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State Bar accepting expressions of interest for 2024-2025 standing committees

The State Bar of Texas is accepting expressions of interest to serve on committees for the upcoming bar year, which begins June 1, 2024. The survey form to express interest is available at and is due December 1. Information provided will be submitted to the president-elect for consideration. Standing committees are established by the board … Continue Reading

Denise Scofield, Santos Vargas recommended as State Bar president-elect nominees

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted Monday to recommend the nomination of Denise Scofield, of Houston, and Santos Vargas, of San Antonio, as candidates for 2024-2025 State Bar president-elect. If the board approves their nominations, Scofield and Vargas would appear on the ballot in April 2024 along with … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas President Cindy Tisdale receives 2023 Dan Price Award for outstanding contributions to Texas family law

State Bar of Texas President Cindy Tisdale was honored with the 2023 Dan Price Award by the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. This award highlights her accomplishments within the realm of Texas family law as well as her impact on the Family Law Section over the past year, according to a press release. … Continue Reading

President-elect hopefuls release ‘Meet the Candidates’ videos

Voting in the 2023 elections for State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association presidents-elect and open district director positions starts April 3 and ends at 5 p.m. CDT on May 2. To help you get to know the State Bar president-elect candidates better, we’ve produced two “Meet the Candidates” videos featuring messages from … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas announces 2023 Annual Meeting keynote speakers

Former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Texas Supreme Court Senior Justice Debra H. Lehrmann, Uniform Law Commission Executive Committee Chair Timothy Berg, and Chet Garner of PBS’ The Daytripper will be keynote speakers at the 2023 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin, the bar announced on Wednesday. Barr, the 77th and 85th … Continue Reading

TYLA offers media guide for reporters covering legal issues

Legal matters generally involve parties who have different versions of the story and the facts. Cases may be complex and involve legal terms unfamiliar to the public. Understanding the basics of the legal system, the differences in the types of courts, and the meaning of legal terms is important to accurately reporting on legal proceedings. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas announces caselaw alert partnership with Fastcase

Fastcase and the State Bar of Texas are extending their partnership to provide all active State Bar members with free access to Fastcase caselaw alerts in 13 practice areas. Since 2014, State Bar of Texas members have received unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research content service as a bar member benefit. In renewing their … Continue Reading

State Bar committee survey seeks to develop mentorship for people with disabilities, caregivers

The State Bar of Texas Disability Rights and Issues Committee is asking members of the legal community to take a short survey as it works to create a mentorship program. The committee’s goal is to facilitate mentorship for people with disabilities and for those who are caregivers of people with disabilities, specifically within the legal … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas offers free CLE webcast on succession planning essentials

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Laura Gibson sent the following message to members on January 11. I recently joined Gray Reed senior counsel Greg Sampson for a TexasBarCLE webcast on succession planning essentials titled “Don’t Wait, Designate.” The video is now available to all State Bar of Texas members to watch on demand, … Continue Reading

Nominations Sought for Pro Bono Awards

The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee are seeking nominations for their Pro Bono Excellence Award and Indigent Defense Award. These awards honor individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: What it was like then. What it’s like now.

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call or text TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at I had my first drink when I was 16 years old, and … Continue Reading