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The Vulnerably Housed and Homeless Suffer Increased Risk of TBI

Typically, traumatic brain injury (TBI) coverage focuses on those involved in contact sports and on military veterans. However, TBI also seriously affects vulnerably housed individuals and the homeless. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation recently featured a study arguing that the homeless who suffer TBI have a strong, negative impact on public expenses. Homeless and unsafely…

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Summer Safety Tips

For those of us in the Austin Independent School District, today is the first day of “summer” so I thought I would mark the occasion by sharing some summer safety tips. SUNBURN:  The number one summer ailment in Austin has to be sunburn.  Make sure to limit your exposure to peak sun, use sunscreen, and…

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Head Injury Training Program a Step in the Right Direction for Youth Sports

Playing sports is a right of passage for many kids. But kids can suffer serious head trauma and jeopardize their future. It goes without saying that playing sports is a big part of going to school. Volleyball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer are some of the most popular sports. Kids risk sustaining serious injuries if…

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Do Politicians Even Understand What The Judiciary Does?

“Court of appeals is where policy is made.” Judge Sonia Sotomayor “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln After hearing all of the complaints over the last few days over Judge Sotomayor’s comment, I can only conclude that our politicians have no idea what…

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Trial Lawyers Doing Good

For the last decade, trial lawyers have been the victims of one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever. Those of us that choose to represent victims of others’ carelessness have been portrayed as sharks, snakes, or worse. It seems that “trial lawyer” is now close to a cuss word. But trial lawyers do an…

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Penn. Judges Bribed To Send Kids To Prison?

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more appalling story about the judicial system. The Associated Press is reporting that two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.  And for petty crimes too.  The story mentions one young girl sent…

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I'm Going Back To School

Over sixty percent of the lawyers in the U.S. practice in solo or small firms, but U.S. law schools don’t do anything to help students actually practice law. Sure, schools teach us the law and how to think like lawyers, but they don’t teach how to be lawyers. A lot of people in the legal…

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What Martin Luther King, Jr Day Means To Lawyers

I wanted to write something as a tribute appropriate for this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but I was searching around for a something that inspired me, and I was coming up empty.  But then, a note in my inbox pointed me to a blog post from Kelly Erb at the Taxgirl blog.  Kelly put…

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A Good Lawyer, Chapter 5

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been looking at Stephen Comiskey’s book, A Good Lawyer. I’ve previously posted my favorite excerpts from Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and Chapter 4. Today, I look at Chapter 5, which is available online. Again, the book is out of print, but I encourage all of…

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