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14th annual People’s Law School to be held April 7

The People’s Law School, a product of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Bar Foundation, returns April 7 for a day of free legal education for the public. Area attorneys and judges will volunteer their time to teach 50-minute classes on wills and estates, what to expect in a justice court, the basics … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal Must-Reads for April

Check out our editorial staff’s must-reads for the April issue: interviews with the State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates, Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast’s petroleum industry, and new changes attorneys should know about live chat. Don’t forget to catch up on Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions.… Continue Reading

UNT Dallas College of Law names dean

The University of North Texas at Dallas recently announced that Angela Felecia Epps will serve as dean for the UNT Dallas College of Law. Epps, the former dean of Florida A&M University College of Law, will start at UNT Dallas this summer. Epps, who was offered the position after a national search, will replace Judge … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation announces David Hall Fellowship program

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation recently announced the creation of the David Hall Fellowship program for legal aid attorneys. TAJF will fund and administer the four-year fellowship for an attorney to provide civil legal services to the 68 counties covered by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The fellowship honors David Hall, who led TRLA for … Continue Reading

Earn CLE credit at the 16th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program

The State Bar Office of Minority Affairs and the State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession Committee will host the 16th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program on Friday, April 20 at South Texas College of Law Houston. The Texas Minority Attorney Program is a one-day live CLE seminar and networking event geared toward minority … Continue Reading

Opinion: National Vietnam War Veterans Day

The last American combat troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973—45 years ago today. On that last day of American military withdrawal, pursuant to the Paris Peace Accords, there were two commercial planes left on the runway that were to take those of us left out. Most Americans had left as had most of the … Continue Reading

Register now for the 29th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention

The 29th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention will take place on June 1-3 at the Austin Marriott South. The convention will feature national speakers sharing their thoughts about current research on mental health, substance abuse recovery, and maintaining a more balanced professional life. Attendees will also have a chance to earn at least 6 hours … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE honors outstanding volunteers

Six attorneys and one justice were honored for their exceptional contributions in 2017 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE gave Standing Ovation Awards to Justice Patricia Alvarez, of the Texas Court of Appeals for the 4th District in San Antonio; William J. Chriss, of The Snapka Law Firm in Corpus Christi; … Continue Reading

Should you pursue life rights for movies?

When it comes to actors, musicians, and other notable people, much information—from major events in their lives and careers to the personal fodder for tabloids—is made public and can generally be used for fiction films and documentaries. But the intimate, sometimes sordid details of the subject may not always be readily available on your average … Continue Reading

DBA to host Texas Day of Civility & Professionalism

The Dallas Bar Association will host a Texas Day of Civility and Professionalism with a half-day seminar at the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas. The day was created to reaffirm the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, which calls for attorneys to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism toward judges, adversaries, peers, colleagues, and clients.… Continue Reading

The GDPR and Europe’s new digital economy

Depending on whom you talk to, the footprint you leave online, whether it is the websites you visit or the emails you send, is essentially private and shouldn’t get in the hands of advertisers or anyone else. But to others, that history is merely business—data that can be used by companies to tailor ads to … Continue Reading

Can racial bias and privacy concerns be corrected in face recognition?

Face recognition has its benefits in securing iPhones or, in the case of artificial intelligence company Kairos, its use in helping people with Alzheimer’s identify family members without feeling embarrassed or helping law enforcement identify criminals as founder and CEO Brian Brackeen said of his business’ work at a panel discussion at the Fairmont during … Continue Reading

Houston Volunteer Lawyers expands pro se program hours

The Houston Volunteer Lawyers expanded its pro se assistance program, known as the Library Booth, which provides legal information for people representing themselves typically in family law matters like divorce and custody modification. The program will now be open five days a week from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas board chair honored with diversity award

The University of Houston Law Alumni Association honored State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Chair Rehan Alimohammad with its annual Diversity and Inclusion Award on February 17 at the association’s 42nd Annual Law Gala and Auction. Alimohammad received the award in recognition of significant achievement toward developing a more diverse and inclusive legal community. … Continue Reading

Justice for All calendar contributions top $11,000

The Justice for All calendar is a two-year calendar designed to inform low-income Texans of their rights and responsibilities. A product of the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division, legal services attorneys, and pro bono attorneys, the calendar covers basic information on a variety of topics ranging from fair debt collection to tenant rights. … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Texas Supreme Court adds, amends Harvey-related orders

Update (2/26/2018): The Supreme Court of Texas has extended the order permitting out-of-state lawyers to practice temporarily in Texas through August 31. Read the amended order here. Original post (8/30/2017) Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory Wednesday regarding its emergency orders related to Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Supreme Court has amended orders … Continue Reading
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