Austin Bar holds Law Day lunch

The Austin Bar Association and the Austin Bar Foundation celebrated Law Day during a luncheon on April 30. More than 200 guests attended and several individuals received recognition during the event, which was held at the W Austin Hotel.

David Escamilla, a Travis County attorney, received the Regina Rogoff Award from the Austin Bar Association. Former State Bar President Martha Dickie, partner in Almanza, Blackburn & Dickie, received the group’s Professionalism Award.

The Austin Young Lawyers Association honored Belinda Powell, Travis County strategic planning manager, with a Liberty Bell Award. Jessica Palvino, a partner in McGinnis Lochridge, received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, while Ranelle Meroney, of counsel to Chamberlain McHaney, was presented with a Mentor Award from the group.

Volunteer Legal Services gave its J. Chrys Dougherty Award to Kris Algert, a partner in Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores. Hong Shi, an associate of Haynes and Boone, received the Susan P. Burton Award, while the Vinson & Elkins Law Firm took home the Joseph H. Hart Award.

Additionally, the Austin Bar Foundation presented grants to Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Texas State Law Library, and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

For more information, go to austinbar.org.

 

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Houston Bar celebrates Law Day by expanding LegalLine hours

In recognition of Law Day, the Houston Bar Association is extending its LegalLine hours on Wednesday, May 6, to noon to 9 p.m. During the time slot, Harris County citizens may call (713) 759-1133 to speak with volunteer attorneys regarding simple legal questions. If further assistance is needed, callers may be referred to additional services or legal aid agencies.

“The extended session of LegalLine on Law Day allows the HBA and its attorneys to reach more members of the Houston community seeking free legal advice or answers to their legal questions,” said Mitch A. Reid, a partner in Andrews Kurth in Houston and a co-chair of LegalLine. “It also provides an excellent opportunity for our volunteer attorneys to give back to the legal profession and help people in our area facing much greater challenges in their lives.”

LegalLine is regularly held on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to hba.org.

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Houston Bar to celebrate Law Day with extended LegalLine hours, community service programs

The Houston Bar Association announced Wednesday it will offer extended hours for its free legal advice program, LegalLine, and sponsor public education programs in honor of Law Day, a national holiday recognizing the rule of law. 

The extended LegalLine program will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. The public can call the Houston Bar Association at 713-759-1133, where volunteer attorneys will answer simple legal questions, give brief legal advice, or refer the caller to the appropriate social service or legal aid agency for further assistance.

This year’s Law Day theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. The association’s other Law Day-related programs are listed below.

  • From late April through early May, attorneys and judges will read the book Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote to elementary students in 100 classrooms throughout school districts and private schools in Harris County. For participating schools, contact Tara Shockley at 713-759-1133 or taras@hba.org.
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Dallas Bar to honor local judiciary at Law Day Luncheon

Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will speak to nearly 250 Dallas-area judges and lawyers as the Dallas Bar Association celebrates Law Day, the association announced Tuesday. 

The keynote address will be part of the association’s annual Law Day Luncheon at noon May 2 at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., in downtown Dallas. Also during the luncheon, students from the Dallas Independent School District who won Law Day essay and art contests will receive their awards.

The luncheon is open to the public, but RSVPs and advance payment are required. Tickets are $40 per person, or $400 per table, and can be purchased online at www.dallasbar.org or by contacting Mary Ellen Johnson at mjohnson@dallasbar.org or 214-220-7474.

 

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Texarkana YLA to distribute legal handbooks to students on Law Day

The Texarkana Young Lawyers Association will celebrate Law Day on May 1 by going into schools and providing copies of “The Legal Handbook for Young Texans” to high school senior classes.

The association developed the free, comprehensive guide to address legal issues commonly faced by young adults. You can download the guide by following this link

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 to challenge Americans to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a democracy.

Click here to learn about 2014 Law Day contests in Texas.

Dallas Bar Association to host mock voir dire for high school students

Dallas trial lawyers and judges will demonstrate how a jury is selected for nearly 400 area high school students April 11 as part of a Dallas Bar Association event.

The event, sponsored by the DBA Law Day Committee, shows the importance of selecting a fair and impartial jury using a panel of Dallas Independent School District high school students for a hypothetical civil or criminal trial. The students can ask questions of the lawyers and judges after the demonstration.

The event will also include a moderated panel discussion with Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Republican Party Chair Wade Emmert, Texas Sen. Royce West, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, and 68th Civil District Court Judge Martin Hoffman, who will moderate.

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Houston Bar Association's Law Day program earns national honor

The Houston Bar Association announced Tuesday it is one of three organizations the American Bar Association will honor for its 2013 Law Day activities.

The HBA will join the Connecticut Judicial Branch and the Law Day 2013 Dream Team, a partnership of 12 Georgia organizations, in receiving the Law Day 2013 Outstanding Activity Award, according to the ABA.

The ABA will present the awards Feb. 7 at its 2014 Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

 

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Congratulations to the 2013 Law Day winners!

The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) invited local bar associations and young lawyer affiliates to participate in the statewide Law Day contest. This year’s Law Day theme was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Contest winners will be recognized on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Texas Law Center. The State Bar of Texas and TYLA will host the luncheon and present the awards to the winners. View this year's contest winners [PDF].