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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Terri LeClerq and Lydia Brandt, Leading Legal Research and Writing Experts in Texas are Criminal Justice Reformers

By Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.S.

Terri LeClercq and Lydia Brandt are experts in the legal research and writing field. LeClercq, formerly taught legal writing at the University of Texas Law School. She consults and lectures widely on legal writing, emphasizing a clear and straight forward style.  She is the author of  Expert Legal Writing, (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1995) and Guide to Legal Writing Style, 4th ed. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 1997) and most recently a graphic novel designed for Texas prisoners on writing prison grievances, Prison Grievances, When to Write, How to Write. She also publishes a blog, Prison Grievances, When to Write, How to Write, (Captive Audiences Publishing, 2013). Just last Friday, I found out that she is a call-in contributor to KPFT Radio, 90.1, Houston, The Prison Show.  Today she has a post on their Facebook page.

Lydia Brandt, is an attorney and the author of the wonderful book called, Texas Legal Research: An Essential Lawyering Skill, (Dallas: Texas Lawyer Press, 1995.)  Although outdated in the sense that it was written pre-web, it contains vital information about the Texas legal system, such as statute and case law publication, precedent and authority, and organization of the courts, both historical and contemporary. She now represents prisoners on Texas death row. One of her clients, Anthony Doyle, was recently executed on March 28, 2014. See a Channel 11 Dallas news article regarding the subject. An example of her advocacy (Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus relief) can be read at the following PACER link in the case of Ronnie Paul Threadgill v. Rick Thaler, No.3:13-CV-1138. He was executed in April, 2013.

It is interesting that these two women who could have rested on their laurels, have undertaken the hard and unpopular task of advocating for the least of us.