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The Latest With Lewis – February 2024

The Mock Trial Team from UNT Dallas College of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently showcased their exceptional legal skills at the Constance Baker Mock Trial Competition, hosted by the Southwest Region of the National Black Law Student Association (SWBLSA) last month.

Among the standout team members was one of our very own Legal Assistants, Kayleigh Crockett. Kayleigh’s dedication and talent shone brightly throughout the competition, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

Competing against 7 other teams from the Southwest Region, Kayleigh’s Mock Trial Team displayed remarkable prowess. They emerged victorious in the preliminaries and semi-finals, securing wins against Louisiana Southern University, University of Texas, and University of Houston. These outstanding performances earned them a spot in the final round where they faced off against Texas A&M University and ultimately finished as runners-up.

Their impressive performance has earned them the opportunity to advance to the National Constance Baker Mock Trial Competition, scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas, this March 2024. This remarkable achievement speaks volumes about the dedication, skill, and teamwork of UNT Dallas College of Law’s BLSA Mock Trial Team.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kayleigh Crockett and the entire Mock Trial Team for their outstanding accomplishments. Their success is a testament to their hard work, determination, and commitment to excellence. We are incredibly proud of Kayleigh and wish her and the team the best of luck as they represent UNT Dallas College of Law on the national stage.

Two Ways To Ease Breakups For Unmarried Texas Couples

For unwed couples, severing intimate ties can be surprisingly complicated. Unlike their married counterparts, they lack the legal protections and frameworks that automatically come with marriage.

This can be highly stressful for unwed couples, especially if they share kids. Fortunately, there are legal tools that can help protect the property and parental rights of both parties if and when they go their separate ways.

– A Cohabitation Agreement Defines The Lines: As you know, married couples use pre-and postnuptial agreements to address property matters and define their rights. If divorce occurs, these contracts can form the foundation of a property settlement. Unwed partners cannot create marital agreements, but a cohabitation agreement  could be a satisfactory substitute. It can detail ownership of pre-existing and jointly acquired property, possibly preventing disputes when ending your partnership. You can also address debt allocation in a cohabitation agreement.

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Decision-Making as a Non-Custodial Parent

Being a non-custodial parent can present unique challenges when it comes to making decisions in your child’s life. However, with open communication, mutual respect and a focus on your child’s best interests, you can actively participate in important decision-making processes.

As a non-custodial parent, you need to have a clear understanding of your rights regarding major decisions that impact your child.

– Effective Communication With The Custodial Party: Maintaining open lines of communication with the custodial parent is key when it comes to making decisions in your child’s life. Establishing a regular communication channel, whether through phone calls, emails or text messages, ensures that you stay informed about important matters. Make an effort to actively listen to the custodial parent’s concerns and ideas. Also, express your own thoughts respectfully.

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The personal passion project of Hollywood A-lister Christian Bale seems to finally be coming to fruition as the Welsh actor recently broke ground on a children’s foster care village in Palmdale, California.

Founding the non-profit Together California, it’s taken Mr. Bale 16 years to really get the show on the road after being inspired to help improve the foster care system following the birth of his daughter in 2005.

“I had the very unrealistic idea that within one year I’d have created a miniature Sound of Music  with kids singing on hills in an endlessly joyful environment,” the Batman star told The Hollywood Reporter.“But I discovered no, it takes an awful long time and really well-motivated people. It’s complicated and tough to help kids.

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