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Pro Bono Spotlight: Claire Brown

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s University School of Law to host national virtual advocacy competition

St. Mary’s University School of Law, in partnership with several law schools, will host a national virtual advocacy competition from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 on Zoom. The All Star National Challenge is the second of three virtual tournaments that will be hosted by St. Mary’s University School of Law and its partner schools (the … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Sam Doiron

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Trauma-Informed legal advocacy

Let’s face it—lawyers are not the most comforting individuals. We can be intimidating. This stereotype has never been truer than when it comes to clients who are survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. The area of sexual assault litigation is still in its nascent stages, especially within the state of Texas, and … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Diana Ball

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Texas legal aid providers launch web portal designed to inform public, stop evictions

Texans struggling to pay rent and facing possible eviction can turn to a new website — Stop TX Eviction — to find a step-by-step tool kit designed to help them understand the eviction process and their rights. The website, stoptxeviction.org, is available in English and Spanish. There, renters can: Obtain important documents to give a landlord … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Tyler Hickle

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Tanya Burke

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

Judge Emily Miskel to receive William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

Judge Emily Miskel, of the 470th District Court in Collin County, will receive the National Center for State Courts 2020 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. The Rehnquist Award is the highest honor bestowed to a state judge by the National Center for State Courts. It honors a state court judge who demonstrates the … Continue Reading

Pro Bono Spotlight: Fawaz A. Bham

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 25-31). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more … Continue Reading

New website helps connect legal professionals with licensed court reporters

The Texas Court Reporters Association has launched a new website, MyTexasCSR.com, as a free means of connecting legal professionals with licensed court reporters. On the site, attorneys, paralegals, and court administrators can post a job to find coverage for a hearing, trial, deposition, or other event. All Texas court reporters can register for free to … Continue Reading

Parker County court system impacted by computer security incident

Parker County officials announced that on October 16 they discovered the county computer system had come under attack in an unspecified security incident. As officials attempted to stop the damage, sought to investigate, and seek repairs, the county’s court system was taken offline and all courts are closed at this time. Parker County District Clerk … Continue Reading

Voting information for 2020 Election

Early voting for the 2020 Election is underway and Election Day falls on November 3 this year. Early voting will continue through October 30. The deadline to request an absentee ballot in Texas is October 23. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. CDT November 3. Registration to vote in Texas for this … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host ‘Diversity Listening Session’ CLE on October 28

The State Bar of Texas will host a CLE webinar titled “An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session” from noon to 1:15 p.m. CDT October 28. In this moderated panel discussion, Texas lawyers and bar leaders will discuss the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State … Continue Reading

TYLA Practice Areas: 101 Podcast to launch in October

The Texas Young Lawyers Association will launch its newest podcast, Practice Areas: 101 Podcast, on October 8. Every other week young lawyers from across Texas will discuss “what type of law do you practice?” Topics of discussions each week will include the various aspects of the practice area, including “war stories” and words of advice … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Board Update: September 25, 2020

Editor’s note: The State Bar of Texas sent the following message to members on September 25. The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today by videoconference. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at youtube.com/statebaroftexas and read the agenda and meeting materials here. Referendum … Continue Reading
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