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Carrollton high school team wins statewide mock trial contest

Mock Trial Champions 2017-CreekviewA team of students from Creekview High School in Carrollton took home the top prize at the Dallas Bar Association’s 38th Annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition on March 3-4.

It was the team’s second consecutive win and fourth championship in the past five years, according to a Dallas Bar Association press release.

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Posted inNewsTexas Board of Legal Specialization

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 the website.

TBLS-Logo-tag-RThe exam is October 16, 2017, in Austin. Questions about the TBLS certification program can be addressed by phone at (855) 277-TBLS (8257) or by email at tbls@tbls.org.

Posted inNewsPro Bono

State Bar asks members to participate in pro bono survey

Update: The deadline to participate in the State Bar of Texas statewide survey on pro bono service has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday, March 10.

The State Bar of Texas and its Pro Bono Workgroup is asking members to participate in a statewide survey on pro bono service.

The results will help leaders better understand the legal services provided to low-income Texans and the factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service.

The anonymous survey will take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on an attorney’s level of pro bono work. Lawyers who are licensed in more than one state may be invited to take the survey in each state in which he or she is licensed but should only participate once.

All State Bar members who participate by March 3 will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive one of 10 $500 Visa gift cards.

Take the survey online here.

Posted inNewsTexas Board of Legal Specialization

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 the State Bar’s Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section sponsored its application and appointed a Committee on Condominium and Common Interest Ownership.

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Posted inLaw SchoolsNewsPeople

Immediate past State Bar president receives St. Mary’s Law award

allan_dubois1230081259-362Immediate Past State Bar of Texas President Allan K. DuBois recently received the St. Thomas More Award from St. Mary’s University School of Law for his work in bringing attention to the mental health and substance abuse issues attorneys face.

The law school presents the award each year to a judge, lawyer, law professor, or other individual who has made exceptional contributions to legal education, the profession, or government.

DuBois, who served as president in 2015-2016, told the Texas Bar Blog he is grateful and humbled by the honor from the law school.

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Posted inAward NominationsNewsPro Bono

Deadline extended for State Bar pro bono award nominations

The deadline for nominations for the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Excellence and Indigent Defense awards has been extended until Friday, March 3, at noon.

Every year the bar’s Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters committees call for nominations of individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in providing legal services to low-income Texans.

Award recipients will be notified in May.

For more information about the awards or to submit a nomination, go to texasbar.com/probonoawards or contact the Legal Access Division at probono@texasbar.com or 800-204-2222, ext. 1855.

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Chief Justice Jack Pope, 1913-2017

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Photo courtesy of Texas Supreme Court

Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, the longest living state chief justice in U.S. history, died Saturday, the Supreme Court announced. He was 103.

Pope served as an associate justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1964 to 1982 and as chief justice from 1982 to 1985. He was known for accomplishments including the establishment of formal judicial education for Texas judges and a judicial ethics code.

The Texas Supreme Court has a news release and video tribute here.

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Discounts for savings goals

Now’s the time to tend to your finances and grow your savings. All you need to do is plant the seeds—draft a budget and stick to it, refinance your loans, set financial goals, and get your taxes done early. Beneplace is here to help! As a State Bar member, you have access to products and services to help you get on the road to financial success.
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Free legal issues workshops in San Antonio on Feb. 25

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 4.54.52 PMMembers of the public will be able to learn about common legal issues from local attorneys at free workshops in San Antonio on February 25.

During the 23rd Annual People’s Law School, hosted by the San Antonio Bar Foundation and St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Pro Bono Program, local attorneys will share their expertise on topics including wills, divorce, immigration, landlord-tenant issues, identity theft, and the risks and consequences of driving while intoxicated.

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