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Public or non-public registration as a sex offender?
According to SafeHome.org, “Texas has the largest list of registered sex offenders in 2023, with over 100,000 individuals; California follows, with about 62,000.” Pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. Art. 62.352(a) and ...
Using and disrupting reptile theory as a trial strategy
Reptile theory is a trial strategy that focuses on using fear and anger to motivate a jury to dislike a defendant so much that it will award an unwarranted large verdict to the plaintiff. It focuses on safety and security ...
Attorneys as purveyors of peace
Conflict for clients can be terrifying. Conflict for attorneys can be exhilarating.
Making the intangible tangible: Collecting damages for pain and suffering
The image that a sexual predator is a stranger trying to entice a small child is so outdated. Today, we know that sexual predators can be anyone—blood relatives, clergy, doctors, coaches, and, yes, teachers. As authority ...
How does polyvagal theory impact family law matters?
Polyvagal theory was developed by Stephen Porges, Ph.D. to describe our “flight or fight” response to stressful situations. When faced with trauma, some individuals react with anger, anxiousness, or shame. Some retreat. ...
Abusive or dangerous conduct may result in termination of parental rights
A parent's rights can be terminated if they are not able to properly care for their child. The Eighth District Court of Appeals in El Paso recently dealt with this issue in In the Int. of R.A.B., 2023 Tex. App. The appellate ...
What is the role of an outcry witness in proving the continuous sexual abuse of a young child?
The Houston Court of Appeals (First District) recently heard Fernandez v. State. Its ruling provides clear definitions of what role an outcry witness can play in proving allegations of continuous sexual abuse of a young ...
New 2023 Texas legislation that every family lawyer should know.
The Legislative Update on Family Law is a valuable resource to keep Texas lawyers in the know regarding changes to the Texas Family Code and other statutes. Why are these changes important? An attorney’s competence as a ...
Family courts need to look in the mirror
Family court judges have very difficult jobs. They must possess the wisdom of Solomon, the work ethic of Steve Jobs, and the kindness of Dolly Parton. When a family court judge looks in the mirror, do they see the legions ...
Therapeutic jurisprudence: How judges, lawyers and mental health professionals can be agents of change
Lawyers are charged with advocating for their clients. When a court takes a holistic team approach, zealous advocacy must bow to serving the best interests of families, and especially, the best interests of children. The ...