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Join us today through May 7 for Well-Being Week in Law

Become a well-being champion by participating in Well-Being Week in Law starting today through May 7! Here’s your chance to join others across the legal profession in doing activities that promote health and happiness. Check out the list of activities and webinars to participate in here. Each day of Well-Being Week in Law focuses on … Continue Reading

Laura Gibson elected State Bar president-elect; Michael Ritter wins TYLA post

Texas attorneys elected Laura Gibson of Houston to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Gibson received 50.51%—10,200—of the 20,194 votes cast during the voting period that ended April 30. Her opponent, Sara E. Dysart of San Antonio, received 49.49%, or 9,994 votes. Gibson will be sworn in as president-elect during a State Bar … Continue Reading

State Bar Executive Committee to meet April 6

The State Bar of Texas Executive Committee will meet at 10 a.m. CDT April 6. All State Bar members and the public may watch the meeting on the State Bar of Texas YouTube channel. Among items on the agenda are: 4d. Action: Consider and discuss approval of the creation of an Advertising Review Task Force 4e. … Continue Reading

Virtual new lawyers induction ceremony set for May 10

Editor’s Note: The Texas Board of Law Examiners released the following announcement. The State Bar of Texas is planning to hold a virtual swearing-in ceremony on May 10, 2021. Eligible February 2021 and March 2021 examinees will receive an invitation through ATLAS to register for the ceremony. Guests are invited to watch the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/SupremeCourtofTexas.    … Continue Reading

2021 Elections: A Minute with the President-elect Candidates

Voting in the 2021 elections for State Bar of Texas president-elect and open district director positions will take place April 1-30. To help you get to know the president-elect candidates better, today we’re launching a four-part video series, “A Minute with the Candidates,” featuring short interviews with Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson. In today’s installment, … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court sets hearing on proposed disciplinary rules amendments

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered a hearing to consider proposed disciplinary rules amendments approved by licensed Texas lawyers in the referendum that ended March 4. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4 via videoconference. It will be broadcast on the court’s YouTube channel. The amendments’ proposed effective date is … Continue Reading

Texas lawyers approve rule amendments in 2021 rules vote

Texas lawyers approved all eight proposed amendments to Texas’ disciplinary and procedural rules in a monthlong voting process that ended March 4. The Texas Supreme Court now may adopt or reject the proposals approved by the bar’s membership. Go here for election results and visit texasbar.com/rulesvote for details on the proposed amendments. … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas rules vote: Voting ends tomorrow!

Voting ends at 5 p.m. CST tomorrow, March 4 in the 2021 rules vote. You still have time to cast an online ballot! VOTE NOW Summary of Proposed Amendments Want to learn more? Watch the video below from Lewis Kinard, chair of the Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda. Go to texasbar.com/rulesvote for more information … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Diagnosis was the beginning of my story

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 22, 2015. 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. My first experience with clinical depression was at 13. It wasn’t called … Continue Reading

Ethics committee seeks public comments on 2 proposed opinions

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on two proposed ethics opinions: Proposed Opinion 21-1: Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, when may a lawyer represent a client adverse to a former prospective client of the lawyer or another lawyer in the lawyer’s firm? (Comment deadline: March … Continue Reading

State Bar offers free CLE course, other educational resources to Texas lawyers during rules vote

The 2021 rules vote ends March 4, and the State Bar of Texas has resources to help Texas lawyers cast an informed ballot. Free CLE Course The TexasBarCLE Online Classroom is offering the free course “Rules Vote Forum: Proposed Disciplinary Rule Amendments,” which is accredited for 1 hour of MCLE ethics credit. This course is … Continue Reading

State Bar president’s grievance task force seeks feedback

Editor’s note: The online forms hyperlinked in the blog post below were updated on February 25 to correct an error that was preventing our system from recording submitted comments and requests to speak to the task force. If you accessed those forms through this blog post before 12:30 p.m. February 25, we ask that you please … Continue Reading

Free legal assistance available for low-income individuals affected by the Texas winter storm

The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and legal aid providers across the state remind Texans that a toll-free legal assistance hotline is available to low-income individuals and families affected by the Texas winter storm that began February 11. The hotline—800-504-7030—is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and connects low-income individuals affected by … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas winter weather response update

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to all members on Friday, February 19. Dear Member, We know many of you have been dealing with extended power outages, water service disruptions, and other emergencies. This time of hardship is stressing our families and our livelihoods. Warmer temperatures are coming, but recovery from this hardship may … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Emergency Order 35, Rules Vote 2021, other updates

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to all members on Friday, February 12. Dear Member, This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar of Texas information. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Order The Texas Supreme … Continue Reading
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