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Detective: Scammers using threats of legal action to prey on vulnerable individuals

A Texas police detective is issuing a warning that scammers are attempting to use the legal profession as a tool to bilk money from people who may be unfamiliar with the justice system. George Schilter, a detective in the criminal investigations division of the Webster Police Department and a licensed Texas lawyer, wrote to the … Continue Reading

Entries sought for 2019 Texas Gavel Awards

The State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee announced it is seeking submissions for the 2019 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system. Entries published or broadcast during the 2018 calendar year will be accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. March 29. There is … Continue Reading

State Bar offices to close Wednesday

State Bar of Texas offices will be closed Wednesday in recognition of a statewide day of mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Monday encouraging all Texans “to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public … Continue Reading

State Bar board approves Collins, McDougal as candidates for president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously September 28 to approve Jeanne Cezanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso and Larry P. McDougal Sr. of Richmond as candidates for 2019-2020 president-elect. Collins and McDougal will appear on the ballot in April 2019 along with any certified petition candidates. There are currently no additional … Continue Reading

Texas Gavel Awards presented at FOIFT annual conference

State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley and SBOT Public Affairs Committee Chair Rudy England welcomed journalists from around the state as winners of Texas Gavel Awards. The Texas Gavel Awards recognize excellence in journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system; educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession, … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation awards scholarships to Houston law students

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation held its 13th annual scholarship luncheon that benefits Hispanic law students attending one of the three Houston-based law schools on Wednesday, August 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston. The scholarships were awarded to law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality within the Hispanic … Continue Reading

Municipal judge tapped to help educate judiciary on mental health matters

The State Bar of Texas’ Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program has taken the innovative step of adding a sitting judge to its staff of experts to reach out to fellow jurists about issues such as stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other mental health matters. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) has always served judges as well … Continue Reading

State Bar receives national award for improving legal services to low-income Texans

The State Bar of Texas was presented a prestigious 2018 Harrison Tweed Award on August 3 at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Harrison Tweed Award recognizes bar associations that have made extraordinary efforts to improve the availability of civil legal services or indigent defense services to people living in poverty. Named … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas warns public of jury duty scams

As Texas’ annual Jury Appreciation Week approaches in the first week of May, the State Bar of Texas wants to warn Texans about the proliferation of jury duty scams across the state in recent months. There have been widespread reports of scammers calling residents and accusing them of failing to show up for jury duty. … Continue Reading

Join the Statewide Day of Civility on April 20!

On April 20, a number of local bar associations across the state will be hosting events in celebration of the Texas Day of Civility in the Law. The day was created to reaffirm the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, which calls for attorneys to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism toward judges, adversaries, peers, colleagues, and clients. … Continue Reading

Register now for the 29th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention

The 29th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention will take place on June 1-3 at the Austin Marriott South. The convention will feature national speakers sharing their thoughts about current research on mental health, substance abuse recovery, and maintaining a more balanced professional life. Attendees will also have a chance to earn at least 6 hours … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas board chair honored with diversity award

The University of Houston Law Alumni Association honored State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Chair Rehan Alimohammad with its annual Diversity and Inclusion Award on February 17 at the association’s 42nd Annual Law Gala and Auction. Alimohammad received the award in recognition of significant achievement toward developing a more diverse and inclusive legal community. … Continue Reading

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2018 is open

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW 2018, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on registration by using the code EP1814. Early bird registration ends January 22. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be … Continue Reading
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