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El Paso Bar signs MOU with two Mexican bar associations to advance cross-border relations and education

In an event many called “historic,” the El Paso Bar Association on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with two Mexican bar associations to work together to strengthen the rule of law in the U.S. and in Mexico, to facilitate cross-border educational and networking opportunities, and to expedite transactional legal services on both sides of … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Fawaz A. Bham

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 25-31). 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

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will discuss the law and journey to the bench in new ‘Lady Justice’ Podcast Series

The “Lady Justice: Women of the Court” podcast will feature Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, and Justice Beth Walker of West Virginia. In a press release, Justice Guzman describes the podcast as “an exciting opportunity to enhance the public’s understanding about the … Continue Reading

SMU, University of Houston to host Black Lawyers Matter virtual conference

This blog was updated on October 12, 2020, to provide additional information about the event. The University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law will host a virtual conference from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 30 titled “Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion.” The keynote speaker for the … Continue Reading

Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee partners with L. Clifford Davis Legal Association and Black Women Lawyers Association to host conversation on race and racism

The Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee, alongside the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association and Black Women Lawyers Association, will host a conversation on how to talk about race and racism. “The R Word: How to Talk About Race and Racism” will be held at noon on August 24. The conversation is part of the … Continue Reading

Houston legal community forms evictions assistance coalition

A coalition was formed to help greater Houston area residents who need legal assistance regarding evictions after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s eviction protection expired on July 26. The Houston Bar Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Dispute Resolution Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas College of Law Houston, … Continue Reading

Task force to study how to resume criminal court proceedings

A task force designed to help the Texas courts system resume criminal proceedings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic won approval June 24 from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. The board approved the Presidential Task Force on Criminal Court Proceedings at the request of 2020-2021 State Bar President Larry McDougal, a Richmond … Continue Reading

DBA Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering

Interested in opening your own practice and bringing justice to everyday people? Apply Now! Visit to apply. Application deadline: Friday, July 17, 2020. The Dallas Bar Association launched “Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering” in 2019 as the first local legal incubator program in Dallas. The incubator helps socially conscious lawyers start a financially sustainable solo … Continue Reading

Houston Volunteer Lawyers offers free legal representation in eviction cases for low-income Harris County residents

Houston Volunteer Lawyers is offering low-income individuals who may face eviction proceedings the opportunity to apply for free legal representation. Applications may be submitted online at, by email at, and by fax to 713-228-5826. Applicants should be prepared to give as much information about their case as possible, including an eviction case number … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 21, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading