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TBLS inducts attorneys and paralegals

  Two hundred and sixty-six attorneys and 35 paralegals were certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or TBLS, during its annual induction ceremony at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin on March 1. The freshly certified attorneys and paralegals represented myriad areas, including family law, criminal law, and oil and … Continue Reading

In Memoriam

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in February 2019 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy.… Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation announces 2019 Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award recipient

The Texas Bar Foundation named Dallas attorney Talmage Boston as its 2019 Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award recipient. Boston will be honored and presented with the award on June 14 at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner at the JW Marriott in Austin. Texas Tech University School of Law—Grantham’s alma mater—will receive $5,000 for student … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Galveston

The Galveston County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative are sponsoring a free legal clinic for veterans on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Veterans and spouses of deceased attorneys can receive one-on-one advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court addresses attorneys’ tech competence in amended comment to disciplinary rule

A Texas attorney’s duty to maintain competence in the practice of law includes knowing about relevant technology, according to a new Texas Supreme Court order. The court, in Misc. Docket No. 19-9016, amended Paragraph 8 of the comment to Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, which deals with competent and diligent … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal must-reads for March

Need a head start on the Texas Bar Journal before your copy arrives in the mail? We’ve got you covered. Check out our editorial staff’s top picks for a look at discovery related features and the state of the judiciary in Texas. And don’t forget to read Movers and Shakers, Disciplinary Actions, and Memorials.… Continue Reading

Reminder: Comments accepted on proposed advertising rules

The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda (CDRR) will continue to accept public comments concerning the proposed lawyer advertising rules through March 1, 2019. You can submit comments here. Interested in law firm trade names? Take the CDRR’s poll. The CDRR is responsible for overseeing the initial process for proposing a change or addition to … Continue Reading

A paralegal turned lawyer talks about her journey

Interview by Eric Quitugua Jessica Anderson is an associate of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, or ONDA, in Dallas, where she represents clients in divorce, modification, enforcement, and child custody matters. The Texas A&M gradwas previously a paralegal for the firm before making the switch to becoming an attorney. In law school, Anderson was vice … Continue Reading

Immigration and Nationality Law Section wins Pro Bono Texas section awards

The State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section took top honors for the highest total number of reported hours and the greatest percentage of member participation. Immigration and Nationality Law Section members provided 16,303 hours of pro bono service, and 17.2 percent of members participated in providing pro bono services. Section member Karen … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Children’s Commission’s releases report on building trauma-informed child welfare system

Judge Darlene Byrne, of the 126th Civil District Court in Travis County, and the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission presented its child welfare system report at the Texas Law Center in Austin on February 8. The report, Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, is a roadmap to better serving Texas children and families … Continue Reading

Association of Women Attorneys Foundation recognizes Houston lawyers

The Association of Women Attorneys, or AWA, Foundation will recognize four Houston attorneys for leadership in their practice areas during the 8th AWA Foundation Premier Women in Law Luncheon on March 20 in Houston. Association of Women Attorneys Foundation Premier Women in Law 2019 honorees are, from left, Burke Butler, Betsy Kamin, Amanda McMillan, and … Continue Reading
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