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by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 1:56:00 pm

The intertwined legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy will be the focus of the Center for American and International Law’s (CAIL) annual Higginbotham Lecture, which will take place at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Dallas on Wednesday, April 4, the 50-year anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

The program, entitled The Lives and Deaths of MLK and RFK: A Remembrance of Their Impact After Fifty Years, will be in the format of an onstage interview. The program will feature CNN presidential historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, who will be questioned by Dallas lawyer and historian Talmage Boston, a partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, CAIL’s 2018 Higginbotham Lecture Chair.

“The losses of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy back-to-back within a two-month period a half century ago changed the course of American history. They were among our most important leaders in both the Civil Rights Movement and the effort to end America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Having these giants murdered in such rapid succession was almost too difficult for the country to process. It takes several decades to assess the impact of King’s and Kennedy’s losing their lives at such a young age, and it takes a first-rate historian to answer the question ‘What might have been?’” says Mr. Boston. “I can think of no one better than Douglas Brinkley to help us understand the tragically unrealized promise as well as the ultimate legacies of these two game-changing figures.”

In addition to the moderated conversation, former Exxon Mobil Corporation General Counsel Charles W. Matthews will receive CAIL’s most significant honor, the Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All.

CAIL is a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of justice through the education of lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world. Founded in 1947 by Robert Storey, Dean of the SMU School of Law, CAIL was a pioneer in continuing education. Today, CAIL counts tens of thousands of lawyers and law enforcement officers from all 50 states and 130 countries as its program participants. CAIL accomplishes its work through its five educational institutes, special programming, and activities.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Reddick at 800-559-4534 or rhonda@androvett.com.

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 10:30:00 am

America’s favorite sport is at the center of a legal battle between divorced Pittsburgh parents. John Orsini wants their youngest son, who has a history of concussions, to stop playing high school football out of a concern for his safety. However, his ex-wife says their son understands the risks and supports his choice to keep playing. Since the divorced couple cannot agree on terms, the fight has ended up in family court, where a judge has preliminarily allowed the boy to continue to play.

Dallas family law attorney Lon Loveless of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP says when divorced parents cannot agree on issues involving their children, the judge in the case is asked to serve as the tiebreaker. Ultimately, he says, the decision will come down to what is best for the child.

“Due to the teen’s past concussion history, there is obviously an increased concern about him continuing to engage in contact sports. Although the parents want to be able to make this decision, because they cannot agree, this is a decision that will be left to the court. Even though he is 17, he is still considered a minor and therefore must abide by the court’s decision, but it has been my experience that because of his age a judge will most likely consider the boy’s input in making his ruling. But ultimately, the paramount issue for the court is what is in the best interest of the child. The court will undoubtedly seek input from medical professionals about the likelihood, and potential long-term impact, of another head injury. That input, not the wishes of either parent, will likely carry the most weight in this case.”

For more information, please contact Sophia Reza at 800-559-4534 or sophia@androvett.com

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 1:30:00 pm

 

The Dallas County primary runoffs are less than two months away, as voters will be asked to hit the polls on May 22 to decide races too close to call. But there may be more at stake according to Dallas attorney Meloney Perry.

Taking a look at the Dallas County primaries and the upcoming runoffs, you may think that this is the year of the woman. Recent reports from the Dallas Morning News and D Magazine highlight a number of races in which female challengers may have a chance to win, including some civil court judicial races. In the 68th District Court, incumbent Martin Hoffman faces attorney Kim Brown in the runoff. Same in the 193rd District Court, where state District Judge Carl Ginsburg and attorney Bridgett Whitmore fight for that seat. County Court at Law Judge Ken Tapscott is also in the runoff against attorney Paula Rosales.

Perry is keeping her eye on the Dallas judicial races, where she believes there could be a change on the horizon.

“I haven’t seen this many women stand up and step up to run for judicial positions,” says Perry, who is the founder of Dallas-based Perry Law Firm and has 20-plus years of experience practicing law in Texas. “This may be an example of women power and ‘THE’ time for women. That’s why these primary races are going to be very important; it will be interesting to see what will happen.”

For more information, please contact Sophia Reza at 800-559-4534 or sophia@androvett.com.

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 4:50:00 pm

Speaking Monday at an event focused on opioids, President Trump proposed a multifaceted approach to combating the national epidemic. While the details of the proposal still must be finalized, Dallas attorney Jeffrey Simon of Simon Greenstone Panatier Barlett, P.C., said it is no longer possible to ignore the public health crisis.

“The merits of the president’s proposed solutions can and will be debated, but no one can legitimately dispute that America is in the grips of an opioid epidemic that will not get better without bold action. The overuse of prescription opioid drugs in America is a national public health crisis, and opioid drug companies must be held legally and financially accountable for their role in fueling America’s opioid epidemic,” said Mr. Simon. Simon Greenstone and co-counsel collectively represent more than 40 counties in Texas as well as other states in opioid litigation.

“It is important to emphasize that addiction is a disease and not a character flaw. Most people who become addicted to prescription opioid medication only wanted to ease their pain. No demographic is immune to the dangers posed by the addictive and lethal risks of opioid drugs. The lawsuits we have filed seek to obtain more resources for addiction treatment and recovery and to reduce the size and severity of the opioid epidemic in American communities.”

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by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 10:45:00 am

The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the remains found last week in the small North Texas town of Anna are those of 23-year-old Christina Morris, who had been missing since August 2014. In 2016, Enrique Arochi, the last person to be seen with her, was convicted of her aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison. With the discovery of Ms. Morris’ remains, can he now face a murder charge? Former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney Brian Poe says it all depends on the circumstantial evidence.

“This will all come down to whether or not the state believes they have enough circumstantial evidence to link this guy to the victim for purposes of a murder charge,” says Mr. Poe. “If they do, then it is possible they could charge [Arochi] with capital murder and potentially seek the death penalty. However, since this guy is already serving a life sentence, I would assume the district attorney would listen carefully and take the family’s wishes into consideration before putting them through another trial.”

For more information, please contact Sophia Reza at 800-559-4534 or sophia@androvett.com.

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 3:12:00 pm

A lawsuit has been filed against cable company Charter Communications and its third-party cable installation partner DCOMM after the alleged sexual assault of a 72-year-old Dallas woman during a cable installation visit.

The woman, who is not named in the filing in order to protect her privacy, was sexually assaulted by the technician sent to set up television, internet and telephone service, according to her family’s attorney, Michael Lyons of the trial firm Deans & Lyons, LLP. The technician is facing criminal charges of aggravated sexual assault.

“Calling the cable person to come to your house -- that’s not something you ordinarily associate with the threat of criminal danger,” Mr. Lyons told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA. The full report can be found at http://www.wfaa.com/article/news/lawsuit-cable-installer-raped-72-year-old-dallas-woman/287-524267919.

There is a false sense of safety because these workers are viewed as representatives of a known company that is trusted to properly screen, train and supervise its employees.

“But in reality, you don’t know who you are allowing into your home,” he said. “Consumers need to recognize that most of these workers are contractors who may not always be properly vetted, well-trained or supervised. That can result in dangerous consequences, especially for vulnerable customers who are home alone. Service companies need to be held accountable for the people they hire to go into residents’ homes.”

For more information or to set up an interview, contact Rhonda Reddick at 214-559-4630 or rhonda@androvett.com.

by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing at 11:50:00 am

The tragic death of a 12-year-old girl in a gas explosion is the latest in a string of natural gas fires and leaks reported in recent weeks in the aging Northwest Dallas neighborhood where she lived. The explosion prompted an immediate investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and triggered numerous evacuations in the neighborhood due to possible gas leaks.

According to Dallas pipeline and gas explosion attorney Tom Carse, Atmos Energy must do a better job monitoring its aging pipeline infrastructure. He says although federal and state law requires an odorant be added to natural gas, its effectiveness is limited.

“When natural gas escapes from underground steel pipelines damaged by excavation or from soil expansion and contraction, the gas is scrubbed of its distinctive odorant, leaving the escaping gas essentially odorless,” says Mr. Carse. “Industry experts refer to this phenomenon as ‘odor fade.’ Recent explosions in Ellis and Johnson counties that resulted in severe injury, death and enormous property damage have been directly linked to leaking underground natural gas that went undetected until after the blast events.

“In addition, technological advances such as residential excess flow valves as mandated by Texas and federal law can help cut the flow of escaping natural gas from damage due to an excavation. However, older corroded infrastructure presents more of a potential for catastrophic events such as that recently experienced here in Dallas. Time will tell, however it should not surprise anyone involved in the investigation if corroded infrastructure is found to be a major contributor to this preventable event.”

For more information, please contact Sophia Reza at 800-559-4534 or sophia@androvett.com.