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Texas paralegal CLE event next month

The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division is hosting its annual three-day CLE event September 28-30 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk. The Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar—this year dubbed TAPS on Track: Journey to Excellence—is a three day conference for paralegals that includes up to 14 hours of continuing legal education, networking events, and professional … Continue Reading

Texas Bar College to honor members with awards

Texas Bar College will honor members with three major awards to be presented at 2 p.m. on July 15 at the 18th Annual Texas Bar College Summer School Course at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. The Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award given annually to an outstanding Bar College member based on achievement or contribution to professionalism … Continue Reading

FOIFT, AG’s office bringing open government seminar to Rio Grande Valley

The nonprofit Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to host an open government seminar designed for the public, journalists, attorneys, and government employees in the Rio Grande Valley. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE Online Library provides thousands of CLE articles

Need to research quick and efficiently? Tired of physically storing shelves of continuing legal education articles? TexasBarCLE’s Online Library can help with that. With the online database that houses more than 20,000 CLE articles, you can easily and quickly search for documents on your computer, mobile device, or tablet, and download a searchable PDF or … Continue Reading

FOIFT, AG’s Office host open government seminars in El Paso, Houston area

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in El Paso and the Houston area in May. The one-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information … Continue Reading

Attorney addiction and the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program discussed at SXSW

A panel titled “Substance Abuse and Dealing with Addiction” at one of the biggest parties of the year? The dichotomy was not lost on the attorneys and handful of musicians attending this Saturday morning South by Southwest event—part of the continuing legal education track—and they moved in closer to the speakers for what was described … Continue Reading

SXSW: the sharing economy, terrorism and the Internet, and drones policy

As downtown Austin was transforming for the first day of the more raucous South by Southwest Music Festival, the SXSW Interactive Festival’s last day had many legal-related sessions taking place in quiet, air-conditioned rooms across town. The three I attended shared common themes of privacy and personal freedom, liability, and the impact on technology and … Continue Reading

SXSW legal: where to go, what to do, who to see.

It’s not all fun, games, and schmooze at the year’s most buzzed about event in Austin. Forward-thinking attorneys interested in learning about legal trends, caselaw, and the future of the industry have options—many of them. Since 1998, South by Southwest has been offering continuing legal education and additional legal-related programming, and this year features panels … Continue Reading

#LongLunchThursday program preps young lawyers for trial

If you happen to be in the Tarrant County Family Law Center around noon on the first Thursday of the month, you will find 30 to 50 chipper young (and mature) lawyers eagerly learning trial skills from Judge William Harris. What is taking place on these first Thursdays? It’s a new program called #LongLunchThursday. #LongLunchThursday was … Continue Reading

Free online CLE course features inspirational TLAP video

Texas attorneys can earn continuing legal education ethics credit by watching the inspirational video Courage, Hope, Help—TLAP Is There through TexasBarCLE starting now through the end of the year. TexasBarCLE is featuring the video as part of its free online CLE offering titled “Not Alone—Help and Hope for the Impaired Lawyer,” which is available at … Continue Reading

Ethics through entertainment

In 2006, a group of judges and attorneys (many of whom were members of the South Central Texas Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel) decided to write a series of sketches that mixed legal ethics trainings with humor, music, and pop culture references and perform it at the chapter’s annual ethics conference. They called … Continue Reading

Pursuing professional goals through the Texas Bar College

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.” —Isaac Asimov, author This is why I want to join the Texas Bar College—to grow, to be a better and more capable attorney. The issue I run into … Continue Reading

State Bar executive director and CLE director named as top innovators

Michelle Hunter, executive director of the State Bar of Texas, was selected for a place on the annual Fastcase 50 list of “the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Joining Hunter on the list is the State Bar’s Pat Nester, assistant deputy director and TexasBarCLE director. Fastcase is an online … Continue Reading

Sound recordings, composer rights, and performance use

Music streaming platforms and the legal issues that come with them were the focus of two CLE panels during SXSW 2015. Leading attorneys from across the nation took the stage to address both fellow lawyers and industry professionals about the current situations. During “Unhappy Together,” panelists Bob Donnelly, Steve Gordon, and Henry Gradstein delved into … Continue Reading

SXSW panelists discuss intellectual property in media

If you’re a filmmaker wondering if you will be sued, ask yourself: “Have I created a very popular film?” That message came off loud and clear during the “Intellectual Property in Film and Interactive Media” CLE at SXSW. During the panel, Akin Gump attorneys Kellie Marie Johnson and Charles Everingham discussed trademark and copyright issues, … Continue Reading

UH Law Center hosts CLE

Legal professionals will speak on grand juries, policing, use of force, and civil rights, among other topics, during a CLE event at the University of Houston Law Center this Friday. The program is part of a free series of CLE for alumni and is open to other attorneys in the greater Houston area. Attendees will … Continue Reading
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