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Texas Tech Law dean to depart for post at John Marshall

Texas Tech University School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson will soon leave her post to take the reins as dean of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, according to an announcement Monday.

darbydickerson“I am incredibly honored to lead John Marshall, which has such an inclusive and engaged community,” Dickerson said in the announcement. “I am committed to continuing the school’s legacy of innovation, opportunity and excellence.”

Dickerson has served since 2011 as dean of Texas Tech University School of Law, where she also holds a W. Frank Newton Endowed Professorship. She announced her departure to students and staff on Friday, Lubbock-based radio station KFYO reported.

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Posted inCLELocal BarsNewsTexas Young Lawyers Association

Denton Bar, TYLA to host probate CLE

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 2.20.35 PMThe Denton County Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and State Bar of Texas are teaming up to offer a probate law CLE next month.

The Beyond the Basics seminar, a skills-focused course aimed at two- to eight-year practitioners, will include topics such as litigation standing, fee disputes, and managing clients and feature experienced attorneys as well as judges.

The event, set for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denton on November 4, is open to attorneys and paralegals, with a reduced registration price for lawyers who have been licensed for fewer than five years and paralegals attending with an attorney.

For more information and to register, go to the Denton County Bar Association website.

Posted inEducationJudiciaryMock Trial

El Paso judge, attorneys bring mock trial to elementary students


Students in the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf at Bonham Elementary in El Paso got to dip their toes into the law for a day thanks to a federal judge and local attorneys.

The pupils turned mock legal practitioners tried a faux case on September 30, using characters from the Disney movie Snow White, in the federal courtroom of Hon. David Guaderrama, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Bruce Weathers and Sandra Lewis of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas, and El Paso Assistant District Attorney Lori Hughes supervised the student attorneys.

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Member discounts for retail needs

“Spring” cleaning? It’s probably a good idea to clean up shop more than once a year. So get in your pantry or closet and start sorting—donate or throw out what you don’t need, and then hit the sales! Beneplace has great deals on your retail needs, so you can save big on everything from luggage and shoes to wholesale club memberships.

Stock up for tailgate parties and Halloween at Sam’s club. Join or renew and receive $100 in savings in the first 30 days. Enjoy thousands of dollars in additional savings throughout the year. Sam’s Plus members earn $10 in cash rewards for every $500 in qualifying purchases (up to $500 annually).
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Posted inEducationLocal BarsNews

Dallas Bar event to focus on improving public education

Dallas area educators and members of the public can attend the Dallas Bar Association’s 14th annual education symposium on October 14.

The program, at the Belo Mansion from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to bring community leaders together to grapple with how to improve public education in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

For educators, administrators, counselors, and principals, sessions will touch on cybersecurity, resources for students in crisis, active shooter preparedness and response, and feature a conversation with Dallas school district superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

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Posted inAccess to JusticeLocal BarsVeterans

Free legal clinic for Fort Bend County veterans

Veterans or spouses of veterans in need of legal guidance can visit a free clinic from 9 a.m. to noon October 15 at the Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic, 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200.

No appointment is necessary. At the clinic, veterans and/or their spouses can receive one-on-one advice from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate, tax law, disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case if they need ongoing representation.

The clinic is hosted by Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the Fort Bend County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative.

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

Posted inAccess to JusticeLocal BarsPro BonoSpecial Event

Dallas volunteer attorneys hold 11 free legal clinics in October

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) will hold 11 free legal clinics in October, 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. Schedules and locations are as follows:

Veterans Resource Center (for veterans and their families only), 4900 S. Lancaster Rd, Dallas

  • 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7

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Pro Bono Texas celebrates pro bono with iPad giveaway

Texas attorneys, paralegals, and law students can enter for a chance to win an iPad mini 2 this month in a contest for Celebrate Pro Bono Week.

The State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division’s Pro Bono Texas is giving away the tablet as a part of Celebrate Pro Bono Week, an annual event that highlights the importance of pro bono efforts across the U.S. This year, the celebration will be held October 23-29.

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Posted inDiversityLocal BarsNews

Dallas Hispanic Bar event to celebrate diversity in law

DHBA_DigitalInviteThe Dallas Hispanic Bar Association will celebrate diversity in the legal profession at its annual event, Noche de Luz, on October 15.

Attorneys, judges, and students will gather for the black-tie gala at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to highlight the bar association’s efforts to support educational and diversity initiatives in law.

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Austin ABA event to tackle implicit bias

Austin area attorneys can listen to a discussion about implicit bias in law from a UCLA law professor at an American Bar Association event on October 8.

The program—“Our Implicit Biases: A Revealing Self-Examination … And What To Do About Them”—is a part of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Fall Leadership Meeting.

UCLA Law Professor Jerry Kang, a leader in studying implicit bias, will give a presentation about the implicit and explicit biases people from different social and ethnic backgrounds bring to complex and often stressful and emotional legal settings.

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