State Bar of Texas

Registration is now open for the 2021 State Bar of Texas Virtual Annual Meeting on June 17-18. For $185 you will have access to CLE programming from 20 State Bar sections and can earn up to 10 hours of CLE credit, including all of your ethics for the year. The CLE programming is available only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT on June 17. On June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon CDT, you can watch Annual Meeting favorites including remarks from 2020-21 State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal and 2020-21 Texas Young Lawyers Association President Britney Harrison,…
The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section is accepting nominations for the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame. The hall of fame posthumously honors advocates and judges who made a lasting mark on appellate practice in Texas. Nominations should include the nominator’s contact information, the nominee’s bio or CV, the nominee’s photo if available, and all the reasons for the nominations (including unique contributions to the practice of appellate law in Texas). The more comprehensive the nomination materials, the better. All material will be sent to the voting trustees for consideration. Nominations will be considered based upon some or all of…
Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman announced her intent to resign effective June 11, 2021, to Gov. Greg Abbott. She is the court’s senior justice, having served for 22 years. “Serving the people of Texas at three levels of the judiciary has been the honor of a lifetime,” Guzman said in a press release. “To have the opportunity to apply my conservative judicial philosophy to the most pressing legal issues in Texas has been a genuine privilege. As I begin a new chapter, I pledge to continue to work for Texas families, and I remain dedicated to advancing the rule…
Many language students and professors travel for their studies. Not all find inspiration for seeking a second career in the legal field. Miroslava “Mira” Detcheva, a Senior Lecturer in Spanish in SMU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures, was inspired to pursue a second career in law while studying in Mexico and traveling throughout Latin America. With a graduate degree in international relations and diplomacy, focusing on Spanish and Latin American Studies, earning a law degree seemed like a logical next step. “Throughout my entire academic career, I consistently combined language and political studies. My background in international politics and…
The Texas Young Lawyers Association is seeking volunteers to judge the virtual State Moot Court Competition preliminary rounds. Seven law school teams from across the state will compete in the competition on June 15-17 via Zoom. Judges are needed for the preliminary rounds as follows (all times are CDT): Round 1 – Tuesday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. Round 2 – Tuesday, June 15 at 11 a.m. Round 3 – Tuesday, June 15 at 2:30 p.m. Round 4 – Tuesday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m. Round 5 – Wednesday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m. Round 6 – Wednesday, June 16…
Money is a powerful thing that can help you build your business and improve your lifestyle. But if you misuse it, it can create problems around you and obstruct your financial growth. People borrow money for a variety of reasons, including: • starting a business • paying for education • buying a home • investing in different companies • buying insurance coverage • paying for a vacation • paying for emergencies • consolidating multiple debts People rarely take out loans, cash advances, or use credit cards without the intention of paying the money back to the creditor. Most people try…
Editor’s note: 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) or find more information at tlaphelps.org. My story starts in high school where I was introduced to drugs and alcohol. Where it went off the rails was the fall of my college freshman year. I went to a party with someone I just met where I was publicly sexually assaulted. I didn’t tell anyone and instead fell into a deep pit of drugs, alcohol, and an eating disorder. These self-destructive behaviors were easy solutions…
The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its 38th Emergency Order of the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, the court permits the modification or suspension of court deadlines and procedures through August 1, 2021. The order permits all courts to hold in-person proceedings, including jury trials, after the adoption of health and safety standards, but encourages all courts to continue to use reasonable efforts to hold proceedings remotely. The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday issued its Final Approval and Adoption of Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. The rule amendments…
Nadda Rungruangphol, a 3L at UNT Dallas College of Law, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural Thai Law Student Scholarship Award from the Thai American Bar Association. Rungruangphol’s essay on the increase in harassment and violence against persons of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the U.S. was selected as the winner. She received the $200 scholarship during the Thai American Bar Association’s 9th Annual Installation Dinner held virtually on May 20. The TABA Law Student Scholarship is funded by the California Asian-Pacific American Judges Association. For more information about the Thai American Bar Association, go to tabalawyers.org
The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee announced Claire Buetow as the winner of the Michael K. Moore Award and Mark Stevens as the Warren Burnett Award winner. Buetow is a senior policy analyst for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. The Michael K. Moore award recognizes an individual or organization in recognition of exceptional research or writing that deals with indigent criminal defense and that represents a significant contribution to the knowledge and practices of the bench, bar, and scholarly committees. The award is named after Michael K. Moore for his pivotal role…