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What Every Lawyer Should Know About Sexual Violence

There is a strong likelihood that you, as an attorney, have daily interaction with survivors of sexual violence. Sexual violence knows no boundaries, and your clients, your fellow attorneys, your employees, and your judges may be survivors. A 2015 prevalence study by the University of Texas found 40% (2 in 5) of women and 20% … Continue Reading

State Bar Executive Committee to meet April 6

The State Bar of Texas Executive Committee will meet at 10 a.m. CDT April 6. All State Bar members and the public may watch the meeting on the State Bar of Texas YouTube channel. Among items on the agenda are: 4d. Action: Consider and discuss approval of the creation of an Advertising Review Task Force 4e. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announces 2021 Texas Law Student Writing Competition winners

The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announced that Taylor Feldt, of SMU Dedman School of Law, took first place in the 2021 Texas Law Student Writing Competition. Brooke López, of UNT Dallas College of Law, earned second place honors. Feldt’s essay “Are Men and Women Treated Equally in the Workplace?: A … Continue Reading

Tarrant County Bar Association to host student panel on diversity and inclusion

The Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Committee will host a panel of law students to discuss diversity and inclusion at noon on March 25. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. As part of the SIDE (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity inside the) Bar Conversation Series, the law student-led discussion will … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court sets hearing on proposed disciplinary rules amendments

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered a hearing to consider proposed disciplinary rules amendments approved by licensed Texas lawyers in the referendum that ended March 4. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4 via videoconference. It will be broadcast on the court’s YouTube channel. The amendments’ proposed effective date is … Continue Reading

Supreme Court allows out-of-state attorneys help during winter storm recovery

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued an emergency order permitting out-of-state attorney to practice Texas law temporarily due to legal assistance needed by Texans recovering from the recent winter storm. The State Bar of Texas legal access division has created a web page—probonotexas.org/uri—for in-state and out-of-state attorneys who would like to volunteer their time … Continue Reading

Supreme Court issues new emergency order on Texas court proceedings

Editor’s note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory on March 5.  In the 36th emergency order issued Friday responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Supreme Court has removed requirements that all but certain proceedings be remote but encourages remote trials and hearings and gives local presiding judges authority to require masks for participants and … Continue Reading

Texas lawyers approve rule amendments in 2021 rules vote

Texas lawyers approved all eight proposed amendments to Texas’ disciplinary and procedural rules in a monthlong voting process that ended March 4. The Texas Supreme Court now may adopt or reject the proposals approved by the bar’s membership. Go here for election results and visit texasbar.com/rulesvote for details on the proposed amendments. … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE offering free webcast on claims from freezes, power outages, broken pipes

On March 4, noon – 1 p.m. CST, TexasBarCLE and the State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section will broadcast a free CLE discussion on claims arising from the recent polar vortex and power outage that struck Texas, including applications for governmental disaster relief and property insurance issues. Speakers include Corpus Christi-based attorney William J. … Continue Reading

TOJI nominated for ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, or TOJI, has been nominated for the American Bar Association Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access is presented to programs and projects that advance access to legal services for those of moderate income in ways that are exemplary and replicable.… Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE honors outstanding volunteers

Six attorneys were recognized for their exceptional contributions in 2020 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Kirby B. Drake, of Dallas; Rhonda Hunter, of Dallas; Marc Markel, of Boerne; Chris Ritter, of Austin; Mike Tolleson, of Austin; Mark C. Walker, of El Paso; and Zach … Continue Reading
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