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Dallas Bar Association hosts e-clinics in March

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions on Wednesdays in March through the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic. The clinics, which run from 4 to 8 p.m., are free of cost. A volunteer attorney will call a participant for up to 15 minutes of legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will be established. Individuals … Continue Reading

A letter from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

Below is a letter from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office addressed to all licensed Texas attorneys and specifically defense attorneys who handled a criminal case filed by the Dallas Police Department in Dallas County between the years 2016-2021.   Dear colleagues: In March 2023, this office was notified by the Dallas Police Department (DPD) … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association receive Luminary Awards at 2023 NABE COMM Conference

The State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association received Luminary Awards during the 2023 National Association of Bar Professionals, or NABE, Communication Workshop held October 3-6 in Park City, Utah. Submissions for the annually presented Luminary Awards are judged by a panel of NABE Communication members and categorized by both submission type and … Continue Reading

Entering My 81st Year

  I’ll soon be entering my 81st year. I turned 80 on May 5. What I am experiencing is of interest only to people aging as I am, but they already know most of these things. They just may not have thought about them. This will not be relevant to younger people. Just as I … Continue Reading

State Bar’s Identity Fraud Flag Program recommends attorneys provide contact information for fraud protection

In January, the State Bar of Texas introduced its Identity Fraud Flag Program, which seeks to assist attorneys who have been victims of identity fraud and protect them from scammers potentially attempting to impersonate them. The program gives lawyers a way to voluntarily report to the bar that they have been the victim of identity … Continue Reading

Mediation in the Post-Pandemic World

Remember when mediations were in person? Since March 2020, I’ve conducted hundreds of mediations, and almost all of them have been by Zoom. Zoom mediations started because of health concerns, of course. Even though the coronavirus appears to be finally in check, it seems that this trend in favor of Zoom may go on forever. … Continue Reading

Board of Law Examiners announces top three scorers on February Texas Bar Exam

Hannah E. Shoss, Evan Alexander Barr, and Olivia Sher are the three highest scorers on the February 2022 Texas Bar Exam, the Texas Board of Law Examiners announced in a press release. “The Supreme Court of Texas is immensely proud of the achievements of these three individuals,” said Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby in … Continue Reading

TexasBarCLE honors five outstanding volunteers

Five attorneys were recognized for their exceptional contributions in 2021 to the State Bar of Texas’ continuing legal education efforts. TexasBarCLE presented Standing Ovation Awards to Erica Grigg, of Austin; Administrative Judge Amber Morgan, of Hewitt; Jacob G. Straub, of West; Dena Stroh, of Plano; and Christine Wakeman, of Dallas. “All of our volunteers deserve … Continue Reading

2022 Elections: ‘Meet the Candidates’ Videos

Voting in the 2022 elections for State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association presidents-elect and open district director positions starts tomorrow, April 1, and ends at 5 p.m. CDT on May 2. To help you get to know the State Bar president-elect candidates better, we’ve produced two “Meet the Candidates” videos featuring messages … 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 and read the agenda and meeting materials at State Bar of Texas Budget The board approved the State Bar of Texas fiscal year 2022-2023 proposed budget … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises approximately $448,000

The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the 2021 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on April 6, 2021, via YouTube. This year, the commission raised approximately $448,000 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Texas Supreme Court Justices … Continue Reading

Understanding the Texas Citizen Participation Act

A comprehensive new law review article just published in the St. Mary’s Law Journal covers the Legislature’s substantial changes to the Texas Citizen Participation Act, or TCPA. Authored by participants representing major stakeholders during the negotiations on House Bill 2730, the article details the history, problems, and revisions of the TCPA, which was having a … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: 2 free webinars planned; no live meetings until at least May

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. Like you, we at the Texas Law Center in Austin continue to adjust our lives and operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic. We are assessing the needs of Texas lawyers … Continue Reading

Jerry C. Alexander of Dallas selected State Bar of Texas board chair-elect

Jerry C. Alexander was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s meeting in Georgetown on Friday. Alexander will take office during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to be held June 13-14 in Austin. He will serve as chair until June 2020. Alexander is president of Passman … Continue Reading

Free veterans legal clinic in Katy

The free clinic, which takes place December 8 at the Katy VA Outpatient Clinic, will offer veterans, or spouses of deceased veterans, one-on-one advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in areas of law including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits.… Continue Reading