State Bar of Texas

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Accused Kaufman Killer Eric Williams Loses His Law License -- For Stealing Computer Monitors

    It's impossible to overstate the heinousness of the crimes Eric Lyle Williams is accused of. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old carried out a cold-blooded hit on Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse as he walked through a courthouse parking lot one morning last January. Two months la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Disgraced Dallas Lawyer Tom Corea Goes on Trial

    In infomercials, attorney Tom Corea seemed to have a passion for the legal system. But sitting in the back of a police car, he was more candid. Justice, he told the police officers, is "a scam." Dark words coming from a Dallas attorney known for advertising his "zealous advocacy and personal conne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Shockingly, Mock Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald Doesn't Really Clear Anything Up

    The probate court of the Old Criminal Court Building was a little disjointed on Friday. The judge, lawyers and witnesses were all dressed in 60s garb -- skinny ties, strings of pearls, a pillbox hat or two -- while back in the gallery the standing room-only audience was snapping pictures on their sm ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Can You Say "Assassination?"

    Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Former Mayoral Candidate Jim Moore's Law License Was Suspended For Spending a Client's Money During His Campaign

    Jim Moore was, for a time, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Tom Leppert as Dallas mayor, if only because he declared his candidacy long before anyone else. His star shone only briefly, however, as the criminal defense attorney pulled out of the race three months before the actual election and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Dallas Police & Fire Pension Sues State to Keep Records on a Development Private

    Even as the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) tries to deflect media attention from its shiny, shiny Museum Tower project, Courthouse News reports that it's also fighting to avoid releasing information on a different luxury developer, one that it wholly owns. The pension system filed ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    When Innocent Prisoners Finally Go Free, Their Prosecutors Do, Too

    On the trail for justice with Texas' exonerees.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Exoneree Lawyer Exonerated of Professional Misconduct Charges: "We Did It Right."

    Lubbock personal injury attorney Kevin Glasheen, who represented a number of Dallas exonerees and successfully lobbied the state legislature to more than triple the amount paid for each year spent wrongfully imprisoned, was found innocent Thursday of professional misconduct charges brought by the St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Craig Watkins Explains How He Got So Broke

    ​On Christmas, The Dallas Morning News gifted Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins with a big fat lump of coal in article form, detailing a lawsuit filed against him by Citibank that alleges he owes more than $15,000 on his credit card plus interest. The article, supplemented this mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Exonerees Settle Lawsuits Over "Unconscionable" Fees Charged by Attorney

    Danny FulgencioSteven Phillips​A lawsuit filed by three Dallas exonerees against their high-powered personal injury lawyer has finally come to an end after more than two testy years. The dispute was over fees charged for more than tripling state compensation for the wrongfully imprisoned. A ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    As Lawyers Fight Over Exonerees' Money, the State Says Changes Must Be Made

    Kevin Glasheen​Last Friday, in Judge Ken Molberg's courtroom, attorneys representing Steven Phillips and Kevin Glasheen argued over money, which is what attorneys often do when they clash in courtrooms. At stake: around $1 million, which Glasheen says he's owed by Phillips per an agreement they ma ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Investors Trust Judge Joe Ashmore, But His Trust Doesn't Pay Back

    Investors say a former Dallas judge is the face of a multimillion-dollar investment scheme. But investors and investigators are catching on.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Hao Liu, Can You Go? Texas Supreme Court Demands Dallas Man Stop Playing Lawyer.

    Harvey Birdman's more of an attorney than Hao Liu.​Hao Liu is not an attorney. He's never been an attorney, nor a member of the State Bar of Texas. He's also not in law school. Never has been to law school. Hard to say what he does -- except, that is, tie up Dallas courts with frivolous lawsuits.U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Attorney Claims Dallas County, John Wiley Price Are Keeping Him Out of Bail Bond Biz

    ​Phillip David Wainscott, who's been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1995, says Dallas County is interfering with his ability to make a living -- and by Dallas County, he really means Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price in his position as a member of the county's Bail Bond Board, ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2008

    Dallas Lawyer Specializes in Animal Welfare and Rights

    Plus, if you want to bequeath your savings to Sparky she'll help you set up a pet trust

  • News

    January 17, 2008

    Sharon Keller is Texas' Judge Dread

    When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007

    Ginger Allen Has a New Gig

    More news this morning from KTVT-Channel 11. A day after the newsroom there learned that ace reporter-anchor Sarah Dodd had departed 12 days earlier comes word that Ginger Allen has been named the full-time co-anchor of CBS 11 News This Morning -- alongside Scott Sams, lucky girl. Allen, of course, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Matt Pulle Still Doesn't Give Jennifer Gale a Chance. That's a Shame.

    We took this off Sam Coats' Web site, because, damn it, it just makes us giggle. Just don't let Dr. Seuss' people see this. Well, it's time, once again, for your end-of-the-week rankings of the top eight mayoral candidates. Usually when I do this I make it clear there is a very distinct chance I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    Wherein We Declare Don Hill the Current Frontrunner and Sam Coats...Wait, This Can't Be Right...Hip?

    We're not saying Matt Pulle has a man-crush on Sam Coats. We would never say it. Not outloud. Nope. Welcome to the second installment of Unfair Park's weekly round-up of the top eight mayoral candidates. We shuffled part of the list around a little bit, not so much because anything interesting happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    Re: Dallas is Anti-Pro Bono

    Bill Holston, a law-practicing Friend of Unfair Park, has this to say regarding The American Lawyer's pro bono survey indicating Dallas lawyers need to play some serious catch-up: "The Dallas Bar donates millions of dollars of free legal services to the poor each year. I and many others are member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    DMN: Stop Whining, You Innocent People

    So, lemme get this straight. In today's Dallas Morning News, Metro columnist Jacquielynn Floyd says the folks living in the Bent Creek Apartments at Forest Lane and Audelia Road have no right to be upset about being raided on March 13 by police officers who banged on doors and scoured bathrooms, kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2006

    Sweep Legal? Oh, That's Richie.

    On Thursday, Jim Schutze broke the news that the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate Assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie, who's been going after, among others, car wash owner Dale Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2006

    Feds and State Tell Dallas: We're Coming. Again.

    State Rep. Terry Keel's office confirms that the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which he heads, and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee have asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate actions by assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie. She's the city lawyer who was goi ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2006


    It's not just us; two state legislative committees find a culture of corruption at City Hall.

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    The Lone Ranger

    Right, but not quite right, Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher is reforming county government while infuriating her Republican colleagues

  • News

    October 6, 2005


    Harriet Miers' conservative views drew threats of an ugly protest in 1989

  • News

    September 29, 2005


    Harriet Miers' conservative views drew threats of an ugly protest in 1989

  • News

    November 11, 2004

    The Missing People's Agenda

    Plus: The Turkey Test; New Sheriff in Town

  • News

    July 15, 2004


    Posh Trinity backers skate on 80 grand they owe to the city

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Donald Bags 3 Katies

    Staffers make a big splash in recent journalism competitions

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Siderius Named Texas Print Journalist of the Year

    Numerous Observer writers took home awards in recent competitions

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Dogs Gone?

    Many Dallas restaurants welcome dogs--at considerable risk

  • News

    May 31, 2001
  • News

    April 12, 2001

    On Her Case

    Attorney Catherine Shelton returns to court to defend her law license

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Sects and Lies

    Did the isolated, unhappy life of an Arlington family of Jehovah's Witnesses breed false charges of sexual abuse? Absolutely, says a family member who never got a chance to tell her side of the story.

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    Good Sports

    Forget chicken wings. The modern sports bar serves sautéed artichoke hearts--God help us all.

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Observer staffers honored

    Our assorted crew of writers receive a potpourri of recognition

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Victims in the shadows

    A Rowlett murder shines a light on the practices of notarios who victimize illegal immigrants desperate for a chance to remain in the United States

  • News

    January 13, 2000
  • News

    January 13, 2000

    One crazy lawyer

    Within days of a shotgun attack in Rowlett, tempestuous Dallas lawyer Catherine Shelton found herself in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. It isn't the first time.

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    Dissed robes

    On the prosecution-biased Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, justice isn't blind. It's dumb.

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Courting disaster

    Texas judges rally to save a bit of patronage

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Courthouse bully

    Legal assistant Jim Carrao works the dark corners of the justice system. He serves papers, does background checks, files annoying cases--and knows just enough law to be dangerous.

  • Calendar

    October 1, 1998
  • News

    April 30, 1998
  • News

    January 9, 1997

    "I'll Fight for You!"

    You want Brian Loncar on your side, all right. Ask anyone who's made the mistake of crossing him.

  • News

    March 9, 1995

    Lambs to the slaughter

    Laws to speed executions will make it harder to save Death Row's innocent

  • News

    December 15, 1994

    Fee fight

    For lawyers, beating the city is only the beginning

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