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Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy

Veterans in Katy can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Katy Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, with funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, on Saturday, April 21.
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Join the Statewide Day of Civility on April 20!

On April 20, a number of local bar associations across the state will be hosting events in celebration of the Texas Day of Civility in the Law.

The day was created to reaffirm the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, which calls for attorneys to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism toward judges, adversaries, peers, colleagues, and clients.

The Dallas Bar Association, along with the Dallas Bar Foundation, American Board of Trial Advocates, AlixPartners, Inns of Court, and the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee will be hosting the Day of Civility at the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas and offering 4.5 hours of CLE in ethics.

A live stream of the seminar will be available for those who are unable to attend. State Bar President Tom Vick will give the opening remarks. For more information, contact Kathryn Zack at (214) 220-7450 or

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Attorney Well-Being: HNBA as a Catalyst for Change

By Raul Ayala, Esq.

You may vividly remember the time when you decided to pursue a legal career, a moment filled with passion and a desire to be of service to others and your community; however you may have defined it. Many of us wanted to directly tackle issues most affecting our Latino population-poverty; education, voting and civil rights, criminal law and procedure, immigration, housing, employment; the list is long. Others wanted to engage from within the “mainstream,” including leadership positions in business, politics and public institutions, law enforcement, civic organizations, law schools and the judiciary; just to name a few. No doubt, we all wanted to “make a difference” and were willing to endure the necessary sacrifices, first as students and later as working professionals.
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Stories of Recovery: Becoming an Alcoholic

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery 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

Sometimes I am insecure explaining how I became an alcoholic. I felt like I should have had all these reasons to drink heavily, for so long. It reminds me of when Steve Buscemi in“Con Air” refers to how a person ends up a convicted felon: “Name your cliché. Mother held him too much, or not enough. Last picked at kickball, late-night sneaky uncle. Whatever.”

Well, I think back to this quote because I used to wonder when I got sober what was so wrong with me or my childhood. What led me to this place that I considered to be my personal hell? Fortunately, I didn’t grow up in an abusive home or have anything near traumatic happen in my younger years. I felt very loved and cared for. I even grew up in the church and attended church schools all of my life.

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CLEO to recognize Texas law professors, law schools, and legal organization

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, or CLEO, will recognize more than 200 nominees for the CLEO EDGE Award for Education during the Education Reception on April 26, 2018, at the Downtown Club at Houston Center.

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Texas Social Media Research Institute honors State Bar for Twitter account

The Texas Social Media Research Institute at Tarleton State University will present a social media award to the State Bar of Texas for its Twitter account (@statebaroftexas) on April 17, 2018, at the 6th annual Social Media Conference in Fort Worth.

The award recognizes top Texas state agencies included on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission state agency list. Award recipients were judged by the agency’s Klout influencer score and number of Twitter followers. More than 17,000 Twitter users currently follow the State Bar account.

The State Bar uses its Twitter account to keep members up to date on issues such as Texas Supreme Court orders, State Bar of Texas Board of Director meetings, news about the profession, State Bar events, articles of note from the Texas Bar Journal, information about local bars, and more. Through the account, the bar also provides information on legal services available to the public, such as veterans and free legal advice clinics.

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Sponsored Content: The 4 Hour Per Day Rule

Practicing law for the first time comes with its fair share of stressors and unknowns. One of the first things you’ll need to determine is how much you can expect to charge for your services. Will you be able to set an hourly rate that’s reasonable for an attorney in your area, and provides enough income to meet your needs?

Determining this doesn’t have to be stressful, thanks to a budgeting strategy we call “The 4-Hour Per Day Rule.” The idea is this: an attorney should be able to get by from billing and collecting four hours per day, five days per week, twenty days per month.

We’ll walk through all the steps of this strategy to help you determine if your office can survive and thrive under this rule.
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Updates from the State Bar President-elect Candidates

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on Tuesday.

In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the 2018 State Bar president-elect candidates, the State Bar is sending periodic emails with messages submitted by the candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The fifth messages are available at the links below.

Note: Opinions expressed by the candidates do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Bar of Texas.

Lisa Blue

Randy Sorrels

Click here to read Lisa Blue’s message.  Click here to read Randy Sorrels’ message. 

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AWAF honors four attorneys, awards six scholarships at annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon

Female attorneys honored at the 7th annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon are, from left, Phyllis Randolph Frye, Cristina E. Rodriguez, Debra Tsuchiyama Baker, and Linda Broocks.

The Association of Women Attorneys Foundation honored four female attorneys and awarded six scholarships to law students at the 7th annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon held March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston.

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