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HTLA hosts courthouse tour and swearing-in ceremony

The Houston Trial Lawyers Association is hosting a tour of the Harris County Courthouse and a swearing-in ceremony at 3:30 p.m., November 16 at the Harris County Courthouse.

The free event is for attorneys who are new to Houston or HTLA, who just passed the bar exam, and for recent or soon-to-be law school graduates.

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Posted inNewsTexas Opportunity & Justice Incubator

TOJI’s second cohort up and running

From left to right: Chase Gall, Nathan Ossowski, Philip Glasser, Russell Sloan, Kay Covarrubia, Kristina Chung, Jennifer MacGeorge, Tony Sun, Marshall Sales, and Eugene Haller.

The second cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, or TOJI, kicked off October 2, 2017, in Austin with a group of 10 new attorneys ready to learn the ins and outs of running a successful law practice.

The 18-month program is a State Bar initiative to close the access to justice gap and is the first statewide legal incubator in Texas. The TOJI participants are provided hands-on skills and knowledge they’ll need to establish their own law practices serving low- and modest-income Texans. The cohort follows the inaugural group of attorneys who began with TOJI’s launch in April.

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Texas to recognize paralegals on October 23

For the past eight years, Texas has celebrated Paralegal Day on October 23 to honor the paralegal community and its contributions.

The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, founded in 1981, was created to enhance paralegals’ participation in the administration of justice, professional responsibility, and public service in cooperation with the State Bar and to provide a statewide organization for communication between paralegals in the State of Texas.

“Paralegals are vital resources to their firms performing valuable services for and under the direction of an attorney, and their work requires a thorough knowledge of legal concepts and facts…,” states the Senate resolution No. 1144 recognizing Texas Paralegal Day. “Through their exceptional talents and expertise, paralegals provide valuable services that contribute significantly to the efficient functioning of the judicial system in the Lone Star State and they are indeed worthy of special recognition.”

Some districts are celebrating their own Paralegal Day as follows:

District 1—Birraporetti’s Downtown Houston, 500 Louisiana St.

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. October 23

District 2—Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas

  • Noon October 23

District 4—Sterling Events Center, 6134 U.S. 290 Frontage Rd., Austin

  • 6-8 p.m. October 26

District 5—Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410 #207, San Antonio

  • Noon- 1 p.m. October 27

District 7—Imperial Taproom, 410 15th St. #100, Canyon

  • 6 p.m. October 24

District 15 – Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant, 2303 W. Expy 83,Weslaco

  • 6-8 p.m. October 26
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Justice Ted Z. Robertson, 1921-2017

Photo courtesy of Texas Supreme Court

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Ted Z. Robertson died Friday, the Supreme Court announced. He was 96.

Robertson served as an associate justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1982 to 1989. He was known for helping to lead to the Supreme Court’s modern system of discretionary review.

The Supreme Court’s news release can be viewed here.

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Houston firms and corporations join Project TRAIN Network

Nineteen Houston law firms and companies will join the Houston Bar Association’s Project TRAIN (Training, Readiness, and Inclusion Network) in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, pledging their support to employ people with special needs.

Project TRAIN, created by HBA President Alistair Dawson, assists firms and companies in hiring and retaining employees with special needs or cognitive disorders. Its members—attorneys and representatives of disability rights groups—will develop training programs and materials (available in early spring 2018) that address legal issues regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and employment law, and advise employers on unique situations of hiring special needs individuals.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Richmond

Veterans in need of legal advice or assistance can visit a free clinic on Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will give any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran one-on-one advice in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate law, tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Veterans in need of ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney.

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The Law: A Profession in Trouble?

I started law school at Stanford in September 1978. Dressed in blue jeans, a flannel shirt, and hiking boots, I stood out like a sore thumb among my classmates, a sea of Ivy Leaguers in khaki pants, Izod shirts, and Top-Siders (sans socks). One of the fast friends I made was Warren Malone, a kid from Long Island who was enrolled in the joint JD/MBA degree program. Warren was easy to be around—funny, engaging, unpretentious, and scary bright. I introduced him to the Dirt Band, cowboy boots, and jackalopes. He introduced me to Bruce Springsteen, the Talking Heads, and the Yankees.
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South Texas College of Law Houston hosts Harvey relief training

A seminar was held to provide lawyers Hurricane Harvey disaster relief training on October 11 at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Saundra Brown, of Lone Star Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Unit, led the training that focused on Federal Emergency Management Agency applications and how to file an appeal for a FEMA denial.

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Stories of Recovery: ‘Half the man I used to be and twice the man I ever was’

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

I am supposed to be dead! I weighed over 350 pounds, had high blood pressure, borderline high cholesterol, borderline high blood sugar, atrial fibrillation, and was taking a daily blood thinner.

For God’s sake, I was a 53-year-old lawyer with over 25 years’ experience negotiating multimillion-dollar transactions, supervising major litigation. I should be able to figure out how to lose weight! Research? I needed to do more research! Surely there was an answer! Continue Reading