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Parker County court system impacted by computer security incident

Parker County officials announced that on October 16 they discovered the county computer system had come under attack in an unspecified security incident. As officials attempted to stop the damage, sought to investigate, and seek repairs, the county’s court system was taken offline and all courts are closed at this time. Parker County District Clerk … Continue Reading

Voting information for 2020 Election

Early voting for the 2020 Election is underway and Election Day falls on November 3 this year. Early voting will continue through October 30. The deadline to request an absentee ballot in Texas is October 23. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. CDT November 3. Registration to vote in Texas for this … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host ‘Diversity Listening Session’ CLE on October 28

The State Bar of Texas will host a CLE webinar titled “An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session” from noon to 1:15 p.m. CDT October 28. In this moderated panel discussion, Texas lawyers and bar leaders will discuss the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State … Continue Reading

TYLA Practice Areas: 101 Podcast to launch in October

The Texas Young Lawyers Association will launch its newest podcast, Practice Areas: 101 Podcast, on October 8. Every other week young lawyers from across Texas will discuss “what type of law do you practice?” Topics of discussions each week will include the various aspects of the practice area, including “war stories” and words of advice … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Board Update: September 25, 2020

Editor’s note: The State Bar of Texas sent the following message to members on September 25. The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today by videoconference. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at and read the agenda and meeting materials here. Referendum … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: TX Supreme Court issues new orders on jury trial procedures, evictions

Editor’s note: The following message concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar updates was sent to all members on September 18. Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other State Bar updates. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme … 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

State Bar president’s message on federal eviction moratorium, CLE, other resources

Editor’s note: State Bar President Larry McDougal sent the following message to all members on Thursday. Dear Member, The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every part of our lives, affecting our families, our mental and physical well-being, and our economy. Millions of Texans have lost their jobs or had their incomes impacted by the economic fallout. … Continue Reading

State Bar board to consider updated president-elect recommendations at September 25 meeting

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas sent to following message to members on September 1. The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted to recommend the nomination of Sara E. Dysart of San Antonio as a candidate for 2021-2022 State Bar president-elect, after E. Leon Carter of Dallas withdrew … Continue Reading

Free legal assistance available for low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Laura

Due to potentially dangerous and destructive conditions predicted in advance of Hurricane Laura’s landfall, the State Bar of Texas wants Southeast Texas residents to know free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by disasters. A toll-free disaster legal services hotline—800-504-7030—puts callers in touch with legal aid providers in their area who can help … Continue Reading