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A look at the Texas Lawyers Group

In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits … Continue Reading

Task Force recommends adopting the Uniform Bar Examination

The Task Force on the Texas Bar Examination issued its report to the Texas Supreme Court on May 16, including a recommendation that the state adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The task force recommended the Uniform Bar Examination, or UBE, but rejected the “diploma privilege” that would allow Texas law school graduates to practice law … Continue Reading

Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help drafting a Texas company agreement? Get the information to make it happen from Thomson Reuters. A complimentary e-book from LawPay provides tips to strengthen client communications. The … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, May 19. The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including … Continue Reading

Feerick Center for Social Justice selected as ACTL’s 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient

The American College of Trial Lawyers, or ACTL, has selected Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice as its 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient. The center is being recognized along with its partner, the Dilley Pro Bono Project, or DPBP, for providing pro bono legal counsel to asylum-seeking women with children in Dilley. The … 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, May 5, 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

February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results released

Congratulations to everyone who passed the February Texas Bar Exam! We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the New Lawyers Induction Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 14 at the Frank Erwin Center. The Texas Board of Legal Examiners website has posted the full pass list for exam. Pass-rate statistics are also available on the … Continue Reading

Promoting Jury Appreciation Week

The following article first appeared in the summer 2017 In Chambers magazine and is republished with permission. Serving on a jury—few understand the fundamental importance of jury service more than trial judges and appellate justices. But, how well do we communicate the significance or express our appreciation for those who are answering the summons to … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas warns public of jury duty scams

As Texas’ annual Jury Appreciation Week approaches in the first week of May, the State Bar of Texas wants to warn Texans about the proliferation of jury duty scams across the state in recent months. There have been widespread reports of scammers calling residents and accusing them of failing to show up for jury duty. … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $404,000

Veterans across Texas were honored at the Champions for Justice Gala Benefitting Veterans on April 25. More than $404,000 was raised to provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans at the event. The gala, co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas, was held at the AT&T Executive Education … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas launches Knowledge Center

The State Bar of Texas has launched a new program on its website aimed at offering its members a resource for the latest vendor-sponsored whitepapers, case studies, trial reports, and more. The Knowledge Center is a repository of relevant news and information that practitioners can access for free. For more information, go to texasbar.com/knowledgecenter.… Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas TLAP Director Bree Buchanan is honored for work on lawyer wellness

Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, was honored for her research and outreach on mental health and substance abuse disorders within the legal profession. Buchanan, who is co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and co-authored the task force’s report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” … Continue Reading
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