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Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donate $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston to establish diversity center

Benny Agosto Jr. and Nikki Agosto donated $3 million to South Texas College of Law Houston, or STCL, to establish a diversity center at the law school. Only one donation to the law school has exceeded this amount. In recognition of the donation, the new center will be named the Benny Agosto Jr. Diversity Center … Continue Reading

A new lawyer’s perspective on practicing appellate litigation

Every first-year attorney enters their respective practice area with a fine balance of fear and confidence. Ideally, we have spent at least some time clerking for the same firm or in the same field. However, if you are like me, you may have spent your entire law school career clerking for civil trial firms only … Continue Reading

South Texas College of Law Houston honors graduates at Alumni Association Annual Luncheon

South Texas College of Law Houston recognized alumni Mary-Olga Lovett, Judge Kyle Carter, and Derek Pershing on September 28 at its 2021 Alumni Association Annual Luncheon at Hotel ZaZa-Houston Museum District. Lovett received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Carter the Public Service Award, and Pershing was recognized with the Young Alumni Award.… Continue Reading

State Bar board approves candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted September 24 to approve Joe Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg and Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury as candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect. Escobedo and Tisdale will appear on the ballot in April 2022 along with any certified petition candidates. Presently there are no additional president-elect candidates, although members … Continue Reading

Erica Grigg named director of Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Erica Grigg credits the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program with saving her life. This month, she became director of the 37-year-old program. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) provides confidential help, referrals, and peer assistance programs to lawyers, judges, and law students experiencing mental health or substance use disorders. “Years ago, I reached out to TLAP … Continue Reading

Called to Active Duty, Texas Attorney Serve Their Country Proudly: Name, rank, and bar card number

Editor’s Note: In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Texas Bar Blog is republishing this article from the May 2005 issue of the Texas Bar Journal about Texas lawyers called to active-duty military service. By Morgan Morrison More than 300,000 members of the U.S. Reserve and National Guard have been … Continue Reading

In Memoriam – August 2021

The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in August 2021 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy. • Milton H. Anders, 88, of Shreveport, Louisiana, died July 28, 2018. He received his law degree from LSU Law and was … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar announces Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn as inaugural DBA Jurist of the Year

The Dallas Bar Association has named Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, as the inaugural recipient of the DBA’s Jurist of the Year Award. Lynn will receive her award at the DBA’s Bench Bar Conference in Horseshoe Bay, which is scheduled for November. Lynn was … Continue Reading

A Tribute to Osler McCarthy: A Life Well Lived in the Law

Editor’s Note: The following tribute was originally published by the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and is reprinted with permission.  By Wallace B. Jefferson Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court (Ret.) Lawyers and journalists know why today is important in the life of Texas law. The Supreme Court just issued the term’s final weekly regular … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Government Law Council names Victor A. Flores 2021 Rising Advocate in Government Law

The State Bar of Texas Government Law Council named Victor A. Flores, of Brownsville, as its 2021 Rising Advocate in Government Law Award recipient during the 33rd annual Advanced Government Law Seminar. The award recognizes a Texas lawyer who is employed by a government entity and has made outstanding contributions to the practice of government … Continue Reading

Houston Bar Association celebrates achievements at annual dinner

The Houston Bar Association welcomed 2021-2022 President Jennifer A. Hasley and recognized outstanding service by members at its annual dinner on July 15. David J. Beck, founding partner in Beck Redden, received the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award, and Susan L. Bickley, a partner in Blank Rome, received the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award.… Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas Appellate Section seeks nominations for Texas Appellate Hall of Fame

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section is accepting nominations for the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame. The hall of fame posthumously honors advocates and judges who made a lasting mark on appellate practice in Texas. Nominations should include the nominator’s contact information, the nominee’s bio or CV, the nominee’s photo if available, and all … Continue Reading