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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

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
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