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Passing the Appellate Advocate Torch

The Summer issue of The Appellate Advocate has been posted to the State Bar Appellate Section’s website.  Section members will receive hard copies in the mail within the next few weeks.

This issue is dedicated to the memory of Rusty McMains, a cornerstone of the Section, who died in late June.  In Rusty’s honor, we have published a version of the eulogy Bill Chriss presented at his funeral, along with an interview Rusty gave as part of the Section History Project.  Both are compelling reads.

In addition to the usual case summaries, the publication also contains an article by Lee Parsley on recent legislation aimed at the Texas Supreme Court and a sneak preview of Kent Rutter and JoAnn Storey’s presentation on the Section’s survey of sitting appellate justices at the upcoming Advanced Appellate Seminar.

I have been honored to serve as editor of The Appellate Advocate for the past three years.  Under the Section bylaws, however, the time has come to pass the torch to someone else.

As announced in the Summer issue, the Section Council has chosen Dylan Drummond and Brandy Wingate to succeed me as co-editors.  Both Dylan and Brandy have contributed to the publication substantially as associate editors and as authors.  Please join me in congratulating them.

D. Todd Smith
About the Author

D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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