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Update from State Bar President Tom Vick

Editor’s note: State Bar President Tom Vick sent the following update to members on Friday.  I’m writing to further update you on the State Bar’s recent board meeting in Lubbock and a change to the guidelines for the 2018 election for president-elect. I reported last Friday on our board’s vote to elect Trey Apffel of … Continue Reading

A recap of the 85th session

In the 85th session of the Texas Legislature, 49 members of the House of Representatives were attorneys. During the regular session, the lawyers in the house gathered for a group photo, a tradition started in 2013. Read the recap of the regular session in this month’s Texas Bar Journal.… Continue Reading

Texas Senate passes State Bar Sunset bill

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 302 by Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, the State Bar of Texas Sunset bill. The Senate voted, 31-0, on a committee substitute of the bill after adding two amendments. One amendment would leave the setting of dues in the referendum process in cases where … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice groups talk civil legal aid at Capitol breakfast

Representatives of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Texas Access to Justice Commission, state government, and the Texas Supreme Court spoke about the importance of improving low-income Texans and veterans’ access to civil legal help at a breakfast January 26 at the Capitol. State Rep. Sarah Davis, who serves as a liaison to the … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court chief justice delivers State of the Judiciary

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary on February 1 to a joint session of the state legislature, touching on issues including judicial security and compensation, access to justice, electronic records, and the bail system. “As important as it is for courts to be efficient, it is more … Continue Reading

New net worth discovery law gives defendants more protection

Texas defense lawyers will have another arrow in their quivers in less than a month thanks to a bill passed during the 84th legislative session. Beginning with suits filed on or after September 1, 2015, defendants are getting an extra layer of protection for their financial information. Plaintiffs will no longer be able to obtain … Continue Reading

SBOT leaders, justices meet with Gov. Abbott

State Bar leaders, Texas Supreme Court justices, and other members of the legal profession met today with Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently signed SB 534 into law. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kirk Watson and Rep. John Smithee, adds to the oath that is required of each person admitted to practice law in Texas, specifically … Continue Reading

Austin Bar Association wins Luminary Award

The Austin Bar Association took home a Luminary Award for Excellence in Electronic Publications for its e-newsletter Bar Code at the National Association for Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop, held last week in Indianapolis. “My favorite part of the Luminary Awards is that the entries are judged by our peers—other bar communicators who understand the … Continue Reading
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