Chief Justice on Proposed Legal Aid Cuts: ‘You Can’t Just Be for the Rich Folks’

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said it’s critical to keep funding LSC because it’s the “backbone” of support for access to justice for very poor people. Texas Lawyer interviewed Hecht about the news that LSC would lose funding under Trump’s budget. Here are his answers, edited for brevity and clarity.

Published on on March 17, 2017.

PDF: Chief Justice on Proposed Legal Aid Cuts You Can t Just Be for the Rich Folks _ Texas Lawyer


At Baylor Law, CLE Comes Before the JD

Tough love. That’s how young lawyer Brenna Buchanan saw a new program at Baylor University School of Law that put an extra hurdle between her and the law degree she earned last year. Buchanan was among the first crop of students who made it through Baylor Law’s professional development program.

The innovative program follows a nationwide trend of law schools focusing on developing students’ professional identities as lawyers. Baylor Law’s program has surpassed those at other Texas law schools and drawn national accolades.

Published in Texas Lawyer magazine’s March 2017 issue.

PDF: At Baylor Law CLE Comes Before the JD _ Texas Lawyer


Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn’t

Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn’t

(This story published originally on on Jan. 13, 2017.)

Big Law couple Liz and Matthew Dubeck both made partner at their respective Los Angeles firms this year, thanks in part to wallabies, cheetahs, pandas and giraffes.

“I currently have a giraffe and a panda,” said Liz Dubeck, referring to her son Emmett, 5, and daughter Lillian, 3. Their animal identities came from their classes at Hope Street Friends, a day care co-sponsored by Dubeck’s firm, O’Melveny & Myers—which partnered with Munger, Tolles & Olson and an investment firm to start the day care.

“We don’t see how it would have worked without the flexibility of having the day care center there,” said Dubeck, whose practice focuses on finance and real estate development, and whose husband is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. “It has made it possible to stay. From a practical standpoint, I really don’t know how I would continue working full-time without it.”

It’s common for law firms to provide emergency or back-up child care for lawyers who must work nights or weekends, or who need child care during school holidays or when kids are sick. But very few have taken the next step by opening full-time, onsite day care, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women from Big Law once they start families. Cost, it seems, is the primary reason the service hasn’t caught on.

Law firms that are providing onsite day care for the children of attorneys and staff say they see benefits in recruiting lawyers and keeping them at the firm.

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Leaving an LGBT Law Legacy

Derek Mergele was already out of the closet for 20 years when he moved to Lubbock to study at Texas Tech University School of Law.

The openly gay, married law student’s mission was to knock down LGBT stereotypes in the conservative West Texas community and to be so visible that anyone questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity knew that Mergele was a friend and available to talk.


Leaving an LGBT Law Legacy _ Texas Lawyer