The Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit transitioned to remote arguments and kept busy dockets in 2020. The federal appellate court handed down key decisions offering guidance to businesses and commercial litigators regarding judgment finality, jurisdiction and removals. The state Supreme Court issued 32 emergency pandemic-related orders, clarified the high standard for sanctions under the court’s inherent authority and resolved a longstanding conflict on an issue of appellate procedure. The appellate experts at Haynes and Boone have the details.
Nothing has slowed down for Judge Maricela Moore during these lazy days of summer. She presides over the 162nd Dallas County District Court, chairs the Christus Health Systems’ board of directors and works on plans to reopen the courthouse. In an exclusive interview, Judge Moore discusses her background, why she became a lawyer and judge, her favorite cases and – the question we’re all asking right now – when things might get back to normal in Dallas County courts.
After serving nearly 16 years on the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Paul W. Green — or “PWG” as he is affectionately known at the court — will retire the end of the current term. As the second-most senior member of the state’s high court, Justice Green has authored 99 majority opinions in some of the most important cases in Texas jurisprudence. Lawyers at Haynes and Boone take a look back at a few of Justice Green’s most notable opinions.