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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

State Bar of Texas, TYLA announce president-elect candidates

Texas attorneys will choose between Lisa Blue of Dallas and Randy Sorrels of Houston in the race for the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar Board of Directors today approved their nominations as president-elect candidates during its quarterly meeting in San Antonio. Also, the Texas Young Lawyers Association recently nominated … Continue Reading

Entries sought for Texas Gavel Awards

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 Texas Gavel Awards! The awards recognize excellence in print, broadcast, or online journalism that educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession, and the judicial branch of government; and discloses practices or procedures needing correction to improve the practice of law, the courts, or the justice … Continue Reading

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2018 is open

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW 2018, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on registration by using the code EP1814. Early bird registration ends January 22. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be … Continue Reading

Texas prosecutors and county attorneys help Harvey-ravaged colleagues

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas District & County Attorneys Foundation created a relief fund and asked people to donate to help their struggling peers. As a result, this week the foundation gifted $1,000 per person to 40 prosecutors, investigators, and administrative staff in eight South Texas counties. “We know this is not … Continue Reading

Registration under way for 2018 Law-Related Education Conference

All educators, supervisors, and regional service center personnel are welcome to attend the 2018 Annual Law- Related Education Conference on January 26-27, 2018, at the Commons Learning Center in Austin. Conference participants will explore literacy components of reading, writing, and articulating points of view through history and why it is essential to maintaining freedom.… Continue Reading

San Antonio Bar Association rallies pro bono volunteers to assist Sutherland Springs victims

In a message to members, San Antonio Bar Association President Beth Watkins said the need for legal services for those affected by the recent mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church will likely exceed what the legal community in that area can provide. The San Antonio Bar Association predicts there will be a need … Continue Reading

Texas to recognize paralegals on October 23

For the past eight years, Texas has celebrated Paralegal Day on October 23 to honor the paralegal community and its contributions. The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, founded in 1981, was created to enhance paralegals’ participation in the administration of justice, professional responsibility, and public service in cooperation with the State Bar and to … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar honors excellence in legal reporting with Philbin Awards

The Dallas Bar Association honored Dallas-Fort Worth area journalists who exemplify excellence in legal reporting with its 34th Annual Stephen Philbin Awards on Friday. The grand prize was awarded to Skip Hollandworth of Texas Monthly for “The Prisoner,” which tells the story of Edwin Debrow, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence for a murder committed at … Continue Reading
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