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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

Board of Law Examiners: July Texas Bar Exam still on schedule

The Texas Board of Law Examiners reports it continues to prepare for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam as scheduled and no extensions have been made to application deadlines. According to a statement on the board’s website, the board is “exploring options for the July exam in the event that prohibitions against large gatherings remain … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus update

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory. All service and statute-of-limitations deadlines have been delayed in civil cases from March 13 until June 1 unless the chief justice extends it, under a Texas Supreme Court order issued Wednesday, April 1. The tolling does not affect deadlines for filing appeals or other appellate … 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

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 26, 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 — March 25, 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 — March 24, 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 update: MCLE deadlines extended, new court orders issued

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. As the State Bar of Texas and Texas courts continue to adjust operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out to share important updates. MCLE Deadlines Extended We … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 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

Texas Supreme Court orders online-only voting for State Bar elections; extends voting period

The Texas Supreme Court issued its sixth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster on March 22.  The order mandates that elections for State Bar president-elect, Texas Young Lawyers Association president-elect, and bar and TYLA directors will be conducted exclusively by electronic vote because of uncertainty regarding the feasibility of handling paper ballots during … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 20, 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

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus advisory 3/19/20

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court released the following advisory Thursday. In a third emergency order Thursday morning the Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals amended their original joint order to establish court proceedings may be conducted “away from the court’s usual location with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 19, 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

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus update

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory. Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht ordered the Supreme Court Building indefinitely closed to the public Wednesday in expanding efforts to thwart spread of COVID-19. The State Preservation Board also closed the adjacent Capitol complex. Under an order issued late Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court emphasized … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 17, 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 — March 16, 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 Frequently Asked Questions — Coronavirus safety measures at … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 11, 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 Frequently Asked Questions — Coronavirus safety measures … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch attends Texas Supreme Court justice’s investiture ceremony

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch administered the ceremonial oath of office to Brett Busby September 6 at the Texas House chamber. Selected to the Texas Supreme Court by Gov. Greg Abbott, Busby was previously a U.S. Supreme Court clerk, in private practice, and a judge on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston from … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court Clerk Blake Hawthorne receives award

Blake Hawthorne, clerk of the court for the Texas Supreme Court, will be honored with the Kathleen McCree Lewis Award for Appellate Justice by the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in April 2020. Hawthorne is being recognized by the group for his trailblazing work in transforming court records to electronic format, said Houston lawyer Kevin … Continue Reading

Texas Appellate Hall of Fame 2019 inductees celebrated

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society celebrated its Texas Appellate Hall of Fame 2019 inductees during an Advanced Civil Appellate Seminar in Austin on September 5.  The award recognizes judges, attorneys, and court personnel who have made significant contributions to appellate law and who are no longer … Continue Reading

Texas Center for Legal Ethics presents the 2019 Pope Award to Charles “Skip” Watson

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics awards Charles “Skip” Watson the 2019 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award. Watson is an appellate attorney for Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Austin. “Skip Watson is, quite simply, one of the most honorable and ethical lawyers I have ever worked with, against, or around,” Houston appellate attorney Kevin Dubose … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court addresses attorneys’ tech competence in amended comment to disciplinary rule

A Texas attorney’s duty to maintain competence in the practice of law includes knowing about relevant technology, according to a new Texas Supreme Court order. The court, in Misc. Docket No. 19-9016, amended Paragraph 8 of the comment to Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, which deals with competent and diligent … Continue Reading
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