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Jefferson County volunteer attorneys hold free veterans legal clinic

Veterans and spouses of deceased veterans are invited to a free legal clinic from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 at the West Side Development Center, 601 W. Rev. Dr. Ransom Howard St., Port Arthur.

Volunteer attorneys from the Jefferson County Bar Association will provide individual counseling on any legal matter during the clinic, including matters involving family law, wills and probate, consumer, property, disability and veteran benefits.

Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins will be addressed as time and resources allow. To schedule an appointment, contact the JCBA at (409) 835-8647 or email

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Dallas Bar names next executive director

Alicia HernandezThe Dallas Bar Association has announced Alicia E. Hernandez as its next executive director, succeeding its longtime head Cathy Maher.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the sixth executive director of the DBA,” Hernandez, who has worked for the association for 15 years, said in a statement announcing her selection. “… I look forward to working with the association’s leadership and its dedicated staff to continue the great legacy of this association.”

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Dallas attorney honored for lifetime achievement in real estate law

Saegert_Ann_Hi_HeadThe State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section honored a Dallas attorney for her sustained contributions to the field of real estate law.

Ann Saegert, senior counsel to Haynes and Boone, received the 2016 Distinguished Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award at the section’s Advanced Real Estate Conference July 7 in San Antonio.

A former chair of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section for seven years, Saegert started working at Haynes and Boone in 1978.

“Ann has been a pillar of the state and national real estate bars for decades, so I can’t think of a better recipient for this impressive award,” Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers said in a statement. “We join the state bar section in applauding Ann’s rich and wonderful career in real estate law.”

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Dallas Bar to celebrate Christmas in July to help charities

For some local Dallas charities, Christmas is coming in July thanks to the Dallas Bar Association.

The DBA will collect donations Friday to benefit the Austin Street Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, North Texas Food Bank, and the Family Place as a part of its annual “Christmas in July” initiative.

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Houston Volunteer Lawyers receives $125K grant for veterans initiative

The Houston Bar Association’s volunteer lawyer service received a $125,000 boost for its veterans legal aid program from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

hvlp-logo-100Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ Veterans Legal Initiative, which started in 2008, serves more than 2,300 veterans and spouses of deceased veterans annually, helping them in all areas of civil law.

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Local bar associations honored for pro bono work at Bar Leaders Conference


Bar associations from across Texas received recognition for their commitment to promoting access to justice at the Bar Leaders Conference July 15-16 in Houston.

The Bar Leaders Conference, put on by the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Texas Access to Justice Commission, aims to help inspire effective leadership and address common concerns among bar associations.

The two-day training featured sessions on young lawyer affiliate projects, communication strategies, poverty law, and fundraising, among other topics.

State Bar of Texas President Frank Stevenson presented the Pro Bono Service and Deborah G. Hankinson awards on behalf of the Texas Access to Justice Commission to local bar associations at a luncheon July 16 at the Westin Galleria.

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Fastcase names Texas attorneys among top innovators

Two Texas attorneys were included on the annual Fastcase 50 list, which honors innovators in the legal field.

Jason P. Steed, an associate of Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas, and Mark I. Unger, of the Unger Law Firm in San Antonio, received the honor alongside attorneys, professors, and technology entrepreneurs from across the country.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Texas City

The Galveston County Bar Association and Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative will host a free legal clinic for veterans from 9 a.m. to noon July 23 in suite 206 of the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. 

Any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran can receive one-on-one counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law. No appointment is necessary. Veterans who need ongoing representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.  

The Veterans Legal Initiative is a coalition of local bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 18 counties in Texas. 

For more information, call 713-759-1133 or visit

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Summer savings from your State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program

Whether you’re traveling far and wide or staying local, with your State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program you can plan the perfect summer adventure. You’ll save on tickets to concerts, sporting events, theme parks and much more!

Summer vacation is calling your name. With Cruise & Vacation Perks, get a 4% cash-back reward on cruise vacations, resort packages and tours all around the world. You’ll also find special, limited-time offers each month, including special pricing, cabin upgrades and onboard value book credits.

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Tech law school wins state moot court competition

Texas Tech University School of Law won first place in the 2016 State Moot Court Competition, reclaiming the honor it achieved in 2013. Team members included C.J. Baker, Shelby Hall, and Kristen Vander-Plas, and their coach was Robert T. Sherwin. This is Texas Tech’s fifth championship since 1975. This year’s event took place during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Fort Worth on June 14-16 and was put on by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.


Back row, from left: Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown, Justice Debra Lehrmann, Justice Don Willett, Justice Paul Green, Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Justice Phil Johnson, Justice Eva Guzman, Justice Jeffrey Boyd, and Justice Bill Whitehill of the 5th Court of Appeals; front row, from left: Kristen Vander-Plas, C.J. Baker, and Shelby Hall

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