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Outstanding volunteers honored by TexasBarCLE

Eight Texas attorneys have been selected as winners of “A Standing Ovation” award from TexasBarCLE. The lawyers were chosen based on their exceptional volunteer contributions to CLE programing in 2022. “All of our volunteers deserve our gratitude for contributing to the continuing education of their peers,” Director of TexasBarCLE Hedy Bower said in a press release. … Continue Reading

Texas Board of Legal Specialization announces new specialty areas in aviation and insurance law

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or TBLS, announced Wednesday the addition of aviation and insurance law to its board certification program. Both specialty areas will be added to the certification program this month, bringing the total number to 27 specialty areas available for attorney board certification. “As the largest single-state certification program for lawyers … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association to host education public forum webinar with former DFW-area superintendents

The public is invited to a Zoom webinar titled “Discussing Difficult Issues: A Conversation with Former DFW Area Superintendents,” scheduled for noon, February 22. Sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association’s Public Forum Committee, the program will include discussion on issues such as district communication, representation, DEI, campus security, curriculum, and other education-related topics. Speakers include … Continue Reading

Committee seeks public comments on third proposed ethics opinion

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on the following proposed ethics opinion: Proposed Opinion 2023-3 (comment deadline 4/16/2023): Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit staff counsel employed by an insurance company from representing insured clients if the insurance company considers the results of performance … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas past President dies at 88

State Bar of Texas Past President James B. Sales, 88, of Houston, died February 11. His service with the State Bar of Texas began in the 1980s, when he was a member of the Executive Committee from 1983 to 1987 and was chair of the board of directors from 1985 to 1986. While on the … Continue Reading

Karuturi named 2023 chair, award recipients recognized at Houston Bar Foundation’s annual luncheon

Monica Karuturi, executive vice president and general counsel to CenterPoint Energy, was named the 2023 chair of the Houston Bar Foundation during the foundation’s annual luncheon on February 9 in Houston. Karuturi succeeds Immediate Past Chair Christian A. Garza, of Enterprise Products. The Houston Bar Foundation, or HBF, established in 1982 as the charitable arm … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section, Texas Access to Justice Foundation raise more than $46,000 with 3rd annual LAWTería game night

Co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, the 3rd annual “LAW”Tería game night raised more than $46,000 to benefit the newly opened Uvalde office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The event, which was held via Zoom on November 1, 2022, included judges and … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas offers free CLE webcast on succession planning essentials

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Laura Gibson sent the following message to members on January 11. I recently joined Gray Reed senior counsel Greg Sampson for a TexasBarCLE webcast on succession planning essentials titled “Don’t Wait, Designate.” The video is now available to all State Bar of Texas members to watch on demand, … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation funds clearer language for court forms

A $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help Texas Appleseed develop a plain language packet for pro se defendants in debt collection lawsuits. The information will educate them about the court process, making it easier to participate in the lawsuit. Texas Appleseed will release a report with findings and final language recommendations for … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit adopts rule change

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit adopted a change to its rules in November. The approved amendment is as follows: FIFTH CIRCUIT RULE 47.5.4  47.5.4 Unpublished Opinions Issued on or After January 1, 1996. Unpublished opinions issued on or after January 1, 1996, are not precedent, except under the doctrine of res … Continue Reading

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 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