Monthly Archives: November 2006

Texas Ethics Commission Reaches New High In Stupidity


I try to avoid purely political posts because the Texas Legislature is composed primarily of idiots, and I don’t have the time to write about every dumb thing they so. Sometimes, though, I just can’t resist commenting. The Texas Ethics Commission, whose eight members were all appointed by Republican office-holders, has issued an amazing ruling. […]

Link of the Day – Texas Ethics Reporter


The University of Houston Law Center provides an excellent resource regarding attorney ethics at the Texas Ethics Reporter. Here you will find: Canons Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (amended March 1, 2005) Texas Code of Professional Conduct (Superseded 1990) Former Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure (Superseded 2004) Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure (Effective January […]

Link of the Day – Texas County Courts At Law


Need to know something about the Texas County Courts at Law? Links to everything you could want can be found here.

Link of the Day – American Society Of Mechanical Engineers


The American Society Of Mechanical Engineers Web site has links to many resources for researching codes and standards. Quoting from the site: ASME’s Vision, Mission And Core Values Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today’s ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering […]

Link of the Day – Basic Legal Citation


If you don’t write briefs frequently, it’s easy to forget some of the rules about legal citations. Don’t worry though, all you have to do is go to the Web site with all the rules for Basic Legal Citation.

Link of the Day – Search All Texas Codes


Find law has a very good site for searching all Texas Codes. You can also browse through the Table of contents of each Code here.

Link of the Day – Courts.net


Courts.net is a Web portal with links to dozens of helpful site — public records, people searches, driving records, criminal background checks, and others.

Link of the Day – Friday Fun


Tom Mabe is a comedian who likes to pull pranks on telemarketers. This homicide prank is a classic.

Thanksgiving Travelers Should Slow Down, Buckle Up And Drive Sober


The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a travelers’ alert for the Thanksgiving holiday. This important information is reprinted here in full: Thanksgiving Travelers Should Slow Down, Buckle Up and Drive Sober Thanksgiving travelers should expect to see plenty of Highway Patrol troopers out on Texas roadways. Troopers will be looking for drivers who […]

Link of the Day – What Do You Want To Know About Time?


Whatever you want to know about time, you can learn from the U.S. Naval Observatory Web site — including what time it is right now.

Federal Judge Refuses To Allow Vioxx Class-Action Suit


As reported in the Houston Chronicle, federal Judge Eldon Fallon decided today that the more than 7000 pending Vioxx lawsuits cannot be combined into one single class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs generally preferred the simplicity and reduced expenses of a single suit, but the manufacturer of Vioxx, Merck, preferred the complexity of many separate lawsuits. From […]

Link of the Day – D&B Business Research


Dun and Bradstreet, now officially known as D&B, is the premier source for information about corporations and other businesses. Their reports are not free, but are very comprehensive. Here is a description from the site: D&B is the world’s leading source of business information and insight, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence® for 165 years. […]

Safest Vehicles For 2007 Chosen By Insurance Institute For Highway Safety


In a press release today, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety listed its top picks for vehicle safety. No U.S. vehicles made the list of 13 Top Safety Picks, in part because the Institute made electronic stability control (ESC) a requirement this year. Many imports have this important safety feature, but American manufacturers have been […]

Link of the Day – The Virtual Chase


The Virtual Chase is a Web site that has been around a long time. It has resources to help lawyers learn to do better legal research. It’s an interesting and informative site. Here is their description: The Virtual Chase has assisted legal professionals conducting research on the Internet since Summer 1996. Originally a hobby, the […]

Social Security Administration Announces 2007 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments


The Social Security Administration has announced cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2007. The information below is from the Social Security Administration Web site. Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2005 through the third quarter of 2006, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will […]

Safety Tips For Child Car Seats


Lawyers who represent injured or disabled clients frequently have the opportunity to pass along safety tips and information to our clients. Here is some information you can share with your clients about the proper methods of using child care safety seats: Always properly secure your child in a car safety seat–no matter how short your […]

Link of the Day – Law Marketing Portal


The Law Marketing Portal, run by famous law firm marketer Larry Bodine, has a wealth of news, information and resources relating to law firm marketing. While Larry does a lot of work for big corporate firms, much of his material is equally relevant to small firms that represent personal injury clients and Social Security disability […]

Link of the Day – Famous U.S. Trials


Law Research Services has a page with links to information on famous U.S. trials. There aren’t a lot of them listed, but there is an interesting variety — from Marbury v. Madison to the Michael Jackson trial. It makes or interesting reading or research.

Link of the Day – Send A Thank You Card To Our Troops


The Xerox Corporation has set up a Web site that allows us to send Thank You cards to our troops overseas. Here is the explanation from the site: The mission of Let’s Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through […]

Link of the Day – Friday Fun


This is a bizarre, and somewhat disturbing, magic trick.