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Houston Bar Foundation receives $500,000 grant from CenterPoint Energy

The Houston Bar Foundation, or HBF, has received a $500,000 grant from CenterPoint Energy to provide pro se litigant assistance to thousands of Harris County residents, according to a press release.

“CenterPoint Energy takes its responsibility to be a good corporate citizen seriously,” CenterPoint Energy Executive Vice President and General Counsel Monica Karuturi said in a press release. “We recognize the significant need to support self-represented litigants and are honored to provide this grant, which will help give people hope that justice will always be served.”

The charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association, the HBF will partner with Houston Volunteer Lawyers to work with other local community stakeholders on two initial implementation phases. The HBF selected Houston Volunteer Lawyers to lead the beginning implementation of this grant because it is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in Texas, according to a press release.

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Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program hosts free legal clinics in March

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

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Cyberattack: It Can Happen to Your Law Practice

Cybersecurity is an important concern not only for the safety of data, but also for the protection of people. In many ways, with the internet of things and the proliferation of breaches and exploitation, cyber threats are at the forefront of what attorneys, as advisers, employees, and business owners, face. The technology we attorneys now have at our fingertips allows us to more quickly integrate and innovate, network and share ideas more easily, and save money. Our digital capacity enables us to do amazing things, but it also makes us, our law practices, and our clients vulnerable. According to Martin Banks’ “Five Laws of Cybersecurity,” everything is vulnerable. Put another way, if there is a vulnerability it will be exploited, and that is a problem when your job is to protect people or your law practice/organization. Lapses in cybersecurity can subject attorneys and their organizations to civil liability.
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Dallas Bar Association hosts e-clinics in March

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions on Wednesdays in March through the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic. The clinics, which run from 4 to 8 p.m., are free of cost.

A volunteer attorney will call a participant for up to 15 minutes of legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will be established. Individuals may receive referrals to local, legal, or social service agencies.

Calls from the clinic will remain anonymous. Participants should expect a call from an unknown number labeled “No Caller ID” or something similar. To participate, an online form is available at tinyurl.com/DBALegalLine. Registration for e-clinics closes at noon on the Tuesday prior.

Clinics are scheduled for March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27.

For more information, go to dallasbar.org/?pg=LawyerReferralService.

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Register now for State Bar of Texas virtual candidate forum

State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates Denise Scofield and Santos Vargas will participate in a live, virtual candidate forum from noon to 1 p.m. CDT on March 26.

This is your chance to submit questions to the candidates and hear about their platforms during a lively discussion moderated by State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir.

Registration is required. Register for this free event by clicking here.

Submit questions for the candidates in advance by email to  webmaster@texasbar.com or during the forum by using the Zoom Q&A feature. If submitting questions by email, please use the subject line “Questions for the Candidates.”

For more information on the election, go to texasbar.com/elections.

The candidate forum is not approved for CLE credit.

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Sponsored Content: Business Travel in Texas: Why You Should Consider Chartering a Private Aircraft

In the immense landscape of Texas, there is a need for efficient and flexible travel solutions, especially for business professionals. While traditional travel has its place, chartering an aircraft offers many advantages that can enhance productivity and the overall experience of business travel across the state. Here’s why it is worth it for legal professionals in Texas to consider chartering a private aircraft.
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Corporate Transparency Act beneficial ownership reporting is here

The beneficial ownership reporting requirements imposed by the Corporate Transparency Act, or CTA, are now in effect. 31 U.S.C. § 5336. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, estimates tens of millions of existing companies will be reporting soon—in addition to the two million new entities created each year and their “company applicants.” “Willful” failures to comply could result in civil and criminal penalties.

While many practitioners know the CTA and related rules adopted by FinCEN require disclosure of certain information about entities and beneficial ownership information, many are just now realizing how broad and far-reaching those reporting requirements are. Unfortunately, as they grapple with the rules, they are finding that many questions about how to apply the rules in practice are not answered. We cannot canvass all the intricacies of these laws in the compress of a blog post, but we will provide a simple overview of the law and some ideas about what practitioners should be doing now.
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First Court of Appeals warns of jury duty scam

The First Court of Appeals in Houston is warning the public that scammers are calling community members claiming to be an officer on behalf of a justice of the court. The scammers claim the community member missed jury duty and must pay money to avoid having a warrant issued for their arrest.

The First Court of Appeals does not have jury duty, issue warrants for missing jury duty, or prosecute as such.

The court advises members of the public that they should not give any personal information to these callers. If you have fallen victim of this crime, contact your local law enforcement.

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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 lawyers, is hosting free virtual and in-person legal clinics for eligible Dallas County residents throughout February. Continue Reading

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