January 2017

If You Don’t Like Our Courts . . . .

Our legal system is not perfect, and it is rightly criticized when it falls short.  But we too often overlook the genius of the Founding Fathers when they gave us the then-radical idea of separation of powers and an independent judiciary.  Judicial independence is so woven into the national fabric that people rarely think about how remarkable it is.

Posted: 1/20/2017 12:08:36 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Half Nelson 

Celebrities have good reason to be wary of the people around them; there are countless examples of trusted associates taking advantage of their wealth and their fame.  So when superstar musician Prince died, it wasn’t surprising that he died without a will.  He was, after all, famously mistrusting of lawyers.  

Posted: 1/19/2017 9:29:52 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

An Early and Innovative Start to His Legal Career 

Derek Mergele didn’t even wait until he graduated from law school to make a big impact on the legal profession.  A Texas Tech University School of Law student, he wanted to bring LGBT issues to light in the West Texas area.  

Posted: 1/12/2017 8:24:19 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Texas Lawyers Throughout Texas Providing Free Legal Services in January

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: 1/3/2017 1:10:33 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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