The Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas presented TRLA attorneys Jack Salmon and Robert Doggett with Impact Awards at the 2011 Poverty Law Conference Wednesday afternoon.
Salmon, a 2010 law graduate of the University of Texas, and Doggett were presented the award for their work in Texas’s own “Show Me the Note” case — Norwood v. Chase Home Finance LLC — where a Texas judge rejected arguments from the mortgage industry that showing possession of a note is unnecessary during the foreclosure process.
While the “show me the note” defense is common among homeowners facing foreclosure, the duo’s work resulted in the first court decision in Texas, a nonjudicial foreclosure state, to declare that a servicer must show possession of the note.
In describing the importance of the decision, Doggett, put it simply —
What is more important is that loan servicers in nonjudicial states may no longer have a free ride.
Salmon has been working for TRLA as an attorney in our Edinburg office since November 2010. Doggett is manager of TRLA’s foreclosure team and works in our Austin office.