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Dallas access to justice campaign brings in $1.1 million

The annual fundraising campaign for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program brought in more than $1.1 million in donations, the Dallas Bar Association recently announced. The Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ Equal Access to Justice Campaign funds DVAP, which provides free civil legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families each year.… Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice groups talk civil legal aid at Capitol breakfast

Representatives of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Texas Access to Justice Commission, state government, and the Texas Supreme Court spoke about the importance of improving low-income Texans and veterans’ access to civil legal help at a breakfast January 26 at the Capitol. State Rep. Sarah Davis, who serves as a liaison to the … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court chief justice delivers State of the Judiciary

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary on February 1 to a joint session of the state legislature, touching on issues including judicial security and compensation, access to justice, electronic records, and the bail system. “As important as it is for courts to be efficient, it is more … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal must-reads for February

The Texas Bar Journal’s February issue provides practical tips for law practice management. Check out our editorial staff’s must-read picks below, and of course, Memorials, Disciplinary Actions, and Movers and Shakers. Starting Out What to consider before launching your own firm. By Dirk Jordan Making It Work Effective law practice management for small to mid-sized … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Executive Director Michelle Hunter announces retirement

State Bar of Texas Executive Director Michelle Hunter announced she will retire January 26, 2018, after nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the 100,000-member organization. “Serving as executive director of the State Bar and leading our dedicated staff is a tremendous honor,” Hunter said. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished in … Continue Reading

Tips for new Texas lawyers in real estate law

A new batch of Texas lawyers was sworn in this past November, and I realized that now would be a good time to share some pointers and direct my fellow colleagues to three key websites in the real estate law field. First, the Texas Real Estate Commission, or TREC, website at trec.texas.gov is your home … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit seeks input on proposed rule change

The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is accepting comments about a proposed amendment to Circuit Rule 32.4 concerning extra-length briefs. After receiving public comments following recent amendments to the Federal Rules for Appellate Procedure involving word-count limits, the court decided not to opt out but to propose an amendment to Rule … Continue Reading

Free webcast explores dementia’s impact on legal professionals

Attorneys can register for a free webcast in February exploring the effects of dementia on lawyers and judges in the legal profession. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Dementia and its Impact on Lawyers and Judges,” will provide information about the signs of dementia, how to navigate available resources, and the related responsibilities and opportunities for lawyers … Continue Reading

What is the goal of legal writing?

When I teach legal writing to first-year law students, I surprise them with an in-class exercise around halfway through the first semester. I have the students break into groups, tell them to take out pen and paper, and pose this question: “What is the goal of legal writing?” Puzzled, they just stare back. I ask … Continue Reading

Catholic Charities of Central Texas receives Texas Bar Foundation grant

The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Central Texas to help those seeking naturalization services across the region, the charity announced this week. The money will fund representation for lawful permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship, providing assistance during the filing process and naturalization interview, according to a Catholic Charities … Continue Reading

American Bar Association to host resilience webinar

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is hosting a resilience training webinar this month. The program—which Texas Lawyers Assistance Program director Bree Buchanan helped produce—is called “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” and aims to provide lawyers with strategies to build resilience in their lives and profession. “Developing resilience is critical … Continue Reading

TYLA’s Vote America! inspires high school seniors to participate in electoral process

Before the first ballot was cast in November, TYLA directors and officers broke from their office calendars and court dockets to make Vote America! presentations to high school seniors across Texas. Vote America! attempts to inspire civic engagement among high school students. In South Texas, the City of McAllen, McAllen Independent School District, and Hidalgo … Continue Reading

Houston young lawyers to bring holiday cheer to local students

Students in the Houston area will get some extra holiday cheer this season thanks to the Houston Young Lawyers Association and Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s annual Adopt-An-Angel program. The program, which was started more than 10 years ago, is a partnership between local law firms, attorneys, and businesses working together to collect and deliver gifts … Continue Reading

Austin Bar awarded Texas Bar Foundation grant for self-help program

The Austin Bar Association will soon receive a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to create training videos for volunteer attorneys helping self-representing litigants, the association announced in a news release Tuesday. The recently approved grant will fund the video project, which aims to streamline the training program for volunteer attorneys who assist pro … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal must-reads for December

Start off the holiday season with the December issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Check out our editors’ four must-read picks—and of course, Memorials, Disciplinary Actions, and Movers and Shakers. ’Tis the Season Celebrating Capitol traditions. By Jillian Beck President’s Opinion: Bridges By Frank Stevenson  Follow the Money Exploring the development of tracing commingled funds … Continue Reading

Houston legal community raises $725K for pro bono

The Houston legal community raised more than $725,000 for pro bono at its annual fall event this month. The 67th Harvest Celebration—the largest fundraising event sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association Auxiliary—supports the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a project that provides free legal services for veterans, the elderly, those … Continue Reading

El Paso Bar hosts free clinic for veterans

The El Paso Bar Association hosted a free legal clinic for veterans on November 19. Seventeen attorney volunteers helped about 50 veterans during the event, which also featured speakers including El Paso city Rep. Emma Acosta and City Attorney Sylvia Firth, a minority director on the State Bar board. Photograph courtesy of the El Paso … Continue Reading
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