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CONTENTS

This is the the official publication of Texas Center for the Judiciary. The magazine is published three times a year and funded

in part by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In Chambers strives to provide the most current information

about national and local judicial educational issues and course opportunities available for Texas judges. We keep the Texas

Center’s mission of “Judicial Excellence Through Education” as our guiding premise.

Readers are encouraged to write letters and submit questions, comments, or story ideas for In Chambers. To do so,

please contact Courtney Gabriele, Curriculum Director, at 512.482.8986 or toll free at 888.785.8986, or via email at

courtneyg@yourhonor.com

. Articles subject to editing for clarity or space availability.

The Texas Center for the Judiciary is located at 1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 800, Austin, TX 78701.

View From The Top

The Perils of Success by Judge Mark D. Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer ........................................... 3

Features

Texas Water Rights: New Developments in Water Law by Robin Melvin..................................................................................................... 6 Justifying the Ruling: How to Draft Clear and Effective Findings by Douglas K. Norman.......................................................................................... 20 Same-Sex Marriage Issues by Richard R. Orsinger.......................................................................................... 23 Beyond the Cynicism: Judges Can Help Lawyers and the Community Through Pro Bono by Hon. Bill Henry ................................................................................................. 41

Departments

Upcoming Conferences ................. 5 Advisory Opinion Summaries......... 31 Disciplinary Actions ....................... 33 TEC Violations ................................ 38 Honor Roll . ..................................... 45 Contributors ................................... 48 Awards and Honors . ...................... 56

Photo Line-Ups

Annual Conference...................... 18 College for New Judges............... 54 Criminal Justice Conference....... 64 New Resources for Judges ............ 66

Chief Executive Officer

Judge Mark Atkinson

Conference Coordinator

Gail Bell

TxDOT Program Director

Holly Doran

Curriculum Director

Courtney Gabriele, JD

Registrar

Aaron Gutierrez

Executive Assistant

Shirley Irvin

Financial Officer

Bruce Lawrence

Accountant

Debra Malkiewicz

CJA Program Director

Heidi Penix

Information Officer

Christie Smith

Judicial Resource Liaison

Judge Laura Weiser

STAFF

In Chambers

The official publication of the

Texas Center for the Judiciary

Spring 2015

Hon. Steve Ables

Hon. Marilyn Aboussie

Hon. Harvey Brown

Hon. Paul Davis

Hon. Kathleen Hamilton

Hon. Bud Kirkendall

Hon. Dean Rucker

Hon. Ben Woodward

Advisory Board

On the cover:

Aerial view, Lake Buchanan, June 2014, courtesy, Lower Colorado River Authority.