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State Bar of Texas launches technology resources web page

The State Bar of Texas has launched a new technology page with information and links to resources attorneys need to navigate the intersection of technology and the law. The page, texasbar.com/tech-resources, offers links to informational videos, online resources from TexasBarCLE, technology articles from the Texas Bar Journal, law practice management resources, a link to a … Continue Reading

Tips for Salvaging Water-Damaged Law Office Records

As floodwaters recede and Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts begin throughout the state, many Texas lawyers will face specific challenges getting their practices back up and running. In some cases, salvaging water-damaged client files and other essential business records will be a key part of that recovery. To help attorneys whose law offices have been affected … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Harvey Media Reports – Sept. 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take … Continue Reading

Vick: 7 candidates to interview for State Bar executive director

Editor’s note: President Tom Vick sent the following message today to members of the State Bar of Texas.  I’m pleased to update you on our search for a new executive director of the State Bar of Texas. Interest in the job has been high—more than 130 people from across the country submitted expressions of interest. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas wins national award for diversity program

The State Bar of Texas today received a national award for one of its signature efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) received one of three ABA Partnership Awards during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York. … Continue Reading

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program launches new website

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, launched a new website June 1 aimed at providing information and resources to Texas lawyers, law students, and judges who are concerned for themselves or a colleague in regards to general well-being, mental health, or substance use issues. The site, tlaphelps.org, is not only easy to navigate but … Continue Reading

Austin attorney Joe K. Longley elected State Bar president-elect

Texas attorneys have elected Joe K. Longley of Austin as the 2017-2018 president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. The result comes after a May 11-25 runoff election between Longley and Chad Baruch of Dallas after they were the top two vote-getters in a month-long, three-way race for the position that ended May 2. Read the news release for more results.… Continue Reading

Scholarships available to criminal law attorneys interested in conferences

The State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section has announced that a record $30,000 in scholarships will be available to criminal law practitioners who would like to attend any of the following criminal justice conferences in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, or Fort Worth within the next few months: ·      30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law … Continue Reading

State Bar to hold runoff for president-elect; Pretorius elected in TYLA race

Texas attorneys will be able to vote for Chad Baruch of Dallas or Joe K. Longley of Austin in a runoff election for State Bar of Texas president-elect. Baruch and Longley were the top two vote-getters in a month-long, three-way race for the position that ended Tuesday. The runoff will take place May 11-25. In the Texas … Continue Reading

Opinion: A Message From the State Bar of Texas President

Editor’s Note: This communication to State Bar members went out earlier today via email from President Frank Stevenson and other State Bar officers. We’ve heard from many fellow Texas lawyers with questions regarding the Sunset Process and other State Bar matters. We would like to set the record straight on the issues for which we’ve … Continue Reading

State Bar helps members explore insurance options

Update: The State Bar of Texas also hosted events in Houston and Dallas to provide members with information to help them select options through the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange. To view information from all the sessions, click on the following links: Texas, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. John Jansonius, a partner in Jackson Walker and the chair of … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Support Groups are Life-Changing

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. Over the past 15 years, a toxic combination of the general … Continue Reading

About The Bar

In 1882, hundreds of judges and lawyers gathered in Galveston to establish the Texas Bar Association, a volunteer organization. Half a century later, seeking to ensure that lawyers maintain the highest ethical standards, the association proposed legislation that would unify the bar and provide more stringent controls over standards of practice. The Texas Legislature passed … Continue Reading
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