Importance of Candor to the Court

Dallas Court of Appeals Justices Ada Brown, Molly Francis, and Bill Whitehill spoke at a Dallas Association of Young Lawyers seminar in the Merrill Hartman Courtroom of the George Allen Courthouse. The justices geared their presentation toward youngRead More

My Review of a Mexican Traffic Stop

As with all vacations, I had mixed feelings that this one was ending.  I had a wonderful time, alternating between relaxing at the Cancun hotel with my extended family (including five young children) and taking day trips withRead More

21 Things That Court of Appeals Justices and Staff Attorneys Want You to Know

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar co-sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association’s appellate section and the Tarrant County Bar Association’s appellate section.  At the CLE, justices and staff attorneys from the Dallas Court of Appeals andRead More

Rules Related to Drafting Texas Appellate Briefs and Motions

There are many rules governing the contents of Texas appellate documents, and these rules are not necessarily intuitive.  Here are some of those rules. Pursuant to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, all appellate documents must use 14-pointRead More

Deadlines in a Texas Appeal

Handling an appeal is deadline-intensive, and missing an appellate deadline can have serious consequences.  Here are some of the deadlines to keep in mind. Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law - The Texas Rules ofRead More

Four Newest Dallas Court of Appeals Justices

The Dallas Bar Association’s appellate section recently hosted a panel of the four newest Dallas Court of Appeals justices.  Justice Ada Brown joined the court in 2013, Justice Craig Stoddart joined the court in 2014, and Justice BillRead More

Dallas-area Judges Agree on Advice for Practice Before Their Courts

The Mac Taylor Inn of Court recently had a lunch meeting in the courtroom of Judge Martin Hoffman’s 68th District Court.  Eight judges shared tips for practicing in their courts.  The judges brought different perspectives to the table—federalRead More

Appellate Lawyer Chad Ruback interviewed in NBC 5 studio

I was interviewed in the NBC 5 studio about a recent U.S. Supreme Court case.  

Legal commentary on CBS 6 o’clock news

The lead story on the 6 o'clock news featured Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and me. Here is the video:

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett’s Thoughts on Amicus Briefs

This afternoon, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Austin lawyer Don Cruse spoke at a continuing legal education seminar.  Among other things, they addressed amicus briefs filed in the Supreme Court. The court requests a response toRead More

Appellate Judges Education Institute seminar in Dallas, TX

The American Bar Association's Judicial Division and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law will be hosting a seminar in Dallas, Texas from November 13-16, 2014.  The seminar will be co-hosted by the ABA's Council of Appellate LawyersRead More

Five Judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

The Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section recently hosted an outstanding panel discussion with five judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have been attending appellate continuing legal educations presentations for seventeen years, and this oneRead More

“The Best Lawyers in America” list

I am honored that my peers have once again voted to include me in "The Best Lawyers in America" list.  

Interview on KDAF CW Channel 33

As an appellate lawyer, I often have to answer difficult questions. On Channel 33 news, though, I got to answer an easy one. I was asked whether an individual could form his own country in North Dallas. Um,Read More

Supreme Court Hobby Lobby opinion might only directly impact two companies

After the Dallas Business Journal published an article about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision, a number of people asked me about potential impact on various business. Here are my thoughts: Despite all the attention theRead More

Chad Ruback interviewed live in Fox 4 studio

This morning, I gave a live interview to a Fox 4 news anchor regarding a new U.S. Supreme Court opinion. Here is the video:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Texas Appeals

Whether you are a law student studying Texas appellate procedure or are a Texas lawyer who doesn’t regularly handle appeals, you might be in need of answers to frequently asked questions about Texas appellate law. Having been unableRead More

Appellate Judges Tell Dallas Lawyers How to Handle an Appeal

The Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee recently hosted a panel discussion with three prominent appellate judges.  Catharina Haynes is the only federal appellate judge in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  After years of sitting as a Dallas state trialRead More

KTVT CBS 11 interview regarding recent appellate opinion

A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by a KDFW Fox 4 reporter regarding constitutional claims raised in recent litigation. Yesterday, I was interviewed by a KTVT CBS 11 reporter regarding an entirely different set of constitutionalRead More

KDFW Fox 4 interview regarding constitutional claims

I was interviewed by a KDFW Fox 4 reporter regarding constitutional claims raised in recent litigation. Here is the video: