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How to uncover a fraudulent potential new client

Lawyers, especially collection lawyers, are always looking for new creditor clients. Deceptive criminals have been preying on lawyers for years. Some “scammer detection” tips follow:

Typically the “scammer” will contact you by phone or via email. The email will state that the “scammer creditor” company has a debt to collect from a debtor company in your area. Often the “creditor” is located out of state.
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Stories of Recovery: Roller coaster ride of perfection

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 15, 2014.

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at

I’ve been given the precious gift of life three times; when I was born, when I got sober, and when I finally overcame an eating disorder.

My parents are healthcare professionals who gave us a great home and many advantages growing up, but there were unspoken high expectations. We were the “perfect” family outwardly, but my heart kept growing cold when I did not receive time, love, or attention from my father. Unknowingly, I was beginning my quest for that certain male/father figure that would later bring me great misery.

So, I excelled in everything that I did, whether it was being valedictorian, being the best dancer, being the best all around … you name it. I did it and did it well. But I still never got that hug from my dad. I still never got that “twinkle in the eye/I’m so proud of you” look.
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Posted inState Bar

Messages from the State Bar president-elect candidates

Voting in the 2020 election for State Bar of Texas president-elect and district director will take place April 1-30. In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the candidates’ platforms, the State Bar is distributing messages submitted by the president-elect candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The first messages are available at the links below. Continue Reading

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Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em: Policing Texas Poker Rooms for Profit

Despite a criminal statute banning gambling in Texas, approximately 30 establishments have taken advantage of perceived loopholes in the law to operate openly as private poker clubs.

Until recently, there has been little pushback from law enforcement. Perhaps realizing the potential for lucrative seizures, several of these private clubs recently came under the scrutiny of Harris County prosecutors, presenting significant legal implications for civil and criminal practitioners.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Marcos Rosales

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

Name: Marcos Rosales

Firm: Beck Redden LLP

Area of Law You Practice: Civil Litigation

Position Held in TYLA: District 6, Place 3 Director
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Jacqueline Rashawn Habersham named State Commission on Judicial Conduct executive director

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced its new executive director, Jacqueline Rashawn Habersham, who has served on the commission for more than 18 years as both deputy general counsel and senior commission counsel, and for the last six months, interim executive director. Continue Reading

Posted inLaw Firms and Legal Departments

Scams continue to target Texas attorneys

Update 2/20/20: Attorneys continue to receive the Compass Upstream Services scam emails.  A Maryland attorney received one from Harry Jones, and a Michigan attorney received one from Jacob Taylor. The email language is identical, with different names used for the vice president, customer, and bank on the check.
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TexasBarCLE honors outstanding volunteers

Four attorneys were honored for their exceptional contributions in 2019 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts.

TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Jonathan J. Bates, of Dallas, and Robert Ford, Enid M. Howard, and Jeff Weems, of Houston.

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Houston lawyer honored for saving driver from drowning

A Houston lawyer was recognized for his quick action and heroism that saved a motorist from drowning after the man’s car plunged into the Mustang Bayou in Missouri City earlier this month.

John C. Greco is a partner in Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, LLP of Houston where he focuses on civil litigation, primarily personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance cases. Continue Reading

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Texas high school students compete for mock trial state title

More than 25 Texas high school teams will compete in the 41st annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition at the George Allen Courthouse in Dallas March 6-7.

Teams will argue a hypothetical civil court case written by local attorneys. The students will play the roles of plaintiffs and defense attorneys, as well as witnesses, while Dallas judges and attorneys will serve as jurors. Continue Reading