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Member benefits for your auto buying needs

Dreaming of new wheels? With your State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program, now is a great time to shop around for a new car. From TrueCar’s great auto buying program, to exclusive purchase opportunities with Volvo, Toyota, and even Avis, you’ll find the right vehicle at the right price.

TrueCar’s Employee Auto Buying Program makes car buying a breeze. Simply take your Guaranteed Savings Certificate to the Certified Dealer you’ve selected and go for a test drive. No negotiations, and you’ll save thousands off MSRP. Or shop thousands of pre-owned vehicles from Avis—where you save $750. Test-drive a well-maintained, low-mileage vehicle. Enjoy a no-hassle, no-haggle experience with flexible trade-in options and financing.
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Texas Advocacy Project announces annual award recipients

The Texas Advocacy Project has announced the recipients of its annual awards recognizing community members who embody the nonprofit’s mission.

advocacyprojectThe organization—which aims to provide free legal services to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking across the state—will present the awards at its 10th Annual Black & White Ball on October 28.

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South Texas College of Law announces name change

South Texas College of Law announced Wednesday it has changed its name to Houston College of Law.

The decision to rename the nearly 100-year-old law school came after input from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the wider legal community that recommended the school align itself closer with Houston, the city where the institution is located.

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Free veterans legal clinic July 9 in Conroe

Veterans seeking legal help can stop by a free clinic in Conroe next month.

The Montgomery County Bar Association, The Woodlands Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative are hosting the event July 9 to provide legal assistance to any veterans or spouses of deceased veterans.

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Posted inEthicsNews

How to establish a positive courtroom reputation with judges

Last week at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, attorneys packed a room at the Fort Worth Convention Center to hear Judges Roy Ferguson and David Canales talk about what to do—and what not to do—to gain respect from judges. The session, Effective and Ethical Advocacy from the Judge’s Perspective, was put on by the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section.

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Ferguson and Canales stressed how organized discovery, technological transparency, and respecting pro se litigants can deeply influence an attorney’s ever-important reputation. “I remember every lawyer who comes before me,” said Ferguson, judge of the 394th Judicial District Court in Alpine.

Here are some of their top tips.

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DVAP hosts free divorce legal clinic Wednesday for Dallas-area residents

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will hold a free “Pro Se Divorce Legal Clinic” for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial criteria at noon Wednesday, June 22, at the Jubilee Park and Community Center, 907 Bank St., Dallas.

This clinic occurs on the fourth Wednesday of every month, with the exception of November and December.

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Texas Advocacy Project launches school supplies drive for children affected by domestic violence

With the first day of school approaching in a couple months, a new Texas Advocacy Project campaign aims to make the transition easier for families impacted by domestic violence.advocacyproject

The nonprofit is asking the community to donate new backpacks and school supplies to meet requests from 96 domestic violence shelters across the state for more than 1,900 backpacks through Backpacks for Hope.

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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association holds yearly meeting

More than 800 criminal defense attorneys from across the state converged on San Antonio last week for the Texas Criminal Defense Layers Association’s annual meeting.

tcdlaThe 29th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course—the largest gathering of criminal defense lawyers in the Southwest—on June 16-18 featured continuing legal education, court and law updates, and honored important individuals in the field.

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Stories of Recovery: Stumbling Toward Freedom

The journey from lawyer to yoga teacher to yoga-teaching lawyer

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, ‘law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP.

When I was a kid, my grandpa would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. A “philosophizer,” I would say. I’ve always had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and answers. And even as a small kid, my mind constantly reeled and rarely shut up.

Meanwhile, the whole world kept telling me to become a lawyer.

“You’re so good at arguing,” they’d say. “A natural.” But it wasn’t that I was interested in being disagreeable, so much as I felt it was my responsibility to save the world.

It seems so egocentric now. But that’s how I felt. Like it was my burden to bear. But carrying around the weight of the world on your shoulders takes an awfully heavy toll. Continue Reading

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