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Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit

Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit The Texas Bar Foundation’s donation to Alliance For Children will help facilitate the presentation of a new training course—Behavioral Characteristics of Sex Offenders— for staff and partners. The course will be led by Michael L. Bourke, a former chief psychologist for the U.S. Marshals Service.… 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 has announced its 2022 Pro Bono Excellence awards winners. Michael Logan Ware, of Fort Worth, received the Frank J. Scurlock Award; the Rev. Brooks Harrington, of Fort Worth, received the J. Chrys Dougherty Award; Judge Jerry W. Simoneaux Jr., of Harris … Continue Reading

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid rolls out new universal phone numbers

To provide a streamlined solution for those individuals in need of legal representation throughout 68 southwest Texas counties, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, recently established new universal local and toll-free phone numbers. Anyone seeking to apply for legal services, contact a TRLA office, or contact a TRLA staff member should now dial 956-996-TRLA (8752) … Continue Reading

State Bar board elects new chair, advances proposed budget

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at and read the agenda and meeting materials at New board chair-elect The board elected Dallas district director Chad Baruch chair of the board for … Continue Reading

Keynote speakers announced for 2022 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston

The State Bar of Texas is excited to welcome three dynamic keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston, on June 9 and 10. Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, internationally best-selling novelist Corban Addison, and Simon Tam—an activist and bassist of The Slants, will speak separately over the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis … Continue Reading

Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

AUSTIN—Texas attorneys elected Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Tisdale received 51.69%—11,081—of the 21,437 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that ended May 2. Her opponent, Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg, received 48.31%, or 10,356 votes. Tisdale will be sworn in as president-elect during a … Continue Reading

Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Baruch, managing shareholder at Johnston Tobey Baruch, will take office in June and will serve as chair until June 2023. Baruch was elected in 2020 to serve as … Continue Reading

Texas Young Lawyers Association to hold 8th annual regional summit in El Paso

The Texas Young Lawyers Association, or TYLA, will hold its Eighth annual Western States Regional Summit from May 19 to May 22 at the Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso. Speakers and attendees will arrive from New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and other states in the Mountain West to take part in this event, which … Continue Reading

Baylor Law School offers free wills and estate planning for first responders

During May, Baylor Law School’s Estate Planning Clinic will offer free wills and simple estate planning to police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and their spouses living or working in McLennan County. In addition to a will, simple estate planning services include a power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to … Continue Reading

Board of Law Examiners announces top three scorers on February Texas Bar Exam

Hannah E. Shoss, Evan Alexander Barr, and Olivia Sher are the three highest scorers on the February 2022 Texas Bar Exam, the Texas Board of Law Examiners announced in a press release. “The Supreme Court of Texas is immensely proud of the achievements of these three individuals,” said Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby in … Continue Reading

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in State Bar of Texas case

State Bar of Texas President Sylvia Borunda Firth released the following statement April 4 on the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in the McDonald v. Firth case regarding the mandatory bar in Texas. “We are pleased the Court continues to recognize the longstanding precedent that supports the mandatory bar structure. Thirty other states and … Continue Reading

Baylor Law’s Joshua Borderud honored at the U.S. Supreme Court

Baylor Law School faculty member and Waco City Councilman Joshua G. Borderud was honored with the 2020 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in the U.S. Supreme Court courtroom in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 26. The award recognizes a lawyer who displays excellence in public interest or pro bono … Continue Reading

Claude Ducloux to receive 2022 Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award

Austin lawyer Claude Ducloux is the winner of the 2022 Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award. Ducloux will receive the award in July at TexasBarCLE’s Advanced Personal Injury Law Course in San Antonio. Ducloux was chosen because he supports innovation in professional development by ensuring attorneys in Texas, and throughout the nation, know how … Continue Reading