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State Bar Board of Directors approves candidates for president-elect

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously September 20 to approve Pablo Almaguer of Edinburg and Sylvia Borunda Firth of El Paso as candidates for 2020-2021 president-elect. Almaguer and Borunda Firth will appear on the ballot in April 2020 along with any certified petition candidates. There are currently no additional president-elect candidates,...… Continue Reading

State Bar board to meet Sept. 20 in Corpus Christi

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting September 20 in Corpus Christi. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina (Texas Riviera Ballroom), 797 N. Shoreline Blvd. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The agenda includes a vote on the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee’s nomination...… Continue Reading

Legislative aides to receive James Madison Award for strengthening Texas Public Information Act

Kelsey Erickson, general counsel to Sen. Kirk Watson, and Katy Aldredge, capitol director for Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, are this year’s recipients of the James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Erickson and Aldredge were chosen for their efforts to create and pass legislation that makes important repairs to Texas’ open...… Continue Reading

Attorney TV advertising bill takes effect September 1

Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 1189 regarding television attorney advertising, which is effective September 1, 2019. The bill includes prohibitions for certain types of television advertisements and certain prohibitions on how advertisements may be presented, the usage of federal or state government agency logos, and the usage of the word “recall” unless an official recall...… Continue Reading

Free legal help available for people affected by flooding in 3 South Texas counties

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other organizations are partnering to provide legal and recovery assistance to people affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties on June 24 and...… Continue Reading

Apffel: We Will Defend the State Bar of Texas

In March 2019, three Texas lawyers sued the State Bar of Texas claiming that under Janus v. AFSCME (2018), it is unconstitutional for an attorney to be required to join the State Bar of Texas in order to practice law. The plaintiffs also challenge bar programs that they claim exceed the bar’s “core regulatory functions.”...… Continue Reading

Cezy Collins, Larry McDougal recommended as State Bar president-elect nominees

The Nominations and Elections Subcommittee voted today to recommend the nomination of Jeanne Cezanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso and Larry P. McDougal Sr. of Richmond as candidates for 2019-2020 State Bar of Texas president-elect, after interviewing six potential nominees in Austin. The State Bar Board of Directors will consider the recommendations at its next...… Continue Reading

State Bar President-elect Candidates Offer Messages to Members

Editor’s note: In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the platforms of the 2018 State Bar of Texas president-elect candidates, the State Bar will publish periodic messages submitted by the candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The first messages are available at the links below. Opinions expressed by the candidates do not...… Continue Reading

Austin attorney Joe K. Longley elected State Bar president-elect

Texas attorneys have elected Joe K. Longley of Austin as the 2017-2018 president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. The result comes after a May 11-25 runoff election between Longley and Chad Baruch of Dallas after they were the top two vote-getters in a month-long, three-way race for the position that ended May 2. Read the news release for more results.… Continue Reading
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