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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

Chicago Bar Association offers technology, practice management videos

The Chicago Bar Association is adding to its collection of Law Practice Management and Technology How To videos and making them accessible to everyone. Currently more than 100 on-demand videos can be watched and or accessed through the CBA’s video library. Each video is one hour or less in length and hosted on Vimeo, which … Continue Reading

Public hearing set on proposed rules changes

The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda (CDRR) has published proposed rules changes regarding confidentiality/ethics advice and diminished capacity. These were also printed in the (September) Texas Bar Journal and the (August 31) Texas Register. A public hearing on the proposed rules will be held at 10 a.m. October 10, 2018, at the Texas Law Center in … Continue Reading

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 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