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10 Advocate (Texas) 1 (1991)

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Section Report

The Advocate

VOL. 10, NO. 1 MARCH 1991

le W. Curry, Chairman
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WSLETTER: The Advocate
fesor J. Patrick Hazel
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The Chair relates that things are going so well with the section at this time
that there is nothing to report. The next issue will contain a lengthy wrap-up of
the section's year, since it will be the last issue under the present chair.
The council meets the weekend of April 27th. This issue will not reach you
before that meeting, but if you have any comments, suggestions, and the like for
the section, please let your Chair know.
Thanks are due to those who responded to my pleas of help. However,
don't rest too easy. We can still use some volunteers. The need is for suggested
topics for issues and persons who would be good as special editors for those
topics. The special editor is to solicit approximately four (4) short articles within
the topic by persons considered especially good for those articles. For example,
John (Jay) Nelson of Houston is the special editor for the next issue, and the topic
is summary judgments.
This issue has no special topic or special editor. One of the articles (the
first) regarding the automatic sanctions under Rule 215.5 was not even a
solicited article. It is basically a letter which Judge Baskin sent to Justice Nathan
Hecht, the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and the Administration of
Justice Committee. As a member of that latter committee I received a copy of
the letter. It struck me from reading the letter and the many comments I have
heard about these automatic sanctions, that it was an important matter. Further,
the letter was more than just a complaint. Judge Baskin obviously spent a lot of
time and thought in writing it. I felt it was something of interest to the entire
section and obtained his permission to reprint it in this issue.
This serves to remind me that our section has a great deal of interest in the
rules of civil and appellate procedure. A lot of work is being done in these areas
with a view towards revision. Two working committees are of special impor-
tance regarding this. The first is a committee appointed by the Supreme Court:
the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. That committee makes recommenda-
tions to the Supreme Court regarding the rules of civil procedure, appellate
procedure, and evidence. Hence, they are very crucial in the process. The other
committee is a State Bar Committee appointed by the president of the State Bar:
the Administration of Justice Committee. This committee works only on the
rules of civil and appellate procedure. Justice Nathan Hecht is the Supreme
Court member appointed to work on these rules and serves ex officio on both
these committees.
Several areas are receiving some very important attention at the present:
rules relating to discovery, summary judgment, and the court's charge are some
of them. I hope all of you will read an upcoming article in the May issue of the

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