Recent Grad Places in American Planning Association Writing Contest

October 29, 2015

Matthew McGowan ’15 placed second in the American Planning Association’s (APA) Planning and Law Division’s 32nd Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. McGowan was recognized for his paper “Location, Location, Mis-Locations: How Local Land-use Restrictions Are Dulling Halfway Houses’ Criminal Rehabilitation Potential.” He originally wrote the paper for Texas A&M School of Law’s Sentencing Law and Policy seminar this past February. 

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Rhonda Grimm
The Statute, the Constitution, the Caselaw, and the Appellate Lawyer as Sleuth

Leslie Hyman, 2015

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, like the federal employment statutes on which it was modeled, provides for an award of “attorneys’ fees as part of costs” for a successful plaintiff. In Texas, while entitlement to attorneys’ fees is a question for the court, the amount of reasonable and necessary attorneys’ fees is typically a question of fact for a jury to decide.  The dramatic question addressed in this practice note is whether the Texas legislature’s adoption of the phrase “as part of costs” from the federal statute reflects an intention to adopt the federal procedure for determining attorneys’ fees as well.

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Rhonda Grimm