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Free legal clinic in Katy serves veterans

A free legal clinic will be held in Katy to serve veterans in need of legal assistance. The clinic, put on by the Katy Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, will be held at the Katy Elks Lodge 2628, 1050 Katy Fort Bend Rd., 77493. Veterans and spouses of deceased veterans … Continue Reading

An update on MCLE reporting on State Bar of Texas website

The State Bar of Texas appreciates the patience of our attorneys as we transition to a new online system for minimum continuing legal education reporting. During the course of the past week, technical problems arose that required the online MCLE portal features be taken offline. Our IT staff has been working around the clock to … Continue Reading

Workshops held for Rio Grande Valley inventors, entrepreneurs

Inventors and entrepreneurs will learn from attorneys about pertinent patent and trademark topics at free intellectual property workshops in the Rio Grande Valley. The full-day workshops, one in Brownsville on March 23 and one in McAllen on March 24, are geared toward underserved inventors and entrepreneurs who may just be getting ideas off the ground … Continue Reading

AG’s office warns public about IRS scams

Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans to beware of a tax-related scam preying on individuals as the April 18th income tax deadline approaches. The scam involves unsolicited phone calls from individuals who claim to be Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Attorney General. The scammers … Continue Reading

SXSW law-related panels roundup

Attorneys had the opportunity to learn about new trends and topics in the law at many sessions at South by Southwest March 10-19. Here we provide a recap of some of the panels. Read some of our past coverage about others involving crowdsourcing for access to justice, privacy and the Fourth Amendment in an evolving … Continue Reading

Copyright infringement, music policy explored at SXSW panels

From recounting infamous music copyright cases to predicting what the future of policy in Washington, D.C., holds, several sessions at South by Southwest tackled hot-button issues in the industry. Copyright infringement “This is about deep-pocket defendants,” entertainment attorney Stan Soocher said as he opened the March 17 panel “Copyright Infringement: Get a Hit, Get a … Continue Reading

SXSW panel: How attorneys are crowdsourcing to increase access to justice

With wide interest in closing the access to justice gap, lawyers at South by Southwest’s “Crowdsourcing Justice” panel on March 13 discussed creative ways to use technology to meet the rising demand for legal assistance. The panel focused on how lawyers have used several new crowdsourcing projects—which consist of gathering information from a large number … Continue Reading

New helpline educates on CPS issues

The Texas Legal Services Center launched in January the Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, a resource for people with legal questions about Texas Child Protective Services. Through the new statewide project, lawyers with CPS experience take anonymous calls and offer legal information and education in areas including the investigation process, kinship care, … Continue Reading

DBA seeks Dallas juniors for paid summer internships

Talented, energetic, and hardworking. For juniors in the Dallas Independent School District, those qualifications could land them paid internships at law firms, nonprofits, and corporate legal departments this summer for four or eight weeks. The Dallas Bar Association, in partnership with the DISD, will place current juniors with an academic average of 85 or above, … Continue Reading

Talk of privacy, surveillance at SXSW panel

The first of several panels about technology surveillance at South By Southwest this year kicked off Friday with a piece of the U.S. Constitution. Moderator Scott Shackford, an associate editor at Reason.com, opened “Get a Warrant: The 4th Amendment and Digital Data,” by reciting the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure … Continue Reading

SXSW panel explores law on Mars

With Elon Musk’s SpaceX unveiling plans for manned missions to Mars and NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the concept interplanetary inhabitation isn’t as far-fetched as it once was. “A new physical frontier is also a new legal frontier,” said Berin Szoka, an attorney and president of policy think tank TechFreedom and panelist for the session Making … Continue Reading

SXSW: A guide to legal-related sessions at the Austin festival

Austin’s most anticipated yearly event is back and lawyers have many opportunities to learn about legal trends and the future of the profession while taking part in the festivities. South by Southwest has been offering continuing legal education and other law-related programming since 1998, and this year it features panels on everything from cybersecurity and … Continue Reading

2017 TBLS board certification applications available until April 3

Attorneys who want to apply for certification can now do so. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting 2017 applications, which are available through April 3 and can be found by visiting the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. Fees, important dates, and specific requirements for each of the specialty areas are also available on … Continue Reading

Texas Board of Legal Specialization seeks comments on proposed real estate law specialty area

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization seeks comment from State Bar of Texas members on a proposed specialty area: property owners association law. POA law involves services dealing with common-interest developments such as condominiums, subdivisions and mixed-use developments; individual owners of such properties; and their mandatory-membership associations. This specialty has been recognized since 1979, when … Continue Reading
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