RE: JUNE 2016 ISSUE I have been a member of the State Bar of Texas for over 50 years, and your June issue is one of the best I can recall—an interesting lesson by James A. Baker, III (a former classmate), a delightful short story “Juror No. 13” that only a lawyer could write, and a review by Talmage Boston of an intriguing book titled The Lynching. Keep up the good work. COKE WILSON Austin RE: “JUROR NO. 13,” June 2016, p. 448 Mr. Sprouse’s fictional lawyer is disturbing and demonstrates why, as a rule, it is better to strike a lawyer before allowing him or her to sit on a jury. First, lawyers see and hear evidence differently than do laypersons. Second, though not in this story, the lawyer is almost inevitably going to wind up as the presiding juror. Third, in large part, the lawyer-juror will be deferred to by the remaining jurors. And, finally, it is the rare lawyer who will refrain from offering his or her legal opinion—however right or wrong it may be—in the course of deliberations. JIM DEEGEAR San Antonio RE: “ONE STEP AT A TIME,” July 2016, p. 508 In an interview with Mike Lynn about his walking the Appalachian Trail, he is quoted as stating, “I guess one must leave what one has become to figure out who one is.” This comment reminds one of a quote from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Thank you for the interview. MCCHORD CARRICO Covington, Louisiana RE: “GETTING YOUR MAIL,” July 2016, p. 510 I am a senior deputy city attorney in Portland, Oregon, but I lived my first 30 years in Edom, Port Arthur, Lake Jackson, Athens, Jacksonville, Denton, and Dallas. I’ve remained an active Texas Bar member since I was licensed in 1994. I seldom send letters to the editor, but the President’s Opinion this month was just terrific. I was moved to write and say so. Excellent work—Mr. Stevenson and the Law-Related Education Department made us all look good, and that’s not easy. I appreciated that from all the way out here. DAVID LANDRUM Portland, Oregon ON TWITTER RE: COVER, JUNE 2016 Just got our @statebaroftexas journal in the mail. Nice cover photo @festevenson2! Dallas Bar Association (@DallasBarAssoc) RE: “HOME ON THE RANGE,” JUNE 2016, P. 416 Terrific TX Bar profile of talented water attorney, rancher & old friend, @SusanaCanseco. Dylan O. Drummond (@dodrummond) RE: “BEYOND GREGARIOUS,” JUNE 2016, P. 438 Just read “Beyond Gregarious,” a good @statebaroftexas piece for litigator-introverts. Hat tip to author @Victor_A_Flores. Jim Hartle (@J_Hartle) RE: “LESSON PLAN,” JUNE 2016, P. 442 Great article by @WarrenWHarris in @statebaroftexas journal on TT & our amazing volunteers! Taming Texas Judicial Civics and History Project (@TamingTexas) RE: THE TEXAS BAR JOURNAL SHORT STORY CONTEST 2016, JUNE 2016, P. 444 Great stories. Congrats to all. Lane Thibodeaux (@lanethibodeaux1) RE: “ESTATE PLANNING,” JULY 2016, P. 580 When your mom calls @statebaroftexas so she can send your article to all her friends. Derick W. Lancaster (@derick_esq) Great read. Thanks for the article. Koong Law Group (@KoongLawGroup)
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