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MidSouth Bank joins Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Bank program

MidSouth Bank has partnered with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Bank program. As part of the program, MidSouth Bank will voluntarily pay higher interest rates for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, or IOLTA.

“Many Texans face serious legal issues, such as escaping situations of domestic violence or avoiding foreclosure, and simply do not have the resources to hire an attorney,” said Richard L. Tate, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation Board of Directors, in a press release. “By paying higher interest rates on IOLTA accounts, MidSouth Bank is helping ensure that low-income Texans have access to lifesaving civil legal services.”

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Texas Bar Journal announces 2019 Short Story Contest winners

Thank you to the 29 writers who submitted entries to the Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest this year.

Author names were removed from entries before being submitted to judges in order to keep the contest fair and impartial. Two panels of judges faced the challenging task of selecting the winners, and for each round the same evaluation form was used for consistency. Ten entries advanced to the final round, which was judged by Pamela Buchmeyer of Dallas and Jupiter, Florida; Mike Farris of Dallas; last year’s winner, Rosanne Gordon of Dallas; and last year’s second-place finisher, Ron Uselton of Sherman.

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Apffel: We Will Defend the State Bar of Texas

In March 2019, three Texas lawyers sued the State Bar of Texas claiming that under Janus v. AFSCME (2018), it is unconstitutional for an attorney to be required to join the State Bar of Texas in order to practice law. The plaintiffs also challenge bar programs that they claim exceed the bar’s “core regulatory functions.”

The State Bar of Texas will vigorously defend its existing statutory structure, which was established by the Texas Legislature in aid of the Texas Supreme Court’s inherent authority to regulate the practice of law. Continue Reading

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The State Bar of Texas’ career center offers tips for job seekers

The Texas Bar Career Center provides tips for new lawyers and those attorneys seeking a new career on its webpage,

In addition to being a resource for jobs, the career center also features helpful tips and offers users the option to upload anonymous résumés to be found by recruiters and employers. Job seekers can also set alerts so that they will be notified when jobs they are interested in have been posted.

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TexasBarCLE honors outstanding volunteers

Four attorneys were honored for their exceptional contributions in 2018 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts.

Mark Murray

TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Joe R. Anderson, of Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner in Austin; John C. Grace, of the Lubbock City Attorney’s Office; Mark T. Murray, of Stevenson & Murray in Houston; and Kristal C. Thompson, of Langley & Banack in San Antonio.

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TOJI accepting applications for 5th cohort

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, or TOJI, is accepting applications for its fifth cohort, which begins in July.

TOJI is a State Bar of Texas program that helps attorneys build solo law practices that serve low- and modest-income Texans. Participants receive training, coaching, and resources to move their businesses forward and meet the legal needs of underserved populations. Continue Reading

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ABA seeks attorney volunteers to help along Southern Border

The American Bar Association is seeking licensed attorney volunteers to help with two projects to assist asylum-seekers and immigrant children along Texas’ southern border with Mexico.

The ABA’s Commission on Immigration is leading week-long volunteer trips each month from April to October to direct-service projects along the Texas-Mexico border. Volunteers will work at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen. Volunteers for this effort are not required to have immigration law experience or speak Spanish to participate. Volunteers will meet with adult immigrants and asylum-seekers at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos and provide assistance with applications for relief. Details and how to volunteer can be found here.

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TRLA launches disaster-preparedness community meetings

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation, is launching disaster-preparedness community meetings beginning today in the McAllen area.

The meetings are designed to inform the public about legal solutions to many post-disaster problems.

Tonight’s meeting will be delivered in Spanish. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at La Union Del Pueblo Entero, 1601 Business US-83, San Juan, Texas, 78589.


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Abraham Watkins kicks off Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest

Houston firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is sponsoring its 7th annual Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest this month.

The contest is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving, among teenagers.

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