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Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program launches new website

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The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, launched a new website June 1 aimed at providing information and resources to Texas lawyers, law students, and judges who are concerned for themselves or a colleague in regards to general well-being, mental health, or substance use issues.

The site, tlaphelps.org, is not only easy to navigate but also accessible 24/7 on any mobile device, tablet, or desktop. The site features links to articles, podcasts, videos, and TED Talks on topics including wellness, stress and anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and cognitive decline. Resources are tailored to law students, young lawyers, lawyers, aging lawyers, judges, and legal employers.

TLAP works with the 10 law schools in Texas to develop programming to raise awareness about alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues, and wellness. Crisis counseling, referrals, and peer assistance are available.

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Free legal clinic for Conroe veterans

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Veterans in need of legal help will be able to meet with volunteer attorneys for advice and assistance at a free clinic in Montgomery County on Saturday, June 3.

Attorneys will be available to offer advice in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans in need of ongoing legal representation, and who qualify for legal aid, will be assigned a pro bono attorney from the Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

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Texas House congratulates Joe K. Longley with resolution

Joe_Longley_FullSizeRenderThe Texas House of Representatives adopted a resolution May 28 congratulating Joe K. Longley of Austin on his recent election as 2017-2018 State Bar of Texas president-elect.

“… the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Joe K. Longley on his election as (2018-2019) president of the State Bar of Texas and extend to him sincere best wishes for a successful and productive term … ,” said House Resolution 2642, which was authored by State Rep. Yvonne Davis.

Read the full resolution here.

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Texas Legislature adopts State Bar Sunset bill

The State Bar of Texas Sunset bill is on its way to the governor.

The Texas Senate voted on Sunday to adopt a conference committee report resolving differences with the House over the bill, SB 302. The House adopted the conference committee report on Saturday.

SB 302 continues the State Bar for 12 years, retains the rules referendum vote of State Bar members, and requires a referendum in cases where a dues increase of more than 10 percent is proposed in a six-year period. Continue Reading

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Austin attorney Joe K. Longley elected State Bar president-elect

Joe_Longley_FullSizeRenderTexas 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.

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Make a difference: Volunteer attorneys sought to help with pro bono legal advice website

TexasLegalAnswers.org, debuting June 1, will operate as a free, online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans, and volunteer attorneys are needed to help answer their questions.

The site will allow individuals who meet certain financial guidelines and who need basic legal guidance to log on, post questions, and have them answered by volunteer attorneys across the state. Individuals with complex legal matters will be referred to legal aid agencies for more in-depth assistance.

Attorneys interested in volunteering with Texas Legal Answers can visit TexasLegalAnswers.org to learn more and sign up under the Volunteer Attorney Registration tab.

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5 Myths About Legal Insurance BUSTED

400036-_-275x110If you’re not quite sure what legal insurance is, you’re not alone. At ARAG, we deal with misconceptions attorneys and others in the legal industry have about what we do all the time. We want to bust the five most common myths we hear about legal insurance so that you can see how it might be able to benefit you and your firm.
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Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program names new director

AldenM May 2017The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program has named Michelle Alden its new director, the Dallas Bar Association announced Friday.

Alden, a 10-year employee of the program, succeeds Alicia E. Hernandez who took over as executive director of the Dallas Bar Association in January.

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and is dedicated to increasing and enhancing pro bono legal services for the poor in Dallas through the recruitment, training, and support of volunteer attorneys.

Read more about the announcement on the Dallas Bar Association website.

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