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Asher Griffin and John Ellis to Speak at Texas Bar CLE Course for New Lawyers
March 15, 2017

On March 28, 2017, Asher Griffin and John Ellis will speak at the upcoming Practical Skills for New Lawyers continuing legal education course, which is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  The course will be held at the Texas Law Center in Austin.  Ellis is also serving as the course director for this annual course, which will include presentations by state and federal judges, in-house counsel for leading companies, and many other notable lawyers from across the state.  The course covers a broad range of topics with particular emphasis on best practices and important lessons to help young lawyers build good habits for a successful practice.  More information about the course, including registration instructions and a copy of the course brochure is available here.


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Flip Whitworth and Stephanie Kover to Speak at Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate and Oil & Gas Conference
March 10, 2017

SDM’s Flip Whitworth and Stephanie Kover will be speaking at the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate and Oil & Gas Conference in San Antonio on Friday, March 24, 2017. Flip and Stephanie will cover surface estate issues related to Texas Relinquishment Act lands, including recent developments in General Land Office leasing policy and procedure, surface damage use agreement requirements, and case law defining which substances belong to the surface estate for mineral classified lands.  More information about the Seminar can be found here.


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Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
March 10, 2017

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected nine Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars®  2017 by Thomson and Reuters.  The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:

Business Litigation:

Energy & Natural Resources:
General Litigation:
Products Liability:
Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. To be eligible, lawyers must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor. The complete list will be published in the April 2017 issues of Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines.  We are proud that so many of our attorneys were nominated and selected as Rising Stars again this year. Super Lawyers® is a Thompson Reuters publication.


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Mary Byars and David Shank Present State Bar Webcast About Privilege Issues
January 4, 2017

Mary ByarsDavid ShankSDM’s Mary Byars and David Shank recently presented a TexasBarCLE webcast on important distinctions in Texas law governing the attorney-client and work-product privileges. Their presentation, “The Common Interest Doctrine (or Lack Thereof) in Texas,” addresses Texas’s joint-client and allied-litigant doctrines and explores how they differ from the common-interest doctrine applied in federal court and other jurisdictions. Originally presented via live webcast on December 16, 2016, the one-hour presentation is now available online and is approved for one hour of ethics credit. More information on the webcast, including registration information, can be found here.


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Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer Prevail in Civil Rights Trial
January 3, 2017

Ryan SquiresBryan LauerAfter successfully trying a civil rights case in federal court in Austin, Texas, SD&M partners Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer won a permanent injunction against their opponent, Williamson County, prohibiting Williamson County officials from asking “any questions, written or oral, of any applicant to an appointed Constable position, regarding their views on same-sex marriage, abortion, or religious affiliation.”  Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer tried the case pro bono with the Texas Civil Rights Project.


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SDM's Curtis Osterloh to Speak at COST Conference in San Antonio
January 3, 2017

Curtis OsterlohSDM's Curtis Osterloh will speak at the Counsel of State Taxation (“COST”) 2017 Sales Tax Conference and Audit Session in San Antonio, Texas on Monday February 27, 2017 at the Westin Riverwalk.  COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers and a nonprofit trade association consisting of over 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business.  Curtis’s presentation, "Texas Lone Star State Update” will be one of multiple topics covered over the three day seminar.  More information on the conference can be found here.


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The State Bar of Texas Litigation Section’s Winter 2016 Report “The Advocate” Features Article by Kim Gustafson Bueno and Steve McConnico
December 30, 2016

Kim BuenoSteve McConnicoThe Winter 2015 edition of The Advocate, a quarterly State Bar of Texas Litigation Section publication, features an article by SDM’s Kim  Gustafson Bueno and Steve McConnico. The edition as a whole includes a symposium on personal injury litigation, and the Bueno/McConnico article addresses guidelines for mass tort aggregate settlements in Texas.


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SDM is pleased to welcome Aaron Collins and Stephanie Kover to the firm
December 30, 2016

Aaron CollinsAaron Collins earned his J.D. in 2015, with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was named Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, Chancellor-at-Large, and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the firm, Aaron worked as a judicial clerk for Judge Royce Lamberth at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Aaron represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation.

 
Stephanie KoverStephanie Kover earned her J.D. in 2016 from the University of California, Berkley, after earning a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Stephanie’s practice covers many of the firm’s practice areas, with an emphasis on oil and gas litigation and regulation, litigation related to infrastructure construction, and litigation related to real estate development.


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SDM's Cindy Saiter to Speak at Austin Bar Association Holiday Ethics CLE
November 28, 2016

Cindy SaiterSDM's Cindy Saiter will speak at The Austin Bar Association's December Holiday Ethics CLE on December 2, 2016 at the Austin Bar Association's Seminar Room. Cindy's presentation, "Ethical Rules Every Lawyer Should Know: Advertising and Barratry" will be one of several topics covered. Other topics include Courtroom Conduct by Judge Sulak, Ethics Jeopardy by Tracy McCormack and Fiduciary Duty by Claude Ducloux. More information on the holiday CLE can be found here.


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SDM’s John Ellis to Speak at Advanced Business Law CLE
November 16, 2016

John EllisSDM’s John Ellis will be a speaker at the Advanced Business Law CLE course in Dallas on Thursday, November 17, 2016. John will cover recent developments in Texas spoliation law, including recent case law developments in Texas spoliation jurisprudence, the updated pattern jury charge, and an overview of the propose procedural rules addressing spoliation.  More information about the CLE can be found here.


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SDM Receives Champions of Justice Law Firm Award
November 16, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman presented Scott Douglass & McConnico the Champions of Justice Law Firm Award during Access to Justice’s (ATJ) Pro Bono Week Reception on October 24, 2016. Held at the Omni Austin Hotel, the reception honored firms with the highest participation and the highest contributions in this year’s campaign, which raised more than $1.2 million for legal aid. More information on the Texas ATJ Commission can be found here.


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Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman Prevail at 5th Circuit
November 8, 2016

SDM’s Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman successfully defended the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) against an emergency motion for injunction pending appeal brought by a group of plaintiffs attempting to stop construction on State Highway 45 Southwest.  After the district court denied plaintiffs’ application for preliminary injunction in October 2016, the plaintiffs appealed and filed the emergency injunction motion with the Fifth Circuit.  The Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in Austin on the injunction application on November 4, then denied the motion just hours after argument.  The order allowed CTRMA to start construction on State Highway 45 Southwest immediately.  For more details on this dispute, see SDM’s October 24, 2016 news release.

The appeal is Fath, et al., v. Texas Department of Transportation and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, No. 16-51281 (5th Cir.).


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SDM Honored During Texas Appleseed's Pro Bono Week
October 31, 2016

SDM's Sara Clark, Steve Britt and Kennon Wooten were among those honored during Texas Appleseed's Pro Bono week for their collaboration on the fair financial services projects which grants more access to small dollar loans for municipalities. SDM's extensive drafting support and research facilitated the publication of "A Toolkit for Cities: Increasing Access to Fair, Low-Cost Loans," which offers actionable strategies to foster fair loans in local communities, thereby strengthening efforts to control abuses in the payday and auto title lending market in Texas. More information about Texas Appleseed and its public interest justice efforts can be found here.


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