Be Careful What You Write and Publish

Justice Clarence Thomas. Image property of AE Biography/ AE Television Networks/ Biography.com Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court is mostly known for his contentious confirmation hearing (which he likened to a lynching), for not asking questions from the bench and for his perpetually sour countenance. He can be counted on to vote […]

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Speaking Truth to Power Has a Cost

Image property of: NYT / Associated Press Obituaries appearing in major newspapers are fascinating. You can learn a lot or be reminded of history you have forgotten and there is frequently a backstory about the deceased that you probably would never have known about otherwise. The New York Times of 2/22/19 ran the obituary of […]

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Hard to Believe

The Trump Administration has become notorious for appointing people to important positions that have a demonstrated antipathy or disdain for the agency or department they have been appointed to lead. If you have harshly criticized an agency or said it shouldn’t exist or lobbied for a special interest group or industry that is regulated by […]

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Corporate Leaders Emerge on Global Warming

On 2/7/19, the front page of The New York Times and all major news papers featured an article on global warming entitled “2018 Continues Warming Trend, As 4th Hottest Year Since 1880”. The article featured a graph that unmistakably demonstrates the warming trend. According to the article, 2018 was the 4th highest average surface temperature […]

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Let’s Just Don’t Get That Started

Even though a deal seems to have been made among Congressional leaders, Trump is still threatening to declare a national emergency or to act by executive order or to do both to build his wall. Should President Trump declare a “national emergency” in order to build his wall? Setting aside without debate the question of […]

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I Remember When…

As we get older we tend to remember the past as being better than the present and probably even better than it actually was. This was my reaction to a story written by Kathryn Eastburn in the Houston Chronicle of 2/4/19 which has to do with the loss of our wetlands habitat. Ms. Eastburn describes […]

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The Dangers of Coal Ash

Image is property of Nenad Zivkovic/Shutterstock On January 17, 2019, The Texas Tribune published a story about groundwater contamination in Texas caused by the negligent storage of coal ash. Coal ash is what’s left after coal is burned at power plants. Coal ash has to be stored safely to prevent leeching and seepage. According to […]

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Scattershooting While Wondering About…

There was once a wonderful sportswriter in Dallas named Blackie Sherrod. His column always began, “Scattershooting while wondering about __________”. That blank could be filled in with any tantalizing thought. Blackie would leave his opening thought hanging and proceed with the column. His lead never failed to hook me. If you follow this blog you […]

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More Bad News for the Environment

On December 28, 2018, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Trump Administration has pulled the plug on Obama-era regulations that would have required coal-fired power plants to retrofit their facilities with air-pollution scrubbers designed to reduce the emission of sulfur dioxide. This “rollback” will affect 9 power plants in Texas. Sulfur dioxide, which is colorless […]

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A Dangerous Call to Inaction

On December 27, 2018, The Eagle ran an op-ed piece by a retired oil and gas lawyer named Cullen Godfrey which basically said that global warming is a hoax, climate science and climate scientists are wrong, and that we should all just stay calm. Godfrey goes so far as to say there is a “global […]

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Implicit Bias

A recent article in the Texas Bar Journal, the official publication of the State Bar of Texas, raised the issue of implicit bias. The article relies upon a definition of implicit bias used by the United States Supreme Court: “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in […]

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The Assault on the Environment

In the space of less than 2 years, the Trump Administration has mounted an unprecedented assault on the environment. Trump’s actions cannot be seen in any other way.   Here are at least a few of his notable actions:   1 – Weakening of regulations on planet warming emissions from cars, power plants and oil […]

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Don’t Forget Habitat for Humanity at Christmas

We at Davis & Davis Lawyers support the mission of Habitat for Humanity. We are matching donations up to $10,000 during Habitat’s year-end fund drive. Two recent articles caught my eye. The first is in Time magazine of December 17, 2018. The article reports that owners of mobile-home parks nationwide are raising rents to levels […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

As you may have heard by now, a federal judge in Texas recently held the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be unconstitutional in its entirety. The political machinations by Trump and Republicans that it took to get to this point were highly unusual to say the least. Nevertheless, the 20 Republican state attorneys general, including […]

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The Dangers of Day Care

On December 6, 2018, the Austin American Statesman ran a lengthy story by Andrea Ball and Tony Plohetski about the dangers of child day care centers.   The story followed a year long investigation. The story was immediately picked up by The Eagle and many other news outlets.    The investigation revealed the dangerous conditions existing […]

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A Whistle in the Wind

A Whistle in the Wind I recently read a magazine article about a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 27 years in prison. The author, Max Adler, a respected journalist, reviewed all of the pertinent legal documents in an attempt to learn what had gone awry in the legal system that led […]

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Racial Bias in Arbitration?

Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images The concept that racial bias can affect juries is not new. In 1986, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Batson v Kentucky that the systematic exclusion of African-Americans from juries based upon race was unlawful. That concept is now being used by a celebrity litigant in […]

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There is No Plan B

Now that the election is over, it seems clear that each party had its own distinct message. Republicans, following Trump’s lead, went all-in on immigration, the wall, migrant caravans, crimes committed by illegals, fearsome Central American gangs, birth-right citizenship, appointment of conservative judges, and a sprinkling of self praise for tax cuts and deregulation. Democrats […]

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