Let our own editor, Roger Siebert, guide you on whether you need commas around a book title!

If you find yourself wondering whether you should put commas around a word or phrase that restates another noun, such as the book title in the sentence “The novel Carrie was published in 1974,” ask yourself if the word or phrase answers the question “Which _____?” So in this case, does “Carrie” answer the question “Which novel?” Yes, it does. Countless novels exist, and “Carrie” specifies which one we’re referring to. So the book title is necessary information and should not be set off with commas.

If instead the sentence is “Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974,” the question “Which Stephen King first novel?” doesn’t even make sense. Stephen King has only one first novel. So in this sentence, “Carrie” is additional but unnecessary information and should be set off with commas. [click to continue…]

While the State Bar’s Oil and Gas Pattern Jury Charge committee is relatively new, it builds on many years of experience and dedicated effort put in by the State Bar’s Oil Gas and Energy Resources Law Section. Picking up where the Section left off, the PJC Committee has put in countless hours to make this comprehensive and valuable resource available for Oil and Gas practitioners throughout Texas. Click here to learn more about this product.

 

 

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New Edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment

February 12, 2019

The Texas Pattern Jury Charges–Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment committee brings together a diverse group of attorneys and judges from throughout Texas who thoughtfully consider critical issues from all perspectives. They are thorough and precise in their efforts, striving to provide a comprehensive and accurate guide for practitioners. The Bar is extremely grateful for the […]

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New Edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Malpractice, Premises and Products Now Available

January 17, 2019

TexasBarBooks is proud to present the new 2018 edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Malpractice, Premises & Products. The volume continues to serve as the indispensable resource for Texas practitioners of medical malpractice, nonmedical professional malpractice, premises liability, and products liability law. The new 2018 edition contains many additions and helpful revisions, including new charges and […]

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New Edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers’ Compensation

January 11, 2019

TexasBarBooks recently published the 2018 edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers’ Compensation. According to publications attorney Vickie Tatum, “the Committee believes that the ‘Green Book’ is essential for anyone who wants to ‘get it right’ when submitting a charge in a negligence, intentional tort, or workers’ comp case.” Click […]

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Volunteer Author Highlights: Judge Dan Downey Addresses the Texas Shuffle

December 13, 2018

TexasBarBooks volunteer authors become so by being proven leaders in their areas of practice. In this series, we highlight their legal contributions beyond the expertise they lend to our practice materials. Known also as “The Texas Shuffle,” Rule 223 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows for either side of a civil or criminal […]

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PROPOSED CHANGES: Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Oil & Gas

November 29, 2018

Draft language for the 2018 edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Oil & Gas is now available. Load the PDF in your browser by clicking the download button below. The committee that works on this edition strives for objective, well-drafted charges and commentary that accurately reflect Texas law. Your feedback will help the committee achieve that […]

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Lady Lawyer Diaries: Support for Women in Law

November 14, 2018

Looking for a forum to discuss the experiences of women in the legal profession? The State Bar of Texas recently released a podcast discussing a refreshing and inspirational resource that we highly recommend. In an interview with Kendyl Hanks and Kristen Vander-Plas, State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir explores their founding of Twitter […]

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Texas Disaster Relief Resources

November 1, 2018

When It’s Time to Rebuild, Know Your Rights   Recent hurricanes, floods, and fires have impacted a great number of Texans, and the State Bar of Texas can help provide the legal resources needed in order to rebuild. From replacing lost items to dealing with price-gouging, know your rights as a consumer. Please visit the […]

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Volunteer Author Highlights: Daniel D. Horowitz Encourages Awareness and Advocacy for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Support

October 30, 2018

TexasBarBooks volunteer authors become so by being proven leaders in their area of practice. In this series, we highlight their legal contributions beyond the expertise they lend to our practice materials. Many lawyers become overwhelmed by such problems as stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.  In his article, “Know the Signs, Save a Life,” Daniel […]

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