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Celebrating 50 Years of Texas Pattern Jury Charges

Once again, after many months of hard work by attorney-authors and in-house staff, TexasBarBooks has successfully updated the civil series of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges. For 50 years, the Texas Pattern Jury Charges have been valued tools for both the bench and the bar for drafting questions, instructions, and definitions in a broad variety of cases.

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Texas Bar Journal Must-Reads for April

Spring is here and the April issue of the Texas Bar Journal is in bloom. If you’re looking for a head start before your copy arrives in the mail, we have you covered. Check out our editorial staff’s top picks for a deep dive on transportation issues, Q&As with State Bar and TYLA president-elect candidates, and an attorney’s legal career after going inactive with the bar. And don’t forget to read Movers and Shakers, Memorials, and Disciplinary Actions. Continue Reading

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TBLS accepting certification applications for 2019

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification applications for 2019. You can find the specific requirements for each of the 24 specialty areas at the “Apply” section of

Certification applications are only available until April 30, 2019 and the exam is October 14, 2019 in Austin.  If you have questions about the TBLS Board Certification program, please contact TBLS at 1-855-277-TBLS (8257) or send an e-mail to

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DVAP will host free legal clinics for Dallas County residents in April


The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, is hosting 11 free legal clinics for county residents who meet financial guidelines. The clinics, which will be held throughout April, will offer legal advice and consultation in civil matters. Continue Reading

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SXSW: Namaste, Your Honor—Ethics and Mindfulness for Lawyers

This SXSW panel began with an exercise. Shutoff your phones, plant your feet flat on the floor, loosen up your shoulders, and keep your hands down at your sides, panelist Emily Doskow, a mediator from the San Francisco Bay Area, told the audience. We were about to meditate. For two minutes, the entire room was silent as people kept their attention on breathing in and out. Only occasional sounds would break through the silence—the air conditioning kicking on, a cart with drinks thumping against a wall in a room next door—but not enough to disrupt the calmness of a deep meditation. And perhaps that’s the point—getting to a place where stress and outside noise have little effect if any.

“As attorneys, we are under a lot of stress,” said panelist Judy Tint, a music attorney and college professor at the New York University Music Business program. “We need to focus; we need discipline.” Continue Reading

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Houston Lawyers Association 2019 Scholarship & Awards Gala announced

The Houston Lawyers Association, or HLA, will host its 2019 Scholarship & Awards Gala on May 4 at the Whitehall Houston Hotel in Houston.

Honorary chairs for the event are State Bar of Texas President-elect Randy Sorrels and his wife, Alexandra Farias-Sorrels.

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SXSW: Virtually Legal: Insights on AR, VR, and the Law

As demand for augmented reality and virtual reality continues to rapidly expand, inevitable legal issues abound. For example, are companies in the clear for using in a VR short Ryan Gosling’s voice, taken from content from the movie First Man?

The panelists of “Virtually Legal: Insights on AR, VR, and the Law”—Mary Innis, managing partner in the Innis Law Group in Chicago; Monique Cheng Joe, senior vice president and head of brands and content intellectual property at NBCUniversal; and Sara Perry, director and senior counsel of marketing at Netflix—weighed in on why attorneys need to involve themselves at the inception of these technologies to stay ahead of new legal issues and discussed murky legal issues, where precedents are still being set. Continue Reading

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Come cheer on the Rangers (or the Astros) at Law Night on April 20

Join us for Law Night as the Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Buy your tickets now. The first 15,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark will receive a Michael Young “Batting Champ” Bobblehead!

A networking happy hour will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rebecca Creek Saloon located in left field. Also, for every advanced ticket purchased through the Law Night promotion, a $5 donation will be made to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services.

Law Night at Globe Life Park is brought to you by the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association, in partnership with the Texas Rangers.