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Stories of Recovery: Living with Bipolar II Disorder

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

What’s it like living with bipolar II disorder?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a hypomanic episode. I can remember feeling great, but with an edge. Everything would be fine, but then I would start to feel irritable. I could almost feel myself vibrating just beneath the surface of my skin. Any little thing would completely set me off into a rage—someone cutting me off in traffic, someone questioning what I was telling them.

I can remember one time when I could feel myself about to come unglued, and I had to tell my son, who was in first grade at the time, that mommy needed him to be quiet for a just little bit. Not my proudest parenting moment. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: Lawyers of Distinction

As we all know the practice of law becomes more competitive all the time. Lawyers are looking for any legal edge they can find to help them stand out. This has created an industry of legal vanity organizations whose primary agenda is to promote their members.  One of the most innovative organizations in this space who constantly promotes their members to the legal industry as well as general public is Lawyers Of Distinction.
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Posted inEducationLaw Practice ManagementNews

Knowledge Center offers members practical resources

New offerings are available at the State Bar of Texas Knowledge Center, a repository of relevant, vendor-sponsored news and information that practitioners can access for free. Need help drafting a Texas company agreement? Get the information to make it happen from Thomson Reuters. A complimentary e-book from LawPay provides tips to strengthen client communications. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy features articles on techniques to enhance communication skills. Continue Reading

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Michele Wong Krause elected to ABA Board of Governors

Michele Wong Krause, a Dallas-based solo practitioner, was nominated to the American Bar Association Board of Governors by its Nominating Committee at the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, and will be officially elected to her post for a three-year term by the ABA House of Delegates at its annual meeting in Chicago in August.

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Posted inNewsVeterans

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, May 19.
The clinic will offer veterans and spouses of deceased veterans advice and counsel from volunteer attorneys in any area of law, including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, real estate and tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Those who qualify for legal aid and are in need of ongoing legal representation may be assigned a pro bono attorney to take their case. Continue Reading

Posted inCLENewsTexas Young Lawyers Association

TYLA seeks moot court judges

The Texas Young Lawyers Association is seeking volunteers to judge preliminary rounds of the State Moot Court Competition on June 19-20 in Houston. Attorneys can receive CLE self-study credit for being a judge.

Nine law school teams from across the state will be competing at the competition from June 19 to June 21 at the Marriot Marquis in Houston. Continue Reading

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Sponsored Content: What Technology Does Your Law Firm Actually Need?

For many law firms, legal technology is the great equalizer. With the right technology, firms can run more efficiently, satisfy clients better, research cases faster, stay on top of tasks, and maintain an output that keeps them competitive with larger firms.

There’s just one problem: With the amount of tech available, making the right choice can be overwhelming.
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Vick: Committee recommends Ross Fischer as State Bar general counsel

Tom Vick

Editor’s note: State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick sent the following message to members on Monday. 

The State Bar of Texas General Counsel Search Committee voted by acclamation Monday to recommend to the State Bar board Ross Fischer of Austin as general counsel. The State Bar Board of Directors, which elects the general counsel by a majority vote, will consider the recommendation at an open meeting on June 20 in Houston.

Mr. Fischer is an attorney with the Gober Group who specializes in legislative and campaign law, professional ethics, and government integrity matters. His clients include elected officials, candidates, trade associations, political committees, local governments, municipalities, and corporations. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he is regularly called upon to advise public entities on matters involving legislative law, public integrity, and campaign and election procedures. Continue Reading

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Feerick Center for Social Justice selected as ACTL’s 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient

The American College of Trial Lawyers, or ACTL, has selected Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice as its 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient. The center is being recognized along with its partner, the Dilley Pro Bono Project, or DPBP, for providing pro bono legal counsel to asylum-seeking women with children in Dilley.

The Feerick Center will receive a $100,000 grant to assist with providing remote access to legal services for asylum-seeking women with children in South Texas. Continue Reading