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Professional Ethics Committee seeks public comments on proposed ethics opinions

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on the following proposed ethics opinions: Proposed Opinion 2024-2 (comment deadline 8/12/2024): (1) May a lawyer accept payment from a private company for providing pre-recorded educational presentations or livestreamed Q&A sessions on general legal topics, which the private company markets to … Continue Reading

Professional Ethics Committee seeks public comments on 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 2024-1 (comment deadline 7/20/2024): If a lawyer for a governmental entity attends a meeting between a representative of the governmental entity and an individual known to be represented by a lawyer regarding the … Continue Reading

David Harrell named 2024-2025 Houston Bar Association president

David Harrell, partner in Locke Lord in Houston, was named the 2024-2025 Houston Bar Association president during the association’s annual dinner on May 14, the HBA announced in a press release. Harrell succeeds Diana Gomez, who was recently elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors representing District 4, Place 3. “I am … Continue Reading

Vinh Ho named Houston Bar Association’s new executive director

Houston attorney Vinh Ho was named the Houston Bar Association’s new executive director effective May 13, the HBA announced in a press release. Ho has over 16 years of experience in immigration and family law, civil matters, and nonprofit leadership. He will succeed current Executive Director Mindy G. Davidson, who will retire later this year … Continue Reading

Board approves budget, 10% dues increase to support bar’s financial security

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on April 19 in Galveston. Highlights of the meeting appear below. Watch video of the meeting on YouTube, and read the agenda and meeting materials at texasbar.com/bodmaterials. Proposed budget and dues increase The board voted to submit the bar’s proposed 2024-2025 fiscal year … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas members elect Santos Vargas of San Antonio president-elect, approve rule amendments

In a combined election and referendum, Texas attorneys elected Santos Vargas of San Antonio to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas and approved all 12 proposed disciplinary rule amendments. Vargas received 52.06%—10,925—of the 20,986 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that closed at 5 p.m. CDT today. His opponent, Denise Scofield of … Continue Reading

SMU Law team wins American Bar Association’s 2024 National Appellate Advocacy Competition

The SMU Dedman School of Law team of Matthew Mussalli (3L), Jordon B.V. Smith (3L), and Johanna Pang (2L) won the American Bar Association’s 2024 National Appellate Advocacy Competition held April 7 in Philadelphia. The team, coached by SMU Adjunct Professors Lance Caughfield and Haleigh Jones, a 2015 graduate of SMU Law and former student … Continue Reading

Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee announces Pro Bono Excellence award winners

The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee announced its 2024 Pro Bono Excellence award winners. Retired Judge Lora J. Livingston, of Austin, received the Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award; Nathaniel Peter Holzer, of Corpus Christi, received the Frank J. Scurlock Award; Lauren Joyner, of Edinburg, received … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association hosts e-clinics in May

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions on Wednesdays in May through the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic. The clinics, which run from 4 to 8 p.m., are free of cost. A volunteer attorney will call a participant for up to 15 minutes of legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will be established. Individuals … Continue Reading

Child Protection Law Section presents Tara Grigg Green with Rutland Advocacy in Excellence Award

The Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas presented Tara Grigg Green with its Rutland Advocacy in Excellence Award, during a luncheon at the section’s 6th Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course in April in Dallas. One of the section’s most prestigious awards, the Rutland Advocacy in Excellence Award honors a lawyer … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association hosts e-clinics in April

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions on Wednesdays in April through the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic. The clinics, which run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., are free of cost. A volunteer attorney will call a participant for up to 15 minutes of legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will be established. … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation recognizes Craig T. Enoch

The Texas Bar Foundation honored retired Supreme Court of Texas Justice Craig T. Enoch with the 2024 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award, according to a press release. The award, established in 2011, commemorates the late attorney Gregory S. Coleman and celebrates the ideals and standards that Coleman demonstrated in his appellate practice and … Continue Reading

Houston Bar Foundation receives $500,000 grant from CenterPoint Energy

The Houston Bar Foundation, or HBF, has received a $500,000 grant from CenterPoint Energy to provide pro se litigant assistance to thousands of Harris County residents, according to a press release. “CenterPoint Energy takes its responsibility to be a good corporate citizen seriously,” CenterPoint Energy Executive Vice President and General Counsel Monica Karuturi said in … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association hosts e-clinics in March

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions on Wednesdays in March through the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic. The clinics, which run from 4 to 8 p.m., are free of cost. A volunteer attorney will call a participant for up to 15 minutes of legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will be established. Individuals … Continue Reading

First Court of Appeals warns of jury duty scam

The First Court of Appeals in Houston is warning the public that scammers are calling community members claiming to be an officer on behalf of a justice of the court. The scammers claim the community member missed jury duty and must pay money to avoid having a warrant issued for their arrest. The First Court … Continue Reading
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