Jane Webre and Kennon Wooten Accept Nominations for ALI Membership
SD&M attorneys Jane Webre and Kennon Wooten have accepted their nominations for elected membership in the American Law Institute. When reviewing candidates for membership, the Institute’s Membership Committee considers the following characteristics: professional excellence; experience, interest, and involvement in activities that fall within the mission of the Institute; anticipated desire and commitment to participate in, as well as to make potential contributions to, the Institute’s work and law reform activities; achievement or promise of future achievement in the candidate’s chosen endeavor in the law; and professional recognition or standing among peers. The Institute—made up of judges, lawyers, and law professors—drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.
Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
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:
SDM Honored During Texas Appleseed's Pro Bono Week
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.
Kennon Wooten to Speak at In-House CLE Program for Harris County Civil District Court Judges
SDM’s Kennon Wooten will be a speaker at a three-day, in-house CLE program for Harris County civil district-court judges on August 2 in San Antonio. Kennon will address dismissal procedures under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a, including how Texas courts have handled cases involving Rule 91a challenges and the extent to which federal dismissal standards have crept into Texas jurisprudence as a result of the enactment of Rule 91a.
Sam Johnson and Kennon Wooten to Speak at State Bar’s Advanced Civil Trial Course
SDM’s Sam Johnson and Kennon Wooten will be featured speakers at the upcoming State Bar Advanced Civil Trial Course on July 13-15 in San Antonio. Sam will address issues relating to legal ethics and professional responsibility. Kennon will address dismissal procedures under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a, including how Texas courts have handled cases involving Rule 91a and the extent to which federal dismissal standards have crept into Texas jurisprudence. The three day 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course will cover various civil litigation topics such as pre-trial evidence issues, spoliation of evidence and summary judgment practice. Additional information about the course, including registration information, can be found here.
SDM’s Kennon Wooten Co-Authors Book
SDM’s Kennon Wooten has co-authored, with Robert K. Wise, a book entitled Texas Discovery: A Guide to Taking and Resisting Discovery Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. This book addresses all types of discovery in Texas proceedings and includes guidance on comparable federal discovery standards when case law regarding the Texas discovery standards is lacking. Information on the book, including purchase options, can be found here.
Kennon Wooten to Participate in State Bar Webcast About Rulemaking
SDM attorney Kennon Wooten will join Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht and Texas Supreme Court Rules Attorney Martha Newton for a live State Bar webcast on May 17, 2016, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The webcast, entitled The Texas Supreme Court Rulemaking Process: Historical Perspectives and Practice Pointers, will provide insights and advice relating to the rulemaking process in Texas. To register or obtain more information, click here.
UT Law 26th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals Features Jane Webre and Kennon Wooten
SDM’s Jane Webre and Kennon Wooten will be featured speakers at the upcoming 26th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals on June 9-10 in Austin. Jane will discuss attorney disqualification, including rules regarding migrating lawyers and former judicial law clerks and the role regarding Chinese Walls to screen conflicts and avoid disqualification of a firm. Kennon will address dismissal procedures under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a, including how Texas courts have handled cases involving Rule 91a and the extent to which federal dismissal standards have crept into Texas jurisprudence. Additional information, including registration information, is available here.
Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 2016
Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys as Rising Stars in 2016 in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Olga Kobzar), Business Litigation (John Ellis, Bryan Lauer, David Shank and Ryan Squires), and General Litigation (Kennon Wooten). Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. 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.
Texas Supreme Court Appoints Kennon Wooten to Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services
The Texas Supreme Court recently appointed Kennon Wooten to serve on an newly created 18-member Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services. Former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson will lead the Commission. The mission of the Commission is to gather information on initiatives and proposals to expand the availability of civil legal services to low- and middle-income Texans, to evaluate that information, and to recommend to the Court ways to accomplish that expansion. The Commission is scheduled to submit its first report to the Court by November 1, 2016. The Order creating the Commission and appointing its inaugural members can be found here.
SDM Attorneys Serve in Diverse Legal Leadership Roles
Each year, SDM attorneys dedicate significant time serving in a variety of legal leadership roles. This year, these SDM attorneys will serve on the following diverse local and state-wide boards and committees:
Anthony Arguijo is the President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Dan Bitting serves on the Board of the Texas Aggie Bar Association.
Sara Clark serves on the Board of the Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association, the Board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and the Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee.
Cindy Saiter serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Association and is Co-Chair of its Membership Committee. She also serves on the Nominating Committee for District 9 of the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar Committee on Women in the Profession, and the Board of the Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and is Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.
John Ellis serves on the Board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association where he is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Technology Committee, serves on the Outreach and Public Service Committees, and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Asher Griffin serves on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar Office of Minority Affairs.
Olga Kobzar is the President of the Texas Energy Law Association and Treasurer for the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the Austin Bar Association.
Ray Langenberg serves on the Comptroller’s Taxpayer Advisory Group, which advises the Comptroller on tax policy matters.
Carroll Martin serves on the Council for the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar.
Ryan Squires is Co-Chair of the Austin Bar Association’s 2016 Leadership Academy Committee.
Jane Webre serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Foundation.
Kennon Wooten serves as a member of the Board of the Austin Bar Association, the Board for the Texas Legal Services Center, and the Editorial Board for The Advocate, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Kennon is also Vice Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee, Chair of the Austin Bar Association's Publications Committee, and Editor-in-Chief of Austin Lawyer, an Austin Bar Association publication.
To learn more about the missions of these organizations, visit their websites:
Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
State Bar of Texas
Texas Aggie Bar Association
Texas Energy Law Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Kennon Wooten to Give Texas Trial Rules Update at the State Bar of Texas 7th Annual Business Disputes Course
SDM's Kennon Wooten will speak at the State Bar's 7th Annual Business Disputes Continuing Legal Education course on September 11, 2015, at the Hilton Park Cities Hotel in Dallas. Her presentation will cover recent developments in Texas trial rules. The course will air again via video in Houston on October 9. Additional Information about the course is available here.
Kennon Wooten Joins the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College
In July 2015, SDM attorney Kennon Wooten became a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas. Created by the Bar in 1992, the Pro Bono College recognizes those attorneys who have far exceeded the Bar’s aspirational pro bono goals in their efforts to meet the vast unmet legal needs of the poor—by providing at least 75 hours of eligible pro bono services during the previous year. Kennon far exceeded even the Pro Bono College requirements, completing 113.5 hours of pro bono service for Volunteer Legal Services in 2014.
Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 2015
Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys as Rising Stars in 2015 in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Mark Hanna and Davin McGinnis), Business Litigation (Bryan Lauer, Joe Sanders and Ryan Squires), and General Litigation (Kennon Wooten). Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. 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.