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Hotmail users targeted by IRS email scam

The Internal Revenue Service warned Hotmail users are being targeted by a phishing email scam designed to steal personal and financial information. The email subject line reads “Internal Revenue Service Email No. XXXX | We’re processing your request soon | TXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX.” Taxpayers are then led to a fake Microsoft page and asked for personal and … Continue Reading

UT Austin police seek help

The University of Texas Police Department issued a call Tuesday for assistance in locating women who may have been photographed inappropriately by a man on the Austin campus. Here is a link to the police department’s request, which includes descriptions of the unidentified potential victims. The suspect, charged with invasive visual recording, is a former … Continue Reading

Upcoming ABA YLD Twitter chat focuses on mental health and addiction

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host a Twitter Chat focused on mental health and addiction during the holidays. Brian Cuban, author of The Addicted Lawyer, and Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, will be joined by members of the Michigan Bar and Florida Bar as they respond to questions … Continue Reading

Lawyer Death by Suicide

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program receives calls almost weekly about a lawyer loss by suicide. In fact, 11 percent of lawyers have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their career. Will you make a commitment to help another lawyer and to help yourself? If you are experiencing substance abuse or depression and anxiety, call … Continue Reading

ABA CoLAP to host live Twitter chat on problem gambling

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is hosting “Problem Gambling in the Legal Profession,” a live Twitter chat that features special guests Christine Anderson, of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and Keith Whyte, of the National Council on Problem Gambling. They will discuss the consequences of gambling, the signs and symptoms of … Continue Reading

Culhane Meadows earns Women’s Business Enterprise certification

Culhane Meadows was certified a Women’s Business Enterprise, or WBE, by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Women make up a majority of the management team of this national firm, which has offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. “WBE certification is a welcome acknowledgement of the commitment Culhane Meadows has made to create an environment … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy

Veterans in Katy can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Katy Bar Association and Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, December 9. The clinic will offer veterans, or spouses of deceased veterans, one-on-one advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in areas of law including family law, wills and probate, … Continue Reading

Texas prosecutors and county attorneys help Harvey-ravaged colleagues

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas District & County Attorneys Foundation created a relief fund and asked people to donate to help their struggling peers. As a result, this week the foundation gifted $1,000 per person to 40 prosecutors, investigators, and administrative staff in eight South Texas counties. “We know this is not … Continue Reading

Scams continue with fake law firm websites

Texas attorneys continue to be targeted by online scammers. Throughout 2017, there were several attempts to coerce people into sending money while claiming to work for real law firms. In a recent rash of scams, websites have been designed to mirror firms’ very real pages. But there are giveaways—and resources for verifying the not-so obvious … Continue Reading

Wafa Abdin named executive director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Wafa Abdin has been named the new executive director of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with pro bono volunteers and the HVL team to provide to low-income individuals free civil legal aid that helps stabilize families, maintain housing, and even improve children’s health,” said Abdin, who served … Continue Reading

Texas’ newest lawyers are sworn in at induction ceremony

The newest group of Texas attorneys took the Lawyer’s Oath Monday morning at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Members of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, deans from Texas law schools, and representatives from the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Board of Law Examiners welcomed hundreds of law … Continue Reading

TMCP names award winners during 2017 conference

More than 480 registrants attended the 25th Texas Minority Counsel Program conference November 8-10 in Austin. Abel Martinez, group vice-president of partner relations, risk solutions, and government affairs with H-E-B Grocery Company, won the 2017 TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, also a senior adviser at Dentons US and a … Continue Reading

New Texas lawyers to be sworn in November 20

New Texas lawyers will be officially sworn in on November 20 at the State Bar of Texas New Lawyers Induction Ceremony. Attorneys who passed the July 2017 Texas Bar Examination are eligible to be inducted at the event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.… Continue Reading

New TLAP video focuses on PTSD after Hurricane Harvey

A new video from the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, featuring TLAP Director Bree Buchanan and Austin psychiatrist Robert Cantu, focuses on identifying post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after Hurricane Harvey. In The Trauma of Harvey: Identifying PTSD in Yourself and Others, Buchanan and Cantu discuss the symptoms of and treatment for PTSD after a natural … Continue Reading