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October 2008 Archives

The Thomas More Society of Galveston-Houston

The Thomas More Society of Galveston-Houston is a society of and for attorneys, judges and law students. The general purpose of the Society is to encourage and assist attorneys, judges and law students in living their professional and personal calling by sanctifying their work and fulfilling their duties to God, family and society. This St. Thomas More Prayer is one I think is really applicable to all lawyers of all faiths, denominations and beliefs:

Election 2008: Key Issues Facing the Latino Community

As Election Day draws near, one can't help but recognize, a note of particular importance to all candidates and political parties, that the Latino voters will play a pivotal role in out nation's elections in 2008. With the Latino population ever increasing and for that matter, the Latino electorate, many candidates up for election come November are actively pursuing Latino support in order to succeed.

Lawyers Need Some Stress Relief Too

Whether you have been burning the midnight oil at work, home or school, or simply overworking taking care of your family in the wake of Hurricane Ike, there is one thing for sure: stress takes no prisoners and attacks us all. Lawyers are not immune from stress. In fact, stress is part of lawyers' everyday life-it is scheduled right into their calendars.

South Texas College of Law Houston Wins 100 National Titles

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend is proud to announce that South Texas College of Law Houston has reached the incredible milestone of winning its 100th National Advocacy Title. Many of the lawyers from this firm are graduates of South Texas and many devote their personal time to giving back through coaching, judging, and mentoring young lawyers-to-be at the law school. Many of the lawyers at our firm are ex-advocates from the South Texas program. It has become a tradition at our firm to give back in the form of time, talent, and treasure. Abraham Watkins is extremely proud of what the law school advocacy program has been able to accomplish recently. This is unprecedented.

"Jury Duty from a Trial Lawyer's Perspective"

Two weeks ago I had to go to jury duty. I was probably the only person in the entire assembly excited about the idea of being on a jury. You could hear grumblings across the room. "I can't believe I had to take off work to be here." "We only get $6.00 for today - that barely covers my parking." The crowd as a whole was not pleased to be there. However, everyone sat patiently waiting for instructions from the television screens scattered around the room. Since I knew how the long the process takes, I was prepared. I brought a newspaper as well as another book to read.

Bankruptcy Filing To Affect Pending Bus Litigation In Texas

Motor Coach Industries, Inc., (MCI) based out of Illinois has been engaged in several high profile cases in Texas. MCI is a bus manufacturer has been sued for manufacturing, design and marketing defects in several lawsuits, including the Hurricane Rita Evacuation Bus Fire case. On September 18, 2008 MCI and its affiliates filed for bankruptcy that effectually stayed several lawsuits pending in the Texas courts.

Parents React to Texas Cheerleader Hazing

Together with [email protected] and [email protected], we represent the families of some of Morton Ranch Junior Varsity cheerleaders who were recently victims of hazing at the hands of the Varsity cheerleaders. While some have said the events of the morning of July 25, 2008 have been blown out of proportion, the Morton Ranch Administration has fully investigated the matter. That investigation and subsequent one year suspension of the Varsity Cheerleaders from all cheerleading activities serves as a complete validation and vindication of the JV squad and their stories. We are proud of the JV girls for speaking out against these acts, and hope these circumstances can serve as a springboard to develop programs that help others avoid a similar fate.

Mexican American Bar Association Meeting Creates ANIMO-ENERGY

On September 27, 2008, [email protected] and I represented Abraham, Watkins at the annual meeting for the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas (MABA) in San Antonio, [email protected] is a past president. This meeting provided its members with excellent CLE courses, including a Texas Supreme Court update from Supreme Court Justice David Medina and riveting speeches from LTG. Ricardo S. Sanchez and Roman Hernandez. Lieutenant General Sanchez recently retired from the Army after serving in Iraq. Mr. Hernandez is the president-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

High Court to Rule upon Key Issue

The Texas Supreme Court set oral arguments for December 11, 2008 in a case that is very important to the families of those injured and killed in Texas, including current clients of Abraham, Watkins. The case is Galbraith Engineering Consultants Inc. v. Sam Pochucha and Jean Pochucha. At issue is the limit of the practice by defendants of designating "responsible third parties."

The New And Improved Supreme Court -- Or Is It More Of The Same?

The recent American Bar Association Journal (Oct. 2008) has on its cover a banner headlining its October edition as well as a feature article within, which reads, "Supreme Court 2.0, New! Improved! Remaking the High Court". At first blush, one can only hope that its author contemplates manners, means and techniques, maybe even ideas which may make the U.S. Supreme Court a court that would resemble its constituents, the lawyers of this great land, or simply the millions of men and women of the United States. Can it be possible that despite the ABA's efforts to promote judicial diversity, specifically that of the members of the Court, that not a word was written for the inclusion of a Latino(a) as a means to reform and re-engineer the top bench?

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