2021-22 Paralegal Division officers and directors. The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division has elected the following members to its officer positions and board of directors for the 2021-22 bar year: Officers Susi Boss – President Lisa Pittman – President Elect Alice Lineberry – Secretary Eugene Alcala – Treasurer Shannon Shaw – Parliamentarian   Board of Directors: District 1 – Kim Goldberg District 2 – Eugene Alcala District 3 – Wayne Baker District 4 – Alice Lineberry District 5 – Pearl Garza District 7 – Erica Anderson District 10 – Shannon Shaw District 11 – Stacey Marquet District 12 –…
“You can’t fight gravity.” That’s what Andy Jassy says about moving to the cloud. And as the guy who’s taking the Amazon CEO reins from Jeff Bezos, he knows a thing or two. But for legal professionals, adopting cloud-based tools is easier said than done. With constant competing demands most lawyers and in-house counsel face, you might be thinking, can any software actually make a difference? Our answer: absolutely. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, we aim to help demystify the cloud, give tangible information and help navigate your understanding of the cloud. Ready? Let’s get started. What is…
The Houston Bar Association welcomed 2021-2022 President Jennifer A. Hasley and recognized outstanding service by members at its annual dinner on July 15. David J. Beck, founding partner in Beck Redden, received the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award, and Susan L. Bickley, a partner in Blank Rome, received the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award. 2020-2021 President Bill Kroger presented Special Recognition Awards for exemplary service to the legal profession and community to Dean Michael F. Barry, of South Texas College of Law Houston; Dean Joan R.M. Bullock, of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and Dean Leonard…
The State Bar of Texas will not seek rehearing of a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel opinion that upheld the constitutionality of most challenged State Bar activities and left intact the structure of the mandatory bar. State Bar leaders announced the decision after the bar’s Board of Directors met Monday to consult outside counsel on the McDonald v. Sorrels litigation. “We are pleased that the 5th Circuit panel upheld the constitutionality of nearly all of the State Bar of Texas programs and activities challenged by the plaintiffs,” State Bar of Texas President Sylvia Borunda Firth said. “Today the State…
The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in June 2021 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy. • Robert Bennett Jr., 82, of Sugar Land, died June 21, 2021. He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. • Anderson L. Carper, 63, of Durango, Colorado, died April 19, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. • S.H.…
If you’re a law firm owner, partner or solo, you might be familiar with the nagging feeling that you’re missing opportunities to improve your practice. But you’re an attorney not a technology guru, and you’re busy, so evaluating the myriad opportunities seems daunting. That’s a sentiment we hear regularly from legal professionals we talk to about their challenges with routine legal drafting. When you’re trying to decide whether legal technology is right for you, there’s one simple rule to keep in mind: Fall in love with the problem. Focus on the Problem Before evaluating potential technology for your practice,…
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors is soliciting candidates for the 2022 president-elect race. State Bar rules stipulate that all potential candidates for 2022 president-elect shall come from nonmetropolitan counties of the state (all counties except Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Travis). Any member of the State Bar who meets the eligibility requirements for officers set forth in the State Bar Act and the State Bar rules is eligible for nomination for president-elect. The board of directors policy manual describes the criteria for selecting nominees. The board will consider potential nominees’ involvement as a member of the board…
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold a special-called meeting at 9 a.m. CDT on July 19 to receive a report from outside counsel on the McDonald v. Sorrels lawsuit and recent Fifth Circuit panel decision. The meeting will be held virtually. All State Bar members and the public may watch the meeting on the State Bar of Texas YouTube channel. To sign up to speak during the meeting, please email amy.starnes@texasbar.com or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1706 (toll free) before 5 p.m. CDT on July 16. Written comments may be sent to boardofdirectors@texasbar.com and must…
The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section gave Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Awards to nine graduating Texas law school students. The Advocacy Awards recognize law students who showed excellence and career promise in appellate advocacy, based on the recommendations from their law schools. Award recipients are Andrew Swallows, of Baylor Law School; Blake Glatstein, of SMU Dedman School of Law; Javier Gonzalez, of South Texas College of Law Houston; Melissa Sharon Fullmer, of St. Mary’s University School of Law; Rolando Reyna Jr., of Texas A&M University School of Law; Sara Baumgardner, of Texas Tech University School of Law; Mariah Zenrene…
The Tarrant County Bar Association will host a conversation on LGBTQ awareness and inclusion as part of its SIDE Bar (Striving for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity inside the Bar) Conversation Series at noon CDT on June 24 via Zoom. In recognition of Pride Month, leaders fighting for LGBTQ rights and inclusion will discuss the LGBTQ lawyer’s experience, the development of the law over the years, and ways to create a more inclusive bar. Co-moderators for the conversation are Paul Balanon, senior general attorney at BNSF Railway Company, and Spencer Mainka, an associate attorney at Pham Harrison. Other panelists are attorney…