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Texas attorneys honored by ABAYLD

Tiye Foley, Michael Ritter, and Ryan V. Cox received On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyers Awards from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The ABA’s On the Rise award program began in 2016 and has provided “national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court addresses attorneys’ tech competence in amended comment to disciplinary rule

A Texas attorney’s duty to maintain competence in the practice of law includes knowing about relevant technology, according to a new Texas Supreme Court order. The court, in Misc. Docket No. 19-9016, amended Paragraph 8 of the comment to Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, which deals with competent and diligent … Continue Reading

Alexandra Guio receives ABA YLD’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Alexandra Guio received the Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Each year, the award recognizes an ABA YLD member in good standing who exhibits professional excellence; service to the profession, bar, and community; and advancement of ethics and professional responsibility. Guio, an assistant district … Continue Reading

Texas lawyers able to assist North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence

Lawyers across the nation can provide pro bono assistance to North Carolinians in the wake of Hurricane Florence thanks to a recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court. After Hurricane Harvey several hundred out-of-state lawyers volunteered their services to residents of this state. ABA President Bob Carlson reminds lawyers that ABA Free Legal Answers, an online … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas ABA Delegate Applications Sought

The board of directors of the State Bar of Texas has adopted a procedure to ensure diversity in the State Bar’s delegation to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the ABA. Members serve two-year terms and no person may serve as a delegate … Continue Reading

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2018 is open

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW 2018, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on registration by using the code EP1814. Early bird registration ends January 22. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be … Continue Reading

Upcoming ABA YLD Twitter chat focuses on mental health and addiction

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host a Twitter Chat focused on mental health and addiction during the holidays. Brian Cuban, author of The Addicted Lawyer, and Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, will be joined by members of the Michigan Bar and Florida Bar as they respond to questions … Continue Reading

Update from State Bar President Tom Vick—Nov. 17, 2017

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members Friday.  If you haven’t already, you should soon receive a letter in the mail from your State Bar district director(s) on some of the bar’s latest projects and member benefits. The letter is part of a board initiative to better … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas wins national award for diversity program

The State Bar of Texas today received a national award for one of its signature efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) received one of three ABA Partnership Awards during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York. … Continue Reading

Sneak Peek: How and Why to Document Your Firm Technology Processes

Jennifer M. Ramovs and Catherine Sanders Reach Excerpted from “How and Why to Document Your Firm Technology and Processes” from ABA TECHSHOW 2016 The first big question you may ask is why should you document your firm’s information? This is a daunting project, no doubt. The investment of time now can provide unlimited returns in the … Continue Reading

ABA TECHSHOW 2017 Is Coming! Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration

The countdown begins for the ABA TECHSHOW 2017. State Bar of Texas members can save up to $150 off the registration price for the conference, scheduled for March 15-18, at the Hilton Chicago. Early bird registration ends January 30. To receive your discount, use the code EP1721 and register here. ABA TECHSHOW is an annual … Continue Reading

American Bar Association to host resilience webinar

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is hosting a resilience training webinar this month. The program—which Texas Lawyers Assistance Program director Bree Buchanan helped produce—is called “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” and aims to provide lawyers with strategies to build resilience in their lives and profession. “Developing resilience is critical … Continue Reading

Austin ABA event to tackle implicit bias

Austin area attorneys can listen to a discussion about implicit bias in law from a UCLA law professor at an American Bar Association event on October 8. The program—“Our Implicit Biases: A Revealing Self-Examination … And What To Do About Them”—is a part of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Fall Leadership Meeting. UCLA Law Professor … Continue Reading

TYLA receives national recognition

The Texas Young Lawyers Association took home four national awards at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting last week in San Francisco, California. The ABA’s Young Lawyers Division presents the Awards of Achievement every year to state and local young lawyer associations that have expended considerable time and effort on outreach projects that meaningfully impact … Continue Reading

Bar Leader magazine dedicates May-June cover to aging lawyer issues

Challenges with cognitive impairment facing aging lawyers take center stage in the May-June issue of the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader magazine. The feature article details efforts lawyer assistance program directors and bar leaders are making to prepare for issues related to the fact that attorneys are retiring later in life. In the piece, Texas … Continue Reading

Favorite apps of ABA TECHSHOW

Panelists and tech-savvy attorneys shared their must-have apps at the 2016 ABA TECHSHOW. Here’s a list of some of them. (Note: See our earlier post for more coverage of the conference.)   Law Practice Management Clio Price: Free (requires subscription to the Clio practice management platform) Available on: iOS / Android Access all the information … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s Law students triumph at national moot court contest

A trio of aspiring litigators from St. Mary’s University School of Law reigned supreme at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago last week. “This championship speaks volumes about the quality of our law students as advocates,” David A. Schlueter, Hardy Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at St. Mary’s, … Continue Reading

ABA TECHSHOW celebrates 30 years

Nearly 203 million people have cellphones and the power of connectivity that comes with them, yet the legal profession has been slow to embrace the rapid-fire changes in technology, said Steven Best, chair of the ABA TECHSHOW. Which is why, after 30 years, the ABA TECHSHOW is still thriving. This past March, attorneys converged in … Continue Reading

Be Prepared: Essential Backup Practices for Your Paperless Office

By Jim Calloway and Ernie Svenson ABA TECHSHOW Faculty 2015 Everybody appreciates the importance of good backup procedures. But everyone does not implement great backup procedures. Part of the reason is that hard drives today are much more reliable than those of a few generations ago. But the main reason is that because we are … Continue Reading
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