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State Bar of Texas membership fees deadline extended to October 31

Editor’s note: The following message was sent to State Bar of Texas members on August 7.  COVID-19 has severely impacted the State of Texas and the administration of the judicial system. Many lawyers are struggling in the economic climate created by the pandemic. Under Article III of the State Bar Rules, Texas lawyers who do...… Continue Reading

State Bar board to meet July 27 on president’s online comments, diversity task force

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27. Among items on the agenda, the board will accept comments, discuss, and consider possible action regarding online commentary made by State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal and other officers and directors. The board also...… 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

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing (March 11, 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 Frequently Asked Questions — Coronavirus safety measures...… Continue Reading

Comments sought on proposed rule changes for lawyer advertising, cessation of practice

The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda has published proposed changes to Part VII (Information about Legal Services), Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, in the March issue of the Texas Bar Journal and the February 28 issue of the Texas Register. The published proposal includes revisions to the previously recommended rule changes. For a...… Continue Reading

Messages from the State Bar president-elect candidates

Voting in the 2020 election for State Bar of Texas president-elect and district director will take place April 1-30. In an effort to encourage voter participation and educate members on the candidates’ platforms, the State Bar is distributing messages submitted by the president-elect candidates addressing topics of their choosing. The first messages are available at the links...… Continue Reading
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