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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

State Bar of Texas statement regarding disciplinary matters in the news

The Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office is required to keep disciplinary matters confidential unless they result in a public sanction or the respondent attorney elects to proceed in district court. Absent these conditions, we are unable to confirm whether a grievance exists. Once a respondent attorney elects to proceed in district court, the existence of the … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas announces free briefs and pleadings library in partnership with Fastcase

Fastcase and the State Bar of Texas are partnering to provide all active State Bar members free access to Fastcase’s vast collection of briefs, pleadings, motions, and orders powered by Docket Alarm within the Fastcase legal research platform. Since 2014, State Bar of Texas members have received unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research content … Continue Reading

Laura Pratt, Courtney White named TYLA president-elect candidates

Texas attorneys new to the practice of law will choose between lawyers Laura Pratt of Lubbock and Courtney M. White of Amarillo for the next president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. TYLA is a department of the State Bar of Texas and commonly referred to as its “public service arm.” All Texas-licensed attorneys in … Continue Reading

State Bar announces 2022 judicial poll results

The State Bar of Texas announced the results of its statewide 2022 judicial poll. The results are available at texasbar.com/pollresults. At the direction of the Texas Supreme Court, the State Bar conducted a nonpartisan straw poll of contested Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and courts of appeals district races on the 2022 election ballot. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas to host two president-elect candidate forums

State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates Joe Escobedo and Cindy Tisdale will participate in live, virtual candidate forums from noon to 1 p.m. Central on March 10 and April 5. Register for March 10 Register for April 5 Submit questions for the candidates in advance by email to webmaster@texasbar.com or during the forums by using the Zoom … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves budget publication, resolution in support of remote proceedings

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on January 27. 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. State Bar of Texas Budget The board approved the State Bar of Texas fiscal year 2022-2023 proposed budget … Continue Reading

State Bar files conditional cross-petition for a writ of cert with US Supreme Court

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors filed a conditional cross-petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to plaintiffs’ filing in the McDonald lawsuit challenging the mandatory bar. Plaintiffs in the case filed a petition for writ of certiorari on November 24. The bar’s conditional cross-petition argues that … Continue Reading

Final judgment issued in McDonald mandatory bar challenge

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel has issued a final judgment in the McDonald lawsuit challenging the mandatory bar. In September, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors approved changes to bar rules and policies following a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel opinion in the case. The final judgment enjoins the State … Continue Reading

At-large directors sought for State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

The State Bar of Texas is accepting nominations for at-large director positions on the Board of Directors. Two positions will become vacant in 2022. At-large directors are appointed by the president of the State Bar subject to board confirmation. In making the appointments, the president is required to appoint directors who demonstrate knowledge gained from … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves candidates, responds to federal court decision

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting September 24 in San Antonio. 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. 2022 Election Update The board approved Joe Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. … Continue Reading
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