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Senior Legal Affairs Writer for The Texas Lawbook
Mark Curriden is a lawyer and journalist for The Texas Lawbook, The Dallas Morning News, and the ABA Journal.
Mark is the author of the best selling book Contempt of Court: A Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism. The book received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and numerous other honors. He also is a frequent lecturer at bar associations, law firm retreats, judicial conferences and other events. His CLE presentations have been approved for ethics credit in nearly every state.
From 1988 to 1994, Mark was the legal affairs writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered the Georgia Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He authored a three-part series of articles that exposed rampant use of drug dealers and criminals turned paid informants by local and federal law enforcement authorities, which led to Congressional oversight hearings. A related series of articles by Mark contributed to a wrongly convicted death row inmate being freed.
The Dallas Morning News made Mark its national legal affairs writer in 1996. For more than six years, Mark wrote extensively about the tobacco litigation, alleged price-fixing in the pharmaceutical industry, the Exxon Valdez litigation, and more than 25 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Mark also authored a highly-acclaimed 16-part series on the future of the American jury system. As part of his extensive coverage of the tobacco litigation, Mark unearthed confidential documents and evidence showing that the then Texas Attorney General, Dan Morales, had made a secret deal with a long-time lawyer and friend in which the friend would have profited hundreds of millions of dollars from the tobacco settlement. As a direct result of Mark’s articles, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a criminal investigation, which led to the indictment and conviction of Mr. Morales.
For the past 25 years, Mark has been a senior contributing writer for the ABA Journal, which is the nation’s largest legal publication. His articles have been on the cover of the magazine more than a dozen times. He has received scores of honors for his legal writing, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Award, the American Trial Lawyer’s Amicus Award, and the Chicago Press Club’s Headliner Award. Twice, in 2001 and 2005, the American Board of Trial Advocates named Mark its “Journalist of the Year.”
From 2002 to 2010, Mark was the senior communications counsel at Vinson & Elkins, a 750-lawyer global law firm.
Mark’s book, Contempt of Court, tells the story of Ed Johnson, a young black man from Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1906. Johnson was falsely accused of rape, railroaded through the criminal justice system, found guilty and sentenced to death – all in three weeks. Two African-American lawyers stepped forward to represent Johnson on appeal. In doing so, they filed one of the first federal habeas petitions ever attempted in a state criminal case. The lawyers convinced the Supreme Court of the United States to stay Johnson’s execution. But before they could have him released, a lynch mob, aided by the sheriff and his deputies, lynched Johnson. Angered, the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the sheriff and leaders of the mob, charging them with contempt of the Supreme Court. It is the only time in U.S. history that the Supreme Court conducted a criminal trial.
Senior Editor and Writer for The Texas Lawbook
Prominent legal and investigative journalist Allen Pusey is joining The Texas Lawbook as a senior editor and writer starting today.
Pusey retired in December as the editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, which is the nation’s largest circulation legal publication. Before his decade with the Journal, Pusey spent 26 years as a reporter and editor at The Dallas Morning News, where he was a special projects editor and covered the Supreme Court of the United States.
A former director at the Center for Public Integrity, Pusey brings extraordinary experience and knowledge of the legal industry to The Texas Lawbook. Our readers are now the beneficiaries of his amazing talent as a writer and editor.
“Texas is in the midst of redefining itself in the business universe, and the legal profession is a vital part of that,” he says. “With the steady decline in resources of the more traditional press, a niche has emerged that The Texas Lawbook is ready to fill. TLB is not only covering the legal and regulatory issues being sorted out by Texas lawyers, but, as near as I can tell, it is pretty much defining the competition between them.”
You can reach Allen at email@example.com or 202.669.4398.
Deputy Publisher for The Texas Lawbook
Brooks Igo is the deputy publisher of The Texas Lawbook, where he leads efforts on the business side of the publication. He graduated from SMU’s Cox School of Business in May 2012.
Brooks and his wife Ashley live in Oak Cliff with their pack of dogs.
You can reach Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-384-4080.
Staff Writer for The Texas Lawbook
Natalie Posgate joined The Texas Lawbook in June 2012 as a staff writer. She is a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she got her B.A. in convergence journalism.
The business law community in Texas has not been short of teaching Natalie of its newsworthiness since her starting date at TLB. Some stories Natalie has covered in the past two years include the SEC’s insider trading trial against Mark Cuban; the billion-dollar legal battle between Energy Transfer Partners, Enterprise Products and Enbridge regarding a partnership dispute on a failed pipeline joint venture; the unmet legal needs in the North Texas Hispanic business community; and the ouster, search and replacement of the SMU Dedman School of Law’s dean of 15 years and how it impacted the legal community in the area. Though not a lawyer, Natalie completed Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in June 2014.
Weeks before her May 2012 graduation from SMU, Natalie co-wrote an investigative story about sexual assault on campus for the university’s student newspaper with fellow staffer Brooks Igo that was picked up by local news stations, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, Pegasus News and the Student Press Law Center. It received a 1st place Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Award for In-Depth Reporting.
While at SMU, Natalie served as the copy editor for Rotunda yearbook for two years, and frequently contributed to the student newspaper, The Daily Campus. She received two Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Awards for her coverage in Rotunda, and contributed to a class digital journalism project in 2011 that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award for online in-depth reporting on campus crime.
When she’s not writing, Natalie enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, being outdoors, live music, cooking and exploring the overwhelming amount of good restaurants in Dallas.
Lifestyle Writer for The Texas Lawbook
A longtime journalist and educator, Pat Baldwin served a decade as editor-in-chief of Private Clubs, the award-winning, lifestyle magazine published by Dallas-based ClubCorp. From 1994-1997, she worked for Meredith Corporation as editor-in-chief of Golf for Women magazine. She previously had been a business writer and columnist at The Dallas Morning News and at The Dallas Times Herald. She also has 10 years experience with business journals in Houston and Austin. She holds a bachelor’s of journalism (B.J.) and a master’s of arts (M.A.) from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. From 2007-2012, she was an Assistant Professor in Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She currently lectures in the School of Journalism at Texas State University.
Contributing Writer for The Texas Lawbook
Janet Elliott writes about the Texas Supreme Court and litigation for The Texas Lawbook. Janet is a veteran journalist who has covered law and business for publications including the Houston Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal and Texas Lawyer. Janet has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives in Austin.
Janet’s email is email@example.com. Her phone is 512-423-5571.
Contributing Writer for The Texas Lawbook
Jeff Bounds writes about intellectual property law for The Texas Lawbook. Jeff is a former reporter with the Dallas Business Journal, where he covered technology and finance. Before coming to Dallas in 1997, Jeff spent two years at a daily newspaper in Shreveport, La., and another 18 months or so at a newspaper in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
A native of the San Francisco area, Jeff attended the University of California at Berkeley. He also has a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois. Jeff lives in Garland.
Administrative Assistant, CASA Advocate for The Texas Lawbook
Sally Selio is the office manager of The Texas Lawbook. Sally handles subscription payments, subscription databases and personnel matters. She also supervises all Texas Lawbook events, including CLE programs and receptions. Sally can be contacted at 469-999-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.