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Texas Bar Journal must-reads for June

Can’t wait for the June issue of the Texas Bar Journal to arrive? The TBJ editorial staff has you covered. Check out our top picks: Q&As with the State Bar’s and TYLA’s new presidents, information on digital privacy matters, and winners from the bar’s short story contest. Don’t forget to catch up on Movers and … Continue Reading

L. Wayne Scott named 2018 Gene Cavin Award winner

Professor L. Wayne Scott, of San Antonio, is the winner of the 2018 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE. Scott will be presented the award at the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course in September in Austin. Scott is a professor of law and director of alternate dispute resolution studies at St. Mary’s University School … Continue Reading

Legal Mapmaker™ seminar gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide to establish a law firm

Legal Mapmaker™, which is sponsored by Baylor Law School in collaboration with other law schools and the State Bar of Texas, aims to equip new lawyers with the tools to start practices that provide legal services to the public efficiently and affordably. This year’s seminar, a two-part program that gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide … Continue Reading

Texas Legal Answers celebrates first anniversary

Texas Legal Answers, a free online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on June 1. As part of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono Texas initiative, the program was launched last year with the goal of increasing access to justice for low-income Texans and removing barriers for attorneys providing … Continue Reading

State Bar LRE website redesigned

The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department has announced the redesign of its website, texaslre.org. The LRE aims to improve law-related and civic education programs throughout the state through curriculum development and educator training. The redesigned site features two buttons front and center that provide educators with either professional development resources or lesson plans. … Continue Reading

Sophisticated scam targets Texas attorney

Last fall, a Texas attorney was contacted through Martindale-Hubbard to assist in potential bankruptcy representation for a Nova Scotia, Canada-based company, which was seeking funds owed from a Houston-based firm. It was a sophisticated scam—and quite different from usual ones in the following ways: (1) the first check the scammer sent was a valid check … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Richmond

Veterans in need of legal advice or assistance can visit a free clinic on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer attorneys will give any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran one-on-one advice in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate law, tax law, and … Continue Reading

A look at the Texas Lawyers Group

In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits … Continue Reading

Task Force recommends adopting the Uniform Bar Examination

The Task Force on the Texas Bar Examination issued its report to the Texas Supreme Court on May 16, including a recommendation that the state adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The task force recommended the Uniform Bar Examination, or UBE, but rejected the “diploma privilege” that would allow Texas law school graduates to practice law … Continue Reading

Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help drafting a Texas company agreement? Get the information to make it happen from Thomson Reuters. A complimentary e-book from LawPay provides tips to strengthen client communications. The … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, May 19. The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including … Continue Reading

Feerick Center for Social Justice selected as ACTL’s 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient

The American College of Trial Lawyers, or ACTL, has selected Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice as its 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient. The center is being recognized along with its partner, the Dilley Pro Bono Project, or DPBP, for providing pro bono legal counsel to asylum-seeking women with children in Dilley. The … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Galveston

The Galveston County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative are sponsoring a free legal clinic for veterans on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Veterans and spouses of deceased attorneys can receive one-on-one advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate … Continue Reading

February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results released

Congratulations to everyone who passed the February Texas Bar Exam! We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the New Lawyers Induction Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 14 at the Frank Erwin Center. The Texas Board of Legal Examiners website has posted the full pass list for exam. Pass-rate statistics are also available on the … Continue Reading
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