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Scams continue to target Texas attorneys

Update 10/16/23: We received a report that a law firm in Arizona had an attempted scam perpetrated on them that is identical to the scam we reported from a Texas attorney on October 5. The Arizona firm waited for their bank’s notification that the check they received from the “debtor” was valid before issuing payment to “Groat Machinery, Inc.” The firm had also checked both businesses involved, and they appeared to be legitimate – the Arizona and Michigan Corporation Commissions had both entities listed as active and in good standing. However from the beginning, the firm’s legal assistant and partner thought the new “client” was suspicious.

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Sponsored Content: Exploring General Aviation: How Attorneys Can Save More Time

There are countless ways to take the skies in the world of aviation. However, general aviation is worth exploring if you are constantly hopping from city to city, meeting with colleagues or clients.

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Texas Access to Justice Commission names April Faith-Slaker as new executive director

The Texas Access to Justice Commission, or TAJC, announced April Faith-Slaker as its new executive director and director of the Legal Access Department of the State Bar of Texas. She will take office in late October 2023.

“The Commission is pleased to report that the selection of Ms. Faith-Slaker resulted from an extensive, nationwide search for an experienced leader of extraordinary dedication to the complex issues which confront the access to justice community,” said TAJC Chair Harriet Miers in a press release. “Ms. Faith-Slaker is just such a leader.”

In her most recent position as the executive director of the Office of Eviction Defense for the City of Detroit, Faith-Slaker implemented a successful Right to Counsel program for eviction cases. She coordinated with local legal aid organizations and courts to provide services to indigent tenants, is an experienced manager, and has handled multimillion-dollar budgets.

Faith-Slaker also served as the associate director of the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she designed and implemented research studies in the civil and criminal arenas and was instrumental in data collection and analysis. She is an experienced grant writer, and she has served as a managing editor of a legal publication.

For more information on the TAJC, go to texasatj.org.

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Deborah Hankinson reappointed as chair of Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Supreme Court of Texas reappointed former Justice Deborah Hankinson to a new three-year term as chair of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF.

“It’s a profound privilege to continue my service as the board chair for the Foundation, where I will continue to guide the organization in its mission of equal justice for all,” Hankinson said in a press release.

Hankinson is the first woman to serve as TAJF chair and is the foundation’s fifth chair in its history. She served on the Supreme Court of Texas from 1997 to 2002 and spearheaded the creation of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, or TAJC, the foundation’s partner in increasing access to justice. She was first appointed to the TAJF Board of Directors in 2003 and held the role of vice chair from 2008 to 2020.

The Supreme Court of Texas also announced the addition of real estate brokerage owner and former mayor of Eagle Pass Jose “Pepe” A. Aranda Jr. to the TAJF Board of Directors. Aranda will serve a three-year term beginning September 1, 2023.

“We also take great pride in Mr. Aranda’s addition to our board, whose experience is invaluable to our work being done across the state,” Hankinson said in a press release. “His expertise and dedication to improving the lives of Texans as a former mayor and county judge will undoubtedly strengthen our initiatives, helping serve those in need.”

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Fort Worth attorney Bobbie Edmonds publishes children’s book celebrating the life and career of Judge L. Clifford Davis

Fort Worth attorney Bobbie Edmonds considers 98-year-old retired Judge L. Clifford Davis a walking history book. As a new attorney in the early 1980s, she admired him from afar while he served on the bench in Tarrant County. She was so inspired by his career and wide-reaching works within his community, that she committed herself to writing and publishing a children’s book celebrating his life as a positive example for youth to follow.

Edmonds’ book titled, I Want to be Like Him: The Life and Accomplishments of a Remarkable Man: Award-Winning Retired Senior Judge L. Clifford Davis, aims to connect with small children and teenagers about the legacy of a legal giant in their community. Edmonds said she hopes the book, which includes illustrations and photos collected from Davis’ family, will highlight the power of increasing juvenile literacy through reading and education.

The book was released on September 8 and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

“Reading this book will enhance your perspective on moral issues, respect for self and others, and the importance of community service, family life, spirituality, education, and character building,” Edmonds told the Texas Bar Journal. “It would inspire the reader to excel and achieve the best. [Davis’] nuggets on personal responsibility and his wisdom and outlook on life needed to be shared with the current and future generations of youth!”

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Dallas Bar Association celebrates 150th anniversary

The Dallas Bar Association, or DBA, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, marking a century and a half of dedication to the legal profession, justice, and the Dallas community.

Established in 1873, the DBA has been a cornerstone of legal excellence, promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal expertise. Since its formation, it has played a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape of Dallas, championing justice, and fostering camaraderie among legal professionals, according to a press release.

“Our 150th anniversary is a momentous occasion. It is not only a celebration of our history, but a reaffirmation of our commitment to serving the legal profession and the people in the Dallas community and beyond,” DBA President Cheryl Camin Murray said in a press release. “We are honored to have been a part of this vibrant community for a century and a half, and we look forward to continued growth, innovation, and service in the years to come.”

Through its various programs, initiatives, and pro bono work, the DBA has continuously demonstrated its dedication to giving back to the community it serves. The association has celebrated with events and initiatives throughout the year to commemorate this milestone, including an anniversary party held in September and a special commemorative magazine and interactive timeline, which can be viewed online at www.dallasbar.org/?pg=150thTimeline.

For more information on the DBA, go to dallasbar.org.

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Dallas Volunteer Lawyers host legal e-clinic each Wednesday in October

Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions for free during the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine E-Clinic throughout October every Wednesday. Clinics run online from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteer attorneys will call participants to provide up to 15 minutes of free legal advice. Lawyers will remain anonymous. They may also provide referrals to local, legal, or social services agencies. Participants may receive a call from an unknown number labeled “No Caller ID” or something similar. No attorney-client relationship will be established, and the Dallas Bar Association cannot guarantee the attorneys speak any languages other than English. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Travel with Ease: Exploring the Advantages of Chartering Private Aircraft

Attorneys know that flexibility plays a vital role in their profession. In the midst of hectic schedules and a multitude of tasks to tackle each day, time-saving measures are important to maintaining a well-balanced work life. Texas is quickly becoming a central hub for various industries, creating the need for more travel throughout the state. Given the travel time between major cities such as Dallas and Austin, this article explores the benefits that Texas attorneys gain when choosing to charter a private plane.
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State Bar of Texas board to meet September 29 in Fort Worth

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting September 29 in Fort Worth.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Fort Worth Ballroom 5-8) at 1300 Houston St. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live on the State Bar of Texas YouTube channel.

The agenda and meeting materials are available here. Among the agenda items, the board will consider and discuss approval of candidates for 2024-2025 State Bar of Texas president-elect: Denise Scofield, of Houston, and Santos Vargas, of San Antonio.

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State Bar accepting expressions of interest for 2024-2025 standing committees

The State Bar of Texas is accepting expressions of interest to serve on committees for the upcoming bar year, which begins June 1, 2024. The survey form to express interest is available at texasbar.com/committeeform and is due December 1. Information provided will be submitted to the president-elect for consideration. Standing committees are established by the board of directors, and members are appointed by the president-elect to consider matters of interest to the bar membership, update professional materials, recommend changes to policies and procedures, and study legal issues affecting the legal profession and the public. For the list of committees and their roles, go to texasbar.com/committees.

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