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7 Advocate (Texas) 1 (1988)

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Section Report

The Advocate

VdI. 7, No. 1 May 1988

LITIGATION SECTION
OFFICERS
Terry 0. Tottenham, Chairman
One American Center
600 Congress Avenue
Austin 78701
512-474-5201
Frank Baker, Chairman-Elect
One Alamo Center
106 St. Mary's
San Antonio 78205
512-226-4211
Forrest Bowers, Vice-Chairman
1401 Texas Avenue
Lubbock 79048
806-762-0863
Doyle Curry, Secretary
201 W. Houston St.
Marshall 75670
214-938-4395
Judge Alice Trevathan, Treasurer
151st Judicial District Court
Harris County Courthouse
Houston 77002
713-221-6289
COUNCIL
TERMS EXPIRE 1988:
T. Ray Guy
Dallas
Judge George M. Thurmond
Del Rio
Lev Hunt
Corpus Christi
Roy Barrett
Waco
TERMS EXPIRE 1989:
Michael Connelly
Houston
Harriet Miers
Dallas
Jack Pasqual
San Antonio
Judge Catherine J. Crier
Dallas
TERMS EXPIRE 1990:
Frank Southers
San Antonio
John F. Nichols
Houston
Judge David Keltner
Fort Worth
Steve McConnico
Austin
CORPORATE LIAISON:
Charles Matthews
Houston
NEWSLETTER: The Advocate
Editor-in-Chief
Professor J. Patrick Hazel
University of Texas School of Law
727 E. 26th St.
Austin 78705
512-471-1158

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
During the 1987-1988 Baryear, the Litigation Section has been active in numerous
ways.
First, the Section cosponsored a symposium on Cost Control at the Courthouse
that was held in conjunction with the Texas Judicial Conference on September 30,
1987, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The program covered such diverse topics as Use of
Computers and Court Filings, Telephone Conferencing, Closed Circuit Television Use
for Presenting Witnesses at Trial, and More Efficient Use of Jurors. Additionally, an
afternoon session was devoted to the new legislation on alternative dispute resolu-
tions. The program was videotaped by Bill Edwards of Corpus Christi, and you may
call Diana Corbin (512-463-1515) at the Texas Law Center if you would like a copy of
that videotape.
Second, Litigation Update 1988 was held in San Antonio on January 29-30, 1988.
The one-and-a-half day program was devoted to a diverse range of litigation topics
and was attended by well over 250 attorneys.
Third, the Section initiated a unique program on Professionalism and the Law
as it applies to the litigation process. Concerned with the current trend for lawyer
bashing;' your Section initiated the services of outstanding trial lawyers from around
the State to visit the State's law schools to discuss such diverse topics as Conflicts
of Interest, Federal Rule 11 and Texas Rule 13, Ex Parte Communications with the
Court, Good Manners and Dirty Tricks, Contingency Fee Contracts, Billing Practices,
Hiding the Ball and Discovery Abuse, and The Grievance Committee. If anyone is
interested in participating in this program next year, please call Judge Alice Treva-
than in Houston (713-221-6289) or Frank Southers in San Antonio (512-225-5251).
Fourth, the Section cosponsored many programs throughout the State that involved
themselves with issues of litigation. These programs were primarily sponsored by
the State Bar of Texas and the various law schools in the State.
Fifth, the Section provided crucial leadership in convincing the State Bar's Spe-
cial Committee on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to alter its recommen-
dation regarding Proposed Rule 1.05(f) and (g), the effect of which will be to reinforce
the attorney-client relationship.
Finally, the Section will sponsor a major meeting at the State Bar of Texas Con-
vention in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, June 10, 1988, beginning at 2:00 p.m. This
session will also be cosponsored by the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, the
Tort and Compensation Section, and Texas Young Lawyers Association. Our main
speakerwill be Rex E. Lee, former Solicitor General of the United States, and histopic
will be Some Do's and Don'ts about Oral Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court:' We
anticipate a very lively and stimulating meeting, and we hope that you will be able
to attend.
Frank Baker of San Antonio will assume the reins of leadership of the Section in
June at the State Bar Convention. If anyone is interested in becoming involved in
the Section and working on its various Projects, please feel free to contact Mr. Baker
at 512-226-4211.
I have greatly enjoyed serving as your Chair this year. Special thanks and appreci-
ation should go to the members of the Litigation Section Council, a dedicated group
of outstanding trial lawyers who have worked hard this year to accomplish the Sec-
tion's goals.
I hope to see you in Fort Worth on June 10.
Terry 0. Tottenham
Chairman

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