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Importance of Candor to the Court

Dallas Court of Appeals Justices Ada Brown, Molly Francis, and Bill Whitehill spoke at a Dallas Association of Young Lawyers seminar in the Merrill Hartman Courtroom of the George Allen Courthouse. The justices geared their presentation toward young lawyers with little or no appellate experience and, as such, the tips …

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My Review of a Mexican Traffic Stop

As with all vacations, I had mixed feelings that this one was ending.  I had a wonderful time, alternating between relaxing at the Cancun hotel with my extended family (including five young children) and taking day trips with my wife in our rental car.  But I can never fully squelch …

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21 Things That Court of Appeals Justices and Staff Attorneys Want You to Know

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar co-sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association’s appellate section and the Tarrant County Bar Association’s appellate section.  At the CLE, justices and staff attorneys from the Dallas Court of Appeals and the Fort Worth Court of Appeals shared insights as to their preferences.  …

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Rules Related to Drafting Texas Appellate Briefs and Motions

There are many rules governing the contents of Texas appellate documents, and these rules are not necessarily intuitive.  Here are some of those rules. Pursuant to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, all appellate documents must use 14-point font (although footnotes may be in 12-point font).  See TRAP 9.4(e). Appellate …

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Deadlines in a Texas Appeal

Handling an appeal is deadline-intensive, and missing an appellate deadline can have serious consequences.  Here are some of the deadlines to keep in mind. Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law – The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure provide that the deadline to file a request for findings …

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Four Newest Dallas Court of Appeals Justices

The Dallas Bar Association’s appellate section recently hosted a panel of the four newest Dallas Court of Appeals justices.  Justice Ada Brown joined the court in 2013, Justice Craig Stoddart joined the court in 2014, and Justice Bill Whitehill and Justice David Schenck both joined the court in 2015.  The …

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Dallas-area Judges Agree on Advice for Practice Before Their Courts

The Mac Taylor Inn of Court recently had a lunch meeting in the courtroom of Judge Martin Hoffman’s 68th District Court.  Eight judges shared tips for practicing in their courts.  The judges brought different perspectives to the table—federal court and state court, trial court and appellate court, elected and appointed.  …

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Appellate Lawyer Chad Ruback interviewed in NBC 5 studio

I was interviewed in the NBC 5 studio about a recent U.S. Supreme Court case.  

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Legal commentary on CBS 6 o’clock news

The lead story on the 6 o’clock news featured Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and me. Here is the video:

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett’s Thoughts on Amicus Briefs

This afternoon, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Austin lawyer Don Cruse spoke at a continuing legal education seminar.  Among other things, they addressed amicus briefs filed in the Supreme Court. The court requests a response to the petition for review in about 33% of cases.  However, when an …

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Appellate Judges Education Institute seminar in Dallas, TX

The American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law will be hosting a seminar in Dallas, Texas from November 13-16, 2014.  The seminar will be co-hosted by the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the ABA’s Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys. Among the many speakers …

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Five Judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

The Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section recently hosted an outstanding panel discussion with five judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have been attending appellate continuing legal educations presentations for seventeen years, and this one was among the best I’ve seen.  Judges Gregg Costa, Jennifer Elrod, James …

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“The Best Lawyers in America” list

I am honored that my peers have once again voted to include me in “The Best Lawyers in America” list.  

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Interview on KDAF CW Channel 33

As an appellate lawyer, I often have to answer difficult questions. On Channel 33 news, though, I got to answer an easy one. I was asked whether an individual could form his own country in North Dallas. Um, no.     Here is the video:

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Supreme Court Hobby Lobby opinion might only directly impact two companies

After the Dallas Business Journal published an article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision, a number of people asked me about potential impact on various business. Here are my thoughts: Despite all the attention the case has gotten, the opinion might only directly impact two U.S. companies. …

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Chad Ruback interviewed live in Fox 4 studio

This morning, I gave a live interview to a Fox 4 news anchor regarding a new U.S. Supreme Court opinion. Here is the video:

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Texas Appeals

Whether you are a law student studying Texas appellate procedure or are a Texas lawyer who doesn’t regularly handle appeals, you might be in need of answers to frequently asked questions about Texas appellate law. Having been unable to find a compilation of appellate law FAQs specific to Texas state …

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Appellate Judges Tell Dallas Lawyers How to Handle an Appeal

The Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee recently hosted a panel discussion with three prominent appellate judges.  Catharina Haynes is the only federal appellate judge in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  After years of sitting as a Dallas state trial court judge, she was appointed to sit on the Fifth Circuit Court …

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KTVT CBS 11 interview regarding recent appellate opinion

A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by a KDFW Fox 4 reporter regarding constitutional claims raised in recent litigation. Yesterday, I was interviewed by a KTVT CBS 11 reporter regarding an entirely different set of constitutional issues. Here is the video:

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KDFW Fox 4 interview regarding constitutional claims

I was interviewed by a KDFW Fox 4 reporter regarding constitutional claims raised in recent litigation. Here is the video:

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Dallas Lawyers on Twitter

I have compiled the following list of Dallas-area lawyers on Twitter and their respective Twitter handles.  The list does not include lawyers west of the Dallas-Tarrant county line.  The list does not include law firms, but does include lawyers who work for law firms. The list includes lawyers who are …

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Nathan Hecht Sworn-In as Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court

Yesterday, Nathan Hecht was sworn-in as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.  The Texas Lawbook published an article I co-authored about Chief Justice Hecht’s tenure on the Supreme Court.  

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Chad Ruback to speak about how to ethically market a law practice

INVITATION FROM THE DALLAS ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LAWYERS: Join the DAYL Solo and Small Firm Committee at noon on Wednesday, July 24th at the Belo Mansion for a one hour CLE, including .50 hours of ethics credit, and learn “How to Effectively Use the Internet to Market a Law Firm …

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Pointers from a Dallas Court of Appeals Justice

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a CLE presented by Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Doug Lang.  Here are some of the pointers offered by Justice Lang: 1. If the trial court judge makes an oral ruling but the ruling does not appear in the record, the ruling is not reversible on …

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Offers Tips on Appellate Advocacy

I recently attended a CLE presented by Catharina Haynes, the only federal appellate judge with chambers in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.  Judge Haynes offered a number of valuable tips on appellate advocacy: 1. The table of contents is often the first part of your brief read by an …

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Facts in Oral Argument at the Texas Supreme Court

Last week, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann spoke in Dallas about (1) how the court decides whether to grant or deny review; (2) common mistakes seen in appellate petitions and briefs; and (3) oral argument at the court. Because Justice Lehrmann had so many great insights, I am dedicating …

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Common Mistakes Seen in Appellate Petitions and Briefs

Last week, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann spoke in Dallas about (1) how the court decides whether to grant or deny review; (2) common mistakes seen in appellate petitions and briefs; and (3) oral argument at the court.  Because Justice Lehrmann had so many great insights, I am dedicating …

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How the Texas Supreme Court Decides Whether to Grant or Deny Review

Last week, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann spoke in Dallas about (1) how the court decides whether to grant or deny review; (2) common mistakes seen in appellate petitions and briefs; and (3) oral argument at the court.  Because Justice Lehrmann had so many great insights, I am dedicating …

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Visual Aids at Appellate Oral Argument

Yesterday, I spoke at a State Bar of Texas Appellate Section CLE. One of the other speakers, Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers, addressed the use of visual aids at appellate oral argument. Justice Lang-Miers indicated that some attorneys seek to submit charts, diagrams, graphs, time lines, or other …

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E-Filing Trends in Texas State Courts

Electronic filing has begun to change the way that lawyers prepare legal briefs and motions. The Dallas County trial courts began accepting electronic filing, also known as e-filing, several years ago. The Dallas Court of Appeals followed suit last year. Before adoption of e-filing, attorneys, paralegals, and couriers had to …

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Three Keys to Presenting a Great Appellate Oral Argument

Earlier this week, I attended the annual banquet of the Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court. The featured speaker was Seth Waxman, who served as chief appellate counsel to the U.S. government under President Clinton. Waxman said that there are three keys to presenting a great appellate oral argument:

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Dorsaneo’s Top 5 Tips on Writing an Appellate Brief

SMU Law School Professor Bill Dorsaneo spoke at today’s Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section meeting. He offered a number of tips on writing an appellate brief. Here are my five favorites:

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Interview by Texas Lawyer reporter

Texas Lawyer reporter interviewed Dallas appellate lawyer Chad Ruback about oral arguments.

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Largest Judgments Rendered by Dallas – Fort Worth Courts

State courts in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton counties all rendered large judgments in 2011. Perhaps not surprisingly, due to their smaller dockets, state courts in the outlying counties of the DFW area did not render any judgments over $1,000,000 in 2011. While federal courts sit in four locations in …

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Texas Supreme Court justice shares thoughts about appellate advocacy

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar at which Justice Don Willett provided some tips about practice before the Texas Supreme Court. Here are the highlights of his presentation.

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Court of Appeals justice shares thoughts about appellate advocacy

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar at which Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers provided some tips about practice before the Dallas Court of Appeals. Here are the highlights of her presentation:

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 14, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 14, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 7, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 7, 2011

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Court of Appeals justice shares thoughts about e-filed appellate briefs

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar at which Justice Martin Richter spoke about e-filing in the Dallas Court of Appeals. Here are the highlights of his presentation:

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 31, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 31, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 24, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 24, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 17, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 17, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 10, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 10, 2011

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Court of Appeals justices share their preferences about appellate briefs

At two continuing legal education seminars I recently attended, court of appeals justices have expressed their preferences about appellate briefs. In no particular order, here are their preferences:

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 3, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 3, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 26, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 26, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 19, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 19, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 12, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 12, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 5, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 5, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 29, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 29, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 22, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 22, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 15, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 15, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 8, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 8, 2011

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Ruback article published in the Appellate Advocate

Chad Ruback wrote an article about starting an appellate law firm. The article was published in the Appellate Advocate (the journal of the State Bar of Texas appellate section).

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 1, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 1, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 25, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 25, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 18, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 18, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 11, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 11, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 4, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 4, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 27, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 27, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 20, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 20, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 13, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 13, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 6, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 6, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 30, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 30, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 23, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 23, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 16, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 16, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 9, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 9, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 2, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 2, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 25, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 25, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 18, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 18, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 11, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 11, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 4, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of April 4, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 28, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 28, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 21, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 21, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 14, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 14, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 7, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of March 7, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 28, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 28, 2011

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Texas Supreme Court oral argument

Dallas Appellate Lawyer Chad Ruback argues before the Texas Supreme Court

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 21, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 21, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 14, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 14, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 7, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of February 7, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 31, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 31, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 24, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 24, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 17, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 17, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 10, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 10, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 3, 2011

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of January 3, 2011

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 21, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 21, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 15, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 15, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 8, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 8, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 1, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of November 1, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 25, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 25, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 18, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 18, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 11, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 11, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 4, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of October 4, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 27, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 27, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 20, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 20, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 13, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 13, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 6, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of September 6, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 30, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 30, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 23, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 23, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 16, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 16, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 9, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 9, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 2, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of August 2, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 26, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 26, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 19, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 19, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 12, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 12, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 5, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of July 5, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 28, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 28, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 21, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 21, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 14, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 14, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 7, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of June 7, 2010

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Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 31, 2010

Dallas Court of Appeals cases for the week of May 31, 2010

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Networking the Wrong Way

Chad Ruback will be presenting a Dallas Association of Young Lawyers networking seminar on August 19th.

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Dallas Court of Appeals holdings

Chad Ruback is going to start posting summaries of the most notable holdings of the Dallas Court of Appeals.

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Texas Lawyer interview

Chad Ruback was interviewed on-camera (regarding the Sotomayor confirmation hearings, among other things).

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Magazine’s 2009 “Best Lawyers” list

Eight appellate lawyers are included in the 2009 D Magazine list of the “Best Lawyers” in Dallas.

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My niece and nephew

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I babysat for my 21-month-old niece and my 6-week-old nephew.

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Web 2.0

I’ve started establishing a Web 2.0 presence.

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Busy week

This week, I’ll be filing a brief in the Dallas Court of Appeals, arguing a post-trial motion in a trial court, and participating in an appellate court oral argument in the Waco Court of Appeals.

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Dunking booth

Last night, I sat in a dunking booth to help the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers raise money for lung cancer research.

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Twitter

Dallas Appellate Lawyer Chad Ruback can be found at http://twitter.com/appellatelaw.

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Web Programmer David Demko

Dallas Appellate Lawyer Chad Ruback getting help from web programmer David Demko.

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