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Texas Supreme Court congratulates first TOJI cohort

The 10 members of the first cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator received words of support and encouragement from the Texas Supreme Court on June 13, 2017. Justice Phil Johnson spoke to the group gathered in the courtroom and reminded them of their important role in helping those who need access to justice. … 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

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

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

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

Longtime Lubbock workers’ compensation attorney honored for lifetime achievement

Carolyn F. Moore, a longtime Lubbock workers’ compensation attorney and hearing officer in the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation, received an award for lifetime achievement in the field from the State Bar of Texas Workers’ Compensation Section. Section Chair Judy Ney presented the Barbed Wire Award to Moore, who previously served as … Continue Reading

TLAP wins statewide award for suicide prevention efforts

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas received the Texas Suicide Prevention Council’s Leadership Award yesterday at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium in San Marcos. The honor was bestowed on TLAP staff attorney Chris Ritter by the TSPC, a coalition of various community-based organizations, state and local agencies, and academic institutions, … Continue Reading

Tech law school wins state moot court competition

Texas Tech University School of Law won first place in the 2016 State Moot Court Competition, reclaiming the honor it achieved in 2013. Team members included C.J. Baker, Shelby Hall, and Kristen Vander-Plas, and their coach was Robert T. Sherwin. This is Texas Tech’s fifth championship since 1975. This year’s event took place during the … Continue Reading

Houston Bar offering LegalLine for storm victims

Houston-area residents affected by recent flooding and other severe weather can find answers to their legal questions next week through the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine. Residents can call (713) 759-1133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-6 to speak with an attorney on consumer issues such as insurance, property, landlord-tenant law, contracts, and disaster … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Support Groups are Life-Changing

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. Over the past 15 years, a toxic combination of the general … Continue Reading

Congratulations to the 2016 Law Day winners!

The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association invited local bar associations and young lawyer affiliates to participate in the statewide Law Day editorial, photo, and poster contests to celebrate the importance of law and its impact on our nation and local communities. This year’s Law Day theme, Miranda: More than Words, encouraged student … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala raises over $334,000 for veterans

The 2016 Champions of Justice Gala Benefitting Veterans raised more than $334,000 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texan veterans, the Texas Access to Justice Commission reported. The seventh annual gala, held Wednesday, has raised nearly $2.5 million since its inception. The State Bar of Texas underwrites the event to ensure that proceeds … Continue Reading

The Thing Dressed in Overalls

The “Factory of Sadness” is the rueful nickname embraced by long-suffering Cleveland Browns fans for their stadium—the only NFL stadium to never host a postseason game. During my upcoming year as State Bar president, I’m unlikely to have a solution to that or (alas) a near-identical calamity much closer to home. But fortunately I do … Continue Reading

Attorney addiction and the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program discussed at SXSW

A panel titled “Substance Abuse and Dealing with Addiction” at one of the biggest parties of the year? The dichotomy was not lost on the attorneys and handful of musicians attending this Saturday morning South by Southwest event—part of the continuing legal education track—and they moved in closer to the speakers for what was described … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: My Moment of Clarity

Editor’s note: This is the 19th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. I knew for some time that I might have … Continue Reading
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