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Texas Access to Justice Foundation awarded additional $20 million to provide free housing legal services

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, announced it received an additional $20 million in funding from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, or TDHCA, to continue the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The state’s largest funding source for civil legal aid, TAJF was granted the first $20 million in August 2021 to help … Continue Reading

UH Law Center to open new John M. O’Quinn Law Building

The University of Houston Law Center will officially open its new John M. O’Quinn Law Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 22. The $93 million facility is one of the newest law school buildings in Texas and nationwide. “This has been a decades-long dream of alumni, faculty, staff, students and … Continue Reading

Change of Venue: From Court to the Stage

The story behind Night Court and its 2022 production ‘Night Court at 30 Presents Justice by the Dozen’ By Tara Taheri   Night Court is Houston’s very own all-lawyer musical theater company, which in recent years has transitioned to a public 501(c)(3) and has been approved for 2 hours of CLE ethics credits.… Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby honored with Judicial Civic Education Award

The American Lawyers Alliance, or ALA, has named Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby the 2022 recipient of its Judicial Civic Education Award. The ALA is an American Bar Association affiliate that supports law-related education, and the Judicial Civic Education Award honors judges for their work promoting civic education in their communities or states. Busby, … Continue Reading

Houston Bar Association presents 2022 Diversity Awards

The Houston Bar Association presented its Diversity Awards to recognize outstanding law firms and individuals for their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the legal profession and greater Houston community, during the HBA’s 24th Annual Summer Associate Luncheon on July 21 in Houston. The recipients of the 2022 HBA Diversity Awards are Frost Brown Todd; … Continue Reading

American Bar Association to honor two Texas lawyers for pro bono work

The American Bar Association, or ABA, will honor Texas lawyers Maddy Dwertman and Mark Melton with the Pro Bono Publico Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for low-income and disadvantaged persons on August 5 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. This award is the highest honor given by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro … Continue Reading

Texas Access to Justice Foundation creates new fellowship to serve veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, which provides grant funding for civil legal aid in Texas, announced the creation of the Terry O. Tottenham Veterans Justice Fellowship. The fellowship honors veteran, current TAJF Secretary, and former State Bar of Texas President Terry O. Tottenham, who is of counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin. … Continue Reading

Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit

Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit The Texas Bar Foundation’s donation to Alliance For Children will help facilitate the presentation of a new training course—Behavioral Characteristics of Sex Offenders— for staff and partners. The course will be led by Michael L. Bourke, a former chief psychologist for the U.S. Marshals Service.… Continue Reading

Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee announces Pro Bono Excellence award winners

The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee has announced its 2022 Pro Bono Excellence awards winners. Michael Logan Ware, of Fort Worth, received the Frank J. Scurlock Award; the Rev. Brooks Harrington, of Fort Worth, received the J. Chrys Dougherty Award; Judge Jerry W. Simoneaux Jr., of Harris … Continue Reading

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid rolls out new universal phone numbers

To provide a streamlined solution for those individuals in need of legal representation throughout 68 southwest Texas counties, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, recently established new universal local and toll-free phone numbers. Anyone seeking to apply for legal services, contact a TRLA office, or contact a TRLA staff member should now dial 956-996-TRLA (8752) … Continue Reading