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Register now for 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Registration is now open for the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand—the State Bar’s first virtual annual meeting—on June 25-26. The June 25 session will feature a full day (up to 8 hours) of on-demand CLE from State Bar sections for the low rate of $150. A full list of CLE offerings … 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

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

State Bar COVID-19 update: membership fees and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following update to members on Friday. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. State Bar Membership Fees We have received several questions … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: free CLE, estate planning news, and latest court orders

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following update to members on Friday. We are writing to share important updates from the week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Free CLE Webcast on April 14 … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: travel authorization for lawyers, Zoom resources, and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Orders and Travel Authorization for Lawyers Many … Continue Reading

US District Court Eastern District of Texas issues coronavirus order

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — Marshall Division has issued a standing order designed to address concerns about the transmission of the COVID-19 disease while maintaining the court’s duty to just and speedy disposition of proceedings. The order, signed by Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap on March 3, requires that attorneys … Continue Reading

Register now for ABA TECHSHOW and save $150 with SBOT discount

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW from February 26 to 29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on standard registration by using the discount code EP2021. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able … Continue Reading

Texas legal leaders: ‘It’s good to get help’

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, the State Bar of Texas released a video on Wednesday highlighting the importance of lawyers seeking help for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues. “We are here to send a strong message to our legal community that it’s time that we recognize one thing: … Continue Reading

Free CLE on depression and suicide offered

TexasBarCLE is offering a free half-hour presentation about the impact of addictions and mental health impairments on the lives of attorneys. “What Lawyers Need to Know about Depression and Suicide” will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. September 10 via live webcast (the video will be available to watch for credit through August 31, … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE honors outstanding volunteers

Four attorneys were honored for their exceptional contributions in 2018 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Joe R. Anderson, of Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner in Austin; John C. Grace, of the Lubbock City Attorney’s Office; Mark T. Murray, of Stevenson & Murray in Houston; … Continue Reading

Early registration for the Texas Minority Attorney Program ends soon

Early registration ends March 22 for the 17th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program. TMAP 2019 will be held April 5 at South Texas College of Law Houston, 1303 San Jacinto St. Attendees will earn six hours of CLE credit. Topics include technology trends, business development for solos and small firms, immigration law, family law, and … Continue Reading

Volunteers needed to judge preliminary rounds of National Trial Competition

The Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers are seeking volunteers to judge the preliminary rounds of the National Trial Competition. The top 30 law school teams from across the country will compete in the mock trial competition in San Antonio on March 28 and 29. Judges are needed for the … 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

Sign up now for free solo, small firm CLE

  1/15/19 UPDATE: This event will be live streamed. Register for the webcast here. Registration is underway for the free CLE “Updates for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms.” The CLE features updates and current issues facing general practitioners. It will include updates on criminal law, law practice management, family law, business succession planning, and State … Continue Reading
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