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FOIFT and AG’s Office to host open government seminars in San Antonio, Edinburg areas

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in the San Antonio and Edinburg areas in June, featuring training in state open meeting and public records laws. The events are free and open to the public. The half-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists, … Continue Reading

Keynote speakers announced for 2022 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston

The State Bar of Texas is excited to welcome three dynamic keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston, on June 9 and 10. Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, internationally best-selling novelist Corban Addison, and Simon Tam—an activist and bassist of The Slants, will speak separately over the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE honors five outstanding volunteers

Five attorneys were recognized for their exceptional contributions in 2021 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE presented Standing Ovation Awards to Erica Grigg, of Austin; Administrative Judge Amber Morgan, of Hewitt; Jacob G. Straub, of West; Dena Stroh, of Plano; and Christine Wakeman, of Dallas. “All of our volunteers deserve … Continue Reading

National Bar Association to host midyear conference in Houston

The National Bar Association is hosting its 42nd Annual Midyear Conference in Texas. The live, in-person event will take place March 24-27 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. The conference includes continuing legal education, a board of governors meeting, and recognition of the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Award of Excellence, Heman Sweatt Award, and … Continue Reading

Claude Ducloux to receive 2022 Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award

Austin lawyer Claude Ducloux is the winner of the 2022 Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award. Ducloux will receive the award in July at TexasBarCLE’s Advanced Personal Injury Law Course in San Antonio. Ducloux was chosen because he supports innovation in professional development by ensuring attorneys in Texas, and throughout the nation, know how … Continue Reading

Scott Rothenberg named 2021 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE recipient

Scott Rothenberg, of Bellaire, has been named the 2021 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE recipient. Nominations for the Gene Cavin Award are solicited from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, CLE Committee members, and past award recipients. The award was established by the CLE Committee in 1989 and recognizes long-term participation … Continue Reading

State Bar offers free CLE course, other educational resources to Texas lawyers during rules vote

The 2021 rules vote ends March 4, and the State Bar of Texas has resources to help Texas lawyers cast an informed ballot. Free CLE Course The TexasBarCLE Online Classroom is offering the free course “Rules Vote Forum: Proposed Disciplinary Rule Amendments,” which is accredited for 1 hour of MCLE ethics credit. This course is … Continue Reading

TX Supreme Court emergency order, MCLE deadlines, Rules Vote 2021, other updates

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to all members on February 5, 2021. Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar of Texas information. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Order The Supreme Court … Continue Reading

Register now for final 2021 rules vote public forum webinar

Texas lawyers are being called upon to exercise their right of self-governance by voting on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. Voting started today, February 2, and will continue until 5 p.m. CST March 4 by paper and electronic ballot. The final public forum for … Continue Reading

State Bar board advances 2021-2022 budget, hears updates on proposed disciplinary rules, bias training

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on January 22. Below is a synopsis of reports and updates the board received. To watch the full meeting, please go to the State Bar’s YouTube page. The agenda and meeting materials can be found here. The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda … Continue Reading

Office of Court Administration reiterates COVID-19 remote proceedings mandate

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on December 18. I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I am writing to share information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to remind you about the upcoming public forums on the 2021 … Continue Reading

COVID-19 response update: Jury trial delays, MCLE extensions, TLAP webinar

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to all members on Friday, November 13 regarding Supreme Court emergency orders and other items related to the pandemic.  Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host ‘Diversity Listening Session’ CLE on October 28

The State Bar of Texas will host a CLE webinar titled “An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session” from noon to 1:15 p.m. CDT October 28. In this moderated panel discussion, Texas lawyers and bar leaders will discuss the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Board Update: September 25, 2020

Editor’s note: The State Bar of Texas sent the following message to members on September 25. The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today by videoconference. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at youtube.com/statebaroftexas and read the agenda and meeting materials here. Referendum … 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
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