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Texas Bar Foundation awards $30,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Catholic Charities of Central Texas, or CCCTX, is expanding its Immigration Legal Services program with the aid of a $30,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The faith-based social services organization will provide pro bono legal representation to Afghan families resettling in Central Texas after the fall of the country’s government in August 2021.… Continue Reading

Scams continue to target Texas attorneys

Update 12/2/22: We received a report of another scam. An attorney received an email from her online profile on texasbar.com coming from a Gmail account that read: “I send you 700.00 dollars and you said that I can get 60,000 in a grant and it’s been eight hours. Haven’t seen nothing yet. I guess I … Continue Reading

Wells Fargo joins TAJF’s prime partner bank program to boost funding for legal aid in Texas

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, the largest state-based funding source for civil legal aid, announced Wells Fargo has joined the TAJF’s Prime Partner bank program, a significant step toward making legal assistance more accessible for thousands of Texans. Funding from this program helps TAJF provide legal aid services to more than 100,000 Texans across … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation Awards $15,000 to ChildSafe

Bexar County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, ChildSafe, was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The funds will aid the trauma-focused care center’s victim services. Specifically, the grant will provide to victims of child abuse certified trauma-informed language and sign language interpreters for forensic interviews, family support, and therapeutic services. Funds from the grant … Continue Reading

Texas Board of Legal Specialization names Cynthia Graham board chair

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or TBLS, announced the appointment of Cynthia Graham as its new board chair on November 17. Graham will lead the board, which is responsible for overseeing the administration of the board certification program, enhancing the value of board certification, and increasing its public awareness. “Welcoming Cynthia as board chair … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association salutes excellence in legal reporting

The Dallas Bar Association announced the NBC 5/KXAS-TV team of Eva Parks, Scott Friedman, and Jose Sanchez as its 2022 Stephen Philbin Award Grand Prize Winner. The team’s entry, “Paper Tag Nation,” examined the extensive impacts of fraudulent Texas license plates, their threat to the public and police, and how the Texas Department of Motor … Continue Reading

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid opening new office in Uvalde with funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School that increased the community’s need for free civil legal aid services, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, on Monday announced the opening of a new civil legal aid office located in Uvalde. The new office is funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, which will … Continue Reading

October 23 is Paralegal Day

Each year in Texas, October 23 is recognized as Paralegal Day to honor the paralegal community and its contributions. The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division encourages everyone to honor paralegals by celebrating Texas Paralegal Day. October 23 marks the 41st anniversary of the division’s founding in 1981. The division was created to promote high standards of conduct, professional ethics, and … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas board approves president-elect candidates, appoints DEI committee members

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting September 30 in McAllen. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at youtube.com/statebaroftexas and read the agenda and meeting materials at texasbar.com/bodmaterials. 2023 President-elect Election Update The board voted to approve Jerry Alexander, of Dallas, and Steve … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas wins national award for 2022 bar election communications

The State Bar of Texas received a national award for communications related to its 2022 elections. The National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section on September 23 awarded the State Bar of Texas a 2022 Luminary Award for Excellence in PR/Marketing/Social Media Campaigns in the large bar category. The State Bar deployed a multimedia campaign … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation awarded additional $20 million to provide free housing legal services

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, announced it received an additional $20 million in funding from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, or TDHCA, to continue the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The state’s largest funding source for civil legal aid, TAJF was granted the first $20 million in August 2021 to help … 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
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