Random Profile: Diana Morales, Plano

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 95,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Culinary talent: I make a good stromboli and flan cake. I’m known for my baking skills.

Generally likes to read: I love the classics and magical realism. 

Memorable vacation: Traveling to Rome with my husband. I loved seeing the ancient city, eating the great food, and rambling around the city.

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Free legal clinic for veterans scheduled for Texas City

Veterans, as well as spouses of deceased veterans, can obtain free legal advice and assistance during a clinic in Texas City on Saturday, Sept. 13. No appointment is needed for the clinic, which takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite 206.

Volunteer lawyers will offer counsel in any area of the law—including family, wills and probate, tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case. The clinic is a public service of the Galveston Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative.

For more information, contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at 713-759-1133 or go to hba.org.

 

Member Benefits - Insurance

Summer’s winding down. It’s a great time to make sure you’ve got the insurance coverage you need – and your State Bar of Texas Member Discount Program has lots of ways to save on products to help you protect what matters. Check out the deals available to you today.

 

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Violence and Attorneys--Time for a Wake-up Call?

By John G. Browning

We usually don’t consider the practice of law to be a dangerous profession, nestled as we normally are behind desks. But as the articles in the upcoming September issue of the Texas Bar Journal illustrate, violence has a very real impact on the legal profession—from the legal implications of and reactions to mass shootings to the risks faced by attorneys working in areas like family law and criminal law. And the danger is national in scope, as explored by Mark Hansen in his 1998 ABA Journal article, “Lawyers in Harm’s Way.” Hansen’s survey of family lawyers found that 60 percent of the respondents had been threatened by an opposing party, 17 percent had been threatened by their own client, and 12 percent reported being the victims of violence at the hands of an opposing party or client.

Since 2001, Utah attorney Stephen D. Kelson has closely studied the issue of violence against lawyers in multiple states. His 2006 survey of Utah lawyers revealed that 46 percent of the respondents reported being threatened or physically assaulted at least once, with 42 percent of the incidents occurring at the lawyer’s office. Reports from other states point to similar levels of threats or violent acts committed against lawyers, including Idaho (41 percent), Nevada (40 percent), Wyoming (46 percent), Oregon (37 percent), New Mexico (40 percent), Kansas (41 percent), and Arizona (42 percent).

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Stories of Recovery: Solving the problem of me

“Lately it occurs to me — What a long strange trip it’s been.” — The Grateful Dead

Editor’s note: This is the sixth story in our Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program "Stories of Recovery" series, featuring attorneys in their own words on how they have overcome mental health or substance abuse problems. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call us at 1-800-343-8527, and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP.

I first started using drugs when I was 12. I always felt like I was different from other people and I couldn’t understand why. 

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Hispanic Issues Section celebrates 35th year

Now in its 35th year, the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas has been active addressing statewide matters, such as helping to create a bar association coalition to address the unaccompanied minors situation. The coalition is at work providing training and CLE seminars to attorneys and other legal professionals who are interested in volunteering their time.

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Share your blog on Texas Bar Today

Texas Bar Today is an online media network featuring curated news and commentary from Texas legal professionals. It is provided as a service of the State Bar of Texas. If you are a Texas legal professional/blogger and are not yet listed on the Texas Law Blogs section of Texas Bar Today, please email webmaster@texasbar.com to request inclusion on the site.

Please also contact us if you do not have a blog but would like to contribute a guest post.

Bar Leaders Conference on Texas Bar TV

The Bar Leaders Conference video playlist, which can be found on the State Bar's YouTube channel, Texas Bar TV, includes interviews with speakers and attendees of the conference which was held in Houston earlier this month.

The conference offers tools and resources that attendees can utilize to help them become effective bar leaders. The two-day training program also addresses common concerns for volunteer leaders.

State Bar of Texas Member Discount Program

It’s August, which means you might be getting your kids ready for another year of school. You don’t have to stress about the costs of the season – your State Bar of Texas Member Discount Program has lots of ways to save on products and services to make sure your loved ones get back to school in style and with the supplies they need to succeed. Check out the deals available to you today.

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Registration for Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat is open

Registration for the Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat is open. It will be held Sept. 3-5 at the Texas Law Center in Austin. This two-day event provides valuable training on increasing the quantity and quality of legal services available to the poor through pro bono efforts.

The retreat is designed for staff whose primary roles include coordinating pro bono efforts, recruiting private attorneys to provide direct legal services to the poor, and/or organizing training events so attorneys can deliver civil legal services to poor Texans. This retreat is open to pro bono coordinators in legal services programs and private law firms.

To find out more information and to download the registration form, please visit www.texasbar.com/pbcr.