RE: “More to Give,” October 2015, p. 696 I must take issue with President DuBois’s opinion page as he extends what I am certain is well-deserved praise to Jimmy Allison, executive director of the San Antonio Bar Association. Reference is made to a signature accomplishment where, early in his tenure, Mr. Allison joined “attorneys and legislators to increase the filing fees in civil cases to provide sufficient funds ” to enhance and improve the Bexar County Law Library. Having a first-class law library is a goal that every county, and certainly a county as large and influential as Bexar County, should aspire to, but requiring civil litigants to pay for services that should be provided from the general revenue is a problem that is at crisis proportions. When district judges deserve a raise, increase filing fees. When district clerks need funds to improve technology, increase filing fees. Funding to our judiciary from the state of Texas is virtually a rounding error in the state budget as it is. Every time the Legislature relies on the “no new taxes” crutch of new fees, it disregards its obligation to ensure justice to citizens. Pay-to-play is not how civil litigants in Texas should be forced to access justice. GUY D. CHOATE San Angelo RE: “Note to Self,” October 2015, p. 728 I was inspired by James E. Brill’s article. Handwritten notes of gratitude are infrequent but treasured. RE: “Law Schools,” November 2015, p. 781 It is interesting to see a side-by-side description/comparison of all Texas law schools, including important stats such as annual tuition cost and job placement. I also like the fact that the article (at least briefly) discusses the decreasing number of total students enrolled in law schools, the decreasing LSAT scores of students admitted into law school, the decreasing number of jobs available for recent law school grads, and the increasing debt loads incurred by law school grads. However, I think this article would have been much more informative for readers if it had included stats on each law school’s bar passage rates. That seemed to be a glaring omission in my humble opinion. MIKE KOWIS Conroe Editor’s Note: The Bar Journal publishes the bar exam pass rate information twice annually after scores are released from the Texas Board of Law Examiners. RE: “The Legacy Continues,” November 2015, p. 840 As an attorney who regularly practiced before Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, and who proudly viewed him as a mentor, it has been great to see the TBJ resurrect this column. Judge Buchmeyer’s humor is well known. More importantly, his column reminded us lawyers that we should not take ourselves too seriously, but that we should always be serious about the work that we do. CHERYL B. WATTLEY Dallas ON TWITTER RE: “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED,” OCTOBER 2015, P. 702 Well done on this #ProBono story—from writing to design to the message—by our friends in Texas! The Florida Bar (@theflabar) RE: “WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING,” OCTOBER 2015, P. 708 Check out Adam Schramek’s article in this month’s Texas Bar Journal. Nice work, Adam! Austin Bar Association (@theaustinbar) RE: “LAW SCHOOLS,” NOVEMBER 2015, P. 781 @wkeithrobinson is on the front of this month’s Texas Bar Journal! @SMULawSchool Jordan Whiddon (@jwhiddon4) RE: “JUST DO IT,” NOVEMBER 2015, P. 818 Great article from @LawyerCoach in Texas Bar Journal: Just Do It: 6 traits of the successful legal solopreneur. Rania Combs (@raniacombs) Tell us what you think via @statebaroftexas, email@example.com, or P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. Letters addressed to the Texas Bar Journal may be edited for clarity and length and become the property of the magazine, which owns all rights to their use.
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