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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

San Antonio Bar Association names new executive director

The San Antonio Bar Association has named June Morse Moynihan as its new executive director, the organization announced Tuesday. Moynihan, who was serving as assistant executive director, has worked for the bar association for more than two years, previously serving as membership director and director of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. “It’s an exciting change … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Galveston

The Galveston County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative are sponsoring a free legal clinic for veterans on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Veterans and spouses will receive one-on-one advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate and tax law, … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala raises over $560,000 for veterans

The 2017 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raised $560,200 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. The eighth annual gala, held Wednesday in Austin, has raised more than $3 million since its inception. The State Bar of Texas underwrites the event to ensure that proceeds go to helping veterans get legal … 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

International Petroleum Summit comes to Houston this month

Oil and gas negotiators and industry experts will descend on Houston next month for the much-anticipated International Petroleum Summit. The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators event, which will be May 15-17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, will feature high-profile speakers, presentations on industry trends and hot topics, interviews with oil and gas experts, sessions on … Continue Reading

Guest blog: What do judges say about the jury system?

Over the years, I have become a huge advocate for and supporter of the jury system. After presiding over hundreds of jury trials I’ve concluded that juries tend to get it right. The collective wisdom of 12 or even six citizens is truly impressive; to use an old phrase, the sum is greater than its … Continue Reading

New Texas lawyers to be sworn in May 15

Hundreds of Texas’ newest lawyers will be officially sworn in the morning of May 15 at the State Bar of Texas New Lawyers Induction Ceremony. Those who passed the February 2017 Texas Bar Examination and are eligible to be inducted at the event, which will be at 10 a.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in … Continue Reading

February 2017 Texas Bar Exam results released

Congratulations to everyone who passed the February Texas Bar Examination! We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the New Lawyers Induction Ceremony on May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. Go to the Texas Board of Law Examiners website for a full list of those who passed the bar. Pass-rate statistics will be posted … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

On Saturday, May 6, volunteers from the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative will be available to veterans in need of legal advice and assistance. From 9 a.m. to noon, attorneys will be at the Tomball VA Outpatient Clinic, 1200 W. Main St., Tomball 77375, to advise veterans and spouses of deceased veterans in areas … Continue Reading
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