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Legal Mapmaker™ seminar gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide to establish a law firm

Legal Mapmaker™, which is sponsored by Baylor Law School in collaboration with other law schools and the State Bar of Texas, aims to equip new lawyers with the tools to start practices that provide legal services to the public efficiently and affordably.

This year’s seminar, a two-part program that gives young lawyers a step-by-step guide on how to design an efficient and profitable law firm, will be held on August 15-17 at South University Law Center of Baylor Law School. Continue Reading

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Austin Bar Association names new president

Adam T. Schramek, a litigation partner in the Austin office of Norton Rose Fulbright, is the new president of the Austin Bar Association. He took office on June 1.

Adam Schramek

Since 2013, Schramek served as a member of the Austin Bar Association Board of Directors. He also previously served as president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and is a fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation. Continue Reading

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Texas Legal Answers celebrates first anniversary

Texas Legal Answers, a free online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on June 1.

As part of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono Texas initiative, the program was launched last year with the goal of increasing access to justice for low-income Texans and removing barriers for attorneys providing pro bono services. As such, qualifying users can post civil legal questions to the site and get legal advice from volunteer pro bono attorneys.

“Running Texas Legal Answers has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Our volunteers are amazing, helping so many of our fellow Texans in need with an answer only they can provide while empowering the clients and moving them closer to accessing justice. I look forward to working on how this program can grow and tackling the challenge of recruiting engaged, committed volunteers,” said Hannah Allison, Texas Legal Answers program manager. Continue Reading

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Dallas Bar Association hosting summer law programs for law students, clerks

All law students, recent graduates and clerks are invited to the Belo Mansion for the Dallas Bar Association Summer Law Programs.

Here is the complete list of the summer law programs being offered:

Law Student Professionalism Program on Thursday, May 31 at 2 p.m. RSVP here.

Summer Clerks Pro Bono Luncheon on Friday, June 1 at noon. RSVP here.

Minority Clerkship Luncheons on Friday, June 8 and July 6 at noon. RSVP here.

Come out to network and learn!

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State Bar LRE website redesigned

The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department has announced the redesign of its website,

The LRE aims to improve law-related and civic education programs throughout the state through curriculum development and educator training.

The redesigned site features two buttons front and center that provide educators with either professional development resources or lesson plans. The professional development resources includes information on specific programs and links to register for them in the various areas around the state. Continue Reading

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Sophisticated scam targets Texas attorney

Last fall, a Texas attorney was contacted through Martindale-Hubbard to assist in potential bankruptcy representation for a Nova Scotia, Canada-based company, which was seeking funds owed from a Houston-based firm.

It was a sophisticated scam—and quite different from usual ones in the following ways: (1) the first check the scammer sent was a valid check and was collected by the bank; (2) the attorney was careful to ensure the check was collected before wiring the funds; (3) there was a second check involved instead of just one; and (4) the scammer used a legitimate legal website to contact the attorney.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Richmond

Veterans in need of legal advice or assistance can visit a free clinic on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will give any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran one-on-one advice in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate law, tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Veterans in need of ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney.

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Carmen Roe of Houston elected to State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in runoff

Carmen Roe

Houston lawyers have elected Carmen Roe to represent them on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.

Roe faced Courtney T. Carlson in a runoff election for the District 4, Place 5 seat on the board after none of three candidates received a majority of the vote in a general election that ended May 1. The runoff was held May 10 through 5 p.m. CT May 24.

In the runoff, Roe received 50.5 percent of the 3,387 votes cast. Carlson followed closely with 49.5 percent.

To read the full news release, click here.

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A look at the Texas Lawyers Group

In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits the TL Group’s success to the fact that the group “provides a comfortable environment where mentorship and camaraderie are the norm in the absence of the immediate pressures of clients and judges. A number of those who have a positive experience invite colleagues.”

The TL Group provides a forum for the discussion of cases, laws, scenarios, rulings, ethics, practice issues, legal trends, legal education, legal job openings, office space, referrals, and other related issues of interest to Texas lawyers. Tolchin confirms that the viewership statistics reflect readership in the many thousands of attorneys daily and well in excess of a million interactions between members across the TL Group and its affiliates.

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