SBOT, legal aid groups to offer free family law CLE event

Attorneys can take advantage of a free family law CLE event in five Texas cities in September and October.

The State Bar of Texas and legal aid organizations are partnering to offer Family Law Essentials: Giving Back to Your Community, starting Thursday in El Paso. The event will also take place in Amarillo, San Marcos, Longview, and Abilene.

A full schedule appears below.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013


Commissioner’s Court
El Paso County Courthouse

500 E. San Antonio, 3rd Floor
El Paso, Texas 79901

—Free CLE for attorneys who pledge to take two pro bono cases within the next year.
—CLE credit includes 7.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours is ethics.
—Moderator: Frederick X. “Fred” Walker, SBOT Family Law Section coordinator
—Coordinator: Graciela Martinez, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, El Paso Office

To register or for more information, please contact Graciela Martinez by phone at 915-585-5115 or by email at gmartinez@trla.org.

 

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Eagle Centre Building 

Basement Training Room
112 SW 8th St.
Amarillo, Texas 79101

—Free CLE for attorneys who pledge to take two pro bono cases within the next year.
—CLE credit includes 7.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours is ethics.
—Moderators: Latrelle Bright Joy and Anna McKim, SBOT Family Law Section members
—Coordinator: Luisa Vigil, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Amarillo Office

To register or for more information, please contact Luisa Vigil by phone at 806-373-6808, ext. 6503, or by email at vigill@lanwt.org.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Hays County Government Center 

712 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666
—Free CLE for attorneys who pledge to take two pro bono cases within the next year.
—CLE credit includes 7.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours is ethics.
—Moderators: Christine Trujillo and Craig Haston, SBOT Family Law Section members
—Coordinator: Karen Gilbert, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Austin Office

To register or for more information, please contact Karen Gilbert by phone at 512-374-2770 or by email at kgilbert@trla.org.

 

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Good Shepherd Medical Center’s Institute for Healthy Living
3133 Good Shepherd Way
Longview, Texas 75605


—Free CLE for attorneys who pledge to take two pro bono cases within the next year.
—CLE credit includes 7.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours is ethics.
—Moderator: Bruce Bain, SBOT Family Law Section coordinator
—Coordinator: Dana Bias, Lone Star Legal Aid, Nacogdoches Office

To register or for more information, please contact Dana Bias by phone at 936-560-1455, ext. 1522, or by email at Dbias@lonestarlegal.org.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Taylor County Courthouse

Central Jury Room

300 Oak St.
Abilene, Texas 79602
—Free CLE for attorneys who pledge to take two pro bono cases within the next year.
—CLE credit includes 7.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours is ethics.
—Moderator: Theodore A. “Tip” Hargrove, SBOT Family Law Section
—Coordinator: John W. Kennedy, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Abilene Office

To register or for more information, please contact John Kennedy by phone at 325-677-8591, ext. 2500, or by email at kennedyj@lanwt.org.

Honoring a Texas Legal Legend

On Jan. 23, Texas lost one of its legal legends, Louise Ballerstedt Raggio. She was 91. Named the "Mother of Family Law in Texas," Raggio was a well-known civil rights activist and champion for the rights of women and children in Texas.

Raggio was instrumental in establishing property rights for women in Texas by advocating for the passage of the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967.

In addition to helping the state's women and children gain legal rights, Raggio garnered a long list of firsts: the only woman in her class at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, the first female assistant district attorney in Dallas, the first female State Bar director, just to name a few. On the TexasBarBooks blog, you can find an autobiographical video and tribute to Raggio.

No place like home: Bell County Bar and National Adoption Day

The Bell County Bar Association is preparing for their second annual National Adoption Day. This year's theme is "The Wizard of Oz, There's No Place Like Home." A yellow brick road will lead the way to the bench as 32 children will be adopted by 20 families on November 16.

"The purpose of this day is to make it the most special day of their life," Judge Rick Morris (pictured), President of the Bell County Bar said.

Adopted children will receive special gifts to signify their adoptions - engraved necklaces for girls and engraved dog tags for boys. Teddy bears, books, and donated bags of necessities from hospitals will also be presented to the new families. A photographer will take pictures of the new families and each family will receive an 8x10 framed photo of the special day.

Fifteen attorneys, four judges and 20 paralegals have volunteered their time for adoptions and to write wills.

"National Adoption Day is so fun, I should have to pay to take part!" Morris said, "There will not be a dry eye in the room."