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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

State Bar, Metroplex Veterans Legal Services to hold first Veterans Bankruptcy Legal Clinic

Low-income, disabled, unemployed, or homeless veterans needing assistance with bankruptcy or debt issues can receive free legal services at a first-of-its-kind Veterans Bankruptcy Clinic in the Dallas area on February 3. The single-issue clinic focused on bankruptcy and debt problems is a partnership between the State Bar of Texas, the Bankruptcy Law Section of the … Continue Reading

Pursuing professional goals through the Texas Bar College

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.” —Isaac Asimov, author This is why I want to join the Texas Bar College—to grow, to be a better and more capable attorney. The issue I run into … Continue Reading

TMCP speaker to discuss data privacy during Cyber Security Awareness Month

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, attorneys can listen to speakers Hyattye O. Simmons and Deborah Butler discuss the importance of “Cyber Security and Data Privacy” during the 23rd Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on October 15 at the Westin Houston Memorial City hotel.… Continue Reading

FOIFT annual conference pushes transparency, offers honors

A crowd of about 175 gathered Thursday at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual state conference and awards luncheon to honor legislators, advocates and award-winning journalists who push for transparency in government. Former Sen. Don Adams received the James Madison Award for his legacy; writing and passing the first Texas Open Records Act … Continue Reading

Webinar to train paralegals on pro bono volunteering

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and texaslawhelp.org are offering a free training webinar to paralegals who are interested in volunteering for the website’s pro bono program. The webinar will be available online September 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the Paralegal Division’s Fort Worth/Arlington division will host an in-person training … Continue Reading
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