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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

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

Being Board Certified

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization inducted 267 attorneys and 22 paralegals at a ceremony in Austin on February 10, 2017. TBLS recognizes 22 specialty areas for attorneys and seven specialty areas for paralegals. Construction law, which was added last year, had one of the largest attorney groups of an inaugural specialty in TBLS history. … Continue Reading

Luncheon celebrates Paralegal Day

District 3 of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division celebrated Paralegal Day with a luncheon October 12. The event celebrated paralegals and the 35th anniversary of the division’s establishment in 1981, when the State Bar of Texas became the first bar association to create a separate division for paralegals.… Continue Reading

Seeking attorneys with hobbies

A mom who writes and performs spoken-word pieces to audiences around Austin. A Houston man who photographs polar bears and lions from just a dozen feet away. A Dallas cancer survivor who sailed around the world. A Woodlands grandfather who swims with great white sharks. All of these people have been profiled as lawyers with … Continue Reading

Veteran Texas newswoman wins freedom of information award

Wanda Garner Cash, a veteran Texas newswoman and educator who has long fought for the public’s right to know, will receive the 2016 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open … Continue Reading

Texas attorneys graduate as presidential scholars

Two Texas attorneys, Grant Sparks and B.J. Goergen, just wrapped up their year as members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2016. This six-month educational program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Of hundreds of applicants, only 61 … Continue Reading

‘Never Quit. Never.’ A Tribute to Buck Files

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in The Voice for the Defense and is republished with permission. Read the full May 2016 issue.  There is a blithe irony in our honoring Buck for his 200th article for this publication—a man of few words for having expressed literally thousands of them. In fact, if you know Buck, … Continue Reading
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