On June 9, at a black-tie dinner at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, the spotlightwas on Phil Hardberger, chief justice of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio. TheTexas Bar Foundation, which funds legal services for the poor, was honoring him for hislaw review article, “Juries Under Siege,” which was released this year.

It was a bold move. The foundation raises money exclusively from Texas lawyers, andHardberger’s article, a blistering attack on the Texas Supreme Court, haspissed off more than a few.