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TYLA Director Spotlight: Kaylan Dunn

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Kaylan Dunn

Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth

Area of Law You Practice: Commercial Litigation

Position Held in TYLA: District 6, Place 2 Director, Chair of Moot Court and Bookshelves in the Courtrooms
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Posted inAward NominationsNews

Entries sought for 2020 Texas Gavel journalism awards

Submissions are sought for the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

Entries published or broadcast during the 2019 calendar year will be accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. February 28. There is no entry fee.

The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference in September. Continue Reading

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Texas Access to Justice Foundation awards grants in honor of 35th anniversary and John Grisham

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, awarded grants to four legal aid organizations in honor of bestselling author John Grisham and the organization’s 35th anniversary.

TAJF is providing $75,000 grants to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Project, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Grisham’s honor. These grants will provide basic civil legal services to those in need in Texas.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Johnathan Stone

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Johnathan Stone

Company: Texas Medical Board

Area of Law You Practice: Civil Litigation, Administration and Health Law

Position Held in TYLA: District 8, Place 1 Director

How did you get involved in bar service? I became involved in bar service after participating in the LeadershipSBOT program.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why? I Was the First. You Can Be a Lawyer Too! (see iwasthefirst.tyla.org). I appreciate the stories and wish I’d had this resource when I was thinking about becoming an attorney.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress? Stress is the underlying cause of many health problems facing lawyers, from obesity to alcoholism. Attorneys should develop a stress management plan, either on their own or after meeting with a professional.

What do you do in your spare time? Dad stuff and audiobooks.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I was adopted.

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Sorrels: New Member Benefit & Happy Holidays

Randy Sorrels

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels sent the following message to members on December 20.

Colleagues,

On behalf of the State Bar of Texas, let me wish you a joyous and happy holiday season. I know there is much for each of us to celebrate. Now, let me tell you about three things:

1. Today (Friday, December 20), the State Bar of Texas launches a NEW member benefit with AT&T—an exclusive, limited-time discount that will get you up to $200 off a new smartphone when you switch to AT&T, add a phone line, or upgrade an existing line. This offer can be bundled with many of AT&T’s national offers. You can learn more about the AT&T benefit and view all of your State Bar of Texas member benefits . Continue Reading

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Stories of Recovery: My Moment of Clarity

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on March 15, 2016.

Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP), text TLAP to 555888, or find more information at tlaphelps.org.

I knew for some time that I might have a genetic tendency to alcoholism. My mother had warned me about it. I had two uncles that died of it. My father was an alcoholic with multiple DWIs, dating back to his 30s. My older brother also had multiple DWIs.

I was different, though.
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Register now for ABA TECHSHOW and save $150 with SBOT discount

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW from February 26 to 29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on standard registration by using the discount code EP2021.

Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW.

Don’t forget to visit ABA TECHSHOW 2020 for current information.

Posted inLocal BarsNews

Adopt-An-Angel Program spreads holiday cheer

The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, or HYLF, and Houston Young Lawyers Association, or HYLA, will once again spread holiday cheer this year through the annual Adopt-An-Angel gift-giving program.

This year, more than 2,400 children from six Houston early childhood elementary schools and four private charities will benefit from the efforts of the program. During December, program volunteers will deliver gifts at the participating schools and charities and several schools will host delivery parties.

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TYLA Director Spotlight: Jenny Smith

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Jenny Smith

Company: Lubbock Power and Light

Area of Law You Practice: Electric Utility

Position Held in TYLA: Access to Justice liaison, co-chair of the Attorney Wellness Committee
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