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State Bar board elects new chair, advances proposed budget

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Highlights of the meeting appear below. You can watch video of the meeting at and read the agenda and meeting materials at

New board chair-elect

The board elected Dallas district director Chad Baruch chair of the board for the 2022-2023 bar year. Baruch, managing shareholder at Johnston Tobey Baruch, previously served on the board from 2007 to 2010 and was one of two nominated candidates for president-elect in 2017.

New at-large directors

The board approved President Sylvia Borunda Firth’s appointment of Elizabeth Sandoval Cantu, of Edinburg, and Modinat “Abby” Kotun, of Houston, as at-large directors. Cantu and Kotun will serve three-year terms beginning in June. Continue Reading

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Those guys have all the marks

It happens every time. A client falls in love with a trademark that is perfect for his new company. I perform a search and have to be the bearer of bad news: The field is crowded. That is, there are many variations of that perfect mark already registered to other companies, which are even in the same industry, and it will be a waste of money to pursue perfection.
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Stories of Recovery: A young lawyer’s journey to self-compassion

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 use or mental health issues. Call or text TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at

One beautiful spring morning, I was preparing to leave my house for my corporate Big Law job. I remember the warm morning sun through my kitchen window and my dog basking contentedly in the rays. Birds were chirping and the air was crisp, clean. All of these signs were harbingers of better times ahead after what had been a long, languishing winter. I wanted to stay there a bit longer and soak up some of the peace of the moment. But it was time to go, I’d regret being late to work more than I would enjoy lingering in this moment.
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Keynote speakers announced for 2022 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston

The State Bar of Texas is excited to welcome three dynamic keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston, on June 9 and 10. Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, internationally best-selling novelist Corban Addison, and Simon Tam—an activist and bassist of The Slants, will speak separately over the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

“After two years of virtual meetings, we couldn’t be more excited to gather this year in Houston for two days of CLE sessions and networking events,” said Sylvia Borunda Firth, 2021-2022 president of the State Bar of Texas. “And we are thrilled to present these outstanding keynote speakers.” Continue Reading

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Baylor Law School announces law schools participating in Top Gun XIII competition

Law students from some of the top trial advocacy programs in the country will take part in the thirteenth annual National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for June 1-5 at Baylor Law School in Waco.

This year’s competition, known as Top Gun XIII, is by invitation only and is among the nation’s most prestigious and intense mock trial competitions. It is limited to 16 law schools, each represented by one student who will be announced as their school’s advocate in May. Participants will not receive the case details they will argue until 24 hours prior to the competition, and the winner will take home a $10,000 prize.

“Every year, we strive to provide a problem that challenges the best mock trial competitors in the country,” said Robert Little, Baylor Law School’s director of advocacy programs, in a press release. “Top Gun XIII gives student advocates the chance to face the very best of their peers in the courtroom after having just 24 hours to analyze a detailed and complicated case file and prepare that case for trial.”

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ABA Hispanic Commission’s Cinco de Música takes place May 5

Cinco de Música will return for its second year via the American Bar Association Hispanic Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Held online, the virtual event features comedy from Michael Freed, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and five musical performances, including Dallas’ “Off the Record.” Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Get Organized: Are Your Digital Documents Easy To Find?

Ogrnazitaion mkaes all the dffirenece. While most people are still able to comprehend text when words are scrambled, an organized approach can certainly make it much easier, and far less frustrating.

Let’s take a look at what it means to have an organized approach. Webster defines organization as “the act or process of putting the different parts of something in a certain order so that they can be found or used easily.” What’s important about the definition is that it implies flexibility. In businesses dealing with vast amounts of information, what that looks like for one group might not be the same for another.

In our fast-paced digital climate, it is not logical (or wise) to view organization with a one-size-fits-all mindset, nor should technology providers approach it from that angle. Corporations and their respective legal departments, as well as private practice areas, and agencies within the public sector, have varying circumstances and business requirements. No two situations are ever quite the same. When it comes to organizing information, it is essential for teams to have options that best fit their unique ecosystem and needs while setting them up for long-term success.
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Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

Cindy V. Tisdale

AUSTIN—Texas attorneys elected Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.

Tisdale received 51.69%—11,081—of the 21,437 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that ended May 2. Her opponent, Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg, received 48.31%, or 10,356 votes.

Tisdale will be sworn in as president-elect during a State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meeting on June 9, 2022, and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2023 to June 2024. Continue Reading

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Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

Dallas lawyer Chad Baruch was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting on April 29 in El Paso. Baruch, managing shareholder at Johnston Tobey Baruch, will take office in June and will serve as chair until June 2023.

Baruch was elected in 2020 to serve as a director on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors representing Dallas County, after previously serving on the board from 2007 to 2010.

Baruch has served as a commissioner on the Texas Access to Justice Commission and as chair of the Texas Bar College, the State Bar of Texas Consumer & Commercial Law Section, and the State Bar of Texas Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Section. In 2017, he was one of two nominated candidates for State Bar of Texas president-elect.

Baruch is certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He earned a J.D. at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991.

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Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans raises $550,000

More than $500,000 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans during the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin on April 28.

Proceeds from the gala, which was co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas, are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to legal aid programs across the state.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby, the court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, served as the gala’s master of ceremonies. Throughout the evening, he emphasized how important it is for Texas veterans to come home to a community of support.

Busby announced the inaugural “Macey and Harry Reasoner Access to Justice Lecture Series,” which featured retired Lt. Gen. Nadja West, 44th Army surgeon general and former commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, as the keynote speaker.

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