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State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee seeks juror feedback

The State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee is seeking feedback from people summoned to jury duty about their experiences.

The committee has created an online survey designed to elicit a more thorough understanding of the juror experience regardless of court or county or whether the individual ended up serving on a jury. The committee hopes the information collected will result in recommendations to improve the jury service system where possible.

The survey can be found at texasbar.com/jurysurvey.

The committee concerns itself with improving the manner in which jurors are treated within the judicial process and developing and implementing programs to ensure broad citizen participation and support for the jury service system.

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Texas Bar Foundation awards two grants

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to CASA of Tarrant County and a $4,000 grant to St. Mary’s University School of Law.

The grant to CASA of Tarrant County will fund recruiting and training of community members to become volunteer advocates for children who are living in foster care settings outside of the community. Volunteers provide children with familiar faces and help to gather information that Child Protective Services, attorneys, and judges need to help achieve what is best for the child.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Rebecca Patterson Linehan

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: Rebecca Patterson Linehan

Firm: Midland County District Attorney

Area of Law You Practice: Criminal Prosecution

Position Held in TYLA: District 17 Director, Chair of Veterans Treatment Court Committee, and Co-Chair of Attorney Wellness Committee
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Judge Harlin D. Hale receives 2019 William L. Norton Jr. Judicial Excellence Award

Judge Harlin D. Hale, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Texas, was presented with the 14th annual William J. Norton Jr. Judicial Excellence Award at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges annual meeting on November 1 in Washington, D.C.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution pioneer Frank G. Evans III dies at 91

Frank G. Evans III, a former chief justice of the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston and often called the “father of alternative dispute resolution,” died November 9, 2019, in Bastrop.

Evans served as a justice on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston from 1973 to 1980 and served as chief justice from 1980 to 1990.

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Three Texas judges perform during 75th D-Day Anniversary

June 6, 2019, marked 75 years since the D-Day invasion in 1944 that would culminate with the end of World War II in Europe on V-E Day, May 8, 1945.

As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, members of the University of Texas alumni band flew to Europe to perform in concerts and in parades in the area around Normandy. Among the band members making the trip were Judge Betsy Lambeth, of the 425th Judicial District Court; Judge Lee Hamilton, of the 104th District Court; and Judge Charles Stephens, of Comal County Court at Law No. 2.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Conroe

Veterans in need of legal assistance can attend a free clinic in Conroe on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic, 690 S. Loop 336 W., 77304. Continue Reading

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In Memoriam – October 2019

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in October 2019 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.

Kenneth W. Anderson Jr., 59, of San Antonio, died October 5, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.
Reyburn U. Anderson, 84, of McKinney, died October 3, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962.
James H. Bell, 92, of Huffman, died July 26, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951.
Robert S. Bickerstaff Jr., 73, of Austin, died October 4, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
John H. Boswell, 87, of Houston, died October 14, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962.
W. Robert Brown, 89, of Houston, died October 4, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957.
William W. Carter, 88, of Palmetto Bay, Florida, died February 23, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973.
John T. Chidgey, 72, of Cleburne, died September 12, 2019. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
Dan Duncan Davison, 60, of Dallas, died October 11, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984.
Barbara E. Donley, 69, of South Lyon, Michigan, died September 29, 2019. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988.
Philip Durst, 62, of Austin, died October 1, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
Phillip Godwin, 83, of Odessa, died October 8, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Kate Guinn Gonzalez, 75, of San Antonio, died October 6, 2019. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Joseph Thomas Green, 77, of Plano, died June 11, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
Jerry Walter Gunn, 80, of Houston, died September 26, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967.
Richard Haan, 41, of Dallas, died September 14, 2019. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2006.
Robert O. Harris III, 76, of Killeen, died September 26, 2019. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976.
John W. Hicks Jr., 85, of Hideaway, died June 12, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958.
Arthur R. Howard, 86, of Lubbock, died September 12, 2019. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
John Orville Jones, 82, of Houston, died August 6, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1995.
Stephen Kaiser, 64, of San Antonio, died October 3, 2019. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
Charles E. Knapp, 80, of Kingwood, died October 2, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994.
Kenneth Bell Levi, 77, of Houston, died September 28, 2019. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972.
James Magers, 56, of Methuen, Massachusetts, died February 27, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996.
Lloyd C. Martin, 87, of Huntsville, died September 24, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961.
Andrew Martin Miller, 66, of Keller, died September 27, 2019. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987.
Ricky Moore, 59, of San Antonio, died October 5, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2003.
Enrique Moreno, 63, of El Paso, died October 10, 2019. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981.
James E. Morrow III, 83, of Ponte Verda, Florida, died August 15, 2018. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.
Loren Richard Nauss, 65, of Conroe, died September 27, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982.
Robert Pfeffer, 52, of Dallas, died February 3, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008.
Marvin Poole, 56, of Fort Worth, died April 12, 2017. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008.
James Robertson, 76, of Houston, died September 30, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968.
J.W. Thomas Jr., 93, of Belton, died October 13, 2019. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950.
Curry H. Vogelsang, 81, of Sherman, died September 16, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.
Lawrence Wright, 62, of Dallas, died October 19, 2019. He received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986.

If you would like to have a memorial for a loved one published in the Texas Bar Journal, please go to texasbar.com/memorials. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Texas Bar Journal at 512-427-1701 or toll-free at 800-204-2222, ext. 1701.

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Attorney general alerts crime victims about scammers

The Office of the Attorney General warned Texans on Thursday about a reported scam where callers are falsely claiming to be staff members of the OAG’s Crime Victim Services Division. The scammers are attempting to obtain personal and financial information from the people receiving the calls.

An OAG news release about the scam reports that the callers use local phone numbers and sometimes provide a false “case number” in an attempt to convince the public to provide financial details. The office warns Texans not to provide personal information such as social security or banking numbers over the phone and urges anyone who receives a similar call to report it to the office’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 800-621-0508 or filing a complaint online.

Read the full news release here.

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