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Free CLE on disaster legal services, FEMA appeals planned for McAllen area

Several state, local, and national bar associations; disaster legal services providers; and the city of McAllen are coming together to educate lawyers and the general public in the McAllen area on FEMA appeals processes and disaster legal services in general.

The free seminar, “Disaster Legal Services and FEMA Appeals CLE,” will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. August 24 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. Attorneys will receive 2.5 hours of CLE credit (including .5 hours of ethics) and training on how to handle a FEMA appeals case.

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Southwest Jewish Congress to honor Lisa A. Genecov at annual fundraiser

Lisa A. Genecov, who is head of healthcare transactions at Norton Rose Fulbright, will receive the Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award presented by the Southwest Jewish Congress.

The event celebrates volunteerism and diversity. Genecov has volunteered at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, as well as serving as a board member, vice chair, and chair of the fundraising agency’s lawyers division and pacesetters and young leadership societies.

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Texas Board of Legal Specialization names chair, board members

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or TBLS, named William Frank Carroll of Colleyville as board chair and Tina Amberboy of Austin and Lisa Bagley Brown and Diane Dillard, both of Houston, as board members.

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The Dog Tag podcast talks TLTV

Former State Bar of Texas President Terry Tottenham talked about the importance of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program during a recent episode of The Dog Tag podcast.

“We’ve reached and serviced more than 28,000 veterans and veteran family members up to now in Texas alone,” said Tottenham. “We have over 9,000 lawyers who’ve contributed their time thus far.”

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Stories of Recovery: ‘The Scariest and Most Amazing Gift’

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at

A little over four years ago, I believed my life was over. Not because of the consequences from my drinking, but because I knew I could not go on with drinking the way I did.

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State Bar of Texas seeks public input on transparency efforts

The State Bar of Texas is seeking public input on its communications and transparency efforts. Members of the public are invited to take a short survey, available at through August 6, where they can evaluate the State Bar’s public communications and provide feedback on areas for improvement.

The State Bar Board of Directors voted unanimously on June 20 to hire the Texas-based independent advisory firm Weaver to complete an objective examination of the State Bar’s transparency efforts and to make recommendations for improvement. As part of its review, Weaver is conducting separate surveys of State Bar members and the general public. Continue Reading

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Longley: Candidates sought for State Bar president-elect

Joe K. Longley

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley sent the following message to members on July 19.

Dear Member,

I am writing to let you know that the Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the 2019 president-elect race, which will take place April 1-30. Whether you are interested in running as a board-nomination candidate or —as I did in 2017— as a petition candidate, you can find information about the process here.

This election cycle, potential candidates for 2019 president-elect should come from non-metropolitan counties, in accordance with State Bar Rules.

The 2019 race will be the first under a new State Bar election process designed to more closely align the campaign periods for board-nominated candidates and petition candidates.  Continue Reading