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Sponsored Content: Lawyers of Distinction Can Help Your Law Practice Grow

In 2018 The Lawyers of Distinction Organization has unveiled a new and innovative search feature for Member attorneys. The general public can perform a search on the Lawyers of Distinction website either by searching geographically, by city or state or area of specialization or both. The actual personal profile page’s of individual attorneys is unmatched amongst leading industry competitors.  The member profile contains a detailed biographical section, Google maps feature and perhaps most importantly a section containing reviews directly from Avvo, Google, and Yelp. The reader is armed with both subjective as well as objective information to make an informed decision in retaining quality counsel.

Currently, thousands of people visit the Lawyers of Distinction website daily. Unlike most competitors, Lawyers of Distinction does not refer clients to specific attorneys and therefore is not a lawyer referral service. Lawyers cannot pay for a preferential listing nor does Lawyers of Distinction post banner ads or accept any outside advertisements. The goal of the directory is simply to create a unique user experience allowing the public to make informed consumer decisions. The Membership roster currently has over 3,000 highly competent attorneys from all 50 states as well as U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam and internationally with members from Japan, Canada, and even Australia.

Membership in Lawyers of Distinction provides significant value to Members. Yearly Membership starts at $475.

For further information on Lawyers of Distinction and how it can help benefit you and your law practice, visit

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A look at the Texas Lawyers Group

In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits the TL Group’s success to the fact that the group “provides a comfortable environment where mentorship and camaraderie are the norm in the absence of the immediate pressures of clients and judges. A number of those who have a positive experience invite colleagues.”

The TL Group provides a forum for the discussion of cases, laws, scenarios, rulings, ethics, practice issues, legal trends, legal education, legal job openings, office space, referrals, and other related issues of interest to Texas lawyers. Tolchin confirms that the viewership statistics reflect readership in the many thousands of attorneys daily and well in excess of a million interactions between members across the TL Group and its affiliates.

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Warren Harris is new Houston Bar Association president

Warren W. Harris, a partner at Bracewell, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Harris succeeds Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in Beck Redden, who will serve on the HBA Board of Directors as immediate past president.

Warren W. Harris

Harris chairs the appellate practice group at Bracewell and serves as appellate counsel in major trials to provide strategic advice, preserve error, argue jury charges, and handle post-verdict motions. Continue Reading

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TexasBarBooks offers affordable subscriptions to online manuals

TexasBarBooks Online is the technology-based solution for lawyers looking to leverage the value of TexasBarBooks’ practice manuals at a more affordable entry point.

Featuring the same authoritative content of the print and digital download versions, the monthly and annual subscriptions to online versions allow greater flexibility for those needing material in a specific practice area on a short-term basis. And with a subscription, those update downloads and page replacements that come along every few years are no longer necessary. The online versions always feature the latest content published by TexasBarBooks.

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Keynote speakers announced for 2018 State Bar Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will again bring us two amazing days of networking, CLE sessions, and knowledgeable speakers. The event, June 21-22 in Houston, will feature keynote addresses from historian and author Joseph Crespino, businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley. Continue Reading

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Task Force recommends adopting the Uniform Bar Examination

The Task Force on the Texas Bar Examination issued its report to the Texas Supreme Court on May 16, including a recommendation that the state adopt the Uniform Bar Examination.

The task force recommended the Uniform Bar Examination, or UBE, but rejected the “diploma privilege” that would allow Texas law school graduates to practice law in the state without taking a bar exam. Continue Reading

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Stories of Recovery: Living with Bipolar II Disorder

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery 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

What’s it like living with bipolar II disorder?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a hypomanic episode. I can remember feeling great, but with an edge. Everything would be fine, but then I would start to feel irritable. I could almost feel myself vibrating just beneath the surface of my skin. Any little thing would completely set me off into a rage—someone cutting me off in traffic, someone questioning what I was telling them.

I can remember one time when I could feel myself about to come unglued, and I had to tell my son, who was in first grade at the time, that mommy needed him to be quiet for a just little bit. Not my proudest parenting moment. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Lawyers of Distinction

As we all know the practice of law becomes more competitive all the time. Lawyers are looking for any legal edge they can find to help them stand out. This has created an industry of legal vanity organizations whose primary agenda is to promote their members.  One of the most innovative organizations in this space who constantly promotes their members to the legal industry as well as general public is Lawyers Of Distinction.
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Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help drafting a Texas company agreement? Get the information to make it happen from Thomson Reuters. A complimentary e-book from LawPay provides tips to strengthen client communications. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy features articles on techniques to enhance communication skills. Continue Reading