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TYLA Director Spotlight: Bobby Ahdieh

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: Bobby Ahdieh

School: Texas A&M School of Law

Area of Law You Practice: Legal Education, Corporate Law, and Financial Regulation

Position Held in TYLA: Law School Liaison
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Texas Access to Justice Foundation to host virtual Justice Jam

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation will host a virtual Justice Jam emceed by Supreme Court of Texas Justice Eva Guzman at noon on May 20.

Texas Supreme Court justices and Texas lawyers will perform in the first-of-a-kind event to raise funds for emergency legal aid work supported by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Companies fear coronavirus liability lawsuits. So far, few exist — Court records show few such cases have been filed and some legal experts say the threat of liability is exaggerated because of the difficulty of proving where someone was infected. — Reuters

Analysis: The path to emergency powers in Texas might run through the courts — State and local governments are at odds over what should and should not be allowed during a pandemic — a debate over health, economics and civil liberties. The old sparring partners have increasingly appealed to a referee: the courts. — The Texas Tribune Continue Reading

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 14, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Commentary: What can law firm leaders learn from a pandemic? — This is the moment to demonstrate leadership, and the opportunity should not be wasted. — ABA Journal

Pay cuts, layoffs, and more: How law firms are managing the pandemic — A firm-by-firm guide to how law firms are protecting their bottom lines from the economic fallout of the coronavirus. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer Continue Reading

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Federal judges question constitutionality of Texas governor’s COVID-19 orders — In two recent cases, federal judges in Texas have called into question the constitutionality of the orders, saying the orders lacked specifics about important processes. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Experts: Gov. Abbott acting within his legal authority with coronavirus executive orders (video) — Texas law gives governors wide latitude not only to act in times of disaster, but also to define what constitutes as a disaster. — USA Today Network Continue Reading

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Ransomware attack affects access to Office of Court Administration websites — The network will remain disabled until the breach is remediated. In the meantime, a temporary website has been established. — Texas Bar Blog

Texas attorneys defend judge who sentenced Dallas salon owner to jail — Attorneys across the country have stepped up to defend a Dallas district judge in the court of public opinion from what they call unfair criticism. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer Continue Reading

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Practical recommendations on seeking attorney’s fees

The Texas Supreme Court recently provided pointed guidance to litigants seeking attorney’s fees in a fee-shifting setting.

“In short, to secure an award of attorney’s fees from an opponent, the prevailing party must prove that (1) recovery of attorney’s fees is legally authorized, and (2) the requested attorney’s fees are reasonable and necessary for legal representation, so that such an award will compensate the prevailing party generally for its losses resulting from the litigation process.”(1)

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Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 11, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

Analysis: COVID-19 downturn likely won’t impact health of law firm billable hour — Corporate legal may be seeking out more predictable pricing from their law firms in the wake of COVID-19, but the billable hour will likely continue to endure even though law firms are using more tech with less staff. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Law firm worker fired after posting threat about face mask requirements — The Thompson & Knight law firm fired a Dallas-based administrative manager Friday after he allegedly posted a threat on social media against businesses with Covid-19 face mask requirements that had references to a handgun and hollow point-bullets. — Courthouse News Service Continue Reading

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Ransomware attack affects access to Office of Court Administration websites

The Office of Court Administration announced Monday that a ransomware attack on Friday, May 8 caused it to disable its branch network, including websites and servers, to deal with the attack and prevent further harm. A statement on the security breach reports the network will remain disabled until the breach is remediated.

In the meantime a temporary website—Txcourts.gov—has been established with critical judicial branch information, including guidance concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading

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