings by police officers and the recent deadly attacks against police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Some police departments have responded by implementing novel programs aimed at helping bridge their gap with communities, including a recent videotaped exchange between a driver and an officer in Halifax, Virginia, that has gone viral.

Posted: 8/29/2016 12:44:55 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

ABA Speaks Forcefully on Harassment of Women Attorneys

At a time when American political discourse seems uglier than ever, it was nice to see what transpired at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in late August. 

Posted: 8/24/2016 3:24:36 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Litigate Like it’s 1948

Juneteenth celebrates the day that Texas slaves learned of their freedom at the end of the Civil War, some two months after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April. Because news traveled slowly at that time, Texas slaves learned they were free long after most other slaves in the Confederacy heard the news.

Posted: 8/3/2016 8:29:54 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Would the Grand Canyon Sue Lake Powell for More Water?

Preserving and protecting the environment has long been a priority in the United States. The nation’s first national park, Yellowstone, was created in 1872 to preserve the incredible natural beauty that captivated its earliest visitors. In time, other national parks – Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Big Bend, and many other familiar names – would join the list of national treasures. Next month, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Posted: 7/29/2016 9:10:49 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

New York Attorney General Helps Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

Too often those who lack sufficient economic leverage must abide by the decisions of others even when the result is manifestly unjust.  But sometimes a lawyer is there to help.  New York’s Attorney General recently used the power of his office to help a couple of disparate groups affected by the arbitrary decisions of their respective employers.

Posted: 7/14/2016 9:40:32 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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Thanks for stopping by On the Merits, the first blog from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. On the Merits will take a close look at significant legal stories with an eye toward addressing the legal myths and misconceptions that turn up in news stories, movies, TV programs, websites, anonymous emails and other forms of mass communications. Our goal at On the Merits is to provide readers with a thoughtful examination of what the media and others are saying about the legal profession and to apply the frequently-absent context of how the legal system actually works.

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