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Austin Adoption Day celebrates 23 new families

Thirty-nine children became part of 23 families on November 7, 2019, at the 18th Annual Austin Adoption Day at Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center. Along with more than a dozen attorneys, Chief Justice Jeff Rose, Justice Chari Kelly, and Justice Gisella Triana, all of the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin, plus many other Travis County … Continue Reading

TYLA leads charge for Halloween Blood Drive

The Texas Young Lawyers Association, or TYLA, is making a push for blood donations during the month of October. TYLA will be hosting Barristers Out for Blood drives at different locations across the state. Donors are encouraged to participate by posting and using the hashtag #barristerblooddrive. TYLA will be hosting these events with the Dallas … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Tanner Hartnett

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 20-26). 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

Austin Bar wins two Luminary Awards at NABE Comm 2019

The Austin Bar Association took home two Luminary Awards from the National Association of Bar Executives, or NABE, Communications Section Workshop held in late September in Cleveland, Ohio. The Austin Bar won Best PR/Marketing/Social Media Campaign for its 2019 “Fly Me to the Moon” Austin Bar Foundation Gala and Best Special Projects Campaign for the … Continue Reading

Michael Hofrichter named executive director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers

The Houston Bar Association, or HBA, and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, or HVL, have named Michael Hofrichter as executive director of HVL. Hofrichter previously served as HVL’s operations and compliance director, interim executive director, and interim low income tax clinic director. He joined HVL in 2010 upon graduating from the University of Houston Law Center. … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar dedicates 29th Habitat house

The Dallas Bar Association dedicated its 29th house for Habitat for Humanity on August 24. The DBA began building homes for Habitat in 1991 and is the longest running whole-house sponsor in Dallas. Volunteer attorneys work on the Habitat projects with the central theme being “no commitment of time or money is too small; every … Continue Reading

TRLA helps residents of South Texas prepare for hurricane season

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is conducting disaster-preparedness sessions for community members in Texas’ flood-prone areas. The agency has already held a dozen sessions in Spanish and English in cities around the state. The next will take place Sept. 11 in Brownsville and Sept. 18 in Sinton. See below for details. The sessions cover property insurance, renters’ … Continue Reading

American Bar Endowment opens 2020 Opportunity Grant cycle

The American Bar Endowment, or ABE, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Opportunity Grant Program. Grants go to support the development or expansion of new innovative, boots-on-the-ground programs and projects that serve the immediate and critical needs of the public and the legal profession. “Each year we look forward to supporting underserved communities through … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation to hold annual scholarship luncheon

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, or MABATx Foundation, will host its 14th annual Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Hispanic law students on August 21 at the C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton (the former Downtown DoubleTree Houston). Scholarships will be awarded to law students from each of Houston’s three law schools (South Texas College of … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association receives Texas Bar Foundation grant for legal incubator

The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to launch its Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering program this fall. The Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering program is the first local legal incubator in Dallas and seeks to create a pipeline for lawyers who are well equipped to launch a fiscally stable … Continue Reading

Entries sought for local bar association awards

The State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee is now accepting local bar association submissions for the annual Stars of Texas Bars Awards and Judge Sam Williams Award. The Stars of Texas Bars Awards include eight award categories that recognize local bar associations for outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice, dedication … Continue Reading

DBA elects first Hispanic president

The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, recently elected Laura Benitez Geisler, of the Geisler Law Firm, to serve as president in 2019. Upon being sworn in on January 12, Geisler will be the first Hispanic member of the DBA to serve as president. Geisler currently serves as board adviser to the DBA’s Lawyer Referral Service … Continue Reading

Houston attorneys, judges reading at 100 schools for Constitution Day

More than 100 Houston Bar Association volunteers are expected to read to classes in 100 elementary schools in the Houston area today for Constitution Day. Attorneys and judges are reading and discussing the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio to elementary school students at 21 school districts at designated times throughout the day. Constitution Day commemorates … Continue Reading
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