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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

E. Leon Carter, Laura Gibson recommended as State Bar of Texas president-elect nominees

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on August 21. This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other State Bar updates. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. 2021 State Bar of Texas Election The Nominations and … Continue Reading

Harris County Law Library to host Votes for Texas Women event highlighting 19th Amendment

The Harris County Law Library will offer a virtual 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium from 2 to 4 p.m. on August 18. The “Votes for Texas Women” event will focus on the history of women’s suffrage and the importance of inclusion in law and government. Registration is open and free to all. “We are thrilled to offer … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas coronavirus response update for 7/31/20

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on July 31. We are writing to share updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as recent State Bar news. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders The … Continue Reading

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
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