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The latest episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast features a preview of the 2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting with Executive Director Trey Apffel and an interview with President Joe K. Longley, who is part of a class of 50-year lawyers who will be honored at the event. Listen here. Annual Meeting attendees can complete up to a year’s worth of CLE credits in two days for only $295. The early bird registration…
The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans on Tuesday in Austin. More than $455,050 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Proceeds are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the provision of civil legal services for low-income Texas veterans. Read the news release.
Texas attorneys elected Larry P. McDougal Sr. of Richmond as 2019-2020 president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. McDougal received 52 percent of the 24,252 votes cast during the month-long voting period that ended April 30. His opponent, Jeanne Cezanne “Cezy” Collins of El Paso, received 47 percent of the votes. In the Texas Young Lawyers Association election, Britney Harrison of Dallas was elected TYLA president-elect. Harrison received 59 percent of the 4,550 votes cast,…
Editor’s note: State Bar President Joe K. Longley sent the following message to members on Friday.  The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today in Georgetown. Highlights from the meeting are provided below. Proposed rules changes move forward The Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda (CDRR) has recommended rule change proposals pursuant to Government Code section 81.0876. The proposals relate to the following: Rule 1.02 Scope and Objectives of Representation…
A Texas attorney’s duty to maintain competence in the practice of law includes knowing about relevant technology, according to a new Texas Supreme Court order. The court, in Misc. Docket No. 19-9016, amended Paragraph 8 of the comment to Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, which deals with competent and diligent legal representation. Under the amended comment, maintaining proficiency and competence in the practice of law includes knowing “the benefits…
Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley sent the following message to members Wednesday.  As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare for 2019, I offer this update on some recent happenings at the State Bar of Texas. 2019-2020 Budget Update The State Bar Board’s Budget Committee met December 13 to hear presentations from department and division heads on their proposed budgets for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. After a full day of…
Bree Buchanan, a national leader in the movement to address substance abuse and mental health issues in the legal profession, is retiring October 31 as director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) of the State Bar of Texas. Staff attorney Chris Ritter will succeed her as director of the program. Buchanan will continue as chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and as co-chair of the National Task Force…