During the 2021 Texas legislative session, Stacy Allen was in the trenches alongside longtime client Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB), advocating for bills that advance the interests of open government and journalists. Of the eight newsroom legislative priority bills from TAB, only two made it to the governor’s desk and will become effective September 1.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules High School Cheerleader Cannot Be Disciplined for Criticizing School’s Decision Keeping Her Off Varsity Team
For the first time in over 50 years, a high school student has won a free speech case in the Supreme Court. Writing for the majority in Mahoney Area School District v. B. L. and calling America’s public schools “the nurseries of democracy,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer emphasized that part of what schools must teach is the value of free speech and protecting the “marketplace of ideas.”
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that there are limits on when attorneys are protected by the judicial proceedings privilege or by attorney immunity. Following the Court’s decision in Landry’s Inc. et al. v. Animal Legal Defense Fund et al., Bob Latham and Paul Watler discussed the ruling and when an attorney’s statement to the press, social media, or other public statements – even if conducted on behalf of a client – falls outside the protection of the immunity privilege.
The Best Lawyers in America, a widely regarded guide to legal excellence, has recognized 178 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 67 specialty practice areas in its 2022 edition, including 8 Lawyers of the Year and 31 Ones to Watch. Congratulations to Chip Babcock, John Beckworth, Amanda Bush, Nancy W. Hamilton, Bob Latham, and Paul Watler on being named to this year’s guide in the area of First Amendment litigation.
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Amanda Crouch spoke with the San Antonio Report after a personal injury attorney’s divorce case was dismissed and sealed.
In the article, she noted: “It’s not unusual in high net-worth cases for the file to be sealed. That being said, there may still be a public interest in the case, depending on who the individuals are and whether it’s a matter of public concern. There would be public interest to not have it sealed.”
“That’s true whether it’s a high net-worth divorce case, or whether it’s just a general trade secrets case, or whether it’s an employment case,” she added. “There’s always a balancing act between protecting trade secrets, or confidential information, or financial information versus the First Amendment public right of access.”
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