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DOD Aims to Close Gap in Bringing U.S. Tech Innovation to Market

With the U.S. currently responsible for only about 12% of global microelectronics production, the Defense Department-led "microelectronics commons" aims to close the gaps that prevent the best ideas in technology from reaching the market.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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DOD: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine Provides What's Needed, as Needed

As the conflict in Ukraine changes, the types of security assistance the U.S. is sending changes as well, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said. 
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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DOD Official Describes How Security Assistance Gets to Ukraine

A senior Defense Department official spoke to the media about U.S.-provided security assistance to Ukraine.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Russian 'Shaping' Operations in Donbas Point to More Aggressive Plans in Future

The Defense Department believes the Russians are conducting "shaping operations" — setting the conditions for more aggressive, more overt and larger ground maneuvers in the Donbas, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.
(Originally posted by C. TODD LOPEZ)
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U.S., Philippines Look at Ways to Strengthen Alliance

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana met at the Pentagon to strengthen the deep alliance between the two countries. 
(Originally posted by JIM GARAMONE)
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Defense Official: Russia Adds 11 Battalion Tactical Groups in Ukraine

There are now 76 Russian battalion tactical groups in the Donbas region of Ukraine and in the country's southeast. About 11 of those were added over the last several days, a senior Defense Department official said.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Amid Concerns About Prosecuting Trump, Garland Keeps Collecting Wins Against Insurrectionists

Let's put aside for the moment the serious debate among DOJ observers about whether AG Garland has proceeded quickly enough to focus the Jan. 6 investigation on former President Trump.

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Wilmer Places Diversity Front and Center in Appellate Practice Strategy

Meeting client needs and ensuring the firm does not miss out on talent, are two reasons for focusing on diversity in the appellate practice. So is winning cases.

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Paul Weiss and Alex Oh Sanctioned Over Client's Deposition Conduct

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth Thursday evening levied $288,901 in attorneys fees and expenses against Oh and Paul Weiss.

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New Texas lawyers to be sworn in May 13 in Austin

The State Bar of Texas’ newest lawyers will be officially sworn in May 13 at the State Bar of Texas New Lawyers Induction Ceremony in Austin.

Those who passed the February 2022 Texas Bar Examination are eligible to be inducted at the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. CDT at Bass Concert Hall, located at 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and refreshments will be provided. The ceremony will be held on Level 4 of the concert hall.

Parking options (a parking map is available here).

San Jacinto: located at 2401 San Jacinto Blvd. (use the Trinity St. entrance)

A pre-pay option for San Jacinto Garage is available here.

Lot 39: located at intersection of Red River St. and E. Dean Keeton (use the Red River entrance)

Special accommodation parking: located on Robert Dedman Dr.

Lot 39 and the special accommodation parking lot are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

When sharing photos on social media during the event, make sure to use the hashtag #NewTXLawyer.

If you have any questions, contact the State Bar Membership Department at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1383, or (512) 427-1383.

Original author: Will Korn
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McDermott Boosts Growing Government Contracts Business With Wiley Partner

It is a practice area set to boom from a considerable uptick in demand brought on by a flood of government expenditure over the next few years.

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Amtrak Turns to Jenner & Block to Take Over Union Station With Eminent Domain

The claim filed late Thursday follows a $250 million offer for the station that was allegedly not responded to.

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DOD: Security Assistance Support to Ukraine Not Affecting U.S. Readiness

Much of what has been sent in security assistance to Ukraine has come straight out of U.S. military stockpiles and Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said that has not affected U.S. military readiness.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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Sailors Still Battling Fire on Russian Cruiser Moskva, Says DOD Official

The Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva is believed to have experienced an onboard explosion with resulting fire damage, a senior Defense Department official said.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Howitzers, Helicopters, Humvees Headed to Ukraine

An additional $800 million drawdown package of security assistance is on its way to Ukraine, and the efforts to get the newly authorized equipment and supplies to the Ukrainian military will begin immediately, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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State Bar of Texas president-elect candidate forums available for on-demand viewing

The candidates for 2022-2023 State Bar of Texas president-elect participated in live, virtual forums on March 10 and April 5. Video of the forums is available to watch on demand.

Watch the March 10 forum here.

Watch the April 5 forum here.

Candidates Joe Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. Tisdale, of Granbury, discussed their qualifications for office, plans for the future, and the challenges facing the State Bar and the profession during the moderated discussions.

Lawyers who are active and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas will vote in president-elect and district director races from April 1 to May 2. Vote here.

For more information on the election, go to

Original author: Lowell Brown
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Multiple Factors Contribute to Ukraine's Battlefield Successes

Since the start President Joe Biden's administration, roughly $2.5 billion worth of security assistance has been supplied, which equates to more than half of Ukraine's defense budget for last year, a senior defense official said,
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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TexasBarCLE honors five outstanding volunteers

Five attorneys were recognized for their exceptional contributions in 2021 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts.

TexasBarCLE presented Standing Ovation Awards to Erica Grigg, of Austin; Administrative Judge Amber Morgan, of Hewitt; Jacob G. Straub, of West; Dena Stroh, of Plano; and Christine Wakeman, of Dallas.

“All of our volunteers deserve our gratitude for contributing to the continuing education of their peers,” said TexasBarCLE Director Hedy Bower in a press release. “Nevertheless, some stand out each year for extraordinary dedication and commitment. The staff looks forward to singling out individuals that not only gave enormously to our efforts, but also were gracious, easy to work with, and—oftentimes—helped us out in a real pinch. Without volunteers, CLE from the State Bar couldn’t be nearly as high quality, as abundant, or as affordable.”







Original author: Will Korn
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State Bar of Texas Appellate Section accepting Texas Appellate Hall of Fame nominations

The Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas is accepting nominations for this year’s Texas Appellate Hall of Fame class. The Hall of Fame posthumously honors advocates and judges who made a lasting mark on appellate practice in the state of Texas.

New Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a luncheon ceremony held by the Appellate Section during the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Civil Appellate Practice course on Wednesday, September 7.

Nominations should be submitted in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, May 30. Nominations should include the nominator’s contact information, the nominee’s biography or resume, the nominee’s photo if available, and reasons for the nomination, including the nominee’s unique contributions to the practice of appellate law in Texas.

An individual’s nomination in a prior year will not necessarily carry over to this year. As a result, if you nominated someone previously and would like to ensure consideration for induction this year, please re-submit the nomination materials.

Nominations will be considered based upon some or all of the following criteria:  written and oral advocacy, professionalism, faithful service to the citizens of the state of Texas, mentorship of newer appellate attorneys, pro bono service, participation in appellate continuing legal education, and other indications of excellence in the practice of appellate law in Texas.

Original author: Will Korn
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Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal aid for Texas veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Commission and its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, will honor veterans throughout the state at the 2022 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans at 6 p.m. CDT on April 27 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin.

This year’s keynote speaker is retired Gen. Nadja West, 44th Army surgeon general and former commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command. West oversaw the most comprehensive transformation in military medicine in more than three decades while ensuring medical force readiness and support of care remained paramount to more than 4 million people. She has 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response. West was also the first female African American three-star general in the Army’s history and is the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Chair Emeritus Harry M. Reasoner will serve as this year’s gala committee chair. The event’s co-chairs include Jerry K. Clements, Monica Karuturi, David R. McAtee II, Ross R. Moody, Stephen C. Mount, Sandra Phillips Rogers, D. Wayne Watts, Marie Yeates, and Carlos M. Zaffirini Jr.

The following award recipients will be recognized: Veronica Jacobs, formerly of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, will receive the James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award; Priya Aiyar, senior vice president, corporate affairs and chief legal officer for Southwest Airlines, will receive the Harry M. Reasoner Justice for All Award; and Bruce Bowers, who has worked for over 33 years with Texas Legal Services Center, will receive the Emily C. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans has raised more than $4.8 million over more than 15 years for the provision of civil legal aid for low-income Texas veterans.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are available for purchase at

Original author: Will Korn
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