purpose of this website is to offer information to students and others
interested in one or more of the above areas of law. Those interested in
the law and history of the American Constitution, including first amendment issues,
are invited to look at the links in the Constitutional Law and American Legal History sections,
which include important documents in American constitutional history and
a short timeline of events in American legal and political history. Those interested in the law of evidence
may compare the Texas Rules of Evidence and
Federal Rules of Evidence side-by-side, and may
peruse other links concerning the law of evidence, including some essays
on the nature, purpose and use of particular aspects of the law of
evidence. Issues of legal professionalism, that is, issues concerning
the future of the profession, and the rules
of attorney conduct are separated into the legal ethics and professional responsibility
links, respectively. In the professional responsibility section of
this site, you will find links to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of
Professional Conduct and the Comments to those Rules, as well as a
frames page allowing you to look at the Texas Rules and the Comments
side-by-side. There is also a link to an external site which lists all
Texas ethics opinions. If you are interested in filing a disciplinary
complaint against a Texas lawyer, please go to the following site for
information: http://www.texasbar.com/. Then click on "Client Assistance &
Grievance," and follow the directions. I do not
give advice concerning client grievances against lawyers.
Michael Ariens is a Professor at St. Mary's University
School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. I received a B.A. from St. Norbert
College in 1979, a J.D. in 1982 from Marquette University, and an LL.M.
from Harvard University in 1987. After clerking at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and practicing law as an associate in a law firm in
Washington, D.C., I began teaching at St. Mary's
University in 1987. I have also taught at Southern Methodist University,
Catholic University of America, and the University of Innsbruck.
- Professor Ariens teaches in the following areas:
American Legal History
Church and State
• Constitutional Law
The material on this
website is posted for the educational benefit of those who visit the
site. The usual disclaimer that no legal opinions are offered on this
site is now made. If you have any
questions about the information posted on this website, please feel free
to contact me using the linked button above.
This site has been created
using FrontPage software, and is probably best browsed via Internet Explorer.
Thanks to Stephen Daniel
and Mynor Rodriguez (both Class of '02) for doing the heavy lifting in
creating this website.
Copyright 2002-2005 by Michael Ariens to all original material. No copyright
is asserted to publicly available material, including cases and
statutes, nor to material linking visitors to the ABA or other web sites
containing relevant information.