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Professor guilty of assault with car A Texas jury on June 13 convicted Jane Dolkart, a professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law who teaches labor and employment law, for aggravated assault after she hit a Dallas attorney with her car. The next day, a jury sentenced Dolkart to five years of probation. Dolkart testified at trial that the incident was an accident. But Tom M. Thomas II, the bicyclist whom Dolkart hit, says otherwise. In an interview last year with Texas Lawyer, a sister publication to the NLJ, he alleged that he tried to get out of Dolkart’s way, but the professor followed him and rammed the back wheel of his bike, destroying it and bruising him in the process. Thomas, now a Dallas solo, also alleged that Dolkart drove off after he told her to stay at the scene. Asked about the verdict, Thomas said, “I think that it’s really appropriate, and I’m relieved that the criminal trial has come to a conclusion.” He said he was surprised to find out, several days after the incident, that she was a law professor, but he said he hasn’t even thought about pursuing civil litigation against her. Dolkart is upset about the verdict, said her attorney, Mike Gibson, a partner in Dallas’ Burleson, Pate & Gibson. “Quite frankly it was a very close case, and we were very disappointed in the verdict,” Gibson said. “But we were very pleased that they gave her the minimum sentence.” Danny Oliphant, a Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Dolkart, is satisfied with the verdict. “My main concern was to see her convicted of this offense,” Oliphant said. - Texas Lawyer Lawyer fined for rude behavior A New York trial judge has ordered an attorney to pay his opposing counsel $1,000 for his “unprofessional, condescending, rude, insulting and obtrusive” behavior throughout a 5 1/2-hour deposition. During the defense’s questioning of his client in a personal injury suit, the offending attorney, Seth Katz of Kenneth A. Wilhelm Attorneys at Law, suggested answers to his client, took over the deposition himself and made irrelevant and improper objections, according to Justice John P. Dunne’s opinion in Hester v. Sendlebach, No. 3117/04. Dunne cited 34 examples of Katz’s “contumacious” behavior, and concluded that Katz’s “rude and sarcastic tone was unprofessional . . . .There was not an area of inquiry where Mr. Katz’s conduct was not improper and unprofessional.” - New York Law Journal Law graduate sues over mold Carlisle, Pa. (AP)-A woman who graduated from the Dickinson School of Law last month is suing Pennsylvania State University, which owns the law school, saying mold in her dorm made her sick. Masayo Quick of Colorado Springs, Colo., is seeking $25,000 in damages from Penn State, which denies that any mold ever existed in the dorm room. During her first year at Dickinson, from August 2002 to May 2003, Quick lived in Levinson Curtilage residence hall. Her skin started getting irritated and eventually her hands got swollen and started bleeding, the suit said. From December 2002 to January 2003, Quick lived at home in Colorado and “her skin returned to normal by the end of winter break,” the lawsuit claims. When she moved back into the dorm, she said the skin problems flared up again and her skin began oozing yellow liquid. Quick contends that medical treatment helped the problem but did not cure it. She said doctors advised her to check the dorm for signs of mold, and she said she found mold-covered areas in the living room. Penn State officials deny that there was a mold problem in the dorm.

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