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Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy

veterans_unsplashFree legal advice will be offered to veterans in Katy on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will be available to advise any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran in a number of areas including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, in addition to disability and veterans benefits.

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Texas Supreme Court congratulates first TOJI cohort

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The 10 members of the first cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator received words of support and encouragement from the Texas Supreme Court on June 13, 2017. Justice Phil Johnson spoke to the group gathered in the courtroom and reminded them of their important role in helping those who need access to justice. He praised the continued efforts of Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht and Justice Eva M. Guzman, who have championed access to justice and encouraged others to follow suit.

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator is an innovative approach to legal access that helps new lawyers build sustainable practices that serve low- and modest-income Texans. The first cohort started the program on April 3 at offices in Austin. After completing an intensive three-week “boot camp” training session, they began building their individual law practices.

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Stories of Recovery: High Anxiety

Editor’s note: This post 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 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org.

I was the first born, over achiever, good grades. I worried so much all the time, and still do about what others think of me. Do they think I’m smart enough? Do they think my hair is too frizzy? Do they think what I just said is ridiculous? There is constant ruminating every day when I get home about what I should’ve said, and why mostly everything I did was wrong.

This overly anxious attitude seemed to help me in law school. I was so anxious about doing poorly that I studied and did all the work so I wouldn’t fail out and embarrass myself. I also started sleeping way less and had a lot of extra energy. Continue Reading

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TLAP director named chair of American Bar Association commission

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

2016-2017 American Bar Association President-elect Hilarie Bass appointed Buchanan to a one-year term beginning after the association’s Annual Meeting in August.

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TYLA seeks lawyers to judge State Moot Court Competition

The Texas Young Lawyers Association is seeking volunteers to judge the preliminary rounds of the 2017 State Moot Court Competition held annually in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting.

Eight Texas law schools will participate on June 20-22 in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., and judges are needed at the following times:

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Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program launches new website

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The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, launched a new website June 1 aimed at providing information and resources to Texas lawyers, law students, and judges who are concerned for themselves or a colleague in regards to general well-being, mental health, or substance use issues.

The site, tlaphelps.org, is not only easy to navigate but also accessible 24/7 on any mobile device, tablet, or desktop. The site features links to articles, podcasts, videos, and TED Talks on topics including wellness, stress and anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and cognitive decline. Resources are tailored to law students, young lawyers, lawyers, aging lawyers, judges, and legal employers.

TLAP works with the 10 law schools in Texas to develop programming to raise awareness about alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues, and wellness. Crisis counseling, referrals, and peer assistance are available.

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Free legal clinic for Conroe veterans

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Veterans in need of legal help will be able to meet with volunteer attorneys for advice and assistance at a free clinic in Montgomery County on Saturday, June 3.

Attorneys will be available to offer advice in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans in need of ongoing legal representation, and who qualify for legal aid, will be assigned a pro bono attorney from the Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

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