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SMU Law team wins American Bar Association’s 2024 National Appellate Advocacy Competition

The SMU Dedman School of Law team of Matthew Mussalli (3L), Jordon B.V. Smith (3L), and Johanna Pang (2L) won the American Bar Association’s 2024 National Appellate Advocacy Competition held April 7 in Philadelphia. The team, coached by SMU Adjunct Professors Lance Caughfield and Haleigh Jones, a 2015 graduate of SMU Law and former student … Continue Reading

Baylor Law to launch family law clinic to empower self-represented litigants

Baylor Law School announced it will open a new family law clinic beginning in fall 2024. The clinic aims to provide vital support to pro se litigants in navigating the complexities of family law cases, focusing on divorce and matters affecting parent-child relationships, according to a press release. Created with financial assistance from the Texas … Continue Reading

South Texas College of Law Houston’s Catherine Greene Burnett to receive 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools Pro Bono and Access to Justice Section

South Texas College of Law Houston Vice President and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Catherine Greene Burnett will receive the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Access to Justice, on January 4, 2024, in Washington, D.C. during the association’s 2024 Annual Meeting. Burnett created STCL’s … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s Law receives Texas Bar Foundation grant for public service fellowships

St. Mary’s University School of Law’s pro bono efforts were bolstered by aid from the Texas Bar Foundation. A $15,000 grant will support six law students who work in unpaid positions with legal service providers for low-income clients and government agencies. “Without the fellowship, I would not have been able to complete my summer placement,” … Continue Reading

UH Law Center to open new John M. O’Quinn Law Building

The University of Houston Law Center will officially open its new John M. O’Quinn Law Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 22. The $93 million facility is one of the newest law school buildings in Texas and nationwide. “This has been a decades-long dream of alumni, faculty, staff, students and … Continue Reading

Baylor Law School offers free wills and estate planning for first responders

During May, Baylor Law School’s Estate Planning Clinic will offer free wills and simple estate planning to police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and their spouses living or working in McLennan County. In addition to a will, simple estate planning services include a power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to … Continue Reading

Genora K. Boykins becomes first woman, first African American to serve as South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors chair

Genora K. Boykins was elected chair of the South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors at a board meeting on December 8. She is the first woman and first African American to serve as board chair. Boykins succeeds J. Ken Johnson, who served as board chair from 2014 to 2021. “I am excited … Continue Reading

Baylor Law School honors Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey with Advocate of the Year Awards

Baylor Law School’s Veterans Clinic honored attorneys Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey, both of Waco, with its Advocate of the Year Awards on November 5. The awards are annually given to volunteer attorneys who go above and beyond in pro bono legal service to central Texas veterans and their spouses.… Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation awards $25,000 grant to South Texas College of Law Houston for pro bono services

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded South Texas College of Law Houston a $25,000 grant to support the law school’s pro bono clinic. The grant provides stipends to “qualified, unlicensed law school graduates” to assist tenants in fighting evictions and maintaining housing stability.… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Gladys Marcos

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 24-30). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Omar Itani

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 24-30). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donate $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston to establish diversity center

Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donated $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston, or STCL, to establish a diversity center at the law school. Only one donation to the law school has exceeded this amount. In recognition of the donation, the new center will be named the Benny Agosto Jr. Diversity Center … Continue Reading

University of Houston Law Center launches publication aimed at undergrad students interested in law school

The University of Houston Law Center debuted Aspiring Lawyer, a publication dedicated to undergraduate students nationwide interested in attending law school. Aspiring Lawyer will feature insights, tips, success stories, and guidance for pre-law students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. “I am delighted that we have established the Aspiring Lawyer magazine which will provide helpful hints … Continue Reading
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