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  • Sponsored Content: Challenges of Starting a Solo Law Private Practice

    Tired of the overbearing boss, long hours, not being appreciated enough at work, and never seeing your family? Then opening up your law practice might be the best decision you will ever make. You’ll be your own boss and achieve that work-life balance you have always wanted! However, you must know this is a considerable...

  • Former State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels named 2022 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Texas Chapter of ABOTA

    Former State Bar of Texas President and Houston attorney Randy Sorrels has been named the 2022 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, or TEX-ABOTA. “This is one of the highlights of my career, and I am thankful to TEX-ABOTA, my partner and wife, Alex, as...

  • Scams continue to target Texas attorneys

    Update 6/28/22: We received reports of two more scams. Scammers are emailing attorneys through their online profiles on texasbar.com as phishing attempts. One targeted attorney received an email that states,”Hi, I work with MCJ ASSETS, LLC. We are a new surplus funds business wanting to operate in Galveston County. We have all legal documents, sales...

  • Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health opens registration for 5th annual Judicial Summit on Mental Health

    Registration is now open for the 5th annual Judicial Summit on Mental Health, hosted by the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health, or JCMH, that will be held November 2-4, 2022, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. The JCMH, a joint commission under the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals,...

  • American Bar Association announces 2022 winners of the Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts

    John Browning, a former justice on the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas and a partner in Spencer Fane, is part of the team of the Oklahoma Bar Journal to be recognized as one of eight recipients of this year’s American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts. The award, which recognizes...

  • Stories of Recovery: There is an army out there to help you

    Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call or text TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. After interviewing to move my solo practice to another firm, I celebrated...

  • State Bar of Texas seeks candidates for 2023 president-elect race

    The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors is soliciting candidates for the 2023 president-elect race. State Bar rules stipulate that all potential candidates for 2023 president-elect shall come from any county of the state.  Any member of the State Bar who meets the eligibility requirements for officers set forth in the State Bar Act...

  • State Bar board creates new diversity committee, extends building committee

    A new standing committee will work to develop and promote strategies and best practices for the State Bar of Texas in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The board of directors voted June 8 to create the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and asked 2022-2023 State Bar President Laura Gibson to submit a roster...

  • American Bar Association to honor two Texas lawyers for pro bono work

    The American Bar Association, or ABA, will honor Texas lawyers Maddy Dwertman and Mark Melton with the Pro Bono Publico Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for low-income and disadvantaged persons on August 5 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. This award is the highest honor given by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro...

  • Jason P. Nance named new dean of SMU Dedman School of Law

    Jason P. Nance, an education policy and law scholar who studies inequalities in public education, has been named the Judge James Noel Dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. Nance comes from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where he served as associate dean for research and faculty development and was a professor...

  • State Bar of Texas announces 2021 TMCP award winners

    The State Bar of Texas today announced the recipients of the 2021 Texas Minority Counsel Program awards, which honor outstanding attorneys for their impact in the areas of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Texas Minority Counsel Program, or TMCP, is the premier client development, networking, and continuing legal education event for attorneys...

  • Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee announces Indigent Defense Awards winners

    The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee announced Michael J. Ritter as the 2022 recipient of the Michael K. Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense. Jeff Blackburn is the 2022 recipient of the Warren Burnett Award. Ritter is senior...

  • Texas Access to Justice Foundation creates new fellowship to serve veterans

    The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, which provides grant funding for civil legal aid in Texas, announced the creation of the Terry O. Tottenham Veterans Justice Fellowship. The fellowship honors veteran, current TAJF Secretary, and former State Bar of Texas President Terry O. Tottenham, who is of counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin....

  • TYLA seeks judges for State Moot Court Competition

    The Texas Young Lawyers Association is seeking volunteers to judge the State Moot Court Competition preliminary rounds in Houston. Eight law school teams from across the state will compete in the competition on June 7 and 8. Judges are needed for the preliminary rounds as follows: Round 1 – Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m....

  • Christopher V. Popov sworn in as new HBA president

    Christopher V. Popov, of Vinson & Elkins, took office as president of the Houston Bar Association during the HBA Annual Dinner on May 19. Popov’s goals for the year include elevating civil discourse affecting society, promoting wellness resources, and amplifying services provided by HBA affiliates such as the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the Houston Lawyer Referral...

  • ABA releases second report on bar pass data by race, ethnicity, and gender

    The Managing Director’s Office of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released bar pass data for ABA-approved law schools that lists pass rates based on race, ethnicity, and gender. The charts include aggregate data in nine different ethnicity categories for 2021 and 2022 broken down by gender. The...

  • FOIFT and AG’s Office to host open government seminars in San Antonio, Edinburgh areas

    The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in the San Antonio and Edinburg areas in June, featuring training in state open meeting and public records laws. The events are free and open to the public. The half-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists,...

  • Sponsored Content: 2022 Legal Marketing Tool – Lawyers of Distinction

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  • Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit

    Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit The Texas Bar Foundation’s donation to Alliance For Children will help facilitate the presentation of a new training course—Behavioral Characteristics of Sex Offenders— for staff and partners. The course will be led by Michael L. Bourke, a former chief psychologist for the U.S. Marshals Service. “Alliance...

  • Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee announces Pro Bono Excellence award winners

    The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee has announced its 2022 Pro Bono Excellence awards winners. Michael Logan Ware, of Fort Worth, received the Frank J. Scurlock Award; the Rev. Brooks Harrington, of Fort Worth, received the J. Chrys Dougherty Award; Judge Jerry W. Simoneaux Jr., of Harris...

  • Committee seeks public comments on proposed ethics opinion

    The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on the following proposed ethics opinion through July 12: Proposed Opinion 21-3 (Revised): Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer employed at a nonprofit agency that provides pro bono or low-cost legal services obtain client consent during...

  • Texas Bar Journal announces 2022 Short Story Contest winners

      Thank you to the 14 writers who submitted entries to the Texas Bar Journal Short Story contest this year. Author names were removed from entries before being submitted to judges in order to keep the contest fair and impartial. Two panels of judges faced the challenging task of selecting winners, and for each round,...

  • Sponsored Content: Alternative Payment Methods: 4 Benefits for Law Firms

    The days of paying by cash or check are quickly disappearing. Thanks to innovations in digital technology, today’s consumers can pay for goods and services using a wide variety of payment methods, including credit cards, digital wallets, contactless methods, and more. However, many law firms today are slow to adapt to modern payment trends and...

  • Stories of Recovery: A young lawyer’s journey to self-compassion

    Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call or text TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org. One beautiful spring morning, I was preparing to leave my house for...

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid rolls out new universal phone numbers

    To provide a streamlined solution for those individuals in need of legal representation throughout 68 southwest Texas counties, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, or TRLA, recently established new universal local and toll-free phone numbers. Anyone seeking to apply for legal services, contact a TRLA office, or contact a TRLA staff member should now dial 956-996-TRLA (8752)...

  • Those guys have all the marks

    It happens every time. A client falls in love with a trademark that is perfect for his new company. I perform a search and have to be the bearer of bad news: The field is crowded. That is, there are many variations of that perfect mark already registered to other companies, which are even in...

  • Baylor Law School announces law schools participating in Top Gun XIII competition

    Law students from some of the top trial advocacy programs in the country will take part in the thirteenth annual National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for June 1-5 at Baylor Law School in Waco. This year’s competition, known as Top Gun XIII, is by invitation only and is among the nation’s most prestigious...

  • Keynote speakers announced for 2022 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston

    The State Bar of Texas is excited to welcome three dynamic keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Meeting in Houston, on June 9 and 10. Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, internationally best-selling novelist Corban Addison, and Simon Tam—an activist and bassist of The Slants, will speak separately over the two-day event held at the Marriott Marquis...

  • ABA Hispanic Commission’s Cinco de Música takes place May 5

    Cinco de Música will return for its second year via the American Bar Association Hispanic Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Held online, the virtual event features comedy from Michael Freed, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and five musical performances, including Dallas’ “Off the Record.” Off the Record features three Texas...

  • Sponsored Content: Get Organized: Are Your Digital Documents Easy To Find?

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