SBOT leaders, justices meet with Gov. Abbott

State Bar leaders, Texas Supreme Court justices, and other members of the legal profession met today with Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently signed SB 534 into law. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kirk Watson and Rep. John Smithee, adds to the oath that is required of each person admitted to practice law in Texas, specifically that the person will “conduct oneself with integrity and civility in dealing and communicating with the court and all parties.”

Female judges recognized by Texas Legislature

There are 1,064 female judges in Texas. On Monday, more than 120 gathered at the Capitol in Austin, where they were recognized by members of the Texas Senate and House, with SR535 and HR1907.


Austin Bar Association wins Luminary Award

The Austin Bar Association took home a Luminary Award for Excellence in Electronic Publications for its e-newsletter Bar Code at the National Association for Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop, held last week in Indianapolis.

“My favorite part of the Luminary Awards is that the entries are judged by our peers—other bar communicators who understand the benefits as well as the challenges of communicating within a bar association,” said Kat Hinson, communications director for the Austin Bar. “It’s a huge compliment when other communications professionals think your work is outstanding.”



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September Texas Bar Journal -- Legislative Update

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed numerous bills of interest to Texas attorneys. The articles in this month's Texas Bar Journal identify major changes to specific areas of law that will affect Texas lawyers and the clients they serve.

Texas Supreme Court urges budget item for legal aid for the poor

In an analysis Wednesday responding to a legislative request, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson and Justice Nathan L. Hecht urged a $20 million budget item for Texas legal-aid programs that was omitted in the waning-days budget debate in the regular legislative session.

Without the $20 million, Jefferson and Hecht told state Sen. Royce West, as many as 25,000 low-income Texas residents would be denied basic legal services now provided to 104,000 families - and, they added, that figure could mean more than 75,000 people affected because of the disproportionate number of single-parent households. They estimated the need for legal assistance at 5.7 million people in the state.

To read the full press release, please visit the Texas Supreme Court website.

TYLA takes part in child abuse prevention rally at Texas Capitol

On April 6, during the "Go Blue Day" rally at the Texas Capitol, Texas Young Lawyers Association President Jennifer Evans Morris (right) discussed TYLA's latest project, "The Little Voice: Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It." Morris joined several lawmakers, including Sen. Carlos Uresti (left), and child advocates who expressed support for child abuse prevention efforts. To watch "The Little Voice" video or public service announcements, click here. To read the accompanying public education brochure, click here. To read a recent Texas Bar Journal article about the project, click here.

Learning About the Lege

Want a refresher on how the Texas Legislature works? TexasBarCLE is rebroadcasting its webcast, “The Texas Legislative Process: What Every Lawyer Should Know,” on Tuesday, March 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Topics include a review of the legislative process, ethics rules regarding interactions with legislators and staff, and a look at the major issues for the 82nd Legislature. Participants can earn two hours of MCLE credit (including one hour of ethics). To register, visit And to stay informed on what is happening at the Capitol, be sure and sign up for the Friday Update, a free weekly e-newsletter on proposed legislation that may affect the legal profession.

Stay on top of the 82nd Legislature with our free Friday Update e-newsletter

The 82nd session of the Texas Legislature began Tuesday, January 11.

As the session unfolds, the State Bar of Texas Governmental Relations department will closely monitor legislative proposals, including the State Bar's own 2011 Legislative Program.

As a State Bar of Texas member service, the department publishes the free "Friday Update" e-newsletter each Friday during the session. The newsletter includes bill summaries and links, with an emphasis on proposals that might affect the legal profession. To subscribe and view archives of past updates, visit Your first issue will arrive in your inbox on January 14.

December Texas Bar Journal covers proposed amendments to disciplinary rules

This month's Texas Bar Journal features information about proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, including the proposed amendments and the referendum on the proposed amendments.

To find additional information on the proposed amendments and the referendum, you may visit

The cover of the December Bar Journal features the State of Texas Christmas ornament. Fifteenth in a series of collectible ornaments, the 2010 edition combines architectural and decorative elements featured in past ornaments and reflects a rich tradition of historic preservation.