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Immigration and Nationality Law Section wins Pro Bono Texas section awards

The State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section took top honors for the highest total number of reported hours and the greatest percentage of member participation.

Immigration and Nationality Law Section members provided 16,303 hours of pro bono service, and 17.2 percent of members participated in providing pro bono services. Section member Karen George-Baunchand, an attorney with the International Center for Justice, provided more than 1,100 hours of pro bono service last year.

The Immigration and Nationality Section will be recognized for its excellent effort during the Council of Chairs meeting on February 22 in Austin.

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James A. Baker, III, to speak at President George H.W. Bush ceremony

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, will speak at the Remembering President George H.W. Bush Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on February 19 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton partner Talmage Boston will interview Baker, who was a dear friend of President Bush and served as his secretary of state from 1989 to 1992 and as his White House chief of staff from 1992 to 1993.

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Stories of Recovery: “I am a satisfied customer of AA”

Editor’s note: 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) or find more information at

I walked out of my first AA meeting confident I was not an alcoholic. The meeting was a speaker meeting, and the speaker told a horrendous story of what alcohol had done to her life. Judging myself against her, I was sure whatever she was, I was not. I thought I just over indulged sometimes. A few weeks later, at 21 years of age, I flipped my car drunk. That was my last drink. I surrendered and started working a twelve-step program. Since then, my life has become one of purpose and meaning; my life is filled with countless blessings that are all due to sobriety.
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Sponsored Content: LawPay unveils new 0% eCheck payment processing

Austin, TX, February 13, 2019 — LawPay’s easy-to-use payment solution was designed to help legal professionals accept online payments and improve cash flow. The company is now announcing even more ways for law firms to get paid. As of today, all LawPay accounts also come equipped with integrated eCheck payments. Users can now accept check payments online through LawPay for 0% and a simple, flat $2 per transaction.
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Posted inNewsTexas Supreme Court

Supreme Court Children’s Commission’s releases report on building trauma-informed child welfare system

Judge Darlene Byrne, of the 126th Civil District Court in Travis County, and the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission presented its child welfare system report at the Texas Law Center in Austin on February 8.

The report, Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, is a roadmap to better serving Texas children and families within the system by viewing them through a trauma-informed lens. It serves as a framework for creating such a child welfare system statewide, and includes short-term and long-term guiding principles and strategies. Continue Reading

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Association of Women Attorneys Foundation recognizes Houston lawyers

Association of Women Attorneys Foundation Premier Women in Law 2019 honorees are, from left, Burke Butler, Betsy Kamin, Amanda McMillan, and Phyllis Young.

The Association of Women Attorneys, or AWA, Foundation will recognize four Houston attorneys for leadership in their practice areas during the 8th AWA Foundation Premier Women in Law Luncheon on March 20 in Houston.

Association of Women Attorneys Foundation Premier Women in Law 2019 honorees are, from left, Burke Butler, Betsy Kamin, Amanda McMillan, and Phyllis Young.[/caption]
Being honored this year are Burke Butler, special counsel to nonprofit law practice Phillips Black; Betsy Kamin, member in Clark Hill Strabsurger; Amanda McMillian, executive vice president and general counsel to Anadarko Petroleum; and Phyllis Young, global energy and transactions partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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Registration now open for the 30th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention

The 30th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention will be held from May 31 to June 2, 2019, at the Austin Marriott South.

The convention will feature national speakers discussing current research on mental health, substance abuse recovery, and how to maintain a more balanced professional life. Attendees will be able to earn up to 6 hours of CLE (ethics) credits.

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Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Hecht delivers State of the Judiciary

Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary to the 86th Legislature at the House chamber on February 6. Photo by Eric Quitugua

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary on February 6 at a joint session of the 86th Legislature at the Texas House chamber. Hecht discussed a number of issues facing the court system, asking for support on items such as response to natural disasters, bail reform, court treatment of people with mental illnesses, bolstering technology in record keeping, and help with judicial qualifications and compensation.

“Beaten but unbowed, Texas judges, clerks, administrators, and staff carried on, throughout the storm and since, in makeshift space—many at great personal sacrifice,” Hecht said, opening his remarks with stories of Hurricane Harvey recovery. “We haven’t fully recovered but we’re getting there. In my 38 years on the bench, I have never been prouder of the Texas judiciary.”  Continue Reading