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.
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.
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 www.texasbarcle.com. 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.
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 www.texasbar.com/fridayupdate. Your first issue will arrive in your inbox on January 14.
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 www.texasbar.com/rulesupdate.
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.