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Houston Law Center dean wins CLEO Edge Award

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, or CLEO, honored Leonard M. Baynes, dean and professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, with a CLEO EDGE Award in Education. Baynes will be honored at the awards reception on November 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The EDGE Awards honor individuals and entities that represent...… 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

DVAP hosts free legal clinics for Dallas County residents in August

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, is hosting free legal clinics for county residents who meet financial guidelines. The clinics, which will be held throughout August, will offer legal advice and consultation in civil matters. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income,...… 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

TCDLA to honor Declaration of Independence

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or TCDLA, will honor the Declaration of Independence with public readings across the state on July 3. The readings will take place in about 140 communities across Texas and will celebrate the 243rd anniversary of independence from Great Britain. “We are proud to emphasize the patriotism associated with Independence...… Continue Reading

ABA seeks attorney volunteers to help along Southern Border

The American Bar Association is seeking licensed attorney volunteers to help with two projects to assist asylum-seekers and immigrant children along Texas’ southern border with Mexico. The ABA’s Commission on Immigration is leading week-long volunteer trips each month from April to October to direct-service projects along the Texas-Mexico border. Volunteers will work at the South Texas Pro...… Continue Reading

A paralegal turned lawyer talks about her journey.

Interview by Eric Quitugua Jessica Anderson is an associate of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, or ONDA, in Dallas, where she represents clients in divorce, modification, enforcement, and child custody matters. The Texas A&M gradwas previously a paralegal for the firm before making the switch to becoming an attorney. In law school, Anderson was vice...… Continue Reading