Other Events of Interest (Not CCBA)

The appellate sections of the Tarrant County and Dallas Bar Associations are co-sponsoring an upcoming Appellate Section CLE on Thursday, Nov. 2, which will be held at the City Club in downtown Fort Worth. Please RSVP to sherry@tarrantbar.org to take advantage of the reduced $20 rate for pre-registration.




Greetings from the American Moot Court Association (http://amcamootcourt.org/) (AMCA). 

UNT Dallas College of Law and AMCA are hosting the national competition for all regional qualifiers on Friday January 19, 2018 – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the UNT Dallas College of Law campus in beautiful downtown Dallas.  We are reaching out to you hoping you can volunteer as a judge for one or multiple rounds at the competition. With 160 competitors from schools all around the nation, we need over 250 judges to ensure we have full panels both days!

AMCA was created to give students at the undergraduate level the opportunity to simulate appellate court arguments by competing in regional qualifying competitions. These regional qualifiers then advance to the national competition which is where you are needed!  The hypothetical case problem requires students to present oral arguments to attorneys, faculty, and law students who act as United States Supreme Court Justices.  Teams of two, representing both the Petitioners and the Respondents compete against each other regarding a case problem involving rights under the U.S. Constitution.  As a judge, you ask competitors questions and give each person scores based on their knowledge of the subject matter, responses to questions, forensic skills, courtroom demeanor, organization, logic, and clarity of arguments.

A copy of the case problem can be found at our website http://www.acmamootcourt.org/ under the “Current AMCA Case” link. We will send you a bench brief for "Judges Eyes Only" after you sign up!  (Students are automatically disqualified if they see the info from the brief. Please do not share it with any undergraduates who might be competing!)

You may sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a9ac2ea31-2018

This year, our case problem addresses criminal procedure and fascinating questions about technology, due process, and punishment.  The questions certified before the High Court are:

1) Whether the Functional Brain Mapping Exam (FBME) conducted by the State of Olympus facially violates the right against self-incrimination protected by the Fifth Amendment, as applied to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

2) Whether the sentence of solitary confinement, as applied to Petitioner, violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment, as applied to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

If you are interested in volunteering, we need attorneys, law students, and faculty from a broad array of disciplines.   Please sign up for as many time slots as you can and forward this link to any organizations or persons in the legal community who you think would be interested in judging.  After you sign up, you will be sent a bench brief summarizing the key legal points and cases that students may use to compete. This is a “closed case” problem meaning that that there are a finite set of cases that you will be expected to know and ask about.   Each round lasts no more than 75 minutes, and we ask that before the first round you sign up for that you arrive 30-45 minutes early for the judge briefing.  Judges are especially needed on Friday and the early rounds on Saturday.  The tournament schedule is listed below.

Friday, January 19, 2018

1:15-1:45 PM - Judge briefing (those in later rounds should arrive 30 minutes early for briefing)

2:00 – 3:15 PM - Round I Preliminaries

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM - Round II Preliminaries

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM -   Round III Preliminaries

6:15 PM - Hors d'oeuvres & announcement of top 32 teams - Speaker awards

Saturday, January 20, 2018

8:00 AM - Team Check-in & coin toss for sides

8:30 AM - Judge/Bailiff orientation

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM -Qualifying Round 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM -Double Octafinals (Round of 32)

12:00 PM -1PM- Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM - Octafinals (Sweet 16)

Times below, by invitation only (please email tournament directors if interested)

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM - Quarterfinals (Elite 8)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Semifinals (Final 4)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM - Final Round - Award ceremony

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM- Banquet

We hope you will take time out of your busy schedules to help train the next generation of advocates, and we appreciate greatly the contributions you make to our legal community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the tournament directors.


Best regards,

American Moot Court Association National Tournament Directors 2018

Andy Sommerman

Email: andrew@textrial.com

Kimi King

Email: kimi.king@unt.edu

Cell: (940) 597-4802


Julie Leuzinger-National Volunteer Coordinator

Email:  Julie.Leuzinger@unt.edu

Cell: (469) 556-5423



For dates please contact:  www.lanwt.org


6:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

601 S. Greenville Avenue

Allen, TX  75002

Receptionist: 972-452-9401 ext 0

General civil intake, including family law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, federal tax, and real property matters.


6:00 p.m.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church

5801 W. Plano Parkway

Plano, TX  75093

Receptionist: 972-542-9405, ext. 0

General civil intake, including family law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, federal tax, and real property matters.



Collin County's Clinic is at

Workforce Solutions

Texas Veterans Commission

1701 W. Eldorado Parkway # 250

McKinney, Texas 75069

Dates: Contact Penny Robe

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The clinic will be an ADVICE ONLY CLINIC so you are only committing to attend the clinic.

Areas of Law:

Divorce or Custody * Child Support * Bankruptcy

Consumer Issues * Wills and Estate Planning Landlord/Tenant Problems * Probate and Guardianship

Foreclosure * Social Security/SSI

No knowledge of military or veteran specific law is required.  If you have questions about this TLTV clinic, please reply to me and Jan Kearney, and we’ll get you answers. If your focus is helping military & veterans, this is the right place for you. Our clinic is open and available to active duty military, reservists, guard members, veterans and their spouses – we are serving all who’ve served without regard to financial need.  Everyone is screened for financial need, but none are turned away. 


Our client turn out is not overwhelming, but it is steady, and that’s why we only have the clinic every other month.  At our last clinic we needed more attorney volunteers.  Under Texas Supreme Court guidelines, volunteering for the clinic counts as pro bono time even if you are not assisting a poor client the entire time. 

As provided in its charter, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas provides malpractice coverage for legal services provided those clients whose income is less than 200% of the poverty level.  If you are unwilling to provide legal assistance to clients who do not qualify by this definition, please notify the coordinator when you sign in. Everyone is screened for financial need, but none are turned away. Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is always looking for attorney volunteers for its evening clinics in Collin County; these clinics are focused solely on people whose income is less than 200% of the poverty level.

Our first Collin County TLTV clinic was held in September of 2011.  The following groups assisted in starting this clinic in 2011: the Collin County Bar Association, Frisco Bar Association, Plano Bar Association, Collin County Young Lawyers Association, the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association,and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.  Currently, Texas Workforce Commission’s Veteran Assistance Program and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas provide support for the program. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides support to this program.

For additional information, please contact:

Penny Robe

Robe Law Firm

Contact: Jan Kearney, LANWT





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