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TOJI hires new director, embarks on sixth cohort

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) has a new director and is building on its successes as it prepares to accept its sixth cohort of attorneys. Joshua Weaver, an attorney and entrepreneur, took the helm of the State Bar of Texas program, which expands access to justice opportunities by helping Texas lawyers build sustainable … Continue Reading

Texas legal aid providers launch web portal designed to inform public, stop evictions

Texans struggling to pay rent and facing possible eviction can turn to a new website — Stop TX Eviction — to find a step-by-step tool kit designed to help them understand the eviction process and their rights. The website, stoptxeviction.org, is available in English and Spanish. There, renters can: Obtain important documents to give a landlord … Continue Reading

State Bar president’s message on federal eviction moratorium, CLE, other resources

Editor’s note: State Bar President Larry McDougal sent the following message to all members on Thursday. Dear Member, The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every part of our lives, affecting our families, our mental and physical well-being, and our economy. Millions of Texans have lost their jobs or had their incomes impacted by the economic fallout. … Continue Reading

Free legal assistance available for low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Laura

Due to potentially dangerous and destructive conditions predicted in advance of Hurricane Laura’s landfall, the State Bar of Texas wants Southeast Texas residents to know free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by disasters. A toll-free disaster legal services hotline—800-504-7030—puts callers in touch with legal aid providers in their area who can help … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation and State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section host virtual fundraiser

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section will host a fundraiser on September 16 to raise funds for access to justice. The event will be a virtual Lawteria (think Loteria) featuring celebrity callers such as Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and other other prominent Hispanic lawyers … Continue Reading

Army veteran heads clinic at UH Law Center to represent service members in criminal cases

The University of Houston Law Center is launching the first military justice clinic that has law students, under the supervision of faculty and experienced military defense attorneys, represent service members facing criminal charges. Maj. Jason Marquez, clinical adjunct professor at UH Law Center and a 21-year veteran of the armed forces, will lead the military … Continue Reading

Virtual legal incubator conference to be held Friday

Access to Justice 7: Transforming Legal Incubators and Law Practices, hosted by Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, will be held virtually at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Friday. The free event will feature best practices for leveraging technology and marketing tactics to reach untapped markets in dire need. It will also provide pedagogy for … Continue Reading

Watch online: Chief Justice Hecht to accept advocacy award on behalf of Texas Supreme Court

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas’s 20th annual Women’s Advocacy Awards event will continue virtually on June 24 with honorees Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Amy Yeager of Children’s Health. The online event runs 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and is free. Chief Hecht, who is accepting the Champion of Justice Award on behalf of the Supreme … Continue Reading

Opinion: Justice system fails marginalized Texans when they need it most

“No Justice, No Peace.” These four words often permeate protests about the disparate treatment of marginalized people in our criminal justice system. The civil justice system has also failed these communities. America’s greatness is based on the principles of equality and justice but the promise of “justice for all” holds empty for hundreds of thousands … Continue Reading

20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards go virtual

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will host its 20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards in two online events featuring conversations with four Texas legal all stars. On June 11, former State Bar of Texas President Harriet Miers, Locke Lord LLP partner and former counsel to President George W. Bush, and Shonn Evans … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — June 3, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — June 2, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Family Law Essentials CLE available free of charge to attorneys living near six Texas cities

Attorneys living within a 100-mile radius of Beaumont, Waco, Laredo, El Paso, Weatherford, or Lubbock and who are willing to pick up two pro bono cases from the state’s legal aid providers are eligible for a 4.5-hour online CLE on “Family Law Essentials” without charge. The CLE—Family Law Essentials: Giving Back to Your Community—is made … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Texas legal aid providers offer “Bankruptcy in a Box” online CLE free of charge

The state’s three major legal aid programs — Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid — are offering a three-hour online CLE course designed to help attorneys learn about Chapter 7 bankruptcies while helping others. The  “Bankruptcy in a Box Pro Bono” CLE is offered free of charge … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 11, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Texas legal aid providers ready to help renters, provide FAQs

Texas legal aid organizations are at the forefront helping low-income individuals and families navigate issues including eviction, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other personal and financial crises created or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations ready and able to help Texans with these concerns are listed below, followed by the area of the state they serve. … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $422,800

The Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas honored veterans throughout the state at the Virtual 2020 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans. More than $422,000 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading
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