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FOIFT, AG’s Office host open government seminars in El Paso, Houston area

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in El Paso and the Houston area in May. The one-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information … Continue Reading

Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for Texas veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Commission will host its annual Champions of Justice Gala to benefit legal services for low-income veterans at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin. The gala will feature guest speaker Gen. Peter Pace, who served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue Reading

Board of Legal Specialization announces induction of 206 attorneys, 25 paralegals

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced the induction of 206 attorneys and 25 paralegals into Board Certification at its annual induction ceremony Thursday. The event, held at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center, was attended by more than 450 attorneys, paralegals and family members from all over the state as well as the … Continue Reading

Austin Bar Foundation holds annual gala, honors 5 outstanding lawyers, judges

More than 500 members of Austin’s legal community turned out for the Austin Bar Foundation’s annual Gala on Saturday. The Austin Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Austin Bar Association. The foundation was established in 2003 to support and expand the provision of legal-related charitable and educational programs and services in Central Texas. Gala … Continue Reading

FOIFT annual conference pushes transparency, offers honors

A crowd of about 175 gathered Thursday at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual state conference and awards luncheon to honor legislators, advocates and award-winning journalists who push for transparency in government. Former Sen. Don Adams received the James Madison Award for his legacy; writing and passing the first Texas Open Records Act … Continue Reading

Board now accepting online pro hac vice fee payment; will soon allow online filing of declarations and applications for bar exam

Law students filing Declarations of Intention to Study Law and graduates planning to sit for the Texas Bar Examination will soon be able to file their applications and payments online. The Texas Board of Law Examiners ultimately plans to make online filing and payment mandatory since the Supreme Court approved rule changes authorizing it to … Continue Reading

State Bar executive director and CLE director named as top innovators

Michelle Hunter, executive director of the State Bar of Texas, was selected for a place on the annual Fastcase 50 list of “the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Joining Hunter on the list is the State Bar’s Pat Nester, assistant deputy director and TexasBarCLE director. Fastcase is an online … Continue Reading

TexasLawHelp.org to be redesigned with grant money

The popular legal aid website texaslawhelp.org will soon get a makeover thanks to a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Legal Services Center received funding from the TBF to hire professional Web designers to refresh the site through enhancing its search engine, improving functionality, and creating a mobile version. Run by the center’s … Continue Reading

Houston lawyer raises more than $100,000 for charity bike ride

The morning after severe thunderstorms and hail caused the first phase of the BP MS 150 charity bike ride to be canceled, cool and clear skies kicked off day two of the annual event, which is typically a 180-mile trip from Houston to Austin. Because of the weather on Saturday, participants started on Sunday at the … Continue Reading

Apprentice program reduces cost of hiring summer law clerks

As summer approaches, upper-level law students begin finalizing their plans for break. For many, this will include time as a law clerk. In an effort to help small law firms in the Houston area connect with these students, the University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office offers the Summer Apprentice Program. The goal of … Continue Reading
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