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PUBLICATIONS

Casebook: 2nd Edition: Texas Community Property and Matrimonial Law: Cases, Statutes, and Commentary

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (July 2016), with Bernard Reams, ISBN: 9781454881445, 848 pages
     Abstract: Law school casebook/textbook specifically focused on the Texas use and interpretation of community property law.  The edition introduced "Fundamental Learning Points" as well as margin notes to highlight important points for students.  Includes over 200 multiple choice questions to assist schools using the text with compliance with ABA assessment requirements.

 

New net worth discovery law gives defendants more protection

Texas Bar Blog (Aug. 6, 2015)

     Abstract:  Article on new Texas civil procedure rule governing discovery of a defendant's net worth.   Plaintiffs will no longer be able to obtain net worth information by making a discovery request; they instead have to file a motion for the information and show they have a “substantial likelihood” that their claim will be successful.

Criminal Hiring or Hiring Criminals: Legalities of background investigations for drivers in the energy sector
WELL SERVICING MAGAZINE, 80 (Sept-Oct 2014)
     Abstract:  A survey and discussion of the Federal and Texas laws regulating background and driver's history checks of CDL and non-CDL drivers, specifically focused on the energy sector.

 

Book Review: Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions, 4th ed., John T. Boese, ed.

SAN ANTONIO LAWYER MAGAZINE, 8 (Sept-Oct 2014)

    Abstract: Book review of the penultimate treatise on federal qui tam and false claims. Book covers case preparation for relators and defendants, procedural requirements, drafting, statutory provisions, legislative history, and trends. Two volumes, 1,970 pages.

Sen. John G. Tower: A Republican’s Dissent to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

21 J. S. LEGAL HIST. 109, 2013 (Journal of Southern Legal History, Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia) (March 2014)

     Abstract: Featuring extensive original research, the Article explores Texas Republican Sen. Tower’s rejection of the Civil Rights Act through his own words and letters from his constituents. This is juxtaposed against the actions and words of Texan Lyndon Johnson, both as a Senator and as President.

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Antitrust Review 2013

35 TEX. BUS. LITIG. J. 4, (Fall 2013), with Leslie S. Hyman  

     Abstract: A study of 2013 antitrust decisions made in the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Courts of Appeals.

 

Book Review: Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 3d ed., Robert L. Haig, ed.

SAN ANTONIO LAWYER MAGAZINE, 13 (Sept.–Oct. 2013)

     Abstract: Book review of the preeminent multi-volume treatise on federal commercial litigation. Volumes offer guidance on all phases of litigation, including investigation, pleadings, motions, discovery, trials, appeals, settlement, and enforcement of judgments. 11 volumes, 12,742 pages. 

 

Casebook: Texas Community Property and Matrimonial Law: Cases, Statutes, and Commentary

Aspen/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (July 2013), with Bernard Reams, ISBN: 9781454839040, 804 pages

     Abstract: Law school casebook/textbook specifically focused on the Texas use and interpretation of community property law. Also developed over 200 multiple choice questions to assist schools using the text with compliance with ABA assessment requirements. The text is currently used by one law school, a second school will use it beginning Fall 2014, and a third law school has indicated it will use the book beginning Fall 2015. 

 

Antitrust Review 2012

35 TEX. BUS. LITIG. J. 3 (Fall 2012), with Leslie S. Hyman

     Abstract: A study of 2012 antitrust decisions made in the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Courts of Appeals. 

 

Border Wars and the New Texas Navy: International Treaties, Waterways, and State Sovereignty after Arizona v. U.S.

15 SCHOLAR 535, 2013 (The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas), with Bill Piatt

     Abstract: Texas Department of Public Safety established its Tactical Marine Unit, outfitted the unit with armored gunboats, and tasked it to patrol the international lakes and the Rio Grande on the U.S.–Mexico border. The Article discusses the unilateral action by Texas in light of almost two centuries of international treaties, state sovereignty over waterways, and the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States

Referenced by:

  • Rachel Mueller, A State's Right to Military Power: The International Legal Implications of Potential SDF Action, Duke J. Comp. & Int'l Law (Winter 2014)

 

Recent Changes to Jurisdiction, Removal, and Venue

SAN ANTONIO LAWYER MAGAZINE, 6–7 (Sept.–Oct. 2012), with Leslie S. Hyman   

     Abstract: A discussion of the highlights of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 which went into effect in 2012.