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Pro Bono Spotlight: Omar Itani

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 24-30). 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

Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donate $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston to establish diversity center

Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donated $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston, or STCL, to establish a diversity center at the law school. Only one donation to the law school has exceeded this amount. In recognition of the donation, the new center will be named the Benny Agosto Jr. Diversity Center … Continue Reading

University of Houston Law Center launches publication aimed at undergrad students interested in law school

The University of Houston Law Center debuted Aspiring Lawyer, a publication dedicated to undergraduate students nationwide interested in attending law school. Aspiring Lawyer will feature insights, tips, success stories, and guidance for pre-law students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. “I am delighted that we have established the Aspiring Lawyer magazine which will provide helpful hints … Continue Reading

Important information for attorneys with an IOLTA account at PNC Bank (previously BBVA)

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, administrator of the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, or IOLTA, program, has become aware of issues related to mobile banking at PNC Bank (previously BBVA) that have resulted in lawyers being unable to view their IOLTA account. If you are an attorney with an IOLTA account at PNC Bank (previously … Continue Reading

South Texas College of Law Houston honors graduates at Alumni Association Annual Luncheon

South Texas College of Law Houston recognized alumni Mary-Olga Lovett, Judge Kyle Carter, and Derek Pershing on September 28 at its 2021 Alumni Association Annual Luncheon at Hotel ZaZa-Houston Museum District. Lovett received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Carter the Public Service Award, and Pershing was recognized with the Young Alumni Award.… Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court debuts new email subscription, rolling caselaw updates

By Dylan Drummond For the past several decades, the Texas Supreme Court’s longtime public information staff attorney—Osler McCarthy—lovingly, laboriously, and manually emailed the court’s Friday orders to anyone who had asked to be added to an email distribution list he maintained. With Osler’s retirement last month, the court has now semi-automated this email notification system, … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves candidates, responds to federal court decision

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting September 24 in San Antonio. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at and read the agenda and meeting materials at 2022 Election Update The board approved Joe Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted September 24 to approve Joe Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg and Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury as candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect. Escobedo and Tisdale will appear on the ballot in April 2022 along with any certified petition candidates. Presently there are no additional president-elect candidates, although members … Continue Reading

Erica Grigg named director of Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Erica Grigg credits the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program with saving her life. This month, she became director of the 37-year-old program. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) provides confidential help, referrals, and peer assistance programs to lawyers, judges, and law students experiencing mental health or substance use disorders. “Years ago, I reached out to TLAP … Continue Reading

Free legal assistance available for low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Nicholas

Free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by flooding and other conditions created by Hurricane Nicholas. The State Bar of Texas’s toll-free disaster legal services hotline—800-504-7030—puts callers in touch with legal aid providers in their areas who can help with: Replacement of important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster; Life, medical, … Continue Reading

St. Mary’s University School of Law to launch first fully online J.D. program approved by ABA in fall 2022

St. Mary’s University School of Law will launch the first fully online juris doctor program approved by the American Bar Association in fall 2022. St. Mary’s University plans to enroll 25 students in the first cohort of the five-year pilot program. The St. Mary’s University program is the first to offer all credit-bearing courses online … Continue Reading

Called to Active Duty, Texas Attorney Serve Their Country Proudly: Name, rank, and bar card number

Editor’s Note: In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Texas Bar Blog is republishing this article from the May 2005 issue of the Texas Bar Journal about Texas lawyers called to active-duty military service. By Morgan Morrison More than 300,000 members of the U.S. Reserve and National Guard have been … Continue Reading

In Memoriam – August 2021

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in August 2021 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy. • Milton H. Anders, 88, of Shreveport, Louisiana, died July 28, 2018. He received his law degree from LSU Law and was … Continue Reading

Jury duty scams are an increasingly common threat for Texans

By Doryn Glenn The State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee is warning the public against criminals that would seek to make them victims of scams that are becoming increasingly common. Individuals, pretending to be local law enforcement officers, are calling citizens stating that they have failed to appear for jury duty or some other … Continue Reading

Texas Office of Court Administration selects three vendors to support statewide Uniform Case Management System

The Texas Office of Court Administration has selected three vendors to support the new statewide Uniform Case Management System, or UCMS. The three vendors selected to support the UCMS are Icon Software, iDocket, and Tyler Technologies. UCMS is an opt-in court case management system aimed at supporting Texas counties with a population less than 20,000, … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar announces Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn as inaugural DBA Jurist of the Year

The Dallas Bar Association has named Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, as the inaugural recipient of the DBA’s Jurist of the Year Award. Lynn will receive her award at the DBA’s Bench Bar Conference in Horseshoe Bay, which is scheduled for November. Lynn was … Continue Reading