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Free legal clinic for veterans in Tomball

Veterans can receive free legal advice at a clinic hosted by the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative on Saturday, February 24.

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Sponsored Content: Why Lawyers Need a Virtual Receptionist

Practicing law isn’t easy, and neither is staying organized on top of all the work you have to put in as a high performing attorney. One of the most frustrating distractions is having to take a client call that has nothing do with what you are working on, taking your valuable attention away from more important issues.

According to the 2017 Legal Trends Report from Clio, 30 percent of lawyers report being interrupted 6-10 times per day. Further research shows that on average it takes 23 minutes to get back on task. You can’t afford to lose billable hours on low priority tasks.

The solution? Hire a virtual legal receptionist. You can save time, money, and resources by growing your team and getting a reception specialist to handle the crucial details of scheduling and qualifying leads.
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State Bar of Texas Seeking General Counsel Proposals

The State Bar of Texas is requesting proposals from licensed Texas attorneys capable of providing general counsel legal services to the State Bar Board of Directors.

The General Counsel will be elected by and will provide counsel to the Board and the officers on an as-needed, contract basis as set forth in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Continue Reading

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Entries sought for local bar association awards

The State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee is now accepting local bar association submissions for the annual Stars of Texas Bars Awards and Judge Sam Williams Award.

The Stars of Texas Bars Awards include eight award categories that recognize local bar associations for outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice, dedication to the profession, and excellent reporting from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018. Each local bar has the opportunity to receive awards based on its division. Divisions are broken down by the size of bar membership.

The Judge Sam Williams Award honors one individual who demonstrates a commitment to fostering and maintaining the relationship between his or her local bar and the State Bar of Texas. The award, established in 1990, is named in honor of Judge Sam Williams, the longtime president of the Northeast Texas Bar Association. Judge Williams, an outstanding leader of the local bar, exemplified the highest ideals of the position and significantly contributed to maintaining the local bar’s relationship with the State Bar of Texas.

For more information about the awards and to view submission criteria, go to

The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. CST April 30. For questions, please email or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1514. Winners will be honored at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.

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Stories of Recovery: In Law School, I Partied My Way to Notoriety; Now I’m Building a Foundation for Sobriety

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

My first experience with alcohol at age 13 should have been as good a deterrent as any. A friend and I consumed three quarters of a bottle of 40-proof liquor in about an hour. It wasn’t long before we were both sick. I didn’t drink for years after that. Continue Reading

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State Bar President-elect Candidates Offer Messages to Members

Editor’s note: In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the platforms of the 2018 State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates, the State Bar will publish periodic messages submitted by the candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The first messages are available at the links below. Opinions expressed by the candidates do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Bar of Texas.

Lisa Blue, Dallas

Randy Sorrels, Houston


Click here to read Lisa Blue’s message. 


Click here to read Randy Sorrels’ message. 

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Sponsored Content: Need to Protect Sensitive Data? Get it Out of Your Office.

When people think of high-profile hacks, their minds don’t usually drift to the legal world. However, recent security breaches at several large firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, have highlighted the vulnerabilities law firms face. In fact, after one such event, former Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said the incident “should serve as a wake-up call for law firms around the world: you are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals.”

With the speed at which technology is advancing, most firms don’t have the time, money, or personnel bandwidth necessary to keep up, leaving their internal systems out-of-date and vulnerable to attack. But does this mean all lawyers need to immediately become cybersecurity experts in order to protect the valuable information in their office? Not at all.
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DBA, DWF, and DWLA establish WE LEAD program

The Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Women’s Foundation, and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association have created DBA WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession.

The one-year program, which is designed to empower women as leaders in the profession and address challenges they face in practice, is an initiative of DBA President Michael K. Hurst.

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Founder and supporter of the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education program dies

Isidore Starr, long considered the “father of law-related education” died February 10, 2018. He was 106.

Starr was one of the founders and supporters of the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education program. Since the 1970s, he and his wife, Kay, have conducted institutes on the founding documents across Texas. Starr has authored many articles and books about LRE.

In 1983, the American Bar Association established the Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of law-related education.

In an October 8, 2013, interview with the World Justice Project, Starr talked about the importance of educating people about the law.

“We are completely surrounded by the law, whether we want to be or not. It’s the backbone of our society and is with us from the time we’re born—birth certificates—to the time we die—trusts and estates—and everything in between. The clothes we wear, including the ways that fabrics are manufactured and sold, and the food we eat, for example FDA regulations, all involve the law. The law is here, there, and everywhere. The law is not the enemy; it is a way of life.”

For more information about the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department and its many programs, go to