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State Bar COVID-19 response and other updates

Editor’s Note: The following message was sent to all members on Friday, January 15. Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar of Texas information. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Order and OCA Guidance … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 response and other updates

Editor’s Note: The following message was sent to all members on January 5. Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar of Texas information. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders The Texas Supreme Court … Continue Reading

Genora K. Boykins elected as South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors chair-elect

Genora K. Boykins, a 1985 alumna of South Texas College of Law Houston, was elected chair-elect for the law school’s board of directors. She is the first woman and African American to hold this position at the law school. Boykins has served on the South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors since March … Continue Reading

Emergency order extends eviction-diversion program deadlines

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory on December 22. In an emergency order posted Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court has extended deadlines for procedures for tenants and landlords under a statewide housing-assistance program intended to avoid evictions for tenants behind on rent. The Texas Eviction Diversion Program, announced in October, is … Continue Reading

Office of Court Administration reiterates COVID-19 remote proceedings mandate

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on December 18. I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I am writing to share information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to remind you about the upcoming public forums on the 2021 … Continue Reading

Celebrating Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day is celebrated on December 15 each year. The Bill of Rights, composed of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, sets out the foundational civil rights and liberties guaranteed to all Americans. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 15 to be Bill of Rights Day in 1941 in commemoration of … Continue Reading

El Paso Bar signs MOU with two Mexican bar associations to advance cross-border relations and education

In an event many called “historic,” the El Paso Bar Association on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with two Mexican bar associations to work together to strengthen the rule of law in the U.S. and in Mexico, to facilitate cross-border educational and networking opportunities, and to expedite transactional legal services on both sides of … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s receives grant from Texas Bar Foundation for remote legal fellowships

St. Mary’s University School of Law received a $10,400 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to encourage pro bono legal work through new remote fellowships. In fall 2018, St. Mary’s introduced a pro bono graduation requirement for J.D. students that resulted in students seeking new opportunities for pro bono service. The new remote fellowship program … Continue Reading

State Commission on Judicial Conduct releases annual report

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has released its fiscal year 2020 annual report covering activities from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. It is available online at scjc.texas.gov/about/annual-reports/. The State Bar of Texas Annual Report 2019-2020 can be found on the bar’s website. The State Bar of Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline Annual … Continue Reading

San Antonio Bar Foundation launches Bexar Outreach Project-Phase II

The San Antonio Bar Foundation launched Bexar Outreach Project-Phase II with a $15,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Phase II of the project will expand information accessibility by presenting pertinent legal information in various formats including livestream, prerecorded video, transcripts and closed caption; building distribution on social media and other online communities; and sharing … Continue Reading

Greater Waco Chamber hosting Workforce Resource Summit

The Greater Waco Chamber will host a Workforce Resource Summit virtually at 8:30 a.m. December 4. The half-day conference is designed for company leaders, managers, and human resources professionals to deliver information and conversations to help with understanding current workforce issues and how to best overcome challenges and look to the future. Bryan Daniel, chairman … Continue Reading

Celebrating the Holidays During a Pandemic

Is it possible, in 2020, to carry on the age-old U.S. tradition of gathering with family and friends during the holidays? As new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in record numbers across the U.S. and abroad, health experts like Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease expert, fear that since “[w]e know that the vast majority of … Continue Reading
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