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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

Sugar Land attorney elected State Bar of Texas board chair

Rehan Alimohammad of Sugar Land was elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s April 21 meeting in Austin. Alimohammad will take office during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to be held June 22-23 in Dallas. He will serve as chair until June 2018. Alimohammad will become … Continue Reading

Austin Bar, local attorneys launch free cancer legal clinic

Two young attorney cancer survivors have joined forces with the Austin Bar Association and Austin Bar Foundation to create a free cancer legal clinic. The mission of the clinic—dubbed CANLAW—is to offer free estate planning services to those affected by cancer and their families, the Austin Bar Association announced in a press release. “Given my … Continue Reading

Texas courts of appeals differ on email signature issue

Recent court of appeals rulings in Texas have been split on issues involving email signatures. The 1st Court of Appeals in Houston issued an opinion March 30 on Khoury v. Prentis B. Tomlinson Jr., No. 01-16-00006-CV, a case that arose from an agreement where John Khoury invested in PetroGulf, a company that Prentis Tomlinson ran … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s Law students repeat national moot court championship win

St. Mary’s University School of Law students came out victorious at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition on April 6-8 in Chicago, university officials announced. The win marks the second consecutive championship for the moot court team at the competition, which many consider the most prestigious moot court contest in the country. “St … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Commission kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The Texas Access to Justice Commission kicked off the 2017 Justice for All Campaign this week, which aims to raise funds for legal aid efforts. Each day, dedicated legal aid defenders, pro bono attorneys, and access to justice supporters rise to the occasion in pursuit of justice for all. United with one goal, they assist low-income … Continue Reading

Texas Senate passes State Bar Sunset bill

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 302 by Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, the State Bar of Texas Sunset bill. The Senate voted, 31-0, on a committee substitute of the bill after adding two amendments. One amendment would leave the setting of dues in the referendum process in cases where … Continue Reading
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