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San Antonio Bar Foundation launches Bexar Outreach Project-Phase II

The San Antonio Bar Foundation launched Bexar Outreach Project-Phase II with a $15,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.

Phase II of the project will expand information accessibility by presenting pertinent legal information in various formats including livestream, prerecorded video, transcripts and closed caption; building distribution on social media and other online communities; and sharing with more community media partners.

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State Bar committees seek nomination for pro bono awards

The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee and State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee are seeking nominations for pro bono awards.

Forms to nominate deserving individuals, groups, or entities that perform exceptional work in legal services to the poor are available at texasbar.com/probonoawards. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. CST February 26, 2021.

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Greater Waco Chamber hosting Workforce Resource Summit

The Greater Waco Chamber will host a Workforce Resource Summit virtually at 8:30 a.m. December 4.

The half-day conference is designed for company leaders, managers, and human resources professionals to deliver information and conversations to help with understanding current workforce issues and how to best overcome challenges and look to the future.

Bryan Daniel, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, will be the keynote speaker.

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Posted inCoronavirusGuest BlogNews

Celebrating the Holidays During a Pandemic

Is it possible, in 2020, to carry on the age-old U.S. tradition of gathering with family and friends during the holidays? As new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in record numbers across the U.S. and abroad, health experts like Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease expert, fear that since “[w]e know that the vast majority of transmission is going to be in close-contact, indoor settings with no masks and poor ventilation … Thanksgiving is a perfect setup for transmitting and amplifying this virus.”(1)

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Stories of Recovery: ‘The Scariest and Most Amazing Gift’

Editor’s note: This post was originally posted on July 25, 2018.

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

A little over four years ago, I believed my life was over. Not because of the consequences from my drinking, but because I knew I could not go on with drinking the way I did.

But what would be the point of living if I did not have alcohol?

I am not sure if I progressed into drinking alcoholically or if I ever had control, but when I took the first drink, I had little to no control over the amount I would drink or what I would do.

I was in my last year of law school and, although I drank almost every night regardless, my only coping skill was to drink when I felt any sort of pain or anxiety. The next morning, I would always swear I would not drink that day, but by that evening, I would be in line buying wine. Not only would I continue to drink through the night, I often drove to get more alcohol or to party with other people just to not feel so alone.
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Former 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas M. Reavley dies at 99

Thomas M. Reavley, who served nine years on the Texas Supreme Court before serving more than 40 years on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died December 1, 2020, in Houston. He was 99.

“Sailor, scholar, lawyer, advisor to governors and presidents, judge, writer—Tom Reavley was all these things, and always with unfailing wisdom, humility, civility, decency, kindness to all and good humor,” Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht said in a press release. “He was a towering figure in Texas and a true champion of justice for the state and country.”
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TYLA Director Spotlight: Chelsea A. Mikulencak

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: Chelsea A. Mikulencak

Employer: The City of San Antonio’s Office of the City Attorney

Area of Law You Practice: Municipal Law

Position Held in TYLA: District 18, Place 2 Director
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Posted inNewsWork-Life Balance

New podcast highlights the work of well-being advocates

The Path to Well-Being in Law podcast, launched in August 2020, highlights the exceptional work people have done in the well-being space.

Hosted by Bree Buchanan and Chris Newbold, co-chairs of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, the podcast is designed to focus on the growing base of well-being advocates.

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COVID-19 response update: Jury trial delays, MCLE extensions, TLAP webinar

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to all members on Friday, November 13 regarding Supreme Court emergency orders and other items related to the pandemic. 

Dear Member,

This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders

The Texas Supreme Court issued two emergency orders this week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extends a previous court order outlining limitations on jury trials to February 1 from December 1. The order requires courts to continue using all reasonable efforts to hold proceedings remotely and to follow the .

In the , the court extended deadlines for procedures for tenants to apply for the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, a statewide assistance program intended to help tenants behind on rent avoid evictions. Learn more about the Texas Eviction Diversion Program at . The State Bar has collected additional tenant/landlord resources to assist Texas lawyers and members of the public at . Continue Reading

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