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Bill Mateja to serve as Dallas Bar Association president

Bill Mateja, a partner in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in Dallas, was inaugurated as the 115th president of the Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, on January 20, according to a press release. Mateja, whose practice focuses on white-collar defense and corporate investigations, has been on the DBA Board of Directors for many years and … Continue Reading

Former State Bar of Texas President Richard Pena named National Conference of Bar Presidents 2024 Fellow

Austin attorney and former State Bar of Texas President Richard Pena has been named the National Conference of Bar Presidents 2024 Fellow, according to a press release. Pena, who served as State Bar of Texas president from 1998 to 1999, is the second Texas-based attorney to receive the award. The late James B. Sales, who … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Commission takes action on working group report

The Texas Access to Justice Commission met December 15 to consider the report from the commission’s Access to Legal Services Working Group. After accepting public comment and discussion among the commissioners, the commission voted to approve the following recommendations from the working group’s report: Authorize Supreme Court of Texas-licensed (1) paraprofessionals to represent and assist … Continue Reading

Texas legal services working group to present final report December 15

The Access to Legal Services Working Group will present its final report on potential regulatory reforms designed to improve access to justice for low-income Texans during a meeting December 15 in Austin, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The working group was formed after the Supreme Court of Texas … Continue Reading

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 2023-5 (comment deadline (1/26/24): Through an employment agreement between a law firm and its lawyers: May the law firm impose a minimum departure notice period for lawyers who wish to depart the law … Continue Reading

Baylor Law to launch family law clinic to empower self-represented litigants

Baylor Law School announced it will open a new family law clinic beginning in fall 2024. The clinic aims to provide vital support to pro se litigants in navigating the complexities of family law cases, focusing on divorce and matters affecting parent-child relationships, according to a press release. Created with financial assistance from the Texas … Continue Reading

Texas Advocacy Project receives $20,000 grant from Texas Bar Foundation to build capacity of free legal services

The Texas Advocacy Project, or TAP, announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, or TBF, according to a press release. The grant, which will be distributed over a 12-month period, will be used to enhance TAP’s capacity to connect with the legal community and expand pro bono legal assistance to … Continue Reading

Free legal aid available for Texas veterans during Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week

Texas veterans are invited to participate in Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, a statewide effort in honor of Veterans Day coordinated by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, and legal aid programs across the state. During the week of November 4-11, legal aid programs, local bar associations, law schools, and pro bono private … Continue Reading

South Texas College of Law Houston’s Catherine Greene Burnett to receive 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools Pro Bono and Access to Justice Section

South Texas College of Law Houston Vice President and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Catherine Greene Burnett will receive the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Access to Justice, on January 4, 2024, in Washington, D.C. during the association’s 2024 Annual Meeting. Burnett created STCL’s … Continue Reading

The Dallas Bar Association honors WFAA-TV with the 2023 Grand Prize Stephen Philbin Award

The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, announced the Dallas-based WFAA-TV team of Tanya Eiserer, Rick Rysso, and Mark Smith as the 2023 Stephen Philbin Award grand prize winner during the DBA’s Fellows Luncheon on October 25. The team’s entry, titled “Broken Trust,” discovered that the small town of Onalaska, Texas, was the epicenter of a … Continue Reading

Texas senators and representatives honored for contributions to access to justice

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, and the Texas Access to Justice Commission honored Texas senators and representatives with the Legislative Hero Award for their contributions to improving access to justice for Texans during the 88th legislative session at a luncheon on October 31. The TAJF and the Texas Access to Justice Commission … Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Texas Director of Public Affairs Amy Starnes receives Anne Charles Excellence Award at 2023 NABE COMM Conference

Amy Starnes, director of public affairs for the Supreme Court of Texas, received the Anne Charles Excellence Award during the 2023 National Association of Bar Professionals, or NABE, Communication Workshop held October 3-6 in Park City, Utah. The award, one of the highest honors of the NABE Communications Section, is presented to a member of … 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 2023-4 (comment deadline 12/18/2023): Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to offer legal services under a subscription service fee model in which the client pays a monthly fee … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Commission names April Faith-Slaker as new executive director

The Texas Access to Justice Commission, or TAJC, announced April Faith-Slaker as its new executive director and director of the Legal Access Department of the State Bar of Texas. She will take office in late October 2023. “The Commission is pleased to report that the selection of Ms. Faith-Slaker resulted from an extensive, nationwide search … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association celebrates 150th anniversary

The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, marking a century and a half of dedication to the legal profession, justice, and the Dallas community. Established in 1873, the DBA has been a cornerstone of legal excellence, promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal expertise. Since its formation, it has … Continue Reading

Dallas Volunteer Lawyers host legal e-clinic each Wednesday in October

Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions for free during the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic throughout October every Wednesday. Clinics run online from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteer attorneys will call participants to provide up to 15 minutes of free legal advice. Lawyers will remain anonymous. They may also provide referrals to local, legal, … Continue Reading

Texas Latinx Judges swears in Maria Salas-Mendoza as president

El Paso Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza has been sworn in as president and chair of the board of directors of Texas Latinx Judges, or TLJ, the organization announced in a press release. The nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association focuses on “the advancement of current and future Latinx judges” through networking opportunities, recognition of contributions to the judiciary, … Continue Reading

Suellen Perry named Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year

Suellen Perry, a legal studies career and technical education instructor at Henderson High School in Henderson, Texas, has been named a Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year by the American Lawyers Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the law and the American legal system. Perry, a graduate of UC … Continue Reading
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