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Sterling: Happy Texas Paralegal Day!

Editor’s note: Stephanie R. Sterling, the 2018-2019 president of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, issued the following message today for Texas Paralegal Day. Today marks the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas on October 23, 1981. It was the first such action by any state bar … Continue Reading

Texas lawyers able to assist North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence

Lawyers across the nation can provide pro bono assistance to North Carolinians in the wake of Hurricane Florence thanks to a recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court. After Hurricane Harvey several hundred out-of-state lawyers volunteered their services to residents of this state. ABA President Bob Carlson reminds lawyers that ABA Free Legal Answers, an online … Continue Reading

Have you RSVP’d to pro bono week?

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Circuits and is reprinted with permission.  By Hannah Allison Texas is RSVP’ing YES to pro bono week this year. How about you? Not sure what it is? The Celebrate Pro Bono homepage reads, “…this initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the … Continue Reading

Texas Gavel Awards presented at FOIFT annual conference

State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley and SBOT Public Affairs Committee Chair Rudy England welcomed journalists from around the state as winners of Texas Gavel Awards. The Texas Gavel Awards recognize excellence in journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system; educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession, … Continue Reading

Houston attorneys, judges reading at 100 schools for Constitution Day

More than 100 Houston Bar Association volunteers are expected to read to classes in 100 elementary schools in the Houston area today for Constitution Day. Attorneys and judges are reading and discussing the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio to elementary school students at 21 school districts at designated times throughout the day. Constitution Day commemorates … Continue Reading

Lawyers: Learn about health insurance options at free Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange luncheons

The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange will discuss health insurance options for 2019 and offer free lunch to all attendees at upcoming meetings in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Texas Member Benefits, Inc. has launched a new exclusive plan on the exchange that allows small and large firms to pool their risk as one … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation awards scholarships to Houston law students

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation held its 13th annual scholarship luncheon that benefits Hispanic law students attending one of the three Houston-based law schools on Wednesday, August 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston. The scholarships were awarded to law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality within the Hispanic … Continue Reading

State Bar receives national award for improving legal services to low-income Texans

The State Bar of Texas was presented a prestigious 2018 Harrison Tweed Award on August 3 at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Harrison Tweed Award recognizes bar associations that have made extraordinary efforts to improve the availability of civil legal services or indigent defense services to people living in poverty. Named … Continue Reading

Free CLE on disaster legal services, FEMA appeals planned for McAllen area

Several state, local, and national bar associations; disaster legal services providers; and the city of McAllen are coming together to educate lawyers and the general public in the McAllen area on FEMA appeals processes and disaster legal services in general. The free seminar, “Disaster Legal Services and FEMA Appeals CLE,” will be from 9 to … Continue Reading

You are just in time for CLE at the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas is hosting its annual three-day CLE event on September 26-28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison. Early registration is open until August 14. Online registration ends September 17. There is an option for one-day or three-day registration. Register here. The Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS) … Continue Reading

Enjoy lunch, earn 3 CLE hours at Paralegal Division Annual Meeting

Come out to the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division Annual Meeting on Friday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Austin Marriott South. Participants can earn three hours of CLE credit. Register for $65. On-site registration is not available. Lunch is included. The keynote speaker is Thomas Palladino, executive director of the … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association hosting summer law programs for law students, clerks

All law students, recent graduates and clerks are invited to the Belo Mansion for the Dallas Bar Association Summer Law Programs. Here is the complete list of the summer law programs being offered: Law Student Professionalism Program on Thursday, May 31 at 2 p.m. RSVP here. Summer Clerks Pro Bono Luncheon on Friday, June 1 at … Continue Reading

Promoting Jury Appreciation Week

The following article first appeared in the summer 2017 In Chambers magazine and is republished with permission. Serving on a jury—few understand the fundamental importance of jury service more than trial judges and appellate justices. But, how well do we communicate the significance or express our appreciation for those who are answering the summons to … Continue Reading

Join the Statewide Day of Civility on April 20!

On April 20, a number of local bar associations across the state will be hosting events in celebration of the Texas Day of Civility in the Law. 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

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

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
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