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Austin Appellate Section to Host Chief Justices on January 19

The Austin Bar Association’s Civil Appellate Law Section will kick off the new year with a special program featuring chief justices from several of the fourteen intermediate state courts of appeals.  The luncheon meeting, which will take place at noon on January 19, 2012 at Green Pastures, will include the following lineup:


Chief Justice Woodie Jones, Austin (pictured)


Chief Justice Terrie Livingston, Ft. Worth
Chief Justice Brian Quinn, Amarillo
Chief Justice Sherry Radack, Houston
Chief Justice Jim Worthen, Tyler

A number of chiefs from other courts are expected to attend as well.

As Section Chair, I am very excited about this event.  The program will present a unique opportunity to hear the chiefs’ views on current issues facing the courts and to visit with judges from around the state in an informal setting.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat by sending Matthew Ploeger a check for $20 payable to “Civil Appellate Section” today.

If you have a topic you would like to see the panel address, please describe it in a comment to this post.  I will collect and pass on the suggestions for the panel’s consideration.

1/18/12 Update:  Chief Justice Catherine Stone from San Antonio will substitute for Chief Justice Quinn.

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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