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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

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

ABA TECHSHOW to celebrate 30th anniversary in March

The American Bar Association will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ABA TECHSHOW Conference and Expo on March 16-19, 2016, at the Hilton Chicago. The conference is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees will learn about the most useful and practical technologies available in the legal profession. The … Continue Reading

ABA launches guide for appointing counsel in civil cases

Texas judges who are considering appointing counsel in civil cases can now consult the ABA Directory of Law Governing Appointment of Counsel in State Civil Proceedings. The directory, released by the American Bar Association in 2014 with the assistance of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, provides state-by-state guidance on when judges … Continue Reading

Baylor Law, firm with Texas offices receive ABA pro bono awards

Baylor Law School was selected to receive a 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. At a ceremony on August 1, held in Chicago at the ABA Annual Meeting, the committee recognized Baylor, the only law school receiving the award, as well as two … Continue Reading

Free CLE on immigration law scheduled for Saturday

The American Bar Association, along with its Commission on Immigration and Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, will host a free CLE on Executive Action in Immigration Law on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Houston. Panelists, including Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Michael A. … Continue Reading
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