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Ethical Lapses in Motions for Rehearing

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The quotes from real-life motions for rehearing are priceless.  They bring back memories of the famous motion for rehearing in which a lawyer labeled the Texas Supreme Court one of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and called the justices “nine nutty professors.”  The lesson?  Writing a “catharsis motion” might make you feel better, but filing one is usually a mistake.

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D. Todd Smith
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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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