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San Antonio Bar Association rallies pro bono volunteers to assist Sutherland Springs victims

In a message to members, San Antonio Bar Association President Beth Watkins said the need for legal services for those affected by the recent mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church will likely exceed what the legal community in that area can provide. The San Antonio Bar Association predicts there will be a need … Continue Reading

Texas to recognize paralegals on October 23

For the past eight years, Texas has celebrated Paralegal Day on October 23 to honor the paralegal community and its contributions. The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, founded in 1981, was created to enhance paralegals’ participation in the administration of justice, professional responsibility, and public service in cooperation with the State Bar and to … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar honors excellence in legal reporting with Philbin Awards

The Dallas Bar Association honored Dallas-Fort Worth area journalists who exemplify excellence in legal reporting with its 34th Annual Stephen Philbin Awards on Friday. The grand prize was awarded to Skip Hollandworth of Texas Monthly for “The Prisoner,” which tells the story of Edwin Debrow, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence for a murder committed at … Continue Reading

Barratry PSA clarification

The State Bar of Texas promoted a PSA about barratry on this blog and on Texasbar.com in late August that included incomplete information about barratry or improper solicitation. The video was removed and the website was updated with additional information on September 8. In many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer … Continue Reading

Texas Legal Answers adds disaster category, volunteers to help with Harvey relief

Texas Legal Answers is a free online legal advice clinic where people can post their non-criminal legal questions and receive answers from volunteer lawyers. The site—TexasLegalAnswers.org—is the product of a partnership between the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, dozens of attorney volunteers have joined Texas … Continue Reading

Status of Harris County courts; Criminal Justice Center closed indefinitely in wake of Harvey

Judge Sylvia Matthews issued the following update on the status of Harris County courts: 201 Caroline: The Harris County Civil Courthouse sustained minimal damage in the storm and reopened Sept. 5. Jury Trials: The civil district courts will not call cases for jury trials in September or October. Courtroom Locations: The Criminal Justice Center sustained … Continue Reading
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