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State Bar of Texas board approves president-elect candidates, appoints DEI committee members

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting September 30 in McAllen. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at youtube.com/statebaroftexas and read the agenda and meeting materials at texasbar.com/bodmaterials. 2023 President-elect Election Update The board voted to approve Jerry Alexander, of Dallas, and Steve … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas wins national award for 2022 bar election communications

The State Bar of Texas received a national award for communications related to its 2022 elections. The National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section on September 23 awarded the State Bar of Texas a 2022 Luminary Award for Excellence in PR/Marketing/Social Media Campaigns in the large bar category. The State Bar deployed a multimedia campaign … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Life can get better

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 tlaphelps.org. I have always felt like an outsider and a loner. As a child, … Continue Reading

Jerry Alexander, Steve Benesh recommended as State Bar president-elect candidates

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted Monday to recommend the nomination of Jerry Alexander, of Dallas, and Steve Benesh, of Austin, as candidates for 2023-2024 State Bar president-elect. If the board approves their nominations, Alexander and Benesh would appear on the ballot in April 2023 along with any … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Just keep walking your path

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 tlaphelps.org. It is amazing how much damage can occur to your life in … Continue Reading

Grievance Oversight Committee seeks public input on attorney disciplinary system at July 23 meeting

The Grievance Oversight Committee is seeking public feedback regarding the Texas attorney disciplinary system. The committee will meet on July 23 in Houston. If you have suggestions, observations, or other input regarding the attorney grievance system and are interested in scheduling a time to meet with the committee during its July 23 meeting, please email … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: There is an army out there to help you

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 tlaphelps.org. After interviewing to move my solo practice to another firm, I celebrated … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas announces 2021 TMCP award winners

The State Bar of Texas today announced the recipients of the 2021 Texas Minority Counsel Program awards, which honor outstanding attorneys for their impact in the areas of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Texas Minority Counsel Program, or TMCP, is the premier client development, networking, and continuing legal education event for attorneys … Continue Reading

State Bar board elects new chair, advances proposed budget

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at youtube.com/statebaroftexas and read the agenda and meeting materials at texasbar.com/bodmaterials. New board chair-elect The board elected Dallas district director Chad Baruch chair of the board for … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: A young lawyer’s journey to self-compassion

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 tlaphelps.org. One beautiful spring morning, I was preparing to leave my house for … Continue Reading

Keynote speakers announced for 2022 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston

The State Bar of Texas is excited to welcome three dynamic keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston, on June 9 and 10. Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, internationally best-selling novelist Corban Addison, and Simon Tam—an activist and bassist of The Slants, will speak separately over the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis … Continue Reading

Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

AUSTIN—Texas attorneys elected Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Tisdale received 51.69%—11,081—of the 21,437 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that ended May 2. Her opponent, Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg, received 48.31%, or 10,356 votes. Tisdale will be sworn in as president-elect during a … Continue Reading

Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Baruch, managing shareholder at Johnston Tobey Baruch, will take office in June and will serve as chair until June 2023. Baruch was elected in 2020 to serve as … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas president-elect candidate forums available for on-demand viewing

The candidates for 2022-2023 State Bar of Texas president-elect participated in live, virtual forums on March 10 and April 5. Video of the forums is available to watch on demand. Watch the March 10 forum here. Watch the April 5 forum here. Candidates Joe Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. Tisdale, of Granbury, discussed … Continue Reading

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in State Bar of Texas case

State Bar of Texas President Sylvia Borunda Firth released the following statement April 4 on the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in the McDonald v. Firth case regarding the mandatory bar in Texas. “We are pleased the Court continues to recognize the longstanding precedent that supports the mandatory bar structure. Thirty other states and … Continue Reading

Registration underway for TYLA Attorney Wellness Retreat

The Texas Young Lawyers Association will host its inaugural Attorney Wellness Retreat on April 8-9 at the Westin Austin at the Domain. Attendees will learn from trained professionals about meditation, self-care, stress-reduction techniques, nutrition, and yoga. View the flyer and agenda for more information. Space is limited and registration is available on a first-come, first-served … Continue Reading
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