Nolo v. Texas -- Nolo Declares Victory
Nolo is proud to declare victory after a two year struggle against an official Texas Supreme
Court Committee bent on banning Nolo's products from Texas. In a letter sent to Nolo's Texas
attorney Pete Kennedy dated September 21, 1999, the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Committee announced its decision to drop its investigation of Nolo and other self-help law
publishers. The Committee's decision to fold its cards was based on a Texas statute signed into
law in June of 1999 (HB 1507) that exempts publications and products such as Nolo's from the
unauthorized practice of law.
To get the benefit of the new statute, Nolo and other publishers are supposed to put statements
on their products that the product is not a substitute for advice from a lawyer. Although it always
seemed obvious to us that consumers can tell the difference between a book and a lawyer, we
will be happy to accommodate the Texas legislature in this matter.
Nolo's victory is also the victory of the George/Donaldson law firm (our Texas lawyers) and the
many people and organizations throughout the country who pitched in to support Nolo and its
constitutional right to publish and distribute its products in Texas. We especially wish to thank
the American Association of Law Libraries, the Texas Library Association, and the five
individual Texans who joined with Nolo in a lawsuit that proved to be an important factor in
getting HB 1507 through the Texas Legislature and by the Governor's pen.
Chronology of Events
Links to the text of correspondence and major legal filings, organized by date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions about the
attempt by Texas lawyers to ban self-help
Cases, Articles and Discussions
Nolo articles, cases and other materials about
self-help law, unauthorized practice of law,
free speech and other related legal issues.