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Houston Bar Association fundraiser helps renovate elementary school library

The Houston Bar Association Lawyers for Literary Committee teamed with the Houston Independent School District Department of Library Services and Weekley Family YMCA to remodel Charles Shearn Elementary School’s library. HBA President Benny Agosto Jr., HBA Lawyers for Literacy Chairs Alvin Adjei, Karan Ciotti, and Chanler Langham helped spearhead the initiative. Fundraising generated $30,000 from … Continue Reading

Keystone Bank joins Prime Partner Bank Program

Keystone Bank, with branches in Austin, Ballinger, and Bee Cave, has joined the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Prime Partner Program. Prime Partner banks and credit unions voluntarily pay higher interest rates on attorneys’ IOLTA accounts. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, receives funding from the interest generated by these accounts and uses the money … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section celebrates culture with traditional dances

Native American dancers performed traditional dances on February 7 at the Texas Law Center in Austin during the State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section’s annual conference. Conference attendees were treated to demonstrations of the Grass, Stomp, and Fancy dances before being invited to join the performers in a Circle dance. Music performed on … Continue Reading

25 elected to San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellows Program

The San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellows Program was established in 1985 to “serve as patrons of the charitable heart of the legal community,” the SABF said in a press release. Fellows are members of the San Antonio Bar Association who are in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Each year, the foundation’s Fellows … Continue Reading

State Bar committees seek award nominations

The State Bar’s Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters committees seek nominations for the Pro Bono Excellence and Indigent Defense awards. Recipients should be deserving individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor. Nominations are … Continue Reading

Kenda Culpepper takes office as president of TDCAA

Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County’s district attorney, took office as the Texas District & County Attorneys Association’s 82nd president. The non-profit organization, which serves Texas prosecutors and their staffs, produces CLE courses, provides technical assistance to the prosecution community and criminal justice agencies, and serves as a liaison between prosecutors and other organizations in administering criminal … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas expands partnership with Fastcase

Free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system is now available to all active members of the State Bar of Texas. For the past six years, State Bar of Texas members practicing in solo and small firms have enjoyed unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research content as a free member benefit. Members practicing at … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal Must-Reads for January

Start 2020 off right with the Texas Bar Journal. Our editorial staff has you covered with must-reads from the January issue with a review of developments in caselaw in 2019, discussion on civility in the face of zealous advocacy, and, of course, Disciplinary Actions, Movers and Shakers, and Memorials.… Continue Reading

Legislative and campaign law approved as newest Texas Board of Legal Specialization specialty area

The Texas Supreme Court approved legislative and campaign law as the newest Texas Board of Legal Specialization specialty area. It will join the other 24 areas of specialization already approved. Texas is the first state in the country to approve specialization in legislative and campaign law. Attorneys who wish to earn certification must have extensive … Continue Reading

In Memoriam

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in December 2019 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.… Continue Reading