State Bar to welcome hundreds of new lawyers on May 11; Erwin Center street closures remain

On the morning of May 11, the State Bar of Texas will congratulate and administer the oath of office to more than 700 incoming attorneys at the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony, held at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin at 10 a.m.

If you are a newly licensed attorney or a proud family member or friend attending the event, you’ll notice that the grounds surrounding the Erwin Center are looking very different. With construction of the Dell Medical School Project fully underway, some streets and parking lots are currently closed. Please read on for important information regarding these changes. If you're unable to attend the ceremony in person, you can watch a live stream of the event here (must have Microsoft Silverlight installed).

Street Changes

  • Red River Street is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 15th Street.
  • 15th Street lanes are periodically shifted and closed, so traffic can be heavy, particularly during morning rush hour.

Parking Options (a map of parking locations is available on the Erwin Center’s website)

  • Lot 118 directly north of the Erwin Center, accessible via I-35 southbound frontage road ($12).
  • Trinity Garage at the corner of Trinity Street and MLK Boulevard, accessible via MLK Blvd. ($9-$12, time based).
  • Capitol Visitors Garage on San Jacinto Street between Trinity and San Jacinto at 12th and 13th streets (free for first two hours, $1 for each half-hour thereafter with a maximum daily charge of $8).

If you have any additional questions, please contact the State Bar Membership Department at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1383, or (512) 427-1383.

 

May 2011 New Lawyers Induction Ceremony

The May 2011 New Lawyers Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 23, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The swearing-in ceremony will be for February 2011 examinees.

All information regarding the swearing-in ceremony is included with the results of those who passed the exam and are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Inductees should arrive early; doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. New attorneys will be sworn in en masse toward the end of the ceremony following guest speakers. After the conclusion of the ceremony, attorneys may go to the concourse for refreshments. Information tables will also be set up and staff will be available to answer questions or provide assistance regarding membership requirements and other information about the State Bar.

The Frank C. Erwin Center is located at 15th Street & I-35. Parking is available at 13th & San Jacinto between 12th & 13th Streets (2 hours free), 1815 Trinity & MLK ($10.00), and 15th & Red River ($10.00).

For more information on the induction ceremony, you may visit the Texas Board of Law Examiners FAQs Page.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2011 induction ceremony, certification applications, new specialty area, and new look for TBLS.org

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) is holding their 2011 induction ceremony at the Texas Law Center, is accepting certification applications for 2011, has a new specialty area, and has a new look for TBLS.org.

2011 Induction Ceremony
The TBLS Induction Ceremony will be April 19 at the Texas Law Center in Austin.

2011 Certification Applications
TBLS is accepting certification applications for 2011. You can find the specific requirements for each specialty area at the “Get Certified” section of tbls.org. 

New Specialty Area
The Supreme Court of Texas approved the Standards of Certification in the new specialty area of Criminal Appellate Law. This is the first new specialty area recognized by the Court since Workers’ Compensation Law in 2004. Certification will be available for Texas attorneys who have handled a sufficient number of post-conviction writs and appeals in criminal cases. You may review the Standards for specific information about the requirements, including the numbers and types of matters which qualify. The 2011 application filing deadline is Monday, May 2, 2011.

New Look for TBLS.org
If you haven't had a chance to explore the new site, TBLS encourages you to take a few minutes to see how TBLS is increasing Board Certified attorneys' presence on the Internet. TBLS has a new distinctive Board Certified Logo, a consumer-friendly search function using Google map technology, and a personal attorney profile page for every Board Certified attorney. TBLS continues to work on behalf of their members’ to raise awareness and communicate the benefits of working with a Board Certified attorney among Texas consumers.

If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at its toll free number, 1-855-277-TBLS or send an e-mail to tbls@texasbar.com.

 

Advice for new lawyers, from experience

From the State Bar vaults, here's a gem from our 2004 Annual Meeting. As part of a video "time capsule," we asked lawyers what piece of advice they had for new lawyers just starting out.

This timeless advice is also timely, as we welcome a new group of lawyers to the profession with an induction ceremony May 11.