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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

State Bar board approves candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted September 24 to approve Joe Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg and Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury as candidates for 2022-2023 president-elect. Escobedo and Tisdale will appear on the ballot in April 2022 along with any certified petition candidates. Presently there are no additional president-elect candidates, although members … Continue Reading

Erica Grigg named director of Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Erica Grigg credits the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program with saving her life. This month, she became director of the 37-year-old program. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) provides confidential help, referrals, and peer assistance programs to lawyers, judges, and law students experiencing mental health or substance use disorders. “Years ago, I reached out to TLAP … Continue Reading

Joe Escobedo, Cindy Tisdale recommended as State Bar president-elect nominees

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted today to recommend the nomination of Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. Tisdale, of Granbury, as candidates for 2022-2023 State Bar president-elect. If the board approves their nominations, Escobedo and Tisdale would appear on the ballot in April 2022 … Continue Reading

Casemaker-Fastcase Merger: What It Means for Texas Lawyers

8/17/21 UPDATE: The first “Casemaker to Fastcase” webinar was recorded, and that video is available here. The webinar, hosted by Casemaker expert Sam Peacoe and law librarian Erin Page, is designed to introduce you to the Fastcase system and get you oriented as to resources, content, and features that are available in the system. 8/09/21 … Continue Reading

Candidates sought for 2022 State Bar of Texas president-elect race

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors is soliciting candidates for the 2022 president-elect race. State Bar rules stipulate that all potential candidates for 2022 president-elect shall come from nonmetropolitan counties of the state (all counties except Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Travis). Any member of the State Bar who meets the eligibility requirements … Continue Reading
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