Professor of Law
B.F.A., Texas Christian University
J.D., Baylor University
LL.M., Harvard Law School
Areas of Expertise
- Civil Procedure
- Family Law
- Legal History
- Legal Research & Writing
- Marital Property
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The Enduring Legacies of Judge R.E.B. Baylor, Part 2 , 3 J. Tex. Sup. Ct. Hist. Soc’y, Summer 2014 at 12. (co-authored with C.J. Thomas J. Phillips, ret.)
The Enduring Legacies of Judge R.E.B. Baylor, Part 1 , 3 J. Tex. Sup. Ct. Hist. Soc’y, Spring 2014 at 4 (co-authored with C.J. Thomas J. Phillips, ret.)
Burdens, Presumptions & Value Resolutions in LD Debate: A Meditation on the NFL Rules , 1 Nat’l J. Speech & Debate, Oct. 2012, at 5.
Recovering Stolen Texas Court Documents , 75 Tex. B.J. 220 (2012). (with Laura Saegert)
A History of Texas in 21 State Court Records: Williamson County District Court Case files: State of Texas v. KKK (1923): Breaking the Back of the Texas Klan , 75 Tex. B.J. 190, 209 (2012).
A History of Texas in 21 State Court Records: Bexar County District Court Minute Book (1842): The San Antonio Bench and Bar Fight a Mexican Army, and Lose , 75 Tex. B.J. 190, 194 (2012).
Unsecured Texas Creditor’s Post-Divorce Claim to Former Community Property , 63 Baylor L. Rev. 781 (2011).
‘Preserved From The Wreck’: Lingering Traces Of Hispanic Law In Texas , 49 Hous. Law., Oct. 2011, at 10.
Alene Levy: A Voice for Children , 45 Hous. Law., May/June 2008, at 14.
Sam Houston v. Miraleu B. Lamar A Forgotten Furniture Fracas , 45 Hous. Law., Jan./Feb. 2008, at 16.
Does No Good Deed Really Go Unpunished? 44 Hous. Law., May/June 2007 at 10.
Acquiring Separate Property on Credit: a Review and Proposed Revision of Texas Marital Property Doctrine, 37 St. Mary’s L.J. 675 (2006).
Local Heroes: Kathleen Bergin & Tracy McGaugh, 43 Hous. Law., Mar/Apr. 2006, at 32.
The Significance of Lawrence v. Texas, 41 Hous. Law., Feb. 2004, at 32.
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 54 SMU L. Rev. 1417 (2001).
American Inns of Court , 38 Hous. Law., Mar.-Apr. 2001, at 10. (with Douglas Moll & Deborah Wright)
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 52 SMU L. Rev. 1197 (1999).
Some Thoughts on Phillips v. Washington Legal Foundation, 15 HALL News., Sep.-Oct. 1998, at 1.
The History of Alimony in Texas and the New “Spousal Maintenance” Statute , 7 Tex. J. Women & L. 151 (1998).
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 51 SMU L. Rev. 1087 (1998).
Constitutional Challenges to IOLTA Revisited , 101 Dick. L. Rev. 549 (1997). (with W. Frank Newton)
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 50 SMU L. Rev. 1237 (1997). (with Richard R. Carlson)
If at First You Don’t Secede: Ten Reasons Why the “Republic of Texas” Movement Is Wrong , 38 S. Tex. L. Rev. 801 (1997).
Civil Procedure, Fifth Circuit Survey, June 1995-May 1996 , 28 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 331 (1997). (with Gregory S. Coleman)
Mission Revival Jurisprudence , 2 Be it Remembered, Nov. 1997, at 6.
Community Property and the Early American Women’s Rights Movement: the Texas Connection , 32 Idaho L. Rev. 641 (1996).
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 49 SMU L. Rev. 1063 (1996).
Civil Procedure, Fifth Circuit Survey, June 1994-May 1995 , 27 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 577 (1996). (with Gregory S. Coleman)
The Texas Homestead at a Cross Roads: Looking Back to Move Forward , Quarterly, Spring 1996, at 2.
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 48 SMU L. Rev. 1275 (1995).
Lenders and the Texas DTPA: a Step Back From the Brink , 48 SMU L. Rev. 487 (1995).
Civil Procedure, Fifth Circuit Survey, June 1993-May 1994 , 26 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 397 (1995). (with Gregory S. Coleman)
Introduction: the Texas Home Equity Controversy in Context , 26 St. Mary’s L.J. 307 (1995).
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 47 SMU L. Rev. 1197 (1994).
Civil Procedure, Fifth Circuit Survey, June 1992-May 1993 , 25 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 509 (1994). (with Gregory S. Coleman)
Family Law: Parent and Child, Annual Survey of Texas Law , 46 SMU L. Rev. 1515 (1993).
Remember the Alamo[ny]! The Unique Texas Ban on Permanent Alimony and the Development of Community Property Law , 56 Law & Contemp. Probs., Spring 1993, at 7.
Reviewing the Law Reviews, Texas-Style , 56 Tex. B.J. 284 (1993). (with James Hambleton)
Who Was That Masked Court? An Introduction to Texas’ New Special Court of Review , 56 Tex. B.J. 1133 (1993). (with James Hambleton)
Of PDRs and Precedent , 55 Tex. B.J. 1074 (1992). (with James Hambleton)
Lender Liability in the 1990s , 19 Savings Acct., May. Apr. 1991, at 12.
The Texas State Law Library: a Valuable, But Neglected, Legal Resource , 54 Tex. B.J. 376 (1991). (with James Hambleton)
Coleman v. FDIC: Good News for Texas Lenders on Good Faith and Foreclosure Law , 79 Tex. Banking 5 (1990).
The “Fair Value at Foreclosure” Issue in Texas , 79 Tex. Banking 13 (1990).
A Pocket Part of Posey’s: a Daring Expose of Posey’s Unreported Cases , 53 Tex. B.J. 806 (1990). (with James Hambleton)
A Sesquicentennial Celebration: the Establishment of a Unique Texas Institution , 53 Tex. B.J. 43 (1990).
West’s 1989 Texas Rules of Court One Step Forward, One Step Back , 52 Tex. B.J. 822 (1989). (with James Hambleton)
One Book, Two Book, Green Book, Blue Book: Random Observations on the Texas Rules of Form (6th ed.) and that Harvard Book , 52 Tex. B.J. 44 (1989). (with James Hambleton)
Thinking About a Merger? Remember the Alamo Case , 2 Banking L. Rev. 5(1989). (with Bruce LaBoon)
Comprehensive IOLTA Comes to Texas , 78 Tex. Banking 10 (1989).
Confederates and Carpetbaggers: the Precedential Value of Decisions From the Civil War and Reconstruction Era , 51 Tex. B.J. 916 (1988). (with James Hambleton)
Boner’s Bible (Revised Standard Edition). A Texas Legal Research “Must” , 51 Tex. B.J. 268 (1988).
Brother, Can You Spare a Cite? Robard’s Texas Conscript Cases the Official Texas Reporter That Has Never Been Cited , 50 Tex. B.J. 1256 (1987). (with James Hambleton)
Selected Current Issues in Community Property Aspects of Retirement Plans , 39 Baylor L. Rev. 1199 (1987). (with John Hopwood & Susan Roberts)
Texas Session Laws: Same Chapter, Different Verse , 50 Tex. B.J. 214 (1987). (with James Hambleton)
Constitutionalizing the Codes , 49 Tex. B.J. 410 (1986). (with James Hambleton)
Discretionary Jurisdiction for the Texas Supreme Court? 49 Tex. B.J. 210 (1986). (with Ted Z. Robertson)
The Judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas , 65 Tex. L. Rev. 305 (1986).
Rules of Procedure in Early Texas Courts , 65 Tex. L. Rev. 451 (1986).
The Missing Cases of the Republic , 65 Tex. L. Rev. 372 (1986).
New Rules. A Pocket Introduction , 49 Tex. B.J. 554 (1986). (with James Hambleton)
The “Official” Texas Court Reports: the Rest of the Story , 49 Tex. B.J. 842 (1986). (with James Hambleton)
Official” Texas Court Reports: Birth, Death and Resurrection , 49 Tex. B.J. 82 (1986). (with James Hambleton)
Rethinking the Texas Writ of Error System , 17 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1 (1986). (with Ted Z. Robertson)
A Short History of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas , 65 Tex. L. Rev. 237 (1986).
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas , 26 Stirpes 72 (1986).
The Meaning (If Any) of an “N.R.E.” , 48 Tex. B.J. 1306 (1985). (with Ted Z. Robertson)
A New Service on the Texas Legal Horizon. Texas Supreme Court Index+ , 48 Tex. B.J. 992 (1985). (with James Hambleton)
Whatever Happened to 1845? The Missing Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court , 48 Tex. B.J. 830 (1985). (with James Hambleton)
Writ Writing Revisited: the “Auto Cite” Approach , 48 Tex. B.J. 585 (1985). (with James Hambleton)
Jensen III and Beyond: Exploring the Community Property Aspects of Closely Held Corporate Stock in Texas , 37 Baylor L. Rev. 653 (1985).
Does West Write the Right Writs? A Look at the “ 1984 Texas Writs of Error and Discretionary Review Tables (14th ed.)” , 47 Tex. B.J. 1260 (1984). (with James Hambleton & Christa Brown)
Closely Held Corporations in the Wake of Vallone : Enhancement of Stock Value by Community Time , Talent and Labor, 35 Baylor L. Rev. 47 (1983).
The Counterwarrant as a Negative Strategy: a Modest Proposal , J. Am. Forensic Ass’n, Spring 1979, at _____ .(with Jack Rhodes). Reprinted in David A. Thomas & John P. Hart, Advanced Debate: Theory and Practice (4th ed. 1992).
The Role of Societal Context in Proposition Formulation , the Forensic, Mar. Apr. 1978, at _____. (with James I. Luck & F. Scott McCown)
A Skeptical View of the Alternative-Justification Case , Interchange: Student Thought in Speech Communication, Wint. 1976, at 13.
Intercollegiate Debate Revisited: Storm and Sunshine , Interchange: Student Thought in Speech Communication, Autumn 1976, at 6.
Review , 49 Hous. Law., Oct. 2011, at 41 (reviewing, Michael Ariens, Lone Star Law: A Legal History Of Texas).
Review , 45 Hous. Law., Mar./Apr. 2008, at 59 (reviewing, Bill Minutaglio, The President’s Counselor: The Rise to Power of Alberto Gonzales (2006)).
Review, 45 Hous. Law., Sep./Oct.. 2007, at 51 (reviewing, Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bull—-, On Truth (2005)). (with Mark A. Correro)
Review , 45 Hous. Law., July/Aug. 2007, at 46 (reviewing, Mark E. Steiner, An Honest Calling: the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln (2006)).
The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation , 15th ed., An Uninformed System of Citation , 105 Harv. L. Rev. 1780 (1992).
Bryan A. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (1987) , 51 Tex. B.J. 964 (1988). (with Jeff B. Love)
Texas Account Documentation Guide . 2015 ed. (Austin: Texas Bankers Association, 2016). (with Robin Russell)
Texas Practice Guide. Creditors Rights . (2014-15 ed.) (Eagan, MN: West, 2014) (with Robin Russell).
International Shoe v. Washington , in Encyclopedia Of The Supreme Court Of The United States (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
Lawrence v. Texas , in Encyclopedia Of The Supreme Court Of The United States (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
Federal Judiciary , in 2 New Handbook of Texas 972 (Ron Tyler et al. eds. 1996).
PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas , Court of Texas Institute, State Bar of Texas, Law-Related Education Department, Austin, February 2006.
Luncheon address, Women’s Rights in the Early Texas Supreme Court , Law Related Education Department, State Bar of Texas.
Ramifications of Lawrence v. Texas, Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association.
Ramifications of Lawrence v.Texas, Matagorda County Bar Association.
Exploring Texas Lawsuit Reform in the 19th Century , Harris County Historical Society, November 2004.
The Texas Supreme Court in the Civil War , Harris County Historical Society, Mar. 4, 2003.
Heterosexual (Nonmarried) Cohabitation and Nonsexual Cohabitation of Friends , Alternative Family Law Day, South Texas College of Law Houston, Sept. 25, 2002
Legal Innovations of the Republic of Texas , Sam Houston Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, May 2002.
Panelist, Pro Bono Reporting Issues , Joint Conference on Pro Bono by American Bar Association & National Legal Aid and Defender Association, April 2000.
Panelist, Pro Bono Update: A Selection of Topics , Advanced Civil Trial Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2000). (Tab 29)
The Texas Constitution , Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Series, Dec. 10, 1998.
Adventures in Archives: Reconstructing the Real Text of a Pivotal Civil War Era Texas Supreme Court Opinion , Texas State Historical Association, 1998.
Alimony in Texas: Past and Prologue , Symposium sponsored by Texas Journal of Women & the Law, 1998.
Women’s Rights in Texas , Heights Exchange Club, Houston, Sept. 9, 1997.
Adventures in Archives: Reconstructing the ‘Real’ Text of a Pivotal Civil War Era Texas Supreme Court Opinion , Society of Southwest Archivists, Galveston, May 30, 1997.
Debate Participant, “IOLTA (Texas’ Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts)” , The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, Houston Lawyers Chapter, Apr. 30, 1997.
Rorschach Lecture in Legal History: Women, Slaves, and Debtors: Law for the Powerless in Pre-Civil War Texas Supreme Court , Rice University, Mar. 18, 1997.
Challenges to Confederate Conscription in the Texas Supreme Court , American Society for Legal History, Richmond, Virginia, Oct. 19, 1996.
Some Thoughts on the Bicentennial of Washington’s Farewell Address , Constitution Week presentation to the Fort Bend DAR, Conroe, Sept. 21, 1996.
Hispanic Influences on Texas Law: Less Than Meets the Eye? Southwestern Association of Law Libraries/Southeastern Association of Law Libraries Joint Conference, Austin, Mar. 29, 1996.
Women’s Rights and the Antebellum Texas Supreme Court , Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Mar. 1, 1996.
An Unrecognized Nineteenth Century Texas Women’s Rights Initiative , American Society for Legal History, Houston, Oct. 21, 1995.
Remarks at the Ceremony for the Installation of the Portrait of Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, First Judge, Republic of Texas, 11th Judicial District Court, Oct. 20, 1995.
Texas Innovations in Pleading and Practice: the Hispanic Connection Revisited , Western Historical Association, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 13, 1995.
Was Sam Houston a Bigamist? Bellaire Historical Society, Houston, Sept. 14, 1995.
Law Wars: the Uniform Electronic Citation Controversy , Houston Area Law Librarians, Houston, Sept. 13, 1995.
Testimony on usury reform before the Financial Institutions Committee, Texas House of Representatives, Austin, Apr. 3, 1995.
Pro Bono for the Trial Lawyer , Advanced Strategies in Obtaining & Using Evidence (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1994). (Tab I)
Your Client’s Legal Responsibility for Her or His Spouse’s and Child’s Debts and Liabilities During Marriage and After Divorce , 20th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1994).
The Road Not Taken: a Nineteenth Century Texas Women’s Rights Initiative , Gulf Coast Area Family Law Specialists, Oct. 13, 1994.
The Secret Life of Chief Justice John Hemphill , Bellaire Historical Society, Sept. 8,1994.
Home Equity Loans for Texas: Pros and Cons , Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce, Aug. 9, 1994.
The Uncommon Law of Slavery in the Texas Supreme Court , Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, June 16, 1994.
Texas Legal Research in a Pecan Shell , Harvard Law School Library, Apr. 22, 1994.
Pro Bono Update , Advanced Civil Trial Law (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1993). (Tab M)
Testimony on the history of the Texas prohibition on home equity lending, Interim [Texas State] Senate Committee on Equity Borrowing, Houston, Texas, Nov. 23, 1993.
A Lawyer Looks at Sam Houston ‘s Divorce , Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Meeting, June 17, 1993.
Lender Liability Update , Texas Loan Documentation (Austin: Texas Bankers Association, 1992).
Selected Texas Lender Liability Issues of the 1990’s , 17th Annual Attorneys’ Conference, (?: Texas Savings & Loan League, 1991).
Recent Developments in the Usury Area: Greatest Hits of the 90s , Annual Meeting (Austin: State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section, Commercial Financial Services Committee, 1990).
The Fair Value at Foreclosure Issue in Texas State Courts , Houston Commercial Finance Lawyers’ Forum, Apr. 17, 1990.
Law Librarians: the Link , Southwestern Association of Law Librarians/Houston Area Law Librarians Joint Annual Meeting, Mar. 22, 1990.
The First Supreme Court of the State of Texas , Texas State Historical Association 94th Annual Meeting, Mar. 2, 1990.
The Law That Almost Was. The 1989 “Anti Deficiency Bill” , Lender Liability Update (Houston, TX: Houston Bar Association, 1989).
A Defense Perspective on the DTPA, Usury and Good Faith , Lender Liability Update (Houston, TX: Houston Bar Association, 1989).
The Purpose for and Use of IOLTA Funds , American Institute of Banking Houston Seminar, Oct. 23, 1989.
Understanding Texas Precedent , South Texas College of Law Houston/Law Review Seminar, Sept. 9, 1989.
Handling Client Trust Fund Accounts Under IOLTA , Houston Bar Association/CLE Seminar, June 20, 1989 (also presented in amended form to Houston Criminal Lawyers Association & Houston Black Women Lawyers Association).
Appellate Practice , Advanced Family Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1987).
Supreme Court of the Republic , Texas State Historical Association 90th Annual Meeting, Mar. 3, 1986.
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