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State Bar board to consider updated president-elect recommendations at September 25 meeting

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas sent to following message to members on September 1. The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted to recommend the nomination of Sara E. Dysart of San Antonio as a candidate for 2021-2022 State Bar president-elect, after E. Leon Carter of Dallas withdrew … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: We are all in this together

Editor’s note: 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) or find more information at tlaphelps.org. Every Friday, I drove thirty minutes to the liquor store to purchase my week’s libations: a handle (1.75-liter bottle) of Johnnie Walker Black Label … Continue Reading

E. Leon Carter, Laura Gibson recommended as State Bar of Texas president-elect nominees

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on August 21. This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other State Bar updates. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. 2021 State Bar of Texas Election The Nominations and … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas membership fees deadline extended to October 31

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on August 7.  COVID-19 has severely impacted the State of Texas and the administration of the judicial system. Many lawyers are struggling in the economic climate created by the pandemic. Under Article III of the State Bar Rules, Texas lawyers who do … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas coronavirus response update for 7/31/20

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on July 31. We are writing to share updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as recent State Bar news. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders The … Continue Reading

State Bar board to meet July 27 on president’s online comments, diversity task force

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27. Among items on the agenda, the board will accept comments, discuss, and consider possible action regarding online commentary made by State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal and other officers and directors. The board also … Continue Reading

Joint statement of State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association leaders regarding comments by Larry McDougal

Online comments made by Larry McDougal regarding #BlackLivesMatter do not reflect the values of the State Bar of Texas and we denounce them in the strongest terms. As leaders of the 105,000-member State Bar of Texas and the 26,000-member Texas Young Lawyers Association, we are united against racism and dedicated to the bar’s mission of … Continue Reading

Task force to study how to resume criminal court proceedings

A task force designed to help the Texas courts system resume criminal proceedings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic won approval June 24 from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. The board approved the Presidential Task Force on Criminal Court Proceedings at the request of 2020-2021 State Bar President Larry McDougal, a Richmond … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: How I Got Free

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I spent my whole life before law school achieving great things academically and trying to be perfect—and to somehow prove to myself … Continue Reading

State Bar board to meet virtually June 24-25; public comments accepted

UPDATED 6/24/20: Due to technical difficulties with YouTube, the June 24-25 board meetings are being live streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/statebaroftexas. ORIGINAL POST: The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold virtual meetings June 24-25 with a live stream on the bar’s YouTube channel. Members of the 2019-2020 board will hold their final … 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

Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

Texas attorneys elected Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Borunda Firth received 49.31 percent—9,515—of the 19,298 votes cast during the voting period that ended May 29. Her opponent, Pablo Almaguer of Edinburg, received 49.11 percent or 9,478 votes. Write-in candidates accounted for 1.58 percent of the … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Enough Is Enough

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I have always struggled with the feeling of “not enough.” Not smart enough. Not nice enough. Not worthy enough. I could go … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $422,800

The Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas honored veterans throughout the state at the Virtual 2020 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans. More than $422,000 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the … Continue Reading
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