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Vick: Honor our veterans through service, giving

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Friday. Dear Members, We as a country seek to honor our veterans in many ways. The State Bar of Texas, local bars, legal aid agencies, and many varied volunteer service organizations seek to honor veterans by serving them—providing free … Continue Reading

The Law: A Profession in Trouble?

I started law school at Stanford in September 1978. Dressed in blue jeans, a flannel shirt, and hiking boots, I stood out like a sore thumb among my classmates, a sea of Ivy Leaguers in khaki pants, Izod shirts, and Top-Siders (sans socks). One of the fast friends I made was Warren Malone, a kid … Continue Reading

Barratry PSA clarification

The State Bar of Texas promoted a PSA about barratry on this blog and on Texasbar.com in late August that included incomplete information about barratry or improper solicitation. The video was removed and the website was updated with additional information on September 8. In many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer … Continue Reading

National task force tackles lawyer well-being in new report

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being today released a comprehensive report that makes recommendations for improving lawyer well-being, including addressing substance use and mental health issues. Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, is a co-chair of the task force and a co-author of the report. The report’s recommendations focus on central … Continue Reading

SXSW panel tackles entertainment law ethics

Top legal experts offered guidance and perspective on ethics in the constantly evolving and fairly unconventional field of entertainment law at a South By Southwest panel titled “Ethics Matter.” Peter Strand, a partner at the Chicago-based Leavens Strand & Glover LLC; Lawrence Waks of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP; and retired Chief Justice … Continue Reading

Chief Justice Jack Pope, 1913-2017

Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, the longest living state chief justice in U.S. history, died Saturday, the Supreme Court announced. He was 103. Pope served as an associate justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1964 to 1982 and as chief justice from 1982 to 1985. He was known for accomplishments including the … Continue Reading

Dallas volunteer attorneys hold free expunction clinic in December

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will hold a free expunction and non-disclosure clinic for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the West Dallas Multi-Purpose Community Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions and provide free legal assistance to low-income Dallas County residents. An additional … Continue Reading

Apply now for Women in International Law Mentoring Program

Applications are due July 15 for the American Society of International Law’s Women in International Law Mentoring Program. Now in its fourth year, the program is a project of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group. It aims to build a global network of female international law professionals and to foster the next generation of … Continue Reading

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Texas Bar Today is an online media network featuring curated news and commentary from Texas legal professionals. It is provided as a service of the State Bar of Texas. If you are a Texas legal professional/blogger and are not yet listed on the Texas Law Blogs section of Texas Bar Today, please email webmaster@texasbar.com to request inclusion … Continue Reading

Texas Minority Counsel Program honors three attorneys

Three Texas attorneys were honored by the State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs during the Keynote Awards Luncheon of the Texas Minority Affairs Counsel Program (TMCP) at the Westin Houston Memorial City. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan was awarded the TMCP Lifetime Achievement Award during the October 16 event. The award recognizes an … Continue Reading

Free legal clinic for veterans this weekend in Lake Jackson

The Brazoria County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative are hosting a free legal clinic for veterans Saturday, October 17, at the Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, 208 Oak Dr. South. Volunteer lawyers will be available from 9:00 a.m. to noon to answer questions on any area of law, including family, … Continue Reading

TMCP speaker to discuss data privacy during Cyber Security Awareness Month

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, attorneys can listen to speakers Hyattye O. Simmons and Deborah Butler discuss the importance of “Cyber Security and Data Privacy” during the 23rd Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on October 15 at the Westin Houston Memorial City hotel.… Continue Reading
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