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State Bar COVID-19 update: lawyers as ‘essential,’ federal stimulus, and a call for civility

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members Friday. We are writing to share important updates from the week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Civility in the Practice of Law … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: The Wake-up Call

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 am a trial lawyer. When I started practice 46 years ago, trial lawyers “were required” to work hard, play hard, and … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: travel authorization for lawyers, Zoom resources, and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Orders and Travel Authorization for Lawyers Many … Continue Reading

How Texas employers should respond to COVID-19

Businesses all over the country have been heavily impacted by emergency public health measures, and many employers do not know how to navigate these quickly changing circumstances. Does current employment law or OSHA offer guidance for pandemic responses? What are employers’ responsibilities to their employees? On the latest episode of the State Bar of Texas … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

State Bar issues election update, messages from candidates

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel issued the following message to members on Thursday. It includes links to new messages from president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth. We’re writing to share the latest messages from State Bar president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 25, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 24, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus update: MCLE deadlines extended, new court orders issued

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. As the State Bar of Texas and Texas courts continue to adjust operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out to share important updates. MCLE Deadlines Extended We … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court orders online-only voting for State Bar elections; extends voting period

The Texas Supreme Court issued its sixth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster on March 22.  The order mandates that elections for State Bar president-elect, Texas Young Lawyers Association president-elect, and bar and TYLA directors will be conducted exclusively by electronic vote because of uncertainty regarding the feasibility of handling paper ballots during … Continue Reading

What lawyers can do to take care of themselves during the coronavirus crisis

Being a lawyer in Texas was already difficult. We start our path to become lawyers in the 96th percentile for anxiety. That is in law school. That is 26% more stress than medical students have. That is before we start handling dozens of our clients’ most important problems. That is before we start seeing the … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 19, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 18, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links Frequently Asked Questions — Coronavirus safety measures at … Continue Reading

Comments sought on proposed rule changes for lawyer advertising, cessation of practice

The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda has published proposed changes to Part VII (Information about Legal Services), Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, in the March issue of the Texas Bar Journal and the February 28 issue of the Texas Register. The published proposal includes revisions to the previously recommended rule changes. For a … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Roller coaster ride of perfection

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 15, 2014. 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’ve been given the precious gift of life three times; when … Continue Reading

Messages from the State Bar president-elect candidates

Voting in the 2020 election for State Bar of Texas president-elect and district director will take place April 1-30. In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the candidates’ platforms, the State Bar is distributing messages submitted by the president-elect candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The first messages are available at the links … Continue Reading

Committee seeks public comment on proposed ethics opinions

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on another proposed ethics opinion. Proposed Opinion 20-3, which is open for comment through April 10, concerns the following: When a lawyer retained under a contingent fee agreement withdraws from the representation due to a nonconsentable conflict of interest discovered shortly after … Continue Reading

Two proposed ethics opinions open for public comment

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on two proposed ethics opinions through March 27.  The first proposed opinion deals with (1) whether a staff lawyer employed by an insurance company to defend its insureds must comply with the company’s guidelines regarding the defense of such cases, and (2) what … Continue Reading
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