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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

State Bar of Texas announces free briefs and pleadings library in partnership with Fastcase

Fastcase and the State Bar of Texas are partnering to provide all active State Bar members free access to Fastcase’s vast collection of briefs, pleadings, motions, and orders powered by Docket Alarm within the Fastcase legal research platform. Since 2014, State Bar of Texas members have received unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research content … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation honors Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht

  Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht will receive the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award from the Texas Bar Foundation at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner on June 10 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. The award recognizes an active federal or state judge who exudes a reputation for competency, efficiency, and … Continue Reading

Laura Pratt, Courtney White named TYLA president-elect candidates

Texas attorneys new to the practice of law will choose between lawyers Laura Pratt of Lubbock and Courtney M. White of Amarillo for the next president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. TYLA is a department of the State Bar of Texas and commonly referred to as its “public service arm.” All Texas-licensed attorneys in … Continue Reading

State Bar announces 2022 judicial poll results

The State Bar of Texas announced the results of its statewide 2022 judicial poll. The results are available at At the direction of the Texas Supreme Court, the State Bar conducted a nonpartisan straw poll of contested Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and courts of appeals district races on the 2022 election ballot. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host two president-elect candidate forums

State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates Joe Escobedo and Cindy Tisdale will participate in live, virtual candidate forums from noon to 1 p.m. Central on March 10 and April 5. Register for March 10 Register for April 5 Submit questions for the candidates in advance by email to or during the forums by using the Zoom … Continue Reading

Court order allows out-of-state attorneys to provide limited indigent defense in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court issued a unanimous order Friday permitting out-of-state lawyers to provide legal services to indigent defendants arrested for certain misdemeanor offenses. The emergency order, Misc. Docket No. 22-9007, allows attorneys authorized to practice law in another U.S. jurisdiction to provide services as an employee of a public defender office or through a … Continue Reading

State Bar files conditional cross-petition for a writ of cert with US Supreme Court

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors filed a conditional cross-petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to plaintiffs’ filing in the McDonald lawsuit challenging the mandatory bar. Plaintiffs in the case filed a petition for writ of certiorari on November 24. The bar’s conditional cross-petition argues that … Continue Reading

Genora K. Boykins becomes first woman, first African American to serve as South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors chair

Genora K. Boykins was elected chair of the South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors at a board meeting on December 8. She is the first woman and first African American to serve as board chair. Boykins succeeds J. Ken Johnson, who served as board chair from 2014 to 2021. “I am excited … Continue Reading