Augustus Corbett

Are Churches Liable For Shootings On Their Premises
Are Churches Liable When Shootings Occur On Their Premises

Jesus said, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23. This scripture prescribes the Christian duty of every Jesus follower to invite and compel vigorously and consistently the unchurched to attend our church services. However, the recent barbaric shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina again raises the issue of safety and security for those who respond to our invitations. In other words, what…

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Mandatory Blood Draws After McNeely and Villarreal

You had several beers at the local bar.  You know driving is dangerous but you decide to chance it.  Suddenly, a police officer flashes his lights behind you.  You are caught.  Panic sets in. However, things get worse!  The officer informs you this is the non-refusal weekend, and he asks for a blood sample.  You refuse. He takes you to the local hospital and instructs the nurse to extract the blood sample despite your refusal.  He never pursued a warrant.  What are your rights?…

Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Later

Brown’s Legacy, Brown’s Promise Today, May 17, 2014, marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the landmark case that desegregated public schools. Arguably, it’s the most important legal decision ever decided for black Americans. Without it, black students might still be relegated to dilapidated schools under the farce of the separate but equal doctrine formulated in Plessy v. Ferguson. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the…

Attorney Augustus Corbett

Attorney Augustus Corbett loves the Bible story of David and Goliath.  That’s because in many of his cases, he is like David courageously and tenaciously fighting Goliath, which are the powerful insurance companies and district attorneys offices he fights for his clients.  Also like David, his courage, tenacity and faith usually enable him to defeat Goliath in many of his cases.  His passion to get victory and justice for his clients makes him a much sought after attorney throughout DFW. Mr….

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Child Care Liability

Nothing is more important than protecting the most vulnerable in society.  And no member of society is more vulnerable than children.  Extra care must therefore be employed to keep them safe, sound and secure.  That duty and obligation often fall squarely on the shoulders of childcare facilities since during any given week, approximately 12.5 million preschoolers (children 5 or younger) are in childcare facilities.[1]  In Texas specifically, there are approximately 1.3 million children needing childcare at any given time.  To meet…

Are The Best Lawyers In Dallas White Males?

According to D-Magazine and its constituency, if you want to hire one of the best criminal defense or personal injury lawyers in Dallas you better not hire a black or female lawyer.  Rather, you better hire a white male lawyer.  Does D-Magazine have a valid point or are the people at D-Magazine racist and sexist? Peer Reviews Each year D-Magazine compiles and publishes lists of the best doctors, lawyers, restaurants and other categories in Dallas.   Lesley Lynch, research editor at D-Magazine,…

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Prosecutorial Misconduct

Everyone remembers the Duke Lacrosse case in Durham, NC where three wealthy white Duke Lacrosse players were charged with rape, sexual assault and sodomy of a young black woman named Crystal Mangum.  Ms. Mangum was an exotic dancer with a seedy past.  Incidentally, today she is facing murder charges in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. Nevertheless, Mike Nifong was the Durham County District Attorney during the Duke Lacrosse case.  He was also running for reelection in a county that is…

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I Love Storytelling

As a lawyer and minister, storytelling is my bread and butter.  I cannot do without it.  It is my natural and preferred way of communicating in both arenas. I am most comfortable when talking to a group of people.  In my law practice, juries respond better when you communicate with stories than when your argument is shredded with technical legal stuff.  I believe that’s true however of people in general.  Stories create feelings and images that powerfully embeds your theory in…

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Why We Don’t Fear The Bigger Law Firms

Everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath.  It speaks of the bravery of David, a young shepherd lad who stood up to a nine-foot bully named Goliath who was the leader of the Philistines.  Each day for months, the armies of Israel and the Philistines faced off. Daily Goliath boastfully taunted the entire nation of Israel.  Because of his size and self-confident boasting, no man in Israel had courage to confront him. However, David had spent many hours…

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What To Do After An Accident

When a person is injured in an accident because of another person’s fault, the injured party is entitled to compensation from the insurance company of the negligent party.  However, most injured parties usually make serious mistakes immediately following their accidents that gives insurance companies certain advantages and interferes with the injured parties’ ability to be adequately compensated for their injuries.  We see these mistakes so often that we decided to publish an article addressing this topic.  If an injured person avoids…

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Why Elections Have Consequences

Many people have said that elections have consequences.  What does this mean?  Simply, the people we elect will enact laws and policies that will have serious consequences for our lives.  I want to use this article to focus on one area of life here in Texas that elections have had tremendously negative consequences.  That is tort reform, which are the reforms enacted by a conservative legislature and right-wing courts that allow insurance companies to avoid paying for their customers’ negligence, to…