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Publications and Press Comment

Siegel has written widely on legal topics, presented papers at continuing legal education seminars, and been quoted in the press on high profile appeals.  To read Siegel's writing and press commentary, click on the applicable link below:


Judgment and Mercy: The Turbulent Life and Times of the Judge Who Condemned the Rosenbergs

(Cornell University Press 2023). Finalist, 2023 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Best First Book in Any Genre.


Why Trump’s Supreme Court Fantasy List is Bad for Real LifeNew York Times, Sept.16, 2020


Taking in Refugees Has Been Part of Texas History Since the AlamoHouston Chronicle, Jan. 17, 2020 


The Left Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump’s Judges (Yet)New York Times, Nov. 21, 2019


Texas Vote Fraud Falsehoods Distract from Real Civic ParticipationHouston Chronicle, Feb. 5. 2019 

There’s Nothing in the Second Amendment Banning Gun RegulationsHouston Chronicle, April 9, 2018

Challenging Houston's Same-Sex Benefits is a Pointless Legal Battle, Houston Chronicle, March 1, 2017


Police Should Bear More of Burden in Civil Cases, Houston Chronicle, April 15, 2015

The Myth of Dem, GOP Justice, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 10, 2006


We Don’t Have Kings in TexasHouston Chronicle, May 29, 2005


Bryant Case Tosses a Lifeline to the Laws Against Adultery, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2004

Why Texas Republicans Should Love the Trial Lawyers, Houston Chronicle, April 20, 2003

Litigation Journal

Litigation, a quarterly, is the flagship publication of the American Bar Association's Section on Litigation.  Siegel has been on the editorial board since 2007, served as editor-in-chief in 2014-16, and is now a senior editor. 

Faith v. Faith, Litigation, Winter 2020

Let's Revamp the Appellate Rules TooLitigation, Spring 2016


How to Winnow Arguments on Appeal, Litigation, Winter 2014

In Defense of Judicial Elections (Sort of), Litigation, Summer 2010

When Judges Want to Get in the Game: Lessons from Another Court, Litigation, Winter 2009

To Err is Human, but to Forgive...?,  Litigation, Winter 2008

Zealous Advocacy vs. Truth, Litigation, Fall 2006

Texas Lawyer Appellate Series

From 2009 to 2014, Siegel wrote a regular column for Texas Lawyer on appellate practice.  

Ghostwriting Appellate Briefs: The Rules Aren't So Clear, Texas Lawyer, Sept. 22, 2014.


Avoid These Common Notice of Appeals Pitfalls, Texas Lawyer, March 31, 2014.


Don't Skimp on Statement of Issues, Seize the Court's Attention, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 23, 2013

Get Creative in Filings with Dialogue, Photos, Cartoons, Texas Lawyer, March 11, 2013


How to Beat Waiver Arguments, Texas Lawyer, June 18, 2012

Tread Lightly With Footnotes, Texas Lawyer, Nov. 28, 2011

It's Time to Rethink Oral Argument, Texas Lawyer, June 13, 2011

Take the Plain-English Push With a Grain of Salt, Texas Lawyer, March 14, 2011

What E-Filing Means for Appellate Attorneys, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 6, 2010

Appellate Help Unlikely for Lawyers Stung By Abusive Judges, Texas Lawyer, Sept. 6, 2010

Avoid Racing Through Brief's Introduction, Conclusion, Texas Lawyer, April 26, 2010

Subtly Gauge Judges' Interest to Keep Oral Argument Interactive, Texas Lawyer, Jan. 11, 2010

Winning on the Papers, Texas Lawyer, June 22, 2009

Continuing Legal Education Presentations


Interlocutory Appeals, Writs of Mandamus, and Extraordinary Writs: Recent Developments in Texas State Courts Relevant to Personal Injury Practice,Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "29th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course" (2013).

Recent Jury Charge Developments, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "28th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course" (2012).

Recent Trends in Mandamus Practice, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Seminar" (2009).

Analysis of Recent Texas Supreme Court Decisions: Damages, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course" (2008).

Alleging and Providing Vicarious Liability, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "21st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course" (2008).



Law Review Articles

Congressional Power Over Presidential Elections: The Constitutionality of the Help America Vote Act Under Article II, Section 1, 28 Vermont Law Review 373 (Winter 2004).

For Better or for Worse: Adultery, Crime and the Constitution, 30 Journal of Family Law 45 (1991-92) 




Does 4th Amendment Protect Non-citizens?, San Francisco Daily Journal, Nov. 10, 2016


Press Comments

Siegel comments on drive-through voting case in Texas Supreme Court in Houston Chronicle, Sept. 2020

Siegel quoted in The Daily Report, Atlanta's National Law Journal affiliate, on Young v. Borders, 850 F.3d 1274 (11th Cir. 2017), a police shooting case involving the plaintiff's Second Amendment right to self-protection, March 2017


Siegel quoted on appeal involving City of Houston pension system in Houston Chronicle , March 2016


Siegel quoted in story, "How a Texas Court Battle Could Undermine Obama's New Gun Rules," Jan. 2016


Siegel quoted in Houston Press story, "Use of Force: How the Courts Judge Police Violence Doesn't Always Lead to Justice," August 2015


Siegel comments in Houston Chronicle on constitutionality of ordinance limiting where volunteers can feed homeless people, April 2012. 


Siegel comments in Texas Lawyer on Fifth Circuit's decision in Goodner v. Hyundai Motor Co.,650 F.3d 1034 (5th Cir. 2011) and the court's treatment of expert causation testimony, August 2011.  


Siegel comments on Houston NPR radio on U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sossamon v. Texas, 131 S.Ct. 1651 (2011), April 2011. 

Siegel comments for Law360 on U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Connick v. Thompson, 131 S.Ct. 1350 (2011), in which Siegel authored amicus brief for law school ethics and criminal law programs, and the decision's potential effect on white collar cases, March 2011.

Siegel comments on new Texas Voter I.D. law on Houston ABC affiliate Channel 13, Jan. 2011. 

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