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TexasBarCLE receives ACLEA award for outstanding achievement in programming

The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has awarded TexasBarCLE one of only 16 annual awards granted to competitors representing more than 300 organizations. ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education and legal publishing. The annual ACLEA’s Best Awards are highly competitive, and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement … Continue Reading

Deadline to pay membership fees is midnight August 31

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Membership fees are due on June 1 but must be received by August 31 to avoid suspension of an attorney’s law license and application of a late payment penalty. To check your balance due, pay your fees, and/or claim a Legal Services Fee exemption, go to texasbar.com, log in to your My Bar … Continue Reading

Cezy Collins, Larry McDougal recommended as State Bar president-elect nominees

The Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted today to recommend the nomination of Jeanne Cezanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso and Larry P. McDougal Sr. of Richmond as candidates for 2019-2020 State Bar of Texas president-elect, after interviewing six potential nominees in Austin. The State Bar Board of Directors will consider the recommendations at its next … Continue Reading

The State Bar Professionalism Committee has been hard at work

The mission of the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee is to increase professionalism and improve the development of new lawyers. The committee was revitalized in 2012 by State Bar President Buck Files, and it has striven to accomplish its mission by tackling four key subjects: mentoring, promoting professionalism through CLE and different events, providing … Continue Reading

Longley: Seeking your help to tighten the belt

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley sent the following message to members on August 23.  The Bar’s 2019-2020 budget “season” is now upon us—and I seek your help for further cost saving ideas to achieve my goal of a 10 percent overall reduction1 off the Bar’s 2017-2018 $45 million general fund budget. … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: A Different Meaning of ‘AA’

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 abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. My ideal resume would read as the antithesis of conventional resumes. I’d memorialize both … Continue Reading

Municipal judge tapped to help educate judiciary on mental health matters

The State Bar of Texas’ Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program has taken the innovative step of adding a sitting judge to its staff of experts to reach out to fellow jurists about issues such as stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other mental health matters. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) has always served judges as well … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: ‘The Scariest and Most Amazing Gift’

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 abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. A little over four years ago, I believed my life was over. Not because … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas seeks public input on transparency efforts

The State Bar of Texas is seeking public input on its communications and transparency efforts. Members of the public are invited to take a short survey, available at texasbar.com/publicsurvey through August 6, where they can evaluate the State Bar’s public communications and provide feedback on areas for improvement. The State Bar Board of Directors voted … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: A Rocky Road to Sobriety

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. I started drinking in high school and immediately liked the way it made me feel. … Continue Reading

Vick: Attorney volunteers needed at the border

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Thursday. I am writing with a quick update on the recent events occurring on our southern border. Although the Trump administration signed an executive order to end family separations, the need for volunteer attorneys remains strong—particularly Spanish-speaking immigration lawyers. … Continue Reading

Vick: State Bar board hires firm for transparency review, elects general counsel

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following update to members on Thursday. I am writing to update you on yesterday’s State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meeting in Houston that precedes our 2018 Annual Meeting. We have two days of informative CLE sessions starting today. Learn more at texasbar.com/annualmeeting. Transparency … Continue Reading

Vick: Supreme Court approves changes to State Bar election process

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Thursday.  Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Texas amended Article IV of the State Bar Rules to implement changes to the bar’s election process designed to ensure fairness and a level playing field among all candidates. The rules … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Living with Bipolar II Disorder

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. What’s it like living with bipolar II disorder? It’s been a while since I’ve had … Continue Reading

Mental health awareness can save lives

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. For the legal profession, mental health has become an increasingly important topic. A report released in 2016 by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation brought to light some staggering statistics: lawyers … Continue Reading

Jury Appreciation Week: A time to honor jurors

By Kaci Singer As Texas celebrates its third annual Jury Appreciation Week starting today, we pause to honor those citizens who give of their time to participate in our judicial system. Jury Appreciation Week was created by the 84th Legislature and was first celebrated in 2016. To mark the occasion, the State Bar of Texas has … Continue Reading
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