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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

What Texas lawyers should know from the Clio trends report

Many were surprised to learn at the Clio Cloud Conference in September that of the 150,000 actively using the cloud-based law practice management software, lawyers were only billing 28 percent of their available work hours. The folks at Clio broke down the findings of its full 2016 Legal Trends Report—which outlines several industry metrics for … Continue Reading

Baylor Law School hosting clinic to help young lawyers open firms

Young lawyers interested in opening their own law firms can get useful guidance at a two-day workshop at Baylor Law School August 18-19. Legal Mapmaker™, sponsored by Baylor Law School in collaboration with other law schools and the State Bar of Texas, aims to equip new lawyers with the tools to start practices that provide … Continue Reading

Some Austin law firms are becoming more diverse

As Austin grows larger—and less diverse in some respects—what is happening to the makeup of the city’s law firms? According to a report released August 9, some firms increased their hiring, retention, and promotion of attorneys of diverse races, genders, and sexual orientations during 2015. The Austin Law Firm Diversity Report Card grades each firm … Continue Reading

Annual Meeting session to explore Dewey & LeBoeuf fraud case

A recent highly publicized fraud case against longtime members of the New York legal profession will be the focus of a session at Annual Meeting next week. “The People v. Dewey LeBoeuf: Prosecuting and Defending Individual Responsibility for Corporate Mismanagement,” a program hosted by the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, will … Continue Reading

Houston pro bono team secures inmate’s release from prison for non-violent drug offense

The pro bono efforts of a Houston-based husband-and-wife legal team allowed an Illinois man to walk free after serving nearly two decades in prison for a non-violent drug offense. For the past seven years, Vinson & Elkins partner Darin Schultz and Morgan Lewis associate Christina Vitale represented Scott Walker, an Illinois man arrested, charged and … Continue Reading

Winstead awards scholarships to diverse law students

Winstead recently announced the winners of its annual scholarship program benefitting outstanding diverse first-year law students in Texas. The Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarship—in its ninth year—is awarded to three exceptional and ethnically diverse students at the University of Houston Law Center, University of Texas School of Law, and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.… Continue Reading

Munsch Hardt ‘Sticky Fly’ event raises money for low-income Texans

It’s not every day that attorneys get a chance to tape their firm’s top officials to a wall. But on April 21, employees at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin, Houston, and Dallas did just that. At the fundraiser—dubbed Sticky Fly—Dallas office CEO Phil Appenzeller, Austin shareholder David Mattka, and Houston shareholder Mitch McFarland … Continue Reading

Houston firm’s annual social media campaign aims to stop texting while driving

People of all ages do it no matter how much they know they shouldn’t: texting while driving. And for teenagers, who already have some of the highest crash numbers and are often big users of technology, the consequences can be dire. The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend is bringing … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 5: Ralph Miller and Nathan White

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (Oct. 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community is doing to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage … Continue Reading

Webinar to train paralegals on pro bono volunteering

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and texaslawhelp.org are offering a free training webinar to paralegals who are interested in volunteering for the website’s pro bono program. The webinar will be available online September 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the Paralegal Division’s Fort Worth/Arlington division will host an in-person training … Continue Reading

Baylor Law, firm with Texas offices receive ABA pro bono awards

Baylor Law School was selected to receive a 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. At a ceremony on August 1, held in Chicago at the ABA Annual Meeting, the committee recognized Baylor, the only law school receiving the award, as well as two … Continue Reading

Houston firm’s social media contest encourages teens to not text and drive

The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend is bringing attention to Distracted Driving Awareness Month by sponsoring its third annual Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest. The team of personal injury attorneys said it aims to encourage teens to not text while driving because they “have seen all too often the … Continue Reading

Firm’s new office showcases a modernized Texas Lawyer’s Creed

When the firm of Shipley Snell Montgomery recently moved its office to a historic downtown Houston building, it hired local architects at Mayfield and Ragni Studio to give the new space an affordable yet meaningful design. While many law offices across Texas take on a traditional décor, with chunky wooden bookshelves, oversized leather chairs, and … Continue Reading
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