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TYLA Director Spotlight: Taylor S. Joeckel

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Taylor S. Joeckel

Firm: KoonsFuller, P.C.

Area of Law You Practice: Family Law

Position Held in TYLA: District 5, Place 1 Director
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State Bar of Texas Board Update: September 25, 2020

Editor’s note: The State Bar of Texas sent the following message to members on September 25.

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today by videoconference. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at and read the agenda and meeting materials .

Referendum Requested

The board voted to petition the Texas Supreme Court to order a referendum of bar members on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, as provided by Tex. Govt. Code 81.0878. Under the board’s approved plan, subject to Supreme Court approval, voting would take place from February 2 to March 4, 2021, by paper and online ballot. Continue Reading

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Pro bono lawyer Brian Singleterry on helping others

“Helping people helps you.” That’s one of the reasons why Cantey Hanger associate Brian Singleterry helped a low-income Fort Worth woman—who had lost her job due to a disability—facing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Singleterry had previously taken pro bono cases through the Tarrant Volunteer Attorney Services, or TVAS, and Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, or TLTV, programs of the Tarrant County Bar Association, but he had never handled an eviction case. Singleterry had, however, read the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, which chronicled the struggles of eight families in Milwaukee as they faced eviction in the aftermath of the economic downturn of 2008. His client could well have been included in Evicted because she had lost her job and had been served with a notice of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic. Singleterry was aware of the serious nationwide eviction crisis, the value of a lawyer, and the tremendous unmet need for lawyers by low-income individuals and families facing eviction.
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State Bar COVID-19 update: TX Supreme Court issues new orders on jury trial procedures, evictions

Editor’s note: The following message concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar updates was sent to all members on September 18.

Dear Member,

This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other State Bar updates. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders

The Supreme Court of Texas issued its 25th and 26th Emergency Orders of the pandemic this week.

The limits eviction proceedings in certain circumstances in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s temporarily halting some evictions. The 25th order also requires certain information to be included with an eviction petition and citation.

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Board of Directors sets agenda for Sept. 25 quarterly meeting

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will receive an update from President Larry McDougal on the Presidential Diversity Plan as well as the Presidential Task Force on Criminal Court Proceedings among other items at the board’s quarterly meeting set to begin at 9 a.m. CDT September 25.

Items on the agenda also include consideration of the 2021-2022 president-elect nominees. The board’s Nominations & Elections Subcommittee has recommended Sara Dysart of San Antonio and Laura Gibson of Houston as candidates. If approved, Dysart and Gibson will appear on the ballot in April 2021 along with any certified petition candidates.

The board will also consider a resolution to petition the Texas Supreme Court to order a referendum of bar members on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, as provided by Tex. Govt. Code 81.0878.

View the full agenda here. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Don’t Panic: Getting Paid in a Pandemic

Working from home orders and quarantine mandates mean that attorneys have had to adapt their practices to a new normal. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States around March of this year, law practices in many areas of the country were forced to go remote. This (sometimes bumpy) transition raised many concerns for lawyers, top among them being how to get paid by their clients.

What’s more, they needed to figure out how they could ethically and efficiently accept online payments in a manner that was secure and effortless for both the attorney and the client. Above all, attorneys have had to be hyper cognizant of their receivables as well as their billing practices as they streamline their practice and navigate the waters of Corona.

Below we will discuss some tips and best practices for getting paid in the era of COVID-19, as well as what you can do to increase receivables in your firm.
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Tarrant County Bar to host discussion on race and racism in the practice of law

The Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee will host “Let’s Talk About It: Race and Racism in the Practice of Law – Part 1,” at noon on September 24 via Zoom.

The session is part of the SIDE (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Bar) Bar Conversation Series.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Jeanine Novosad Rispoli

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Jeanine Novosad Rispoli

Firm: Rispoli Law Firm, PLLC

Area of Law You Practice: Family Law

Position Held in TYLA: President-elect and District 9 Director
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Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will discuss the law and journey to the bench in new ‘Lady Justice’ Podcast Series

The “Lady Justice: Women of the Court” podcast will feature Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, and Justice Beth Walker of West Virginia.

In a press release, Justice Guzman describes the podcast as “an exciting opportunity to enhance the public’s understanding about the law in a way that is accessible, informative, and engaging.”

The Lady Justice podcast will focus on our nation’s state courts where more than 90% of cases are heard. The first episode, which premieres on Constitution Day, September 17, will be about state constitutions and how they differ from each other and the U.S. Constitution.

“Trust and confidence in the courts depends on a broader public awareness of the justice system and how it affects all our lives,” Texas Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht said in a press release. “This podcast provides unique insights into the system as seen through the eyes of four national leaders on state supreme courts.”

Residents of the United States all live under the federal constitution, but states also have their own constitutions that govern the daily lives of their residents. Some were adopted more than a century ago while others are only a few decades old. In some states, citizens are granted the power to amend or revise the state constitution while in other states that is not possible.

“As each justice discusses the characteristics of her state’s own constitution, we learn about these differences,” said Justice Wood, who will lead the discussion on the podcast.

The next episode will explore each justice’s journey to the state supreme court and personal experiences in law and on the bench. “Only 5% of U.S. attorneys are Hispanic and about 2% are Latina, so my perspective is borne of the unique experiences of an underrepresented group of professionals,” Justice Guzman said.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, made civics education her enduring legacy, and the Lady Justice podcasters are proud to contribute to her mission of educating, encouraging, and inspiring on matters of import to the public and practicing lawyers.

The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and in other podcasting apps. It can also be found at: https://ladyjustice.podbean.com/. Trailers for the inaugural episode are available now for public access.

This new podcast series was produced by the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Public Education Program.

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State Bar of Texas Board Update: September 10, 2020

Editor’s note: The State Bar of Texas sent the following message to members on September 10.

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors met September 10 to follow up on items pending from the July 27 special-called board meeting.

Task Force and Workgroup Rosters

The board approved rosters for two groups created at the July 27 meeting. The 15-member will study and propose actions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the administration of justice and the practice of law. The 13-member will consider the diversity and inclusion suggestions submitted in the written and oral comments presented to the board in July. Continue Reading

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