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Harris County legal professionals awarded for pro bono service

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The Harris County judiciary and Houston Bar Association presented the 2017 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards to area law firms and an attorney for their service to local low-income residents. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht gave the keynote address at the May 3 event, which was held at the Harris County Civil Courthouse.
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Discounts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 14! This year, get something extra-special for that special mom in your life—whether it’s your mom, wife, grandmother, friend, coworker, or some other hard-working mom you want to recognize. Your Beneplace discount website has great savings on all sorts of gifts—flowers, chocolates, gift cards, jewelry, laptop bags and much more.
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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 Young Lawyers Association election, Sally Pretorius of Dallas was elected president-elect and will serve as TYLA president from June 2018 to June 2019.

Read the news release for more results.

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International Petroleum Summit comes to Houston this month

Oil and gas negotiators and industry experts will descend on Houston next month for the much-anticipated International Petroleum Summit.

The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators event, which will be May 15-17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, will feature high-profile speakers, presentations on industry trends and hot topics, interviews with oil and gas experts, sessions on career growth, and networking opportunities.

“If you provide services as an in-house or firm attorney to clients in the oil and gas industry, this event is the not-to-be-missed conference for 2017,” said Houston lawyer Marie Wagner, an at-large director on the AIPN board. The summit will not be back in Houston until 2019.

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Guest blog: What do judges say about the jury system?


Over the years, I have become a huge advocate for and supporter of the jury system. After presiding over hundreds of jury trials I’ve concluded that juries tend to get it right. The collective wisdom of 12 or even six citizens is truly impressive; to use an old phrase, the sum is greater than its parts.

Judges have the privilege of seeing thousands of citizens come through the courthouse doors. Further, we get to speak to them about how great our jury system is. Many judges develop their own way of thanking jurors for their service. One day, as I delivered my rather standard speech, I wondered what other judges say. I asked several current and former judges in the Harris County area to send me what they tell their juries.

What I got back was the greatest testimonial to the jury system that I could imagine. I have included their words—and mine—below, in honor of Jury Appreciation Week, which is celebrated during the first week of May in Texas.

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New Texas lawyers to be sworn in May 15

Hundreds of Texas’ newest lawyers will be officially sworn in the morning of May 15 at the State Bar of Texas New Lawyers Induction Ceremony.

Those who passed the February 2017 Texas Bar Examination and are eligible to be inducted at the event, which will be at 10 a.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Doors open at 9 a.m.

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#ThankAJuror: Help us celebrate Jury Appreciation Week in Texas


In Texas, the first days of May are celebrated as Jury Appreciation Week, a time to honor the service of those who give of their time to participate in the American judicial system.

Created by the 84th Texas Legislature, the inaugural week kicked off last year.

For this year’s festivities, the State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee developed a guide to assist people who interact with prospective jurors and those who serve on juries in learning more about Jury Appreciation Week. The goal is to stimulate conversations and ideas about how to improve the public’s perception of jury service.

Explore the guide on the committee’s website, check back on the blog all week for content celebrating juries, and show your appreciation by posting on social media about why jury service is important using the hashtag #ThankAJuror.

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Texas Bar Journal must-reads for May

Limited for time? Here’s our list of must-reads from the May issue of the Texas Bar Journal: a recap of SXSW, an introduction to the State Bar’s new legal incubator, a tutorial on rejoining the workforce, and a look at transition-to-practice programs at Texas’ law schools. And, of course, Memorials, Disciplinary Actions, and Movers and Shakers.

May 2017 must-reads

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Five Years to Becoming a Debt-Free JD: How One Attorney Paid Off Six-Figure Law School Debt

LawSchoolDebt_BlogImageLaw careers are traditionally viewed as lucrative and enviable. Yet, many attorneys are saddled with mortgage-sized law school debt after graduation.

About five years ago, Harvard Law School left one law school grad and blogger, DebtFreeJD, with nearly $150,000 in student loan debt. After a few years of payments, she’d made a $25,000 dent in that total. Then, she and her husband made an ambitious vow to tackle her remaining law school debt in one year and two months—about the same amount of time it took to build the Empire State Building. Today, thanks to diligence and a refinance, she has earned her DebtFreeJD moniker.
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February 2017 Texas Bar Exam results released

Congratulations to everyone who passed the February Texas Bar Examination!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the New Lawyers Induction Ceremony on May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Erwin Center.

Go to the Texas Board of Law Examiners website for a full list of those who passed the bar. Pass-rate statistics will be posted next week, according to the website.

Check out the celebration that ensued on social media after the results were released.

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