I’ll never forget the first time I reviewed the Travis County District Court Local Rules as a young lawyer and new staff attorney. I was intimidated, to say the least, since I was expected to understand them, implement them, and sometimes explain them to other, usually more seasoned, attorneys. While the Rules were intimidating, understanding what they meant in relation to the Central Docket was even more confusing.
Remember CliffsNotes®? CliffsNotes® are shortened, succinct outlines of well-known classic books which serve as a learning aid. I have never used one, but I do think lawyers who practice in Travis County District Courts might benefit if there were CliffsNotes® for the Local Rules. Since you can’t buy a CliffsNotes® version of the Local Rules, in my most recent Texas Lawyer article I outlined a few of my tips, tricks and strategies for Travis County District Court practice.
My most recent Texas Lawyer article, “Practice Like a Pro in Travis County District Courts,” is free with registration here. What are your tips and tricks for practice in Travis County District Courts?