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TYLA president receives TCAA Susan Rocha Award

Texas Young Lawyers Association President Victor A. Flores received the Texas City Attorneys Association Susan Rocha Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Assistant City Attorney at the annual summer conference June 19-21 in San Antonio.
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Posted inGuest BlogVeterans

50 Years to Make a Bad Year Better

This January 26, 1969, photograph is the only known photo taken in Vietnam of Lee Roy Herron, the Marine in the right foreground wearing glasses and holding a small Bible in his hands. (Marine Corps photo, taken by Pfc. C. E. Sickler Jr. on Jan. 26, 1969, at Fire Support Base Razor in Vietnam)

As Americans we rightfully celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the sacrifices made, while struggling to reconcile with Vietnam War deaths 50 years ago. Although I spent three years on active duty in the Marine Corps in the early 1970s, I was stationed safely in Okinawa, Japan, when the United States’ combat operations in the Vietnam War ended in early 1973, and never saw combat. But that war has had a lasting impact on me this past half century—bad “side effects” from one year in particular.

Over a lifetime we learn that certain years are worse than others. Sometimes we wish that we could relive the bad years and make different choices. Other times we become motivated to make up for previous failures or to right a wrong.

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DVAP hosts free legal clinics for Dallas County residents in July

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, is hosting 9 free legal clinics for county residents who meet financial guidelines. The clinics, which will be held throughout July, will offer legal advice and consultation in civil matters. Continue Reading

Posted inLaw Firms and Legal Departments

Scams Continue to Target Texas Attorneys

Update 6/24/2019: We received a report of another scam. An attorney was contacted by a scammer who requested to retain the attorney’s representation for a dog bite case. The scammer claimed they were bit by a dog, that the dog’s owner had agreed to pay a settlement for medical expenses, and that the dog owner had not yet paid. The attorney was also contacted by the person claiming to be the dog owner, who was part of the scam. The dog owner claimed to want to pay the settlement to the scammer through the attorney and out of court. The scammer also used photos from a news story in the UK that they claimed showed the dog bite. This same scam has been reported in other states, with the scammer using different cities where the dog bite incident occurred.
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Texas Capital Bank joins Texas Access to Justice Foundation Prime Partner Bank program

Texas Capital Bank is the newest member of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Bank program.

Prime Partner banks and credit unions voluntarily pay higher interest rates for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, or IOLTA, to raise money for civil legal aid and to support improvements to the justice system.
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Posted inFifth Circuit Court of AppealsNews

Fifth Circuit seeks comments on proposed rule changes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is accepting comments about proposed amendments to 5th Circuit Procedures 6, 8, 11, 15, 18, 19, and 20.

Read the full notice, which includes the proposed redline changes, on the court’s website.

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Lawyers Are Leaders: Applying the Air Force’s Core Values to Your Daily Practice

Several months ago, I read an article published in the Texas Bar Journal that identified the waning perception of lawyers as leaders in society (“Lawyers as Citizen Leaders,” by Leon Jaworski, February 2018, pp. 90-93). This reality continues to haunt me. In a world desperate for leadership, lawyers are—and must continue to be—leaders. Members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps provide a seminal example of leadership in the legal profession. For military officers/JAGs, leadership is an inherent duty. Unlike military officers, however, lawyers are not taught leadership nor equipped with a given set of principles in which to apply to one’s daily practice. This article seeks to change that. For members of the U.S. Air Force, three “core values” provide the bedrock of service and leadership. These principles equally apply to the larger legal profession. Incorporating these “core values” into your daily practice offers an excellent way to work toward leaving a legacy of leadership for our society and future legal practitioners.
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June must-reads

We had fun this spring and hope you did too. For a look at what we’ve been up to, check out the June issue of the Texas Bar Journal, in which we introduce the bar’s new leadership and showcase the work of some very talented attorney authors and students K-12. Don’t forget to read Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions. Continue Reading