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Legislative aides to receive James Madison Award for strengthening Texas Public Information Act

Kelsey Erickson, general counsel to Sen. Kirk Watson, and Katy Aldredge, capitol director for Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, are this year’s recipients of the James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Erickson and Aldredge were chosen for their efforts to create and pass legislation that makes important repairs to Texas’ open … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court Clerk Blake Hawthorne receives award

Blake Hawthorne, clerk of the court for the Texas Supreme Court, will be honored with the Kathleen McCree Lewis Award for Appellate Justice by the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in April 2020. Hawthorne is being recognized by the group for his trailblazing work in transforming court records to electronic format, said Houston lawyer Kevin … Continue Reading

Texas Appellate Hall of Fame 2019 inductees celebrated

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society celebrated its Texas Appellate Hall of Fame 2019 inductees during an Advanced Civil Appellate Seminar in Austin on September 5.  The award recognizes judges, attorneys, and court personnel who have made significant contributions to appellate law and who are no longer … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar dedicates 29th Habitat house

The Dallas Bar Association dedicated its 29th house for Habitat for Humanity on August 24. The DBA began building homes for Habitat in 1991 and is the longest running whole-house sponsor in Dallas. Volunteer attorneys work on the Habitat projects with the central theme being “no commitment of time or money is too small; every … Continue Reading

Free CLE on depression and suicide offered

TexasBarCLE is offering a free half-hour presentation about the impact of addictions and mental health impairments on the lives of attorneys. “What Lawyers Need to Know about Depression and Suicide” will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. September 10 via live webcast (the video will be available to watch for credit through August 31, … Continue Reading

September must-reads

Check out our editorial staff’s September must-reads for a dive into new laws passed during the 86th Texas Legislature, highlights from this year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, and a deep dive into mental health issues affecting the practice of law. And don’t forget to read the latest in Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and … Continue Reading

Committee to review proposed lawyer advertising rules

The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda will meet at 10:30 a.m. September 3 at the Texas Law Center in Austin. Among other agenda items, the committee is scheduled to discuss and take possible action on proposed lawyer advertising rules. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person and can also listen to … Continue Reading

Pablo Almaguer, Sylvia Borunda Firth recommended as State Bar president-elect nominees

The State Bar Board of Directors Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted today to recommend Pablo Almaguer of Edinburg and Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso as nominees for 2020-2021 State Bar of Texas president-elect, after interviewing six potential nominees in Austin. The Board of Directors will consider the recommendations at its next meeting, on September 20 … Continue Reading

Funding approved for new University of Houston Law Center building

The University of Houston Board of Regents unanimously authorized funds for the construction of a building to replace the University of Houston Law Center’s current 50-year-old location on August 23, 2019. Funds from private contributions and state and university support totaling $78 million have been set aside for the new law school building. A funding … Continue Reading

American Bar Endowment opens 2020 Opportunity Grant cycle

The American Bar Endowment, or ABE, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Opportunity Grant Program. Grants go to support the development or expansion of new innovative, boots-on-the-ground programs and projects that serve the immediate and critical needs of the public and the legal profession. “Each year we look forward to supporting underserved communities through … Continue Reading

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’ driver restoration efforts now backed by LSC grant

The Legal Services Corporation, or LSC, will award Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas $296,224 through its Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. Designed to encourage and expand pro bono efforts that serve low-income clients, the grant will help Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas expand its Driver’s License Restoration Project with pro bono volunteers. Those attorneys will … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation to hold annual scholarship luncheon

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, or MABATx Foundation, will host its 14th annual Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Hispanic law students on August 21 at the C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton (the former Downtown DoubleTree Houston). Scholarships will be awarded to law students from each of Houston’s three law schools (South Texas College of … Continue Reading
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