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An Overview of Zoning in Texas by Terrence S. Welch

by Terrence S. Welch
Zoning is the regulation by a municipality of the use of land located within the municipality’s corporate limits as well as the regulation of the buildings and structures located thereon. The history, purpose, and scope of zoning in Texas are introduced in this paper as well as a description of the procedures for adopting and enforcing zoning regulations.

Terry Welch: Natural Gas Drilling in current ABA Section of State and Local Government Law Quarterly

by Terry S Welch
The key issue in municipal regulation of natural gas drilling usually revolves around drilling setbacks while the answer may not be the same in every locality, using property value data in determining the appropriate drilling setback will assist a local government in defending any takings litigation that may ensue.

Recent Decisions Affecting the Workplace

by Terrence S> Welch
There have been significant decisions by the United States Supreme Court and other courts during the last several years that have rocked the workplace, resulting in discarding past notions of who is, or is not, married and how same-sex couples should be treated under the law by employers. Not surprisingly, there have been a multitude of cases that address more mundane issues, from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to obesity being considered a disability and the ongoing battle about what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Hot Topics in the Workplace

by Terrence S. Welch
There have been significant decisions by the United States Supreme Court and
other courts during the last several years that have rocked the workplace, resulting in
discarding past notions of who is, or is not, married and how same-sex couples should
be treated under the law by employers. Similarly, the federal circuit courts have
wrestled with the concept of gender discrimination, including the rights of both
heterosexual and homosexual plaintiffs to bring suit.

Local Government Regulation of Immigration

by TERRENCE S. WELCH
Few issues in the United States are as contentious as illegal immigration. With immigration reform stalled in Congress, many state and local governments have attempted to fill the void, with results that are or may be either legally questionable or plainly unconstitutional. While immigration attorneys can assist individuals in understanding the “nuts and bolts” of immigration law, this paper will focus on the questions that city councils may ask their city attorneys about immigration law and the ability (or perhaps inability) of a city to address immigration issues.

Trying the Land Use Case: Strategies and Trial Tactics for Governmental Entities

by Robert F. Brown
While many good trial lawyers will often times boast that they can try any type of case if given time to study the facts and learn the law underlying the dispute, defending zoning and land use litigation matters can present unique, and often times very nuanced, challenges to preparing for and trying the case. Many times, these are matters of which the generalist may not be aware, but which to the seasoned land-use litigator are routine aspects of litigating a land use case.

What the Heck? Heck v. Humphrey Turns Twenty

by Edwin P. Voss, Jr.
On June 24, 1994, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 114 S.Ct. 2364, 129 L.Ed. 2d 383 (1994), determining whether a state prisoner may challenge the constitutionality of his conviction in a suit for damages under § 1983. The decision has created a unique defense that is available to law enforcement defendants when sued under § 1983.

Recent Decisions Affecting the Workplace (From Same-Sex Marriage to Overtime for Synching My Blackberry)

by Terrence S. Welch
There have been significant decisions by the United States Supreme Court and other courts during the last several years that have rocked the workplace, resulting in discarding past notions of who is, or is not, married and how same-sex couples should be treated under the law by employers. Not surprisingly, there have been a multitude of cases that address more mundane issues, from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to obesity being considered a disability and the ongoing battle about what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Partner Terry Welch Named to City of Dallas Civil Service Board

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On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the Dallas City Council appointed Firm Partner Terry Welch to the Dallas Civil Service Board, effective October 1, 2015.

Kent Hofmeister included in D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas

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Kent Hofmeister has earned selection to D Magazine’s 2015 listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas

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