Posted inMember BenefitsMember Discount Program

Member benefits – USI Affinity

The State Bar of Texas has selected USI Affinity as a preferred provider for liability insurance – offering you the custom coverage you need at a discounted rate. USI Affinity has been the leader in providing insurance solutions for the unique needs of lawyers, specializing in professional liability insurance, for more than 60 years.
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Stories of Recovery: Reaching out is a two-way street

Editor’s note: This is the 13th story in our Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series, featuring attorneys in their own words on how they overcame mental health or substance abuse problems. The State Bar’s TLAP program 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

Many of us who practice law while impaired by depression don’t know we are depressed. Having the blues is often the rule rather than the exception for lawyers, so we don’t know that we could or should feel any different.
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Posted inNewsTexas Center for Legal EthicsTLAP

Texas Center for Legal Ethics donates funds to help attorneys seeking treatment







The Texas Center for Legal Ethics has contributed $30,000 to a fund that helps attorneys pay for critical mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The donation is one of several recent gifts to the Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust, an independent entity designed to help Texas attorneys and their families affected by substance abuse or mental disorders by paying for treatment. The State Bar of Texas committed $250,000 to the trust in its current budget, and the Texas Bar College has pledged $30,000.

The trust works in partnership with the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP), part of the State Bar of Texas, to provide critical assistance to lawyers who cannot otherwise afford services. State Bar President Allan K. DuBois has made raising funds for the trust one of his major initiatives for 2015-2016.

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Free veterans legal clinic scheduled for July 25 in Katy

On Saturday, lawyers from the Katy Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative will be in Katy to provide no-cost counsel to veterans and spouses of deceased veterans. No appointment is necessary for the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Katy VA Outpatient Clinic, 750 Westgreen Blvd., 2nd Floor.

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State Bar executive director and CLE director named as top innovators

Michelle Hunter, executive director of the State Bar of Texas, was selected for a place on the annual Fastcase 50 list of “the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Joining Hunter on the list is the State Bar’s Pat Nester, assistant deputy director and TexasBarCLE director. Fastcase is an online legal research provider. In the summer of 2014, the State Bar of Texas became the first bar association in the country to offer its members access to both Fastcase and Casemaker, another online legal research tool.

The Fastcase 50 list highlights people in the legal community who are exploring and succeeding with unique and impactful technology and legal services delivery models. It includes such industry leaders as Rich Barton, founder of Expedia and co-founder of Zillow and Glassdoor; Dan Lear, director of Industry Relations at Avvo; and Lynn Schmidt Walters, co-founder of JD Mentor and founder of Lux Law Advising.

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Random Profile: Clint Broden, Dallas

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 96,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Best thing about being a lawyer: Representing the underdog

Favorite saying/quote: The juice isn’t worth the squeeze

Secret for staying young: A two year old at home

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Posted inFamily Law

Finding and Promoting the Value in Family Law

By Tina Torres

When I became licensed, a number of attorneys, including my boss (who happened to be my dad), steered me away from family law. Dad, in particular, told me not to do it because the cases were often highly emotional and volatile. But a few years into my practice, when I got a call from a lady who had little money and a 16-year-old daughter with leukemia, I decided to jump in. Not only was her ex-husband suing her for custody but he also was behind in child support by $25,000. I have to admit, I took the case because I was emotionally driven to. How could this person who owed so much in child support do such a thing? In the end, we won, and a judge awarded my client custody of her child and all of the back child support and attorneys’ fees. Today, her daughter is beautiful and healthy with a child of her own, and the family is no longer in the state of turmoil they were in when we first met.

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Posted inNewsVeterans

Free legal clinic for veterans set for July 11 in Conroe

Veterans who need legal advice or assistance are invited to a free legal clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 11 at the VA Outpatient Clinic, 800 Riverwood Court, Suite 100, in Conroe.

No appointment is necessary. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate, and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. If veterans need ongoing legal representation and they qualify for legal aid, they may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.

The clinic is a public service of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Woodlands Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations providing pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 18 Texas counties.

For more information on the clinic, contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at (713) 759-1133 or visit

Posted inCLETexas Minority Counsel Program

Texas Minority Counsel Program headed to Houston

The State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs will host the 23rd Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) on October 14-16, 2015, at the Westin Houston Memorial City hotel.

TMCP is a client development, networking, and CLE event for diverse attorneys in Texas. Created in 1993, the program’s mission is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and expose those organizations to the talent found in the minority and women lawyer communities.

TMCP offers attendees CLE presentations from experts in the legal profession and valuable networking opportunities in the form of receptions, a speed networking luncheon, a golf tournament, a spa event, and more. In addition, attendees can participate in informational interviews to discuss outside counsel opportunities.


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