JANUARY 2012 • VOLUME 75, NUMBER 1 DEPARTMENTS 6 8 14 16 18 74 78 84 86 88 92 94 96 98 Spectrum Letters to the Editor President’s Opinion Resources for Tough Times Technology TYLA President’s Opinion Disciplinary Actions Lawyers on the Move Memorials Classifieds Client Page Laurels Lawyers/Community Leaders Back Page IN THIS ISSUE This issue of the Texas Bar Journal takes a look at some of the major caselaw and legislative issues that have affected Texas lawyers and specific areas of law during the past year. While not exhaustive, this “year in review” offers an overview of recent events and invites discussion of what is in store for the legal profession in 2012. PAGE 20 FEATURES 10 12 20 50 54 68 72 76 Texas Bar Journal Overview By Michael C. Smith Meet the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors 2011 Year in Review Excerpt from The Noble Lawyer By William J. Chriss Supreme Court Orders Ethics Opinions 612 and 613 July 2011 Bar Exam: Remarks of the High Scorer Solo/Small Firm: A Touch of Grey — The Value of Mentors to Sole and Small Firm Practitioners By William Angelley The Texas Bar Journal (ISSN 0040-4187) is published monthly, except August, by the State Bar of Texas, 1414 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701, as a service to the profession. One copy of each issue is furnished to members as part of their State Bar dues. Subscription price to others, $12 (including sales tax); $15 to foreign countries. Single copies, $2.50 each (including sales tax). Periodicals Postage Paid at Austin, Texas and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Texas Bar Journal , P .O. Box 12487, Austin, Texas 78711-2487. Canadian Publication Agreement No. 40778512. Returns to: Station A, Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5.