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Texas Bar Foundation donates $10,000 to State Bar exam prep scholarship program

The Texas Bar Foundation donated a grant of $10,000 to the State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession Committee for its Bar Exam Preparation Scholarships.

The Diversity in the Profession, or DIP, Committee aims to help defray the financial burden of preparing for the bar exam. In doing so, the DIP Committee awards vouchers for partial scholarships from bar preparation companies. The demand has always outnumbered the resources available but with this grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the committee can increase the number of students who will receive assistance.

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Texas legal leaders: ‘It’s good to get help’

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, the State Bar of Texas released a video on Wednesday highlighting the importance of lawyers seeking help for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues.

“We are here to send a strong message to our legal community that it’s time that we recognize one thing: It’s good to get help,” Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann says in the video.

The four-minute video, “It’s Good to Get Help,” was produced by TexasBarCLE and the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, which provides confidential help for Texas lawyers, judges, and law students struggling with mental health or substance use issues.

The video features a variety of leaders in the Texas legal profession, including representatives of the Supreme Court, the State Bar, the Board of Law Examiners, and Texas law schools. Their comments are interspersed with personal stories from attorneys who say they benefited from getting help for issues ranging from grief and burnout to drug and alcohol use disorders.

Approximately 46% of attorneys deal with depression at some point in their practice, and 28% currently struggle with depression, according to statistics in the video.

In addition to the video, the State Bar is offering a webcast on “What Lawyers Need to Know about Depression and Suicide.” The training covers mental health issues that lead to suicide (the third leading cause of death among attorneys), how to recognize warning signs, and how to intervene when a person is at risk. The webcast is available for free in the TexasBarCLE Online Classroom, where attendees can obtain 0.5 hours of MCLE ethics credit. More than 2,200 attorneys have already registered to take the course.

Call the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program at 800-343-8527(TLAP) to get help for yourself or a colleague, and go to to learn more about the program.

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Celebrate Texas Paralegal Day on October 23

In 2009, the Texas State Senate adopted Proclamation No. 1144, which recognized October 23 of each year as Texas Paralegal Day to honor the paralegal community.

The State Bar of Texas encourages everyone to honor paralegals by celebrating Texas Paralegal Day.

The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division was founded in October 23, 1981, and was the first U.S. bar association to have a division dedicated to paralegals. The section was created to promote high standards of conduct, professional ethics, and responsibility through continuing legal education and cooperation with the State Bar of Texas.

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Austin judge and attorney recognized by ABA for diversity efforts

The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession recognized Judge Lora Livingston and Richard Pena as two of its five recipients of the Spirit of Excellence Award. The two will be presented with the award during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin on February 15, 2020. Continue Reading

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Austin Bar wins two Luminary Awards at NABE Comm 2019

Nancy Gray, director of communications for the Austin Bar Association, accepts a National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section Luminary Award from Mike Leme, manager of marketing and sales at Fastcase.

The Austin Bar Association took home two Luminary Awards from the National Association of Bar Executives, or NABE, Communications Section Workshop held in late September in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Austin Bar won Best PR/Marketing/Social Media Campaign for its 2019 “Fly Me to the Moon” Austin Bar Foundation Gala and Best Special Projects Campaign for the “Our Home on Judges Hill” Capital Campaign. Both awards were in the small bar category for bars with nine or less staff members.

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October must-reads

Now that the October issue of the Texas Bar Journal is out, what are your favorite articles? Here are some of ours. Take a look for tips on representing youth clients, updates from the 2019 Bar Leaders Conference, and the El Paso law community’s response to the city’s recent tragedy. Don’t forget to stay on top of the latest in Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions. Continue Reading

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“People’s Law School” moves to online format after October event

The popular, 30-year-old legal education program known as the “People’s Law School” is halting its in-person classes on the campus of the University of Houston Law Center and moving its program online.

This is the final year that people can attend the “People’s Law School” in person. The final live program will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 5 at the UH Law Center campus, 4604 Calhoun Road in Houston. There is no charge for attendance, but registration in advance is required. Click here to register.

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Houston Law Center dean wins CLEO Edge Award

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, or CLEO, honored Leonard M. Baynes, dean and professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, with a CLEO EDGE Award in Education.

Baynes will be honored at the awards reception on November 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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