February 2017

Austin Young Lawyers Sponsor Comprehensive Program for Homeless and Battered Women 

What do lawyers do in their spare time?  The stereotypical response probably involves golf, world travel, or dinners in expensive restaurants.  But the reality can be quite different. 

Posted: 2/28/2017 12:11:09 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

The Pursuit of Innocence

What’s better than a lawyer getting a wrongfully-convicted man freed from prison? That same man becoming a lawyer and using his law license to work to free others who are wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Posted: 2/21/2017 10:24:30 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Crowds Cheering for Lawyers? Not Something You See Every Day

Lawyers are suddenly popular?  That’s the somewhat unlikely headline in a recent article about the large numbers of lawyers who are flocking to airports across the country to offer free legal assistance to travelers detained at airports because of the recent Executive Order signed by President Trump.

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:30:25 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

February Legal Clinics

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: 2/1/2017 2:58:32 PM by On the Merits Editor | 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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