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Jennifer A. Hasley, managing partner in Hasley Scarano, was elected 2021-2022 president of the Houston Bar Association. Hasley succeeds Bill Kroger, a partner in Baker Botts. Hasley is only the fifth woman president of the HBA in its 150-year history. This is her 12th year of leadership on the HBA Board of Directors, including serving as first vice president and treasurer. Hasley has spent more than 25 years volunteering through HBA community projects, events, and partnerships. She is a past chair of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Board of Directors and supports HVL’s mission by providing pro bono legal service to…
For small firms operating on tight budgets with leaders who are spread thin between practicing law and growing the firm, launching a change project can feel like a nuisance—with the benefits often lost in the fear of the effort required to sell a change internally. Change can make anyone feel out of control, which is why our natural instinct is to resist. For this reason, its no wonder that a lawyer, who’s day-to-day is defined by control over difficult situations, would be even more resistant to change than the average professional. Luckily, there are 3 simple and effective strategies that…
The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announced Hilda C. Galvan as the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award recipient and Kathryn Snapka as the Louise B. Raggio Award winner. Galvan and Snapka will be recognized at the section’s virtual annual meeting on June 4, 2021. Galvan is partner-in-charge in Jones Day’s Dallas office. She has represented tech companies in IP cases for more than 25 years and is active in several community organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for women and advancing their professional and economic status. The Hughes Award is for lifetime achievement and…
Scott Rothenberg, of Bellaire, has been named the 2021 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE recipient. Nominations for the Gene Cavin Award are solicited from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, CLE Committee members, and past award recipients. The award was established by the CLE Committee in 1989 and recognizes long-term participation in State Bar CLE activities. The award is named in honor of Gene Cavin, the founder of the Professional Development Program, who during his service from 1964 to 1987, lifted the level of practice in Texas while bringing the program to international prominence.…
The State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee has announced its 2021 Pro Bono Excellence awards winners. Lynn Rodriguez, of Fort Worth, received the Frank J. Scurlock Award; Dana Karni, of Houston, received the J. Chrys Dougherty Award; Judge Gina Benavides, of the 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi, received the Judge Merrill Hartman Award; Lone Star Legal Aid, of Houston, received the Pro Bono Award; Lena Engelage, of Conroe, received the Pro Bono Coordinator Award; Shana Mello, of Weatherford, received the Pro Bono Support Staff Award; and SMU Dedman School of Law’s…
Karen C. Burgess, of Burgess Law in Austin, was elected dean of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers at the academy’s annual meeting, held virtually in March. “It is an honor to work with the people and for the purposes of the academy and to join with leading lawyers around the globe to promote the rule of law,” Burgess said in a press release. Burgess is a trial lawyer with a practice ranging from trade secret disputes to securities, contract, insurance, real estate, oil and gas, partnership, and fiduciary litigation. She is certified in civil trial law by the Texas…
Attorneys and legal professionals who speak Spanish can provide better services to an important and growing segment of potential clients. More Texans claim Hispanic heritage than in any other state, except for California, and almost 30% of all Texans live in households in which Spanish is spoken. With specialized Spanish language skills, legal professionals can offer personalized service and advocacy that will help you to cultivate greater trust and mutual understanding with your clients. Using a client’s preferred language will demonstrate respect, and conducting business in Spanish will support more efficiency through effective communication – leading to streamlined work and…
The State Bar of Texas’ Membership Department was informed in April 2021 of the deaths of these members. We join the officers and directors of the State Bar in expressing our deepest sympathy. • Robert Cleve Beal, 56, of Dallas, died March 16, 2020. He received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. • Grant Cook, 83, of Houston, died March 13, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. • Dennis A. Fuller, 65, of Keller, died…
Broadus Spivey, 84, of Austin, died May 8, 2021. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas from 2001 to 2002. Spivey was a partner in Spivey & Grigg in Austin before he retired in 2019. He practiced law for 57 years and was recognized by the State Bar as a 50-Year Lawyer in 2012. Spivey served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. He received the Texas Bar College Professionalism Award in 1998, a State Bar Presidents’ Award in 1999, and was recognized as one of the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section’s Texas Legal
One of the things we hear regularly from the thousands of lawyers we work with is that there is increasing pressure to reduce costs for their clients — and it’s become more common in the past year particularly. But lowering fees rarely seems like a sustainable solution for firms who are also trying to manage increasing costs and new challenges. What’s a lawyer to do? 3 Ways to Improve Value for Clients 1. Diversify your Service Offerings Rarely does a one-size-fits-all approach work in the legal industry, but that doesn’t stop many firms from pricing services as if every potential…