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The State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation will host a “LAW-teria” to benefit the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and legal aid efforts throughout Texas. The virtual game night will take place from 5 to 6:30 pm. on September 16 via Zoom. To participate in the event, attendees are encouraged to donate to enter the game and will receive a game card via email. The event will also feature door prizes and intermission entertainment. Donations can be made at teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx. Special guests include Justice Gina Benavides, State Bar President Sylvia Borunda Firth,…
Join local bars and the State Bar of Texas in celebrating the Texas Day of Civility in the Law from noon to 1:30 p.m. CDT on September 17 via Zoom. Register here. The free CLE webinar will feature keynote speaker Judge Carl Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and panelists Jennifer Brown, chief legal officer, Baylor Scott & White Health; Dr. Cindy Pladziewicz, J.D., Ph.D.; Allen Pusey, senior editor of The Texas Lawbook and former editor and publisher of the ABA Journal; the Hon. Carolyn Wright, retired chief justice of the 5th District Court…
Texas attorneys, willing and able to help their counterparts in Louisiana, can assist via a disaster response message board the Louisiana State Bar Association created in the wake of Hurricane Ida’s devastating impacts on the state. The message board allows lawyers to post what they need or how they can help their colleagues and allows those with needs to match with those who can help. To learn more, view the message board.…
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, received a $20 million Housing Stability Services Program grant package from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for COVID-19-related housing legal services. The grant will allow legal aid organizations throughout Texas to provide free civil legal services to eligible households experiencing housing insecurity. Services include offering housing stability clinics to assist COVID-19-impacted low-income households in applying for the Texas Rent Relief Program or Texas Eviction Diversion Program and providing legal information and representation for low-income households in COVID-19-related eviction proceedings in justice of the peace courts and eviction appeals in…
Editor’s Note: The following tribute was originally published by the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and is reprinted with permission.  By Wallace B. Jefferson Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court (Ret.) Lawyers and journalists know why today is important in the life of Texas law. The Supreme Court just issued the term’s final weekly regular orders—a compilation reflecting the sweat and tears of intense litigation. For most litigants, these orders are the culmination of years of struggle over fundamental propositions that govern not only personal disputes, but also our social construct. How should early Texans understand the rights bestowed on…
The Dallas Bar Association will hold LegalLine E-Clinics from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in September. Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions at no cost. To participate, fill out the online form for the upcoming LegalLine. LegalLine E-Clinics will be held on September 1, September 8, September 15, September 22, and September 29. A volunteer attorney will call to provide up to 15 minutes of free legal advice on a legal issue. Space is limited and registration closes at noon on the Tuesday prior to the clinic. Volunteer attorneys will remain anonymous, and participants should watch for a call…
The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas is accepting public comments on the following proposed ethics opinion through October 16: Proposed Opinion 21-3: Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit a lawyer who is employed by a nonprofit agency that provides legal services to clients from requesting that, as part of the client intake process, a client sign a consent authorizing the lawyer to reveal a client’s confidential information in response to future requests by third-party grantors or their grant administrators? Go here to read the proposed opinion and provide comments.…
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors’ Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted today to recommend the nomination of Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr., of Edinburg, and Cindy V. Tisdale, of Granbury, as candidates for 2022-2023 State Bar president-elect. If the board approves their nominations, Escobedo and Tisdale would appear on the ballot in April 2022 along with any certified petition candidates. Potential petition candidates can begin collecting signatures on September 1, 2021, and have until March 1, 2022, to submit their nominating petitions to the State Bar for certification. For information on how to run for president-elect, go here.…
Legal documents are foundational to any law firm — but with thousands upon thousands of documents to store, managing them all can be a challenge. And while most law firms have transitioned away from physical storage of documents, many Firms are still using an on-premises document management system (DMS). However, there’s a much more powerful, efficient, and flexible option for storing and organizing documents: the cloud. In this article, we share some of the benefits cloud storage offers plus key features a law firm should consider when evaluating cloud storage options. Benefits of Cloud Storage for Law Firms The …