State Bar of Texas President-elect candidates announced

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors has approved the nomination of attorneys E.A. “Trey” Apffel, III of League City and Larry W. Hicks of El Paso as candidates for president-elect. Texas attorneys will cast their votes during an election this spring. Election results will be announced May 1. The president-elect will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2014 until June 2015. Read the full press release

Bastrop Country Veterans Benefit Fair

The Bastrop County Veterans Service Office will host a veteran’s benefits fair and outreach even on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bastrop County Courthouse Annex. This event is open to all veterans, active duty, reserve and National Guard military members and their families.

Learn about veteran health care, compensation, pension, education, employment, survivors’ benefits, home and land loans, life insurance, burial honors and many other potential benefits in addition to free legal consultation and guidance for filing claims and appeals. No appointment is necessary and the event is free.

For more information contact the Bastrop County Veterans Service Office at 512-581-4006 or via email at

Bastrop County Courthouse Annex
Second Floor Conference Room
804 Pecan St., Bastrop


Registration is open for the 31st Annual Texas Forum

The State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals is sponsoring the 31st Annual Texas Forum Friday, February 22, 2013, at City Place Conference Center, 2711 North Haskell, Dallas, TX. The Forum will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 2:30 p.m. Registration is $25 for paralegals and $20 for paralegal students. Registration includes lunch, materials, and parking.
MCLE State Bar of Texas Accredited 4.0 hours (1.0 hour ethics)

Click here to register.

Random Profile: Zachary P. Oliva, Houston

Zachary OlivaFor Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 93,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next? 

Family: Single. My parents are retired in Phoenix and my brother lives in Manhattan. Can you guess who I visit during the winter?

Most important career lessons: Have the mindset of someone who is self-employed.

Hobbies: My Ohio State Buckeyes, reading, staying fit, trying to get back into fly fishing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Overcoming negative public perceptions and increased competition due to an oversaturated profession.

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Special engagement featuring Justice Sonia Sotomayor to be held at BookPeople

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be speaking & signing copies of her newly released memoir "My Beloved World" at BookPeople on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the book signing are available online and in-store. Get the full details.

Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009. In her new autobiography, Sotomayor chronicles her life from childhood to a seat on the highest court.

2013 Law Day contests

The State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) invite local bar associations and young lawyer affiliates to participate in the statewide Law Day contests. Local bar associations, courts, schools, youth groups, and community organizations are encouraged to hold Law Day programs to help people understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, April 1, 2013. Get the full details.

Lynne Liberato to receive the 2013 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award

The Anti-Defamation League has selected Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Lynne Liberato as the recipient of the 2013 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence award honoring an outstanding member of the legal community who exhibits an exceptional commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service. 

“One of the most respected lawyers in Texas, Lynne is passionate in her commitment to the Houston community,” said Mark Trachtenberg, Houston administrative partner. “Her dedication to both the practice of law and to making Houston a better place makes her a most deserving winner of this award and we are so proud of her.”

Liberato has served as the president of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. She has also chaired the board of the United Way of Greater Houston, where she currently chairs the THRIVE, which gives hardworking families a better chance of becoming financially stable.

She also serves on the board of the directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and formerly was a member of the board of trustees for South Texas College of Law. 

At Haynes and Boone, Liberato co-heads the firm’s Appellate Practice Group and has handled some of the most significant trials and appeals in Texas, including before the United States and Texas Supreme Courts.

Liberato will receive the 2013 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence award at a luncheon on March 19 in Houston.


Lawyers needed to judge competition during ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas

The ABA Law Student Division needs 40 more lawyers and judges to participate as competition judges for the 2012-13 Negotiation Competition National Finals during the ABA Midyear Meeting February 8-9, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. Specific times for the rounds are as follows:

Friday, February 8
Round 1: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (30 judges needed)
Round 2: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (30 judges needed)

Saturday, February 9
Semifinal Round: 8:30 am to12:30 pm (20 judges needed)
Championship Round: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (5 judges needed)

Judges may earn CLE credit if their state CLE Board provides for credit via judging competitions. Texas lawyers may earn self study credit for judging this competition. Texas lawyers may report on their My Bar Page or annual verification report (the 9-digit code is not needed).

Lawyers interested in objectively evaluating the negotiation skills of the top 24 (out of 228) law student teams from across the country and giving them useful feedback are asked to select their round and supply their contact information on the form located at

In this competition, two teams of student lawyers negotiate an agreement or settle a dispute between their clients. Competition judges evaluate the teams on how well they serve their clients’ needs.

This year’s topic is Small Business Ventures. Volunteers do not need previous competition judging experience, nor expertise in the subject matter.

Please direct questions to Peggy Pissarreck at 312-988-5621 or

Random Profile: Amanda Houston, Lubbock

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 93,000-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: Learning something new every day! I also like being able to help people know and understand their rights. 

Talents (besides law): I love decorating and doing things to our house.

Bet you didn’t know: In addition to being a full-time attorney, on my off time, I help my husband run his business. We are busy, busy, busy all the time. 

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ABA Commission on Disability Rights sponsors two free CLE programs

The American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights is sponsoring two CLE programs:

Please note that in order to receive CLE credit you MUST register for the 2013 ABA Midyear Meeting (registration is free).

For more information go to