The Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, and the State Bar of Texas have declared April 20 as the “Texas Day of Civility in Law.”

As part of the recognition of the day, The Texas Center for Legal Ethics, or TCLE, is offering a pair of free online ethics CLEs to Texas attorneys. The CLEs are “The Noble Lawyer,” and “Developing Your Professional Reputation.”

Texas attorney and former TCLE Executive Director William J. Chriss will present “The Noble Lawyer,” based on his book of the same name.

“Developing Your Professional Reputation” will be moderated by Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and panelists include Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann, past State Bar President Roland Johnson, and San Antonio attorney Lamont Jefferson.

“The Day of Civility gives all Texas attorneys an opportunity to reflect on their obligation to practice law with the utmost respect for judges, fellow attorneys and the public that we serve,” said Beverley Godbey, chair of the TCLE Board of Trustees, in a press release. “Both of these online programs provide a useful framework for lawyers to incorporate greater civility into their professional lives.”

For more information, contact TCLE Executive Director Jonathan Smaby at (512) 427-1477 or