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.

 

TexasBarCLE, TYLA provide young lawyers insight into profession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t know what motivated you to join the legal profession. But what I do know is that a lot of my peers got into this profession to help people. I hope that the same calling will drive you to help others as well.” – C. Barrett Thomas, TYLA president-elect

More than 100 young lawyers learned useful information regarding networking, client development, and the importance of pro bono work, and heard advice from judges and experienced courtroom advocates, during a CLE program Friday in Austin.

TexasBarCLE and the Texas Young Lawyers Association hosted “Building Your Career: A Guide for New Lawyers” at the Texas Law Center and also offered the event as a live webcast. Legal professionals devoted their time to share key skills and advice they learned to propel their careers.

“The best advice that I have received from a mentor was to 1.) be excellent in all that you do, 2.) meet as many people as you can, and 3.) give thanks,” Adán D. Briones of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners in Houston said.
 

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht discussed “the noble profession” of law and the importance of civility, the jury, and professionalism.

“The general public does not see the sacrifice of lawyers, but sacrifice is an important element of this noble profession,” Hecht said.

Other topics included State Bar resources, tips for successful legal writing, negotiation techniques, and practical considerations for starting and building a law practice. According to State Bar statistics, 28 percent of active Texas attorneys are age 36 or younger or in their first five years of practice.

“I don’t know what motivated you to join the legal profession,” C. Barrett Thomas, president-elect of TYLA, said. “But what I do know is that a lot of my peers got into this profession to help people. I hope that the same calling will drive you to help others as well.”

The class will be made available in the TexasBarCLE Online Classroom in May. For more information on upcoming TexasBarCLE events, visit texasbarcle.com.

Pictured: Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht speaks during “Building Your Career: A Guide for New Lawyers” in Austin. 

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.

State Bar to offer "Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers" program

On Friday, November 12, The State Bar of Texas and TexasBarCLE will host "Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers." The seminar is a one-day program to provide young lawyers with tips for a successful career. The seminar will be at Cityplace Conference Center, 2711 North Haskell, Dallas, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, with a networking breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and a luncheon at 12 p.m.

This non-mandatory course is designed to complement the mandatory four-hour "Guide to the Basics of Law Practice" course offered by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. The course will review free legal resources lawyers never knew they had, negotiation techniques, information for lawyers starting their own practice, avoiding disciplinary action, and information about what lawyers' paralegals can do.

Kim J. Askew, K&L Gates LLP, will present "How to Succeed in Your First Trial or Transaction," and Lisa S. Richardson, Richardson & Cechura, PLLC and Gindi E. Vincent, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, will present "Striking a Balance: How to Salvage Your Life and Sanity as You Strive to Get Ahead at Work." Robert Dubose, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP, will present "Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain" at the luncheon.

The course is worth 6.75 hours of MCLE credit including 1.75 hours of ethics credit. Get more information about the course or register for the course today.

New lawyers tell us their plans

On May 11, 2009, we greeted a new group of lawyers with an induction ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. We pulled several of them aside to find out what their plans are now that they're licensed attorneys. Check out their responses below. Stay tuned to this blog for more from our new lawyer interviews.

New lawyers: Welcome to profession. Please see our page of resources for new lawyers.

 

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.