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Virtual new lawyers induction ceremony set for May 10

Editor’s Note: The Texas Board of Law Examiners released the following announcement. The State Bar of Texas is planning to hold a virtual swearing-in ceremony on May 10, 2021. Eligible February 2021 and March 2021 examinees will receive an invitation through ATLAS to register for the ceremony. Guests are invited to watch the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/SupremeCourtofTexas.    … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court sets hearing on proposed disciplinary rules amendments

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered a hearing to consider proposed disciplinary rules amendments approved by licensed Texas lawyers in the referendum that ended March 4. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4 via videoconference. It will be broadcast on the court’s YouTube channel. The amendments’ proposed effective date is...… Continue Reading

State Bar president’s grievance task force seeks feedback

State Bar President Larry McDougal’s Task Force on Public Protection, Grievance Review, and the Client Security Fund is seeking your input. The 21-member State Bar task force is studying the grievance system to help ensure it remains fair to Texas lawyers while ensuring the public is protected from attorneys who may violate the disciplinary rules....… Continue Reading

Joint statement of State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association leaders regarding comments by Larry McDougal

Online comments made by Larry McDougal regarding #BlackLivesMatter do not reflect the values of the State Bar of Texas and we denounce them in the strongest terms. As leaders of the 105,000-member State Bar of Texas and the 26,000-member Texas Young Lawyers Association, we are united against racism and dedicated to the bar’s mission of...… Continue Reading

Task force to study how to resume criminal court proceedings

A task force designed to help the Texas courts system resume criminal proceedings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic won approval June 24 from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. The board approved the Presidential Task Force on Criminal Court Proceedings at the request of 2020-2021 State Bar President Larry McDougal, a Richmond...… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources...… Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: new court guidance and practice management resources

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We’re writing to share recent updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. Office of Court Administration Guidance The Office of Court Administration issued...… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources...… Continue Reading

State Bar issues election update, messages from candidates

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel issued the following message to members on Thursday. It includes links to new messages from president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth. We’re writing to share the latest messages from State Bar president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth...… Continue Reading
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