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The State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section took top honors for the highest total number of reported hours and the greatest percentage of member participation. Immigration and Nationality Law Section members provided 16,303 hours of pro bono service, and 17.2 percent of members participated in providing pro bono services. Section member Karen George-Baunchand, an attorney with the International Center for Justice, provided more than 1,100 hours of pro bono service last year.…
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, will speak at the Remembering President George H.W. Bush Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on February 19 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton partner Talmage Boston will interview Baker, who was a dear friend of President Bush and served as his secretary of state from 1989 to 1992 and as his White House chief of staff from 1992 to 1993.…
Editor’s note: TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) or find more information at tlaphelps.org. I walked out of my first AA meeting confident I was not an alcoholic. The meeting was a speaker meeting, and the speaker told a horrendous story of what alcohol had done to her life. Judging myself against her, I was sure whatever she was,…
Austin, TX, February 13, 2019 — LawPay’s easy-to-use payment solution was designed to help legal professionals accept online payments and improve cash flow. The company is now announcing even more ways for law firms to get paid. As of today, all LawPay accounts also come equipped with integrated eCheck payments. Users can now accept check payments online through LawPay for 0% and a simple, flat $2 per transaction.…
Judge Darlene Byrne, of the 126th Civil District Court in Travis County, and the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission presented its child welfare system report at the Texas Law Center in Austin on February 8. The report, Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, is a roadmap to better serving Texas children and families within the system by viewing them through a trauma-informed lens. It serves as a framework for creating such a child…
The Association of Women Attorneys, or AWA, Foundation will recognize four Houston attorneys for leadership in their practice areas during the 8th AWA Foundation Premier Women in Law Luncheon on March 20 in Houston. Association of Women Attorneys Foundation Premier Women in Law 2019 honorees are, from left, Burke Butler, Betsy Kamin, Amanda McMillan, and Phyllis Young.[/caption] Being honored this year are Burke Butler, special counsel to nonprofit law practice Phillips Black; Betsy Kamin, member…
The 30th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention will be held from May 31 to June 2, 2019, at the Austin Marriott South. The convention will feature national speakers discussing current research on mental health, substance abuse recovery, and how to maintain a more balanced professional life. Attendees will be able to earn up to 6 hours of CLE (ethics) credits.…
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary on February 6 at a joint session of the 86th Legislature at the Texas House chamber. Hecht discussed a number of issues facing the court system, asking for support on items such as response to natural disasters, bail reform, court treatment of people with mental illnesses, bolstering technology in record keeping, and help with judicial qualifications and compensation. “Beaten but unbowed,…