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Disaster-Response Lessons for Lawyers and Law Firms

By Teresa Schiller

Hurricane Harvey made landfall after days of weather reports and news updates in August 2017. Some of the preparation was last-minute as residents scrambled for safety. Other preparation had begun years earlier, based on lessons learned in responding to other disasters. When the rain subsided, we learned that families and businesses had sustained billions of dollars in damage.

The Texas legal community quickly stepped up to help Hurricane Harvey victims. A Texas lawyer now, I am reminded of my experience in New York helping families and business victims after 9/11. Many of us in the New York legal community—like people throughout the city and beyond—wanted to provide relief. Our experience yielded lessons in responding to disasters that are important for all lawyers and law firms.

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Veterans Legal Aid Week offers free services to vets Nov. 6-10

Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, coordinated statewide by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, honors Texas Veterans during the week of Veterans Day. From November 6 to 10, legal aid programs, local bar associations, law schools, and pro bono attorneys will provide free civil legal services to qualified veterans.

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A roundup of veterans legal clinics across Texas leading up to Veterans Day

Leading up to Veterans Day, November 11, bar associations and volunteer attorney programs across Texas are offering legal clinics for veterans. Here is a roundup of those currently scheduled:

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Vick: Honor our veterans through service, giving

Tom Vick

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 or low-cost legal services to veterans and their families.

Texas has the second largest population of veterans in the country, and, according to a 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs survey, legal issues account for four of the top 10 unmet needs of homeless veterans.

Earlier this year, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) launched the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services. Joe was a Marine before he became the enormously successful lawyer we knew. In his honor, Houston attorney Richard Mithoff created the fund to keep alive Joe’s vision of access to justice for all. Continue Reading

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New deals and seasonal specials

If you’re not visiting your Beneplace Savings Program regularly, you’re missing out! New deals and seasonal specials are added often. In fact, if you take advantage of these great deals throughout the year, you could be saving $2,000 annually. Today, check out new offers on concert tickets, luggage, golf equipment, and much more.
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Free legal clinic to be held for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, November 4.

The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate and tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Those who qualify for legal aid and are in need of ongoing legal representation may be assigned a pro bono attorney to take their case.
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Texas Bar Journal Must-Reads for November

Can’t wait until the Texas Bar Journal arrives in the mail? Get a head start on the November issue online at Our editorial staff’s must-reads include lessons from the basketball court to improve attorney performance, insights from veterans on living with PTS, post Hurricane Harvey FAQs, and humor from the judge’s daughter. Don’t forget to read Movers and Shakers, Disciplinary Actions, and Memorials.
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