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Register now for 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Registration is now open for the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand—the State Bar’s first virtual annual meeting—on June 25-26. The June 25 session will feature a full day (up to 8 hours) of on-demand CLE from State Bar sections for the low rate of $150. A full list of CLE offerings … Continue Reading

Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

Texas attorneys elected Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Borunda Firth received 49.31 percent—9,515—of the 19,298 votes cast during the voting period that ended May 29. Her opponent, Pablo Almaguer of Edinburg, received 49.11 percent or 9,478 votes. Write-in candidates accounted for 1.58 percent of the … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Enough Is Enough

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I have always struggled with the feeling of “not enough.” Not smart enough. Not nice enough. Not worthy enough. I could go … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $422,800

The Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas honored veterans throughout the state at the Virtual 2020 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans. More than $422,000 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the … Continue Reading

Committee seeks public comments on two proposed ethics opinions

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on two proposed ethics opinions through June 27. Proposed Opinion 20-2 (Revised) concerns whether a lawyer who represents a defendant in a criminal matter violates the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct if, after receiving tangible evidence from the lawyer’s client, the lawyer … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: A Rocky Road to Sobriety

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on June 29, 2018. Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I started drinking in high school and immediately liked the way … Continue Reading

Induction ceremony for February 2020 Texas Bar Exam canceled

Editor’s Note: The Texas Board of Law Examiners issued the following announcement. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Bar of Texas will not hold a swearing-in ceremony after the February 2020 bar exam results are released. Any person who is authorized to administer oaths—including a judge, retired judge, clerk, or notary—may swear you in, either before or … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: new court guidance and practice management resources

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We’re writing to share recent updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. Office of Court Administration Guidance The Office of Court Administration issued … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 21, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: membership fees and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following update to members on Friday. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. State Bar Membership Fees We have received several questions … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: free CLE, estate planning news, and latest court orders

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following update to members on Friday. We are writing to share important updates from the week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Free CLE Webcast on April 14 … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 6, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: lawyers as ‘essential,’ federal stimulus, and a call for civility

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members Friday. We are writing to share important updates from the week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Civility in the Practice of Law … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: The Wake-up Call

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I am a trial lawyer. When I started practice 46 years ago, trial lawyers “were required” to work hard, play hard, and … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: travel authorization for lawyers, Zoom resources, and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Orders and Travel Authorization for Lawyers Many … Continue Reading

How Texas employers should respond to COVID-19

Businesses all over the country have been heavily impacted by emergency public health measures, and many employers do not know how to navigate these quickly changing circumstances. Does current employment law or OSHA offer guidance for pandemic responses? What are employers’ responsibilities to their employees? On the latest episode of the State Bar of Texas … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading
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