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Tom Phillips became the youngest chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court at 38 years old. Sixteen years later, he’s had enough. Come September, he’ll be leading classes at Houston’s South Texas College of Law. Phillips pushed repeatedly to reform the court’s selection process, but was never able to persuade lawmakers to drop elections in favor of appointments … Altheimer & Gray’s ex-chief finally has a firm plan. Gery Chico has been casting about since the 330-person firm folded last year. He made a bid for the U.S. Senate, but finished fifth in the Illinois primary. Two weeks later, Chico resigned from a post as of counsel to Arnstein & Lehr. He’s launching his own firm, Chico & Nunes, explaining that “A Hispanic-owned firm … is a real niche we can fill in the corporate law world” … Originally charged with six felonies, Lea Fastow is down to the misdemeanor charge of willfully delivering a fraudulent tax return. Prosecutors superseded her indictment Thursday with the lesser charge, which leaves her exposed to 12 months in prison at most. Fastow withdrew her guilty plea earlier this month, after U.S. District Judge David Hittner refused to accept the five-month deal she’d worked out with prosecutors … Freeze! And beware of dog! Minnesota police should warn fleeing suspects when they have police dogs trained to seize by force, ruled the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision revived the suit of a man whose artery was punctured by a police dog who pursued him after he fled a traffic stop … They couldn’t stop the cockfights. But Louisiana lawmakers are hoping for better luck against their new foe: hog-doggin’. The state House passed a bill this week to end the contests that pit trained canines against feral pigs. – Lori Patel

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