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Warren Harris is new Houston Bar Association president

Warren W. Harris, a partner at Bracewell, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Harris succeeds Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in Beck Redden, who will serve on the HBA Board of Directors as immediate past president.

Warren W. Harris

Harris chairs the appellate practice group at Bracewell and serves as appellate counsel in major trials to provide strategic advice, preserve error, argue jury charges, and handle post-verdict motions. Continue Reading

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TexasBarBooks offers affordable subscriptions to online manuals

TexasBarBooks Online is the technology-based solution for lawyers looking to leverage the value of TexasBarBooks’ practice manuals at a more affordable entry point.

Featuring the same authoritative content of the print and digital download versions, the monthly and annual subscriptions to online versions allow greater flexibility for those needing material in a specific practice area on a short-term basis. And with a subscription, those update downloads and page replacements that come along every few years are no longer necessary. The online versions always feature the latest content published by TexasBarBooks.

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Keynote speakers announced for 2018 State Bar Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will again bring us two amazing days of networking, CLE sessions, and knowledgeable speakers. The event, June 21-22 in Houston, will feature keynote addresses from historian and author Joseph Crespino, businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley. Continue Reading

Posted inLaw SchoolsNewsTexas Supreme Court

Task Force recommends adopting the Uniform Bar Examination

The Task Force on the Texas Bar Examination issued its report to the Texas Supreme Court on May 16, including a recommendation that the state adopt the Uniform Bar Examination.

The task force recommended the Uniform Bar Examination, or UBE, but rejected the “diploma privilege” that would allow Texas law school graduates to practice law in the state without taking a bar exam. Continue Reading

Posted inTexas Lawyers' Assistance Program

Stories of Recovery: Living with Bipolar II Disorder

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. 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) and find more information at

What’s it like living with bipolar II disorder?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a hypomanic episode. I can remember feeling great, but with an edge. Everything would be fine, but then I would start to feel irritable. I could almost feel myself vibrating just beneath the surface of my skin. Any little thing would completely set me off into a rage—someone cutting me off in traffic, someone questioning what I was telling them.

I can remember one time when I could feel myself about to come unglued, and I had to tell my son, who was in first grade at the time, that mommy needed him to be quiet for a just little bit. Not my proudest parenting moment. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Lawyers of Distinction

As we all know the practice of law becomes more competitive all the time. Lawyers are looking for any legal edge they can find to help them stand out. This has created an industry of legal vanity organizations whose primary agenda is to promote their members.  One of the most innovative organizations in this space who constantly promotes their members to the legal industry as well as general public is Lawyers Of Distinction.
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Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help drafting a Texas company agreement? Get the information to make it happen from Thomson Reuters. A complimentary e-book from LawPay provides tips to strengthen client communications. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy features articles on techniques to enhance communication skills. Continue Reading

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Michele Wong Krause elected to ABA Board of Governors

Michele Wong Krause, a Dallas-based solo practitioner, was nominated to the American Bar Association Board of Governors by its Nominating Committee at the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, and will be officially elected to her post for a three-year term by the ABA House of Delegates at its annual meeting in Chicago in August.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, May 19.
The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate and tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Those who qualify for legal aid and are in need of ongoing legal representation may be assigned a pro bono attorney to take their case. Continue Reading