Posted inNewsVeterans

Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

On Saturday, May 6, volunteers from the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative will be available to veterans in need of legal advice and assistance.

From 9 a.m. to noon, attorneys will be at the Tomball VA Outpatient Clinic, 1200 W. Main St., Tomball 77375, to advise veterans and spouses of deceased veterans in areas including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law as well disability and veterans benefits.

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Posted inLaw DayLocal BarsNews

State Bar of Texas announces 2017 winners of Law Day contests

The State Bar announced the winners of the annual Law Day essay, photography, and poster contests this month.

Each year, Law Day is celebrated nationally on May 1 to honor the rule of law and underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. It provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

This year’s theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” which aims to highlight how the amendment has reshaped law and society through its Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection clauses.

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Posted inNewsState Bar

Sugar Land attorney elected State Bar of Texas board chair

Rehan-headshotRehan Alimohammad of Sugar Land was elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s April 21 meeting in Austin. Alimohammad will take office during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to be held June 22-23 in Dallas. He will serve as chair until June 2018.

Alimohammad will become the first attorney of Asian descent and the first immigration attorney to hold the position. He is a partner in the Texas office of Wong Fleming in charge of immigration and tax law.

Read the full press release here.

Posted inLocal BarsNewsPro Bono

Austin Bar, local attorneys launch free cancer legal clinic

Two young attorney cancer survivors have joined forces with the Austin Bar Association and Austin Bar Foundation to create a free cancer legal clinic.

The mission of the clinic—dubbed CANLAW—is to offer free estate planning services to those affected by cancer and their families, the Austin Bar Association announced in a press release.

“Given my good fortune in finding my cancer early while so many others did not, I had a deep desire to give back to the cancer community,” Austin attorney and cancer survivor Caitlin Haney Johnston said in the release. “I had estate planning experience, so I decided the best way to help was to share my legal knowledge with others.”

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Posted inLaw Firms and Legal Departments

Scams Continue to Target Texas Attorneys

Update 4/17/17: We received a report of another scam in which a law firm’s accounting department received an email purporting to be from the president of the firm, instructing them to pay a statement for $19,500 for professional service. When accounting requested more information, the president responded that the email was not from him. The address it appeared to come from was exeuva@comcast.net.
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Posted inGuest BlogNewsTechnology

Texas courts of appeals differ on email signature issue

Untitled design (2)Recent court of appeals rulings in Texas have been split on issues involving email signatures.

The 1st Court of Appeals in Houston issued an opinion March 30 on Khoury v. Prentis B. Tomlinson Jr., No. 01-16-00006-CV, a case that arose from an agreement where John Khoury invested in PetroGulf, a company that Prentis Tomlinson ran and claimed he had a contract to sell oil from Iraq into Syria.

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Posted inTLAP

Stories of Recovery: She realized she was not alone

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 (800) 343-8527 and find more information at tlaphelps.org.

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Fifth Circuit adopts rule change

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit adopted a change to its rules this month.

The amendment is as follows:

FIFTH CIRCUIT RULE 32.4

5th Cir. R. 32.4 Motion for Extra-Length Briefs. A motion to file a brief in excess of the page length or word volume limitations must be filed at least 10 days in advance of the brief’s due date. The court looks upon such motions with great disfavor and will grant them only for extraordinary and compelling reasons. If a motion to file an extra length brief is submitted, a draft copy of the brief must be submitted with the motion.

The amended rule, which went into effect April 4, was approved by the court following a public comment period that ended in March.

Posted inLaw SchoolsNews

St. Mary’s Law students repeat national moot court championship win

StMU-2017-ABA-NAAC-ChampsSt. Mary’s University School of Law students came out victorious at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition on April 6-8 in Chicago, university officials announced.

The win marks the second consecutive championship for the moot court team at the competition, which many consider the most prestigious moot court contest in the country.

“St Mary’s has prided itself on its strong advocacy programs and outstanding moot court teams,” David A. Schlueter, Hardy Professor of Law and director of advocacy programs at St. Mary’s University School of Law, said in a press release. “This win adds an exclamation point to that reputation.”

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