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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

Texas Access to Justice Foundation awards grants in honor of 35th anniversary and John Grisham

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, awarded grants to four legal aid organizations in honor of bestselling author John Grisham and the organization’s 35th anniversary. TAJF is providing $75,000 grants to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Project, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Grisham’s … Continue Reading

Adopt-An-Angel Program spreads holiday cheer

The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, or HYLF, and Houston Young Lawyers Association, or HYLA, will once again spread holiday cheer this year through the annual Adopt-An-Angel gift-giving program. This year, more than 2,400 children from six Houston early childhood elementary schools and four private charities will benefit from the efforts of the program. During December, … Continue Reading

Texas attorneys win 2019 American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Awards

Richard Pena, 1998-1999 State Bar of Texas president, and Judge Lora Livingston, of the Travis County District Court, will receive American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Awards on February 15, 2020, at the JW Marriott Austin. The award, presented by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, honors lawyers whose commitment … Continue Reading

Houston Bar Association raises over $870,000 for pro bono legal services

The Houston Bar Association, or HBA, raised a record $873,874 to support pro bono legal services for low-income Houston residents at its 70th annual Harvest Celebration. The fundraising event was sponsored by the HBA, Houston Bar Foundation, and the HBA Auxiliary. “The HBA is committed to increasing its community service through much-needed pro bono legal … Continue Reading