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Outside my Comfort Zone

I began my legal career trying cases as an assistant criminal district attorney in Collin County, and tried approximately 100 jury trials to verdict. I tried civil cases, criminal cases, bench trials, and jury trials. When I was provided the opportunity this February by the administrative judge of my administrative region to serve as a visiting judge, presiding in a criminal trial, I jumped at the chance. (Texas Gov’t Code § 74.054 (Appellate Justices may be assigned to a trial court); Texas Gov’t Code § 74.042 (b) (First Administrative Region); Texas Gov’t Code §74.060 (14-day limit per annum (only applies to initial assignment)).) I subsequently accepted two more criminal trial assignments. (https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2022/06/11/man-gets-life-sentence-for-sexual-assault-after-conviction-in-dallas-cold-case/.) Continue Reading

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Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program hosts free legal clinics in February

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, and local law firms, is hosting free virtual and in-person legal clinics for eligible Dallas County residents throughout February. Continue Reading

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Kaylie Morgan

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Kaylie Morgan

Employer/Organization: St. Mary’s University School of Law

Practice Area(s): Interest areas are corporate law and criminal law
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State Bar of Texas announces caselaw alert partnership with Fastcase

Fastcase and the State Bar of Texas are extending their partnership to provide all active State Bar members with free access to Fastcase caselaw alerts in 13 practice areas.

Since 2014, State Bar of Texas members have received unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research content service as a bar member benefit. In renewing their long-term association with Fastcase, State Bar of Texas and Fastcase leaders committed to building out the member benefit to provide additional resources.

The expanded Texas Case Law Alerts partnership provides bar members with daily alerts and case summaries in 13 practice areas including family law, business law, and personal injury law by drawing on Texas trial and appellate courts. Continue Reading

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State Bar committee survey seeks to develop mentorship for people with disabilities, caregivers

The State Bar of Texas Disability Rights and Issues Committee is asking members of the legal community to take a short survey as it works to create a mentorship program.

The committee’s goal is to facilitate mentorship for people with disabilities and for those who are caregivers of people with disabilities, specifically within the legal profession.

The committee created a short survey to help pair mentors and mentees is circulating the survey throughout the legal community in hopes of connecting colleagues within the profession. To take the survey, click here. Continue Reading

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Michael Ritter

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Michael Ritter

Employer/Organization: Schmoyer Reinhard LLP

Practice Area(s): Appeals, Labor & Employment
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State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section, Texas Access to Justice Foundation raise more than $46,000 with 3rd annual LAWTería game night

Co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, the 3rd annual “LAW”Tería game night raised more than $46,000 to benefit the newly opened Uvalde office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

The event, which was held via Zoom on November 1, 2022, included judges and lawyers from around Texas as participants. Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby delivered remarks, and State Bar of Texas Immediate Past President Sylvia Borunda Firth served as the game night host.

Donations can still be made on the game night’s home page at https://teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx. For more information about the Texas Hispanic Issues Section, go to texashispanicissuessection.com, and for more information about the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, go to teajf.org.

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State Bar of Texas offers free CLE webcast on succession planning essentials

Laura Gibson

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Laura Gibson sent the following message to members on January 11.

I recently joined Gray Reed senior counsel Greg Sampson for a TexasBarCLE webcast on succession planning essentials titled “Don’t Wait, Designate.” The video is now available to all State Bar of Texas members to watch on demand, free of charge, on the TexasBarCLE website (under “Free Online Classes”) for 1 hour of MCLE ethics credit.

WATCH HERE

(Note: When you click the links above, you will be prompted to login to TexasBarCLE.com, unless you are already logged in.)

This informative webcast covers topics including:

  • Essential file management and distribution policies for any transition
  • Planning for a targeted transition and exit (including rules governing the sale of a practice)
  • Planning for a sudden or unexpected cessation of practice under Rule 13.02 and new Rule 13.04 of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure

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Nominations Sought for Pro Bono Awards

The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee are seeking nominations for their Pro Bono Excellence Award and Indigent Defense Award.

These awards honor individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24, and the award recipients will be notified in May.

Award nomination forms are available at www.texasbar.com/probonoawards. For more information about these awards, email the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division at probono@texasbar.com or call 800-204-2222 or 512-427-1855.

 

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