Monthly Archives: May 2009

Gaming Law, anyone?

If you’ve never heard of machinima, you are not alone. The filmmaking technique, however, is quickly making its way into mainstream media. In fact, Texas is the unofficial machinima capital of the world. So says Mark Methenitis, an attorney with the Vernon Law Group, PL.L.C. in Dallas, who recently spoke on the legal aspects related … Continue Reading

Tips for Transitioning into the Practice of Law

Arturo Errisuriz, Assistant Dean for Career Services at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, shares tips for students transitioning in to the practice of law. 1.    Find a mentor, either within your firm or in the legal community;  your mentor should be someone with professional experience who is       willing to share it. 2.    Join … Continue Reading

New lawyers tell us their plans

On May 11, 2009, we greeted a new group of lawyers with an induction ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. We pulled several of them aside to find out what their plans are now that they’re licensed attorneys. Check out their responses below. Stay tuned to this blog for more from our new … Continue Reading

Random Profile – Brian Johnson, Houston

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 80,000-plus attorneys, call them, and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next? Best thing about being a lawyer: Helping people. Mentors/heroes: Family, the people who have the same drawbacks/obstacles that I face and find a way … Continue Reading

Former chief justice spry at 96 years old

Jim Swift of KXAN-TV in Austin filed the inspiring story of former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, who at 96 is training for a 9.6-mile walk to match his age. Below is Swift’s report, and below that, Chief Justice Pope’s demonstration of his exercise routine.    … Continue Reading

Joe Shannon Appointed Tarrant Co. DA

Joe Shannon, Jr., chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney for a term to expire at the next general election. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Shannon is the chief of the economic crimes and computer crime unit … Continue Reading

Advice for new lawyers, from experience

From the State Bar vaults, here’s a gem from our 2004 Annual Meeting. As part of a video "time capsule," we asked lawyers what piece of advice they had for new lawyers just starting out. This timeless advice is also timely, as we welcome a new group of lawyers to the profession with an induction ceremony … Continue Reading

Law Day at the Texas Law Center

The State Bar of Texas celebrated Law Day today at the Texas Law Center in Austin with a ceremony to recognize Texas students and their award-winning projects on this year’s Law Day theme, "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial." Students from across the state showed their creativity and thoughtfulness on the Law Day theme through … Continue Reading