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TMCP 2020 announces Isabel Wilkerson as keynote speaker

Come bring your cup of coffee and join TMCP 2020 on October 28-30, virtually! Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, will be the conference’s keynote speaker on October 30. Register here. Participants can earn up to 6.75 MCLE hours, including 2 ethics hours. Caste is a New … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host ‘Diversity Listening Session’ CLE on October 28

The State Bar of Texas will host a CLE webinar titled “An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session” from noon to 1:15 p.m. CDT October 28. In this moderated panel discussion, Texas lawyers and bar leaders will discuss the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State … Continue Reading

SMU, University of Houston to host Black Lawyers Matter virtual conference

This blog was updated on October 12, 2020, to provide additional information about the event. The University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law will host a virtual conference from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 30 titled “Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion.” The keynote speaker for the … Continue Reading

Harris County Law Library to host Votes for Texas Women event highlighting 19th Amendment

The Harris County Law Library will offer a virtual 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium from 2 to 4 p.m. on August 18. The “Votes for Texas Women” event will focus on the history of women’s suffrage and the importance of inclusion in law and government. Registration is open and free to all. “We are thrilled to offer … Continue Reading

Winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards announced

Investigations that examined intellectual disability and the death penalty in Texas and why so many sexual assault cases in one of the state’s largest counties went unpunished are among the winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards. Journalists representing The Texas Tribune, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin’s NPR station—KUT 90.5, were selected as winners of the … Continue Reading

20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards go virtual

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will host its 20th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards in two online events featuring conversations with four Texas legal all stars. On June 11, former State Bar of Texas President Harriet Miers, Locke Lord LLP partner and former counsel to President George W. Bush, and Shonn Evans … Continue Reading

Register now for 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Registration is now open for the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand—the State Bar’s first virtual annual meeting—on June 25-26. The June 25 session will feature a full day (up to 8 hours) of on-demand CLE from State Bar sections for the low rate of $150. A full list of CLE offerings … Continue Reading

Register now for ABA TECHSHOW and save $150 with SBOT discount

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW from February 26 to 29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on standard registration by using the discount code EP2021. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able … Continue Reading

“People’s Law School” moves to online format after October event

The popular, 30-year-old legal education program known as the “People’s Law School” is halting its in-person classes on the campus of the University of Houston Law Center and moving its program online. This is the final year that people can attend the “People’s Law School” in person. The final live program will be from 9 … Continue Reading

State Bar, Lone Star Legal Aid promote disaster legal hotline for those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda

The State Bar of Texas and Lone Star Legal Aid seek to alert residents that free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by severe storms and flooding spawned by Tropical Storm Imelda. Lone Star Legal Aid operates a toll-free disaster legal hotline — 866-659-0666— that can help with issues such as replacing lost documents, … Continue Reading

Legislative aides to receive James Madison Award for strengthening Texas Public Information Act

Kelsey Erickson, general counsel to Sen. Kirk Watson, and Katy Aldredge, capitol director for Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, are this year’s recipients of the James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Erickson and Aldredge were chosen for their efforts to create and pass legislation that makes important repairs to Texas’ open … Continue Reading

TRLA helps residents of South Texas prepare for hurricane season

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is conducting disaster-preparedness sessions for community members in Texas’ flood-prone areas. The agency has already held a dozen sessions in Spanish and English in cities around the state. The next will take place Sept. 11 in Brownsville and Sept. 18 in Sinton. See below for details. The sessions cover property insurance, renters’ … Continue Reading

Texas Center for Legal Ethics presents the 2019 Pope Award to Charles “Skip” Watson

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics awards Charles “Skip” Watson the 2019 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award. Watson is an appellate attorney for Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Austin. “Skip Watson is, quite simply, one of the most honorable and ethical lawyers I have ever worked with, against, or around,” Houston appellate attorney Kevin Dubose … Continue Reading

Free legal help available for people affected by flooding in 3 South Texas counties

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other organizations are partnering to provide legal and recovery assistance to people affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties on June 24 and … Continue Reading

Winners of the 2019 Texas Gavel Awards announced

Stories that examined how Texas judges are elected and showed how law enforcement agencies are using the Texas Public Information Act to withhold information about deceased suspects are among the winners of the 2019 Texas Gavel Awards. Journalists representing The Texas Tribune, KXAN-TV in Austin, KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Super Lawyers Magazine, and the Victoria Advocate were selected as winners. … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala raises $455,050 for veterans’ legal services

The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on Tuesday in Austin. More than $455,050 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice … Continue Reading

ABA seeks attorney volunteers to help along Southern Border

The American Bar Association is seeking licensed attorney volunteers to help with two projects to assist asylum-seekers and immigrant children along Texas’ southern border with Mexico. The ABA’s Commission on Immigration is leading week-long volunteer trips each month from April to October to direct-service projects along the Texas-Mexico border. Volunteers will work at the South Texas Pro … Continue Reading

TRLA launches disaster-preparedness community meetings

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation, is launching disaster-preparedness community meetings beginning today in the McAllen area. The meetings are designed to inform the public about legal solutions to many post-disaster problems. Tonight’s meeting will be delivered in Spanish. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at La Union Del Pueblo … Continue Reading

Early registration for the Texas Minority Attorney Program ends soon

Early registration ends March 22 for the 17th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program. TMAP 2019 will be held April 5 at South Texas College of Law Houston, 1303 San Jacinto St. Attendees will earn six hours of CLE credit. Topics include technology trends, business development for solos and small firms, immigration law, family law, and … Continue Reading
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