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Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help automating your practice? Get tips and strategies from MyCase. Additional new resources include an e-book from LawPay that offers advice on providing clients with modern payment options, … Continue Reading

Austin Bar, AYLA produce video

This year’s class of the Leadership Academy, a joint effort of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Young Lawyers Association, has produced Law: A Profession of Service, a video of interviews with highly accomplished and well-known lawyers in Central Texas that aims to shine a positive light on the legal profession.… 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 the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, July 14. 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 … Continue Reading

Reed Smith attorneys, staff get active with “Get Moving Challenge”

More and more people are focusing on wellness and well-being, a movement that has been around for decades and gained mainstream media attention in the past couple of years. In fact, the July issue of the Texas Bar Journal focuses on lawyer wellness and well-being with articles on brain health, how meaningful work boosts well-being, … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal must-reads for July

Can’t wait for the July issue of the Texas Bar Journal to arrive? Check out our editorial staff’s must-reads for stories on wellness, remarks from February’s bar exam high scorer, and a commencement speech from a past president. And don’t forget to catch up on Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions.… Continue Reading

Austin Bar and AYLA name new leaders

The Austin Bar Association and Austin Young Lawyers Association, or AYLA, announced new officers recently. Adam Schramek, of Norton Rose Fulbright, is now president of the Austin Bar; president-elect is D. Todd Smith; Kennon Wooten is secretary; David Courreges is treasurer; and Amy Welborn will serve as immediate past-president. Other members of the board of … Continue Reading

TCDLA hosts Declaration of Independence readings

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or TCDLA, will host readings of the Declaration of Independence across the state in recognition of the Fourth of July. The readings, which will take place in over 100 Texas counties on July 3, have been sponsored by TCDLA for several years. Some of the gatherings will also include … Continue Reading

TCDLA names award winners, inducts Hall of Fame members

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or TCDLA, inducted three members into its hall of fame and named the Percy Foreman Lawyers of the Year and Charlie Butts Pro Bono Award winner at the 31st Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course on June 21-23 in San Antonio. Daniel Hurley, of Lubbock, Frank Jackson, of … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Journal must-reads for June

Can’t wait for the June issue of the Texas Bar Journal to arrive? The TBJ editorial staff has you covered. Check out our top picks: Q&As with the State Bar’s and TYLA’s new presidents, information on digital privacy matters, and winners from the bar’s short story contest. Don’t forget to catch up on Movers and … Continue Reading

L. Wayne Scott named 2018 Gene Cavin Award winner

Professor L. Wayne Scott, of San Antonio, is the winner of the 2018 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE. Scott will be presented the award at the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course in September in Austin. Scott is a professor of law and director of alternate dispute resolution studies at St. Mary’s University School … Continue Reading

Legal Mapmaker™ seminar gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide to establish a law firm

Legal Mapmaker™, which is sponsored by Baylor Law School in collaboration with other law schools and the State Bar of Texas, aims to equip new lawyers with the tools to start practices that provide legal services to the public efficiently and affordably. This year’s seminar, a two-part program that gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide … Continue Reading

Texas Legal Answers celebrates first anniversary

Texas Legal Answers, a free online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on June 1. As part of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono Texas initiative, the program was launched last year with the goal of increasing access to justice for low-income Texans and removing barriers for attorneys providing … Continue Reading

State Bar LRE website redesigned

The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department has announced the redesign of its website, texaslre.org. The LRE aims to improve law-related and civic education programs throughout the state through curriculum development and educator training. The redesigned site features two buttons front and center that provide educators with either professional development resources or lesson plans. … Continue Reading

Sophisticated scam targets Texas attorney

Last fall, a Texas attorney was contacted through Martindale-Hubbard to assist in potential bankruptcy representation for a Nova Scotia, Canada-based company, which was seeking funds owed from a Houston-based firm. It was a sophisticated scam—and quite different from usual ones in the following ways: (1) the first check the scammer sent was a valid check … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans in Richmond

Veterans in need of legal advice or assistance can visit a free clinic on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer attorneys will give any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran one-on-one advice in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate law, tax law, and … Continue Reading

A look at the Texas Lawyers Group

In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits … Continue Reading
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