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This profile was last updated on 7/26/05  and contains information from public web pages.

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Texas Democratic Party, 26 July 2005 [cached]
Jim Solis and Crabb were freshmen classmates when they entered the Texas House of Representatives for their first session in 1993.
But unlike Crabb, Solis has been finding it difficult to juggle his duties as a state lawmaker with the recent demands of a law practice that specializes in wrongful death cases.The Harlingen Democrat, for example, thought he could have a trial postponed until after the regular session ended this spring after Ford Motor Company hired him as a defense counsel in a lawsuit by a woman who'd been paralyzed and was about to lose medical benefits.But a state district judge - despite a state law that usually makes legal delays sought by lawmakers automatic until 30 days after a session - denied a motion that Solis filed in April for a legislative continuance a few weeks after joining Ford's legal defense team.
Solis is a Hispanic Democrat who votes consistently with Democratic Caucus leaders while Crabb has a more conservative voting record than most of his Republican colleagues in the House.
There's speculation that Crabb and Solis won't be back for the next regular session in 2007.
The decision on whether to retire or to run again should be easier to make for most of the House members who arrived in Austin in the same class with Solis, Crabb and Allen.
Four other Class of `93 members including Solis do not yet qualify for an annuity benefit because they're still in their forties.
The Monitor - McAllen, Texas, 24 April 2005 [cached]
Solis seeks to defend Ford in suit
Jim Solis, D-Harlingen, is asking a judge to delay the case of a quadriplegic woman who is suing Ford Motor Co. until after the end of the legislative session so that the legislator-lawyer can participate in the companyâ€s defense.
The motion states that Ford hired Solis, a democratic state representative from Harlingen, to assist in the case and that Solis is attending the legislative session in Austin until May 30.
Solis defended his involvement, saying he did not join the legal team with the sole purpose of asking for a continuance.
The defendants approached Solis to help with the case "a couple of months ago," and they later decided to pursue the continuance, Solis said.
He plans to take an active role in the case regardless of whether the continuance is granted, he said.
Solis said the nature of the case is consistent with his area of specialty.He has worked primarily in wrongful death cases, for defendants and plaintiffs, he said.
"This is a full-blown, Iâ€m-being-involved, paid-by-the-hour, case," Solis said."Thereâ€s nothing different from this case and other cases that defense lawyers do."
Solis defended the fairness of state laws that allow legislators to ask for a continuance, just as other lawyers do for a variety of reasons.As part-time legislators, they have to make a living even while they are making laws, he said.
"Itâ€s a tool, itâ€s lawful, itâ€s ethical and we use it," Solis said."Lawyers use it every day."
Still, he uses the tool sparingly, he said.
On Friday, Solis was in the Rio Grande Valley while the Legislature met to tend to cases in which he did not ask for continuances, he said.
"Continuances are done and filed every day in the hundreds, if not thousands, in Texas courts."Solis said."And I have a right to file a continuance in every case, and I donâ€t do that."
Solis would not say how much he was paid to represent Ford.
"Iâ€m not going to discuss my fee," he said."It was not $50,000, thatâ€s for sure.I wish it was."
Solis said Fuentes might have to wait longer to pay her medical bills, regardless of a continuance.
"Whether itâ€s a continuance or not, to go to trial, itâ€s one of those issues that you just donâ€t do overnight," Solis said.
Texas High Court Denies Quadriplegic's Right to Speedy Trial Against Ford, 15 Aug 2004 [cached]
Ford filed for a continuance under Section 30.003 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, explaining that its attorney, Jim Solis (D-Cameron County), was a member of the state House of Representatives and that his attendance at the legislative session precluded his being available for trial until June 2005.
Yahoo! News - Early Voting Puts Many Candidates in Early Overdrive, 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
Jim Solis, a Democratic state representative in Texas, said at a rally of factory workers in Harlingen, at the southern end of his state, the other day.Oct. 15 is the first day Texans may vote. - News, 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
Jim Solis, a Democratic state representative in Texas, said at a rally of factory workers in Harlingen, at the southern end of his state, the other day.
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