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Tarrant County Bar hosts swearing-in ceremony

The Tarrant County Bar Association will host a swearing-in ceremony for all new lawyers from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16.

The event is open to all individuals who passed the July Texas bar exam and completed all other necessary requirements. It will feature all justices from the 2nd Court of Appeals and be held in the court’s courtroom on the ninth floor of the Tim Curry Justice Center, 401 West Belknap St., in Fort Worth.

Texas A&M School of Law will host a reception immediately following. To attend, please RSVP with Sherry Jones at sherry@tarrantbar.org.

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Open enrollment 2018 begins November 1

The 2018 Individual Health Insurance Open Enrollment kicks off on November 1. This year there are only 45 days to enroll, making the concierge level customer service available through the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange more vital than ever.
The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange provides members with an online portal that makes it easy to compare and purchase products from leading insurance providers.

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Pro Bono Spotlight Day 5: Marilyn D. McGuire

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.

Marilyn D. McGuire, solo practitioner

Marilyn McGuire

Houston solo Marilyn D. McGuire is a volunteer attorney for Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, Lone Star Legal Aid, and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Why is pro bono important to you?
It is critically important that the lack of financial resources do not serve as an impediment to equal access to the justice system for all people.

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DVAP to host free legal clinics in November

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, will hold 10 free legal clinics in November for Dallas County residents who meet financial guidelines. Residents will receive free legal advice and consultation in civil matters.

Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, and legal papers to the clinics. For more information on income eligibility guidelines, go to dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org.
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Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 4: Brit Inman Swanson

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.

Brit Inman Swanson

Since 2004, Brit Inman Swanson has worked as an attorney for students in the Office of Student Legal Services at Texas Tech University.

What kind of pro bono do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I have been involved as a volunteer at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas since my third year of law school in 2002. My first job out of law school was working as an attorney in LANWT’s Plainview office. I worked there for a year, then went on to my current job at Texas Tech University. I have been volunteering at LANWT’s for nearly 14 years.

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Statewide Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project launches

Just in time for 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono Week, October 22-28, Lone Star Legal Aid, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, announce the launch of Texas’ new Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project. The result of more than a year of collaboration between LSLA, TRLA, and LANWT, this new project was designed in coordination with bankruptcy judges, trustees, and several experienced practitioners from all four Texas districts.
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Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 3: Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.

Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry, corporate associate in the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry

As a corporate associate, Fortenberry focuses on complex corporate and transactional matters for private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures, and investment transactions. She was selected as Weil’s 2014 Lend-A-Lawyer to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, where she devoted a three-month period to representing indigent clients in a variety of contested matters.

What kind of pro bono do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I have handled a variety of pro bono matters, but primarily, I handle civil family law cases through DVAP. I have been doing pro bono as long as I have been licensed. In fact, after graduation from law school, I deferred my start date as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges for one year to do pro bono work for two nonprofit organizations focused on development in Africa.

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Deadline approaching for State Bar at-large director nominations

Nominations are being accepted for two appointed at-large director positions on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is October 27.

Two at‐large directors will be appointed in January 2018. One will serve the remainder of a three‐year term, until June 2020. The second will serve a three‐year term from June 2018 until June 2021. Continue Reading

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Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 2: Gracie Wood

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.

Gracie Wood, a third-year law student at Baylor Law School

Gracie Wood

As a busy law student, Austin native Gracie Wood still finds time to enjoy activities and serve as president of the Baylor Law School Student Bar Association, president of the Baylor Public Interest Legal Society, and a member of the Baylor Law Review. She plans to practice family law.

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Pro Bono Week Spotlight Day 1: Stephen Rispoli

The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.

Stephen Rispoli, assistant dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law School

Stephen Rispoli

As the assistant dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, Rispoli spends a great deal of his time preparing students to become competent, ethical, and successful lawyers. An integral part of the school’s mission is service, and Rispoli has worked tirelessly to enhance the school’s pro bono offerings, enriching students’ experiences and helping veterans and the community at large.

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