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Texas welcomes newest lawyers to the bar at induction ceremony

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The newest batch of Texas lawyers was officially sworn in Monday at the New Lawyers Induction Ceremony.

Friends and family of the new attorneys and representatives from the State Bar of Texas and the state’s 10 law schools watched the festivities at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, as the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices presided over the event.

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Posted inCLEEducationNews

TexasBarCLE Online Library provides thousands of CLE articles

Need to research quick and efficiently? Tired of physically storing shelves of continuing legal education articles?

TexasBarCLE’s Online Library can help with that.

With the online database that houses more than 20,000 CLE articles, you can easily and quickly search for documents on your computer, mobile device, or tablet, and download a searchable PDF or print.

You can track down what you’re searching for using terms, phrases, or names in the article text itself and even narrow down your results by practice area, a range of years, or a specific year.

The invaluable service is free for Texas Bar College members.

For a special offer of $100 off a $295 one-year subscription to the service, use discount code 1231060001.

Posted inNewsTBLS

TBLS considers changes to personal injury trial law certification

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is considering possible changes to the standards for certification in personal injury trial law. board_certified_logos

One of 22 areas of law in which attorneys can be board certified, the specialty involves litigation based on an individual’s injury from automobile accidents, professional malpractice, defective products, or negligence by another.

Comments or suggestions regarding the proposed changes can be sent to TBLS through July 1 at tbls@texasbar.com or 505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 400, LB 28, Austin, TX 78752.

View the proposed revisions here.

Posted inMember BenefitsMember Discount Program

Father’s Day gifts with your State Bar of Texas Member Discount Program

With Father’s Day and graduation season coming up, you may be starting to worry about what gifts to buy dads and grads. Your State Bar of Texas Member Discount Program has great offers and gift ideas so you can find the perfect gift for everyone!

Does your dad or grad love the outdoors? Find tons of deals through your discount program! Save 8% off retail when you buy Bass Pro Shops gift cards and eGift cards—redeemable at any Bass Pro Shops retail store, online or by phone. Campmor has great outdoor clothing, gear and accessories—save 10% when you shop directly from your employee discount website.
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Posted inDiversitySpecial Event

Texas Minority Attorney Program to take place in Houston and San Antonio

TMAP 2016 graphicThe 14th annual Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP) will be held May 20 at South Texas College of Law in Houston and June 3 at Cypress Towers in San Antonio. TMAP is a one-day live CLE seminar and networking event geared toward minority and women solo and small firm practitioners.

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about issues facing solo and small firms, discuss various client development strategies, and network with area judges and other legal professionals.

Attendees of the Houston event will enjoy a presentation by Jolanda Jones, star of WE tv’s new series Sisters in Law; a judges’ panel; and courses on immigration, family, employment, and criminal law. Continue Reading

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Houston attorney to receive CLE award from State Bar

cavinawardHouston attorney Warren Cole has been named as the recipient of a State Bar of Texas award that recognizes long-term contributions to continuing legal education.

Cole, of the Law Office of Warren Cole, will receive the 2016 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE at an upcoming TexasBarCLE program of his choice.

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Posted inCriminal LawLocal BarsNewsPeople

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association presents annual awards

Top Criminal Defenders Defense Lawyers Houston, TEXAS

Several criminal defense attorneys, an investigator, and a local student were honored at the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association’s 46th annual awards banquet in Houston last week.

The association is the largest local criminal defense bar in the nation with more than 700 active members practicing as criminal defense lawyers.

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Posted inLocal BarsNews

Dallas Bar to host West Nile, Zika virus public forum

The Dallas Bar Association is hosting a forum this month to educate the public on the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Attendees will learn about the impact of the diseases on health, how the Dallas community can prevent transmission, the county’s current response, and possible legal ramifications on businesses from the illnesses.

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Posted inLaw SchoolsNews

UH Law Center, FCC to host conference on broadband technology and mental health

The University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute is hosting a conference next week exploring the future of how broadband technologies can play a role in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and behavioral health issues.

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Posted inNewsTLAP

TLAP featured in nonprofit TV channel video on mental health

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program was featured in a nonprofit TV channel segment “Mental Health Matters: In the Workplace,” on how states and employers support their workers dealing with mental illness.

The segment on Mental Health Channel, an online network of free documentary-style programming about mental health topics, looks at legislative and employer-based policies aimed at supporting employees.

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