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Houston young lawyers to bring holiday cheer to local students


Students in the Houston area will get some extra holiday cheer this season thanks to the Houston Young Lawyers Association and Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s annual Adopt-An-Angel program.

The program, which was started more than 10 years ago, is a partnership between local law firms, attorneys, and businesses working together to collect and deliver gifts to children in the community.

This year, the program is expected to reach more than 2,500 students at eight early childhood centers and elementary schools and four private charities in the Houston area, organizers said.

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Austin Bar awarded Texas Bar Foundation grant for self-help program

The Austin Bar Association will soon receive a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to create training videos for volunteer attorneys helping self-representing litigants, the association announced in a news release Tuesday.

austin-bar-logo-markThe recently approved grant will fund the video project, which aims to streamline the training program for volunteer attorneys who assist pro se litigants at the Travis County Law Library and Self Help Center.

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Texas Bar Journal must-reads for December

Start off the holiday season with the December issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Check out our editors’ four must-read picks—and of course, Memorials, Disciplinary Actions, and Movers and Shakers.

Dec must-reads

’Tis the Season
Celebrating Capitol traditions.
By Jillian Beck

President’s Opinion: Bridges
By Frank Stevenson 

Follow the Money
Exploring the development of tracing commingled funds in divorce cases. 
By Richard R. Orsinger

The Judge’s Daughter: Tie a Bow On It (Goofy Gifts for Jolly Lawyers)
By Pamela Buchmeyer

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Disciplinary notice email scam targets Texas lawyers

An email scam that uses false notifications of disciplinary actions is targeting members of the State Bar of Texas.

Several Texas attorneys have reported receiving an email claiming a grievance was filed against them and that they have 10 days to respond. The email invites them to “click here” for more information.

The email is not from the State Bar of Texas or the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. (The State Bar of Texas does not send disciplinary notices by email.)

If you receive this type of email, delete it immediately.

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Houston legal community raises $725K for pro bono

The Houston legal community raised more than $725,000 for pro bono at its annual fall event this month.

The 67th Harvest Celebration—the largest fundraising event sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association Auxiliary—supports the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a project that provides free legal services for veterans, the elderly, those with disabilities, and other low-income individuals in the community.

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El Paso Bar hosts free clinic for veterans

elpaso2The El Paso Bar Association hosted a free legal clinic for veterans on November 19.

Seventeen attorney volunteers helped about 50 veterans during the event, which also featured speakers including El Paso city Rep. Emma Acosta and City Attorney Sylvia Firth, a minority director on the State Bar board.

Photograph courtesy of the El Paso Bar Association. El Paso City Attorney and State Bar Board Minority Director Sylvia Firth speaks at the November clinic.

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State Bar of Texas passes 100,000 active members

Patrick McGinnis

Patrick McGinnis

The State Bar of Texas recently passed 100,000 active members.

The lucky soul who pushed the Bar past that mark is Patrick McGinnis, an associate attorney at Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP in Houston. Mr. McGinnis was kind enough to take a few moments over the busy Thanksgiving holiday to answer a few questions for this blog. Here is a small Q&A with him:

How old are you? 

 I turned 25 on the same day as law school graduation, in May of 2016.

Which school(s) did you attend? 

 I earned a B.A. from Texas State University in 2013 with majors in philosophy and Spanish. I then graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2016.

Is being an attorney your first career? If not, what did you do before deciding to become an attorney?

  Yes, it is my first career. Although, I think I will give it a few more years before I give up on trying out for the NFL.

Why did you want to become a lawyer? 

 It was an interesting decision, as I am the first attorney in my family. My father hinted at the idea throughout my adolescence. I remember him saying: “In the world of commerce, everyone needs counsel.” With that reasoning, I decided that becoming an attorney could open the door for almost anything that I could choose to pursue in life.

In your quest to become a lawyer, what inspired or motivated you the most?

 Being able to justifiably tell my daughter, Charlie, that she too can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.

What type of law will you practice?

 Commercial Litigation.

Were you hired at Eggleston & Briscoe out of law school?

 Yes, and I feel fortunate to begin my career at such an exceptional firm.

How does it feel to be the 100,000th active Texas lawyer?

 Aside from this being an entirely meritless award, and the product of pure luck, I feel like I’ve earned it. It is an honor to represent a milestone for both the Texas Bar and this wonderful profession. Plus, it’s icing on the cake for getting through that nice little test the Board of Law Examiners administered in July.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

 I would like to specially thank the South Texas College of Law Advocacy Program for exposing potential that I once thought unimaginable. Hard work wins championships.

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December brings six free legal clinics for Dallas County residents

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold six free legal clinics in December, providing consultation in civil matters to Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, and legal papers with them to the clinic.

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Houston Trial Lawyers Association taps new officers

The Houston Trial Lawyers Association elected its 2017 officers at its annual membership meeting November 15.

Kevin M. Camp of Jones Granger will be president, Daniel D. Horowitz III of the Law Offices of Daniel D. Horowitz III will be president-elect, and Tobias A. Cole of Midani, Hinkle & Cole will be secretary-treasurer.

The association is a comprised of attorneys whose primary area of practice is representing plaintiffs in the civil justice system.

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Photographs courtesy of the HTLA. From left: Kevin M. Camp, Daniel D. Horowitz III, and Tobias A. Cole.