Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat - Sept. 7-9, 2011

The Pro Bono Coordinators 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 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 will be held Sept. 7th - 9th, 2011 at the Texas Law Center in Austin.

This year's retreat room block is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Austin University. The room block discount closes August 19th. The deadline to register for the retreat is August 24th. Download the registration form and agenda (both are in pdf format).

TMCP Save the Date - Houston

The State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs invites you to a complimentary TMCP networking event on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to network with other legal professionals in the Houston area. You must RSVP by July 18. Read the full details [PDF].

The mission of the TMCP is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent found in the minority and woman community.

Random Profile: Bart Behr, San Marcos

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 87,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Best thing about being a lawyer: Serving others in need.

Favorite album: When I was a kid, I wore out my Back in Black LP. Now, AC/DC and Country really don't mix. Though Angus is making a comeback.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? A professional athlete - preferably an NFL quarterback on game day (for the winning team) or an extreme snow skier. There is nothing like an adrenaline rush.

Favorite restaurant: La Margarita (San Antonio in Market Square).

Collects: kids!

Favorite composers: Is George Strait a composer?

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Going paperless.

What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? My 10th grade geometry teacher recommended it. This was a bit surprising since my standardized test results likely indicated that I should be a "laborer."

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2011 Gavel Award recipients announced

The State Bar of Texas today announced recipients of the 2011 Texas Gavel Awards honoring journalistic excellence that helps foster public understanding of the legal system.

Awards will be presented Friday, August 12, at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) annual conference in Austin. Read the press release for full details and a list of the recipients.

Texas Bar Journal - July Issue

Inspired by the Texas Forensic Science Seminar, this issue of the Texas Bar Journal investigates the state of forensic science in Texas. Also included are new performance guidelines for non-capital criminal defense developed by the Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee. 


Texas Minority Counsel Program - Early Bird Registration

Join the State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs for the 19th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas.

The mission of the TMCP is to expand and increase the opportunities for minority and women attorneys to provide legal services for corporate and government clients, and to encourage corporations and government agencies seeking outside counsel to hire and retain minority and women lawyers.

Early bird registration ends Friday, July 22, 2011. Click here for more details