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Tarrant County Bar to host second part of discussion on race, racism

The Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee will host “Let’s Talk About It: Race and Racism in the Practice of Law — Part 2,” at noon CDT on October 28 via Zoom.

The session is part of the SIDE (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Bar) Bar Conversation Series.

The guest speaker will be Mandy Price, CEO of Kanarys, who was named by Entrepreneur.com a female founder making a huge impact in 2020.

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Parker County court system impacted by computer security incident

Parker County officials announced that on October 16 they discovered the county computer system had come under attack in an unspecified security incident. As officials attempted to stop the damage, sought to investigate, and seek repairs, the county’s court system was taken offline and all courts are closed at this time.

Parker County District Clerk Sharena Gilliland said she has not been told that the breech impacted any court files directly; however, the clerk’s office does not have access to its filing system or the state’s E-File system. Attorneys can still file through the E-File system, which will record the filing date and time, but the paperwork will show pending until clerks regain access. The District Clerk’s Office remains open and attorneys may appear in person to file via paper, Gilliland said.

She did not know exactly how long the outage may impact the courts. Attorneys with questions about district court processes may call 817-598-6114. Those with matters in the county courts at law may call 817-598-6138.

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Voting information for 2020 Election

Early voting for the 2020 Election is underway and Election Day falls on November 3 this year.

Early voting will continue through October 30.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot in Texas is October 23. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. CDT November 3.

Registration to vote in Texas for this election ended on October 5.

For more information on voting, visit the Texas Young Lawyers Association voting resources page; the Texas Secretary of State’s Vote Texas page; and the Texas State Law Library’s absentee and mail-in voting page.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Eduardo Canales

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: Eduardo Canales

Firm: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Area of Law You Practice: Domestic and international oil and gas and renewable energy transactions

Position Held in TYLA: Director 6, Place 2
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Gov. Abbott appoints Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle to Texas Supreme Court

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, of Houston, to replace Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green, who retired on August 31, 2020.

Huddle, an El Paso native, is currently a managing partner in the Houston office of Baker Botts. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston in August 2011 and served until June 2017.

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State Bar of Texas to host ‘Diversity Listening Session’ CLE on October 28

The State Bar of Texas will host a CLE webinar titled “An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session” from noon to 1:15 p.m. CDT October 28.

In this moderated panel discussion, Texas lawyers and bar leaders will discuss the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State Bar of Texas, including limitations on bar activity under state law and federal court decisions; and the responsibility of lawyers as advocates and officers of the court.

The session is accredited for 0.5 hour of MCLE credit (including 0.5 hour ethics). Register here. Continue Reading

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Courtney M. White

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: Courtney M. White

Firm: City Attorney’s Office, City of Amarillo

Area of Law You Practice: Municipal Law

Position Held in TYLA: District 16 Director
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TYLA Practice Areas: 101 Podcast to launch in October

The Texas Young Lawyers Association will launch its newest podcast, Practice Areas: 101 Podcast, on October 8.

Every other week young lawyers from across Texas will discuss “what type of law do you practice?” Topics of discussions each week will include the various aspects of the practice area, including “war stories” and words of advice for law students.

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Angela Onwuachi-Willig to speak at virtual 25th annual Frankel Lecture

The University of Houston Law Center and Houston Law Review will host the virtual 25th annual Frankel Lecture from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 9.

The keynote speaker will be Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean and professor of law at Boston University. Her topic, “From ‘Lynching as Status Quo’ to the New Status Quo,” will be a socio-legal discussion of the pattern of police and quasi-police killings of Blacks.

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