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Rudy K. Metayer receives UT LBJ School of Public Affairs outstanding alumni award

Pflugerville Councilman and Chamberlain McHaney attorney Rudy K. Metayer will be honored as an outstanding alumnus of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin on September 20.

Metayer, who earned his executive master in public leadership at the school in 2016, will receive the 2019 Rising Leader Award. The award “recognizes the efforts of a recent alumnus who improves the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of government and civic engagement.” Continue Reading

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Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ driver restoration efforts now backed by LSC grant

The Legal Services Corporation, or LSC, will award Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas $296,224 through its Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant.

Designed to encourage and expand pro bono efforts that serve low-income clients, the grant will help Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas expand its Driver’s License Restoration Project with pro bono volunteers. Those attorneys will work with clients who are unable to obtain a valid driver’s license because of nonpayment of fines, fees, or surcharges. These issues perpetuate a downward cycle of escalating debt and job loss for low-income Texas, a press release said. Continue Reading

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Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation to hold annual scholarship luncheon

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, or MABATx Foundation, will host its 14th annual Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Hispanic law students on August 21 at the C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton (the former Downtown DoubleTree Houston).

Scholarships will be awarded to law students from each of Houston’s three law schools (South Texas College of Law Houston, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center). Awards will be granted to outstanding law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond.

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Offers Free Legal Assistance to El Paso survivors

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, attorneys will be available to provide free civil legal services to low-income survivors and relatives of victims of the El Paso mass shooting.

Those needing help can call the TRLA disaster hotline at 866-757-1570 or go to the El Paso office at 1331 Texas Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Texas Center for Legal Ethics presents the 2019 Pope Award to Charles “Skip” Watson

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics awards Charles “Skip” Watson the 2019 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award.

Watson is an appellate attorney for Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Austin.

“Skip Watson is, quite simply, one of the most honorable and ethical lawyers I have ever worked with, against, or around,” Houston appellate attorney Kevin Dubose said in a news release about the award. Dubose received the Pope Award in 2012. “I have never heard of anyone having an unpleasant experience or relationship with Skip, and that is rare for any lawyer.” Continue Reading

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Laura Bellegie Sharp elected to ABA Board of Governors

Laura Bellegie Sharp, a partner in the Sharp Firm in Austin, was elected to a three-year term on the American Bar Association Board of Governors during the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in August. Continue Reading

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DVAP hosts free legal clinics for Dallas County residents in August

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, is hosting free legal clinics for county residents who meet financial guidelines. The clinics, which will be held throughout August, will offer legal advice and consultation in civil matters. Continue Reading

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El Paso Bar Association establishes hotline

The El Paso Bar Association has launched a hotline to provide support to victims and families impacted by the tragedy on Saturday, August 3, in El Paso.

The hotline number is 915-832-7211.

Volunteer attorneys will be available to assist individuals who have been affected by the tragedy with any legal questions they may have.

For a list of current resources and blood drives, go to