Justices for All

Those who think real lawyers are like those we see featured in TV dramas may be surprised to learn how actual lawyers and judges do their work in real courtrooms. In fact, many lawyers themselves often wonder whether their harshest critics actually have ever spent time in a courtroom.

Thanks to the Supreme Court of Texas, the citizens of our state have a regular opportunity to see their High Court in action. While the Court usually hears oral argument in its courtroom in Austin, the Justices regularly travel to other parts of the state so Texans who live far from the state capitol can see a live oral argument before the Court. 

Last month, the Justices heard oral arguments in two cases at Austin College in Sherman as part of the Kenneth W. Street Legal Symposium. The many college and high school students and members of the public in attendance were treated to a vigorous debate by the lawyers and justices on a number of important points of law, including at-will employment and shareholder oppression. While the debate was lively, at no point did anyone – including the Justices or any one of the four lawyers who were arguing the cases – say anything rude or disrespectful. All were well-prepared and professional, just like lawyers and judges are supposed to be.

                         Kenneth W. Street Legal Symposium 2013, Sherman, Texas

 You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Thanks to the Court’s commitment to making its proceedings available for all Texans, you can see for yourself what real lawyers do by watching the recent oral arguments on the Supreme Court’s website here and here.

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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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