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The Honorable John Frank Onion Jr.

The Honorable John Frank “Jack” Onion Jr., former presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who died in September at 93, was one of the longest serving, prolific, and consequential judges in the history of the state of Texas. But “honorable” was not just Judge Onion’s title. It captured his character, his work, … Continue Reading

Texas lawyers able to assist North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence

Lawyers across the nation can provide pro bono assistance to North Carolinians in the wake of Hurricane Florence thanks to a recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court. After Hurricane Harvey several hundred out-of-state lawyers volunteered their services to residents of this state. ABA President Bob Carlson reminds lawyers that ABA Free Legal Answers, an online … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal wins 2018 Luminary Award

The Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors received a 2018 Luminary Award for excellence in authored articles from the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop, held last week in Omaha, Nebraska. Each year the workshop brings together bar associations from across the country to network, learn about new industry trends, and recognize their … Continue Reading

Holy Moley: Musings on “Super” Litigation

It was a simpler time. When I was a kid in the 1940s and ’50s, growing up in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, the best part of the week was Saturday. With my 25-cent allowance closely clutched, I stood in a rowdy line at the old Beckley Theater to see the latest B-Western or … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal Must-Reads for October

Limited time to read the October issue of the Texas Bar Journal? Our editorial staff’s picks have you covered. Check out our must-reads for in-depth articles exploring cybersecurity, data privacy issues, and more. And don’t forget to catch up on the latest Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions.… Continue Reading

In Memoriam

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in September of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.… 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, October 6, 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

Longley: Committee review planned, president-elect nominees approved

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley sent the following message to members on Friday. Dear Member, The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and its Executive Committee held meetings today in Austin. I’m writing to update you on some of the major developments from the meetings. Committee Review Subcommittee Formed … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves Collins, McDougal as candidates for president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously September 28 to approve Jeanne Cezanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso and Larry P. McDougal Sr. of Richmond as candidates for 2019-2020 president-elect. Collins and McDougal will appear on the ballot in April 2019 along with any certified petition candidates. There are currently no additional … Continue Reading

New TYLA project stocks courthouses with books for kids

A new Texas Young Lawyers Association project plans to put more books in children’s hands. Bookshelves in Courtrooms is promoting literacy by stocking shelves in courthouses across Texas with books for children of all ages. The program, TYLA Board Director Kaylan Dunn hopes, will help kids who may be going through a tough time. “The project’s … Continue Reading

Texas Gavel Awards presented at FOIFT annual conference

State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley and SBOT Public Affairs Committee Chair Rudy England welcomed journalists from around the state as winners of Texas Gavel Awards. The Texas Gavel Awards recognize excellence in journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system; educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession, … Continue Reading

Lawyers: Learn about health insurance options at free Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange luncheons

The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange will discuss health insurance options for 2019 and offer free lunch to all attendees at upcoming meetings in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Texas Member Benefits, Inc. has launched a new exclusive plan on the exchange that allows small and large firms to pool their risk as one … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association to hold Diversity Summit

The Dallas Bar Association’s Diversity Summit will promote diversity and inclusion in the Dallas community on Friday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas 75201. The legal community, students, and public are invited to attend to give input and suggestions on how to … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation awards scholarships to Houston law students

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation held its 13th annual scholarship luncheon that benefits Hispanic law students attending one of the three Houston-based law schools on Wednesday, August 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston. The scholarships were awarded to law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality within the Hispanic … Continue Reading

The State Bar Professionalism Committee has been hard at work

The mission of the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee is to increase professionalism and improve the development of new lawyers. The committee was revitalized in 2012 by State Bar President Buck Files, and it has striven to accomplish its mission by tackling four key subjects: mentoring, promoting professionalism through CLE and different events, providing … Continue Reading
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