DUES – If you have not yet paid your dues, they are still $30 and can be left in a clearly marked envelope with your name and email at the TBLS mail box at the communications center in the atrium. Please email txbusinesslaw@gmail.com when you drop off dues so that someone can collect them. As you will see below, several of our events and society shirts are only available for dues paying members.

T-SHIRTS! TBLS will be ordering our society shirts at the end of this week. All dues paying members will receive a shirt. Please fill out this T-shirt Form by THURSDAY 2/5 in order to guarantee your size. Only dues paying members who fill out the form will be guaranteed their size shirt.

2/10 Associate Luncheon, 11:30-1:30pm Sheffield Room. The Spring Associate Luncheon will be next Tuesday 2/10. Attending firms include Akin Gump, Locke Lord, Andrews Kurth, and Bracewell & Giuliani. To RSVP send an email to txbusinesslaw@gmail.com. Due to the limited number of spaces, the event is only open to dues paying members. We cannot hold a seat for you until your dues have been paid.

Executive Board Applications – TBLS will be publishing the application for Executive Board 2015-2016 next week. All positions are open to all rising 2Ls and 3Ls. If you have an interest in any of the positions, please contact the person currently holding the office or send an email to txbusinesslaw@gmail.com. The current E-Board is as follows:

President – Leslie Vaughn, lvaughn@alumni.nd.edu
Vice President – Garrett McKuin, gcm644@utexas.edu
Director of Membership – Lizz Dye, lizzdye@gmail.com
Director of Professional Events – Randy Santa Ana, randy.santaana@gmail.com
Director of Development – Auri Jalili, aurijalili@gmail.com

Outline Bank – The outline bank is now live! To gain access fill out the Outline Bank form. The outline bank is also available only to dues paying members.

10-Q Newsletter – The first issue of our Newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

Bloomberg Law Write on Competition – Sign up by February 25 to submit an original article (from 1,000 up to 1,600 words) that analyzes legal trends and developments. Up to 5 law students will be selected to receive $5,000 and their articles published in one of the following BNA Law Reports: 

  • Corporate Law & Accounting Report
  • Employment Discrimination Report
  • Health Law Reporter
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal
  • U.S. Law Week

For more information and to sign up go to http://about.bna.com/Write-On-Bloomberg-Law-Contest or stop by the table in the atrium Tuesdays from 11:30-1:30


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1. Slump in Oil Prices Brings Pressure, and Investment Opportunity

American history is littered with oil busts that created big winners and losers.

Now, as the cracks appear in the latest energy boom, the forces of failure and opportunity are stirring again. Resolute Energy, a Colorado company that borrowed big in the boom, is among those in an endgame that is being played up and down Wall Street and in the vast oil fields that new drilling methods have opened in recent years.

2. Court Sets Up a Hurdle, Not a Barrier, for Insider Trading Cases

An appeals court ruling that narrows the grounds for insider trading cases may not be the cataclysm that the government contends it will be, Peter J. Henning writes in the White Collar Watch column.

It is interesting to see how a few words in a judicial opinion can mean so much. One sentence in the recent appeals court decision in United States v. Newman that overturned the convictions of two hedge fund traders has caused the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission to cry foul and ask for its removal, contending the statement will imperil the government’s efforts to crack down on insider trading.

 3. When Consumers Give Up Their Right to Trial in Financial Disputes

Constitutional rights are the most fundamental rights Americans enjoy. So you might think it would be hard to get people to give them up. But every day, people unknowingly surrender their constitutional rights, including a right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. And if bank lawyers have their way, Americans will continue relinquishing such rights without even realizing it.

If you have a credit card or a checking account or use prepaid cards, there’s a good chance you have waived your constitutional rights. And if you have a cellphone from Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility or Sprint, or an account with Skype, you definitely have, whether you know it or not.

 4. 5 Things to Know About Turkey and the Chinese Uighurs

Growing numbers of people from China’s mostly Muslim Uighur ethnicity have been fleeing via Southeast Asia in the last year, as China conducts a sweeping counterterrorist campaign in their homeland of Xinjiang. Many of them find refuge in Turkey, which has strong cultural links to the Uighurs, threatening an otherwise robust Turkey-China relationship, The Wall Street Journal reportsRead More »


The New England Patriots rallied to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. Here are five key moments in the game.

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