Congress Makes the “CASE” for a New Copyright Tribunal, While Dissenters Express Concern
By Emilio Nicolas
As 2019 draws to a close, we begin reflecting on a seminal year for copyright law. The year brought us a pair of unanimous Supreme Court decisions, the expansion of works in the public domain for the first time in 20 years, and more. But the year is not over yet, which leaves time for an even more significant event to occur with the potential passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019, H.R. 2426, or “CASE Act.”
The Gray Area of Social Media: When Politics and Democracy Collide
By Jorge Padilla
Widely considered a star of social media, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backed down from a Twitter fight in the form of a lawsuit filed by one of her Twitter followers. The suit alleged that the congresswoman had violated his First Amendment right to free speech by blocking him and preventing his ability to view her posts on the social media platform.
GUYGER TRIAL PANEL
Paul Watler Moderates a Panel Featuring the Journalists Who Covered the Amber Guyger Murder Trial
On November 20, 2019, Paul Watler moderated a panel discussion on the trial of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on charges of murdering Botham Jean in his own apartment. Open to members of the Dallas Bar Association, the CLE panel featured firsthand experiences from those who covered the trial, including:
– WFAA investigative reporter Tanya Eiserer
– Dallas Morning News reporter Jennifer Emily
– Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox
– WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez
– Dallas criminal defense attorney Barry Sorrels
LAW X STYLE SUMMIT
Nate St. Clair and Shannon Zmud Teicher Address Legal Issues in Fashion
During a daylong conference centered on key legal issues impacting the consumer retail and fashion industries, Nate St. Clair and Shannon Zmud Teicher joined to discuss cutting-edge intellectual property issues at the intersection of fashion, branding, and technology and the Federal Trade Commission’s endorsement and influencer guidelines. Presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section, the Law x Style Summit featured a lineup of panels with executives in fashion, technology, advertising, law, and finance as well as a networking happy hour and pop-up market of Texas-based designers curated by Elizabeth NeSmith.
Chip Babcock Joins Texas Commission on Judicial Selection
On October 28, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Chip Babcock to the newly formed Texas Commission on Judicial Selection. As a member of the Commission, Chip will study how Texas selects certain trial and appellate judges and report findings and recommendations by December 31, 2020.
Jackson Walker earned 61 Tier 1 rankings in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” with 27 national recognitions and 101 regional recognitions across 62 practice areas.
For the eighth consecutive year, Jackson Walker was honored as a Champion of Justice Law Firm for raising one of the highest amounts of money in the “Large (76+)” category in the Justice for All Campaign.
WINNERS & LOSERS
With the college football season in full swing, Media Chair Bob Latham shares in this recent “Winners & Losers” column the story of Catherine Ameche Cappelletti, daughter of 1954 Heisman winner Alan “The Horse” Ameche, who had a hand in recruiting the two other Heisman trophies into their family.
“I recently had the chance to catch up with Catherine, who graciously answered the most pressing question—no, the three Heisman trophies have never been in the same room together.”