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Diversity increases at some Austin law firms

As Austin continues to grow, the number of minority attorneys increased during the past year at some of the city’s firms, according to a report released August 9. The Law Firm Diversity Report Card grades the city’s law firms on their hiring, promotion, and retention of attorneys of diverse races, genders, and sexual orientations. The … 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

Free legal clinic for veterans in Texas City

Veterans in need of legal help can visit a free clinic on Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expwy., Ste. 206, Texas City 77591. The event will provide veterans or spouses of deceased veterans with one-on-one counsel from a volunteer attorney in … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic to be held for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, August 5. The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate and tax … Continue Reading

Dallas County residents can attend free legal clinics in August

Qualifying Dallas County residents will receive free legal help at 10 clinics hosted in August by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. The clinics will offer legal advice and consultation in civil matters for residents who meet Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ eligibility guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, legal papers, and … Continue Reading

Guest blog: The life of a small-town attorney

I have lived in Houston almost my entire life and have always considered myself an urbanite. My wife and I love the trappings of the city—musicals, museums, and dim sum, to name a few. But in June I moved to San Angelo, with a population of about 100,700, and you cannot convince me to go … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Richmond

A free clinic in Richmond will offer legal advice to veterans on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer attorneys will be available to advise any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran in several areas of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate law, and tax law, as … Continue Reading

Longtime Texas RioGrande Legal Aid leader to retire

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Executive Director David Hall will retire from his position after 42 years at the helm, the organization announced Wednesday. “It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside colleagues and friends with such inspiring values, compassion, and dedication for justice,” Hall said in a statement to staff announcing his decision. … Continue Reading

Texas attorneys named to Fastcase 50 list of top innovators

Three Texas attorneys were included on the annual Fastcase 50 list, which honors top innovators in the legal field. Cameron Vann, senior staff attorney for the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program; Cisselon Nichols Hurd, senior counsel to Shell Oil; and T. Jason Smith, senior director and legal counsel to software company Apttus, received the honor alongside attorneys, professors, … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Lake Jackson

Free legal assistance is being offered to veterans in Lake Jackson on Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer attorneys at the clinic, organized by the Brazoria County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, will provide veterans and spouses of deceased veterans with advice regarding disability and veterans benefits … Continue Reading

Texas criminal defense attorneys to read Declaration of Independence for Fourth of July

All across the state on the Fourth of July, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association members will lead readings of the Declaration of Independence. The annual recitation of the nation’s founding document is a tradition started seven years ago by Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman, a past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.… Continue Reading

Early thoughts for family law practitioners on the modernized military retirement system

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 defined a modernized retirement system, or MRS, for individuals entering military service on or after January 1, 2018. Service members with less than 12 years of service on December 31, 2017, have the option of remaining with the current military retirement system or switching to the … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy

Free legal advice will be offered to veterans in Katy on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer attorneys will be available to advise any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran in a number of areas including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, in addition … Continue Reading

TYLA seeks lawyers to judge State Moot Court Competition

The Texas Young Lawyers Association is seeking volunteers to judge the preliminary rounds of the 2017 State Moot Court Competition held annually in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting. Eight Texas law schools will participate on June 20-22 in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., and judges are needed at the … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for Conroe veterans

Veterans in need of legal help will be able to meet with volunteer attorneys for advice and assistance at a free clinic in Montgomery County on Saturday, June 3. Attorneys will be available to offer advice in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, as well as disability and … Continue Reading
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