Posted inTexas Lawyers' Assistance Program

Stories of Recovery: A Different Meaning of ‘AA’

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at

My ideal resume would read as the antithesis of conventional resumes. I’d memorialize both my darkest secret and most crowning achievement: “2016: Following an extended period of self-harm, substance abuse, and a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis, I enrolled in intensive therapy treatment. I simultaneously studied for the Texas bar exam. After my time in therapy and multiple attempts, I passed the Texas bar exam. I became a lawyer.”

My personal story of recovery utilizes a different meaning of “AA”: accountability and activity. Continue Reading

Posted inNews

HBF, HVL to hold legal clinics for Harris County residents impacted by Harvey

The Houston Bar Foundation and Houston Volunteer Lawyers will hold four free legal clinics for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The clinics, which take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, mark the one-year anniversary of the storm and will provide one-on-one legal advice on related issues.

Volunteer attorneys from Houston law firms and corporate legal departments will provide advice on insurance, FEMA appeals, contractor abuse, mortgages, landlord/tenant issues, family law matters, replacing lost documents, probate, clear home ownership, and other legal issues.

Continue Reading

Posted inAbout The BarTexas Young Lawyers Association

TYLA, young lawyer affiliates receive national awards

The Texas Young Lawyers Association and young lawyer affiliates in Dallas and San Antonio earned national awards August 3 at the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.

TYLA, the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, was recognized with 2017-2018 ABA Young Lawyers Division Awards of Achievement in the public service and diversity categories for its Hurricane Harvey disaster relief resources and its annual Diversity Dinner. Continue Reading

Posted inJudiciaryTexas Lawyers' Assistance Program

Municipal judge tapped to help educate judiciary on mental health matters

Judge Edward J. Spillane III

The State Bar of Texas’ Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program has taken the innovative step of adding a sitting judge to its staff of experts to reach out to fellow jurists about issues such as stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other mental health matters.

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) has always served judges as well as lawyers and law students, but TLAP Director Bree Buchanan notes that less than 1 percent of the annual calls received by the program come from judges.

Buchanan is confident that the addition of Judge Edward J. Spillane III, a former member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and frequent speaker at judicial education conferences, can help TLAP reach out to the judiciary about behavioral health issues. Judge Spillane will work with TLAP as an independent contractor.

Continue Reading

Posted inNewsPeople

A Guardian of the Greens

William J. Brotherton, third from left, with, from left, Richard McDermott, deputy chief marshal of Royal Portrush; Ian Frier, deputy chief marshal of Carnoustie; Gary Hawker, chief marshal of Carnoustie; Chris Smith, assistant deputy chief marshal of Carnoustie; and Euan Kerr, assistant deputy chief marshal of Carnoustie at the British Open. Photo courtesy of William J. Brotherton

Denton County attorney William Brotherton enjoys spending time on the golf course. After 13 years serving as a gallery guard on the 14th hole at the Masters, Brotherton has seen some of the best golfers in the world play. So when an opportunity to serve as a marshal on the 16th hole at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland for the British Open presented itself, Brotherton jumped at the chance to see some of these greats play a different course. Brotherton, who has links to the United Kingdom through his heritage to Lord Edward Brotherton, is also a member of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi in Vermont and an adopted member of the Spirit Lake Sioux of North Dakota. His Native American heritage excited the organizers of the Open, who invited Brotherton to be the first Native American marshal of an Open. Here, Brotherton talks about his passion for the sport and his experience working the event in Scotland. Continue Reading

Posted inSponsored Content

Sponsored Content: Launching One-Click Document Editing

Every click counts, especially when it comes to your workday. This month, some thoughtful new additions to Clio will help you complete your day-to-day tasks in fewer clicks—so you can run your law firm more efficiently and keep your business profitable.

First, there’s Clio Launcher, which makes it incredibly fast and easy to edit documents from Clio. We’ve also added the ability to quickly edit payments in Clio when needed, and updated our Accounts Receivable Aging Report to make it even simpler to manage collections.

Read on for these and more updates.
Continue Reading

Posted inAccess to JusticePro Bono

Pro bono assistance requested for asylum seekers in the El Paso area

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is looking for pro bono attorneys to travel to El Paso for at least a week to provide much needed direct legal services on the ground.

Immigration experience is a plus, but not required. Volunteers will be directly assisting detained asylum seekers in greater El Paso with their asylum claims.

Continue Reading

Posted inAmerican Bar AssociationLocal BarsNews

Dallas Bar Association wins ABA Partnership Award

The Dallas Bar Association was awarded the 2018 American Bar Association Partnership Award on July 31 in Chicago. Pictured are, from left, DBA Executive Director Alicia Hernandez, DBA President Michael K. Hurst, and Pamila J. Brown, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Bar

The American Bar Association Committee on Bar Activities and Services recognized the Dallas Bar Association as the recipient of the 2018 ABA Partnership Award on July 31 in Chicago. The award was presented in relation to DBA’s work on the DBA WE LEAD program.

Continue Reading

Posted inNewsVeterans

Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, August 11. Continue Reading