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News Archive - September 2011

Free wildfires legal clinic set for Oct. 1

Houston attorneys will offer free legal advice on consumer issues and answer legal questions related to recent Texas wildfires at a clinic on Oct. 1. Read the story. (Houston Business Journal) [09/29/2011]

Data breach exposes 4.9 million Tricare patients

One of the Pentagon's largest contractors said late Wednesday that it had discovered a data breach affecting up to 4.9 million patients who have received care from military facilities in San Antonio since 1992. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [09/29/2011]

Model order would limit e-discovery in patent cases

Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has unveiled a model order that would limit e-discovery in patent cases. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [09/29/2011]

Woodlands Bar, MCUW create Law Line

A partnership between The Woodlands Bar Association and Montgomery County United Way has birthed the Law Line, where residents can receive free answers to non-criminal and fee generating legal questions. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [09/28/2011]

Austin's Robert Pitman confirmed as U.S. attorney

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Austin's Robert Pitman as the next U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, the top federal prosecutor for a 68-county swath of the Lone Star State. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [09/28/2011]

20 documents uncovered in records search reveal snapshots of Texas life and legends

20 historical documents were uncovered during a year-long search of Lone Star State courthouses by The Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force. Read the story. (PR Newswire) [09/27/2011]

Business announcements

Mitzi Shannon, a partner in Kemp Smith's Litigation Department, has been appointed to the Texas State Bar Construction Law Council. Read the story. (El Paso, Inc.) [09/27/2011]

Austin lawyers volunteer legal services to wildfire

The Austin Bar Association as well as local area lawmakers have set up shop in Bastrop to help its citizens with their current legal needs. Read the story. (Burnt Orange Report) [09/26/2011]

Jimerson named to state board for TDCAA

For the first time in its history a Rusk County District Attorney has been elected to the board of directors for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. Read the story. (Henderson Daily News) [09/23/2011]

Ramos formally sworn in as Corpus Christi federal judge

On Thursday, Ramos was formally sworn in as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas by Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa during her ceremony at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Performing Arts Center. Read the story. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times) [09/23/2011]

LegalLine tonight answers questions for residents

The Houston Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Program will be manning the phones to answer any questions for residents affected by the fires. Read the story. (KUHF.FM News 88.7) [09/22/2011]

UTEP names Distinguished Alums

Bob Black and Jerry Porras will be recognized as Distinguished Alumni during a special Homecoming Week dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Don Haskins Center. Read the story. (El Paso, Inc) [09/22/2011]

Attorneys volunteering to help wildfire victims

More than 100 lawyers already have volunteered their services to help more than 400 victims of the Bastrop wildfire, and officials say they need more help from Texas attorneys in the days ahead. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [09/21/2011]

American hikers jailed in Iran finally set free

Two American hikers held in an Iranian prison for over two years were set free today, ending a standoff among President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judiciary over their release. Read the story. (ABC News) [09/21/2011]

San Antonio attorney named to Public Utility Commission

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Rolando Pablos of Olmos Park to the vacant post on the Public Utility Commission and reappointed Ken Anderson Jr. of Dallas to the PUC. Read the story. (Fuel Fix) [09/21/2011]

Clinic finds free legal aid for local veterans

For the veteran struggling with legal issues, a clinic this weekend sponsored by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will try to match qualifying veterans with free legal services. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [09/16/2011]

Adelfa Callejo honored by the Hispanic 100

Adelfa Callejo, attorney, community activist, and one of the most-respected Hispanic leaders in the Southwest, was honored by the Hispanic 100. Read the story. (WFAA News 8) [09/15/2011]

Obama picks El Paso judge for federal judicial vacancy

The White House announced late today that President Obama nominated Judge David Campos Guaderrama to fill a judicial vacancy in the Western District of Texas. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [09/15/2011]

Courts prepare to give free legal advice

The 12th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee will host a free legal help event Saturday at the Otero County Courthouse. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [09/14/2011]

Student wordsmith earns recognition

Cypress Lakes High School junior Victor Lam combined his knowledge of U.S. history and the judicial system with his love for writing to win the Houston Bar Association's 2011 Law Day essay contests. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [09/14/2011]

Disaster center opens in Marion County

The Voluntary Organizations Disaster Assistance Center opened in Jefferson this morning. Read the story. (KYTX News 19) [09/13/2011]

How to help fire evacuees and firefighters

Community outreach is growing as a number of individuals and organizations lend helping hands to those in need and seek others to join in the effort. Read the story. (Spring Observer) [09/13/2011]

Affected by wildfires? Free legal help offered to Harris, Montgomery, Grimes and other counties

The Houston Bar Association and the HBA's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program have volunteer attorneys ready to answer legal questions from residents of Harris, Montgomery, Grimes, and surrounding counties affected by the wildfires. Read the story. (Copperfield Sun) [09/13/2011]

Free legal help for wildfire victims

The State Bar of Texas activated a toll free disaster legal hotline at (800) 504-7030 ”to assist the public with basic legal questions such as replacing lost documents, insurance, landlord-tenant issues, and consumer protection.” Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [09/12/2011]

Comprehensive disaster relief information

Read a comprehensive list of disaster relief resources available in Smithville. Read the story. (The Smithville Times) [09/12/2011]

Houston-area attorneys line up veterans' legal services

Area attorneys are using a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to help veterans in southeast Texas obtain legal services. Read the story. (Houston Business Journal) [09/12/2011]

Cozen O'Connor partner named 2011 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year by Texas Minority Counsel Program

Presented by the State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs, the Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award honors the recipient judged to have done the most to promote diversity within the legal profession. Read the story. (MarketWatch) [09/09/2011]

Bastrop wildfire impacts legal community

A group of volunteer lawyers from the Bastrop County Bar Association and the Austin Bar Association are offering to help evacuees with legal issues such as insurance claims. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [09/08/2011]

State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section offers free month-long trial of smartphone app

A smartphone app that allows lawyers to search statutes on the fly and email snippets to judges or opposing counsel is available for a free trial starting Sept. 15. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [09/08/2011]

New Texas laws address online behavior

About 700 new state laws went into effect on Thursday, and at least two of them could affect your life online. Read the story. (Austin KVUE (ABC) 24) [09/02/2011]

Governor appoints seven to Juvenile Justice Services and Facilities Transition Team

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed seven members to the Juvenile Justice Services and Facilities Transition Team for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Read the story. (Brownwood Bulletin) [09/02/2011]

Veterans legal services clinic 9/24

The first bar coalition clinic to provide legal services to veterans is scheduled for September 24 at VFW Post 4709 in Conroe from 9 a.m. to noon. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [09/01/2011]

Historical Texas documents at risk of damage, theft

In dusty basements and boxcars across Texas, thousands of historical documents are at risk of theft, loss or destruction by bugs, rats or weather, according to a report released Wednesday. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [09/01/2011]

County Bar hosts retired judge Winfree’s portrait ceremony

After Winfree's December retirement, a photographic portrait of Winfree was unveiled during a ceremony hosted by the Montgomery County Bar Association and the staff of CCL 2. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [09/01/2011]

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