Texas Legal Answers celebrates first anniversary Texas Legal Answers, a free online legal advice clinic for low-income Texans, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on June 1. As part of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono Texas initiative, the program was launched last year with the goal of increasing access to justice for low-income Texans and removing barriers for attorneys providing pro bono services. View Full Post
State Bar LRE website redesigned The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department has announced the redesign of its website, texaslre.org. The LRE aims to improve law-related and civic education programs throughout the state through curriculum development and educator training. The redesigned site features two buttons front and center that provide educators with either professional development resources or lesson plans. View Full Post
Last fall, a Texas attorney was contacted through Martindale-Hubbard to assist in potential bankruptcy representation for a Nova Scotia, Canada-based company, which was seeking funds owed from a Houston-based firm. It was a sophisticated scam—and quite different from usual ones in the following ways: (1) the first check the scammer sent was a valid check and was collected by the bank; (2) the attorney was careful to ensure the check was collected before wiring the funds; (3) there was a second check involved instead of just one; and (4) the scammer used a legitimate legal website to contact the attorney. View Full Post
The Task Force on the Texas Bar Examination issued its report to the Texas Supreme Court on May 16, including a recommendation that the state adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The task force recommended the Uniform Bar Examination, or UBE, but rejected the “diploma privilege” that would allow Texas law school graduates to practice law in the state without taking a bar exam. View Full Post