RE: Disciplinary Actions, December 2015, p. 886 The reporting of judicial disciplinary actions is deficient because it does not tell the reader what a judge did or failed to do, other than reciting some vague canons. We are told what attorneys did to prompt their discipline, but we are not told what judges did. This needs to change. It is almost like we are shielding judges from scrutiny. KEN SPARKS Fort Worth RE: “The Judge’s Daughter Presents: Son of Et Cetera,” January 2016, p. 68 Humor is important among lawyers. Most important is the ability to laugh at ourselves and to laugh with others. It gets old seeing smug lawyers yucking it up over the misuse of a word by an unsophisticated person. It’s petty. The “Let the Dice Fall” excerpt is an example of the right kind of humor. No one is mocking anyone, and the witness was not demeaned at the time. “The Rattlesnake” excerpt also is good for the right reasons. Looks like you’ve got the right stuff to take up Papa’s mantle. BRADLEY A. SMITH Corpus Christi Bravo! Thanks for getting us (buch)mired in humor once again. At last, a reason to look forward to receiving the Texas Bar Journal after such a lengthy drought. MIKE SCHLESS Austin I just caused a scene in my office howling over “Son of Et Cetera.” Thanks for the laugh of the day, month, and possibly the year. CECE COX Dallas RE: “Making a Difference in Practice and on Paper,” January 2016, p. 10 My mother lost her common law husband recently, and he had no will. We needed legal help fast as my mother was being approached by an opposing attorney asking her to sign all kinds of legal documents. We were referred to Howard Michael Reiner who specializes in guardianships and probate law. He agreed to take our case. He understood our economic hardship and insisted that we not pay him anything for the time being. It turns out that our case wasn’t as easy as we all thought. What makes Mr. Reiner exceptional is that even with all the facts and evidence that are against us, he doesn’t give up. If this isn’t pro bono or public service work, I don’t know what is. As I learned more about Mr. Reiner, I realized that we’re not the only family that he has so graciously helped without monetary reward. His reward is to get justice for the less fortunate who wouldn’t have had a shot at fairness. I picked up this magazine as I was in Mr. Reiner’s waiting room and read John Browning’s article, which talks about paying it forward. I haven’t quite figured out how I can pay it forward, but I’m starting with this tiny grain. Because Mr. Reiner has educated us about the laws of wills and common law, I’m telling my mom’s story to others in similar situations. Mr. Reiner has truly inspired me to look into a career in the law and help others just as he does. KARINA SANTANA ON BEHALF OF THE MAGRO FAMILY Houston ON TWITTER RE: “MEANING OF A MESSAGE,” JANUARY 2016, P. 14 Just read a great article in the @TexasBar Journal about #Emojis as evidence by @legal_haiku Good read @royiker01 Marcos A. Saldivar (@MAS10X) RE: “CRIMINAL JUSTICE QUIZ,” JANUARY 2016, P. 67 Glad I scored 100% on the SBOT Journal Criminal Justice Quiz @TBLScertified @statebaroftexas James Huggler (@JHuggler) RE: “DAMAGE CONTROL,” JANUARY 2016, P. 18 Great article in the Texas Bar Journal: victims of sexual abuse as a child have a powerful legal remedy in Texas. Ian Pittman (@jptexaslaw) Tell us what you think via @statebaroftexas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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