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News Archive - February 2012

Dateline Wharton

Lone Star Legal Aid will conduct a monthly Pro-Se Divorce Clinic the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Wharton County Library. Read the story. (Wharton Journal Spectator) [02/29/2012]

Texas Supreme Court in Laredo

The Texas Young Lawyers Association invited the Texas Supreme Court to Laredo to recognize several local judges and lawyers who help those struggling in need of council. Read the story. (KGNS News 8) [02/29/2012]

Oral arguments set in Open Meetings Act challenge

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on April 5 in a lawsuit that claims the Texas Open Meetings Act unconstitutionally limits the free speech rights of elected officials. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [02/28/2012]

Thompson & Knight partner named to Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board of Directors

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Partner Matthew P. Harper has been named to the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Read the story. (OpenPR) [02/28/2012]

Legal aid group gives information on Pro-Se divorce

Lone Star Legal Aid, the fourth largest service provider of free legal aid in the U.S. serving 72 counties in Texas including Matagorda, will host a free legal education presentation for individuals interested in learning how to file for divorce. Read the story. (Bay City Daily Tribune) [02/27/2012]

Pitts presented with Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award

As LANWT marked its 60th year anniversary, the celebration also included Pitts being recognized with the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award. Read the story. (Waxahachie Daily Light) [02/27/2012]

TYLA hosts Texas Supreme Court at TAMIU Feb. 29

The Texas Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments in a historic public session from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom. Read the story. (Texas A&M International University) [02/24/2012]

VITALS offers 'Root Beer Flip Cup' event

VITALS, a campaign run by associate professor Amiso George’s strategic communication campaign class, aims to educate TCU students on the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and how to handle alcohol poisoning. Read the story. (TCU 360) [02/24/2012]

Lawyers offer low income folks free tax advice March 1

Volunteer attorneys will answer calls from the public about tax issues during an annual “Tax-A-Thon” call-in program on March 1. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [02/23/2012]

Will preparation clinic set by volunteer lawyers

Baytown area residents who do not have a will may qualify to have one prepared free of charge through a partnership between ExxonMobil in Baytown, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, and the City of Baytown. Read the story. (Baytown Sun) [02/23/2012]

Minority Business Leaders Awards winners announced

The Dallas Business Journal is proud to announce the winners for this year's Minority Business Leaders Awards. Read the story. (Dallas Business Journal) [02/22/2012]

Austin College hosts Annual Law Symposium for students, professionals March 2

The event will begin at 11 a.m. in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall with the panel discussion “Ethics and Criminal Law.” Read the story. (Bonham North Texas e-News) [02/21/2012]

Legal aid honor goes to Duncan

A Texas Supreme Court justice on Thursday presented state Sen. Robert Duncan with an award recognizing his contributions to improving access to justice. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [02/17/2012]

Austin attorney Steve McConnico honored as Baylor Lawyer of the Year

Baylor Law School has selected Austin attorney Steve McConnico as its Baylor Lawyer of the Year for 2011. Read the story. (Baylor University) [02/17/2012]

Baylor Law to send two teams to National Trial Competition finals

Two Baylor Law School mock trial teams will compete in the National Trial Competition finals after an undefeated run at the regional competition in Dallas. Read the story. (Baylor University) [02/17/2012]

County domestic violence court showing success

Officials who work with a specialized misdemeanor domestic violence court docket in Montgomery County are ready to expand the program, which is already rapidly closing cases during its first four months. Read the story. (Conroe Courier) [02/16/2012]

Hispanic National Bar Association celebrates 40th anniversary

This year, the Hispanic National Bar Association is celebrating its 40th year as the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community®. Read the story. (PR Newswire) [02/15/2012]

El Paso County OKs Veterans Court Program expansion

The El Paso County Veterans Court Program will be expanded with the creation of two subprograms approved by county commissioners Monday. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [02/14/2012]

Obama proposes budget increase for legal services

President Obama has urged Congress to give the Legal Services Corp. $402 million for fiscal year 2013. Read the story. (BLT: Blog of Legal Times) [02/14/2012]

Bouquets and brickbats

The Jefferson County Bar Association will provide free legal advice to area veterans, or the spouses who survive them, today at the Orange County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Read the story. (The Jasper) [02/13/2012]

Judges to define districts, set primaries soon

This week, three federal judges in San Antonio will start resolving when Texas will hold primary elections and what the congressional and legislative districts will look like. Read the story. (Midland Reporter-Telegraph) [02/13/2012]

Thompson & Knight partner awarded Civic Achievement Honor by University of Houston

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce Partner Ricky A. Raven has been awarded the 2012 Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett Alumni Achievement Award presented by the University of Houston African American Studies Program. Read the story. ( [02/13/2012]

Thank you, Volunteer Lawyer Program

The Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the City of Baytown provided service to the Baytown area community in the form of a free legal clinic on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Baytown Community Center. Read the story. (The Baytown Sun) [02/10/2012]

How do you spell W-I-N-N-E-R?

The Houston Bar Association attempted to defend its title as reigning spelling champion at the 20th annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, which raised more than $130,000 to benefit the Houston Center for Literacy. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [02/10/2012]

Clinic open to veterans needing free legal advice

The Jefferson County Bar Association will hold a free legal advice clinic for area veterans on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Orange County Courthouse at 801 W. Division Ave. Read the story. (Beaumont Enterprise) [02/09/2012]

Leadership in the judicial system was focus of recent FBISD Junior Student Leadership session

Following their tour, the student leaders visited the Fort Bend County Justice Center to meet with County Court at Law Judge Susan Lowery and her staff. Read the story. (Fort Bend Sun) [02/09/2012]

Mock trial team looks for win this weekend

The Texas Tech School of Law’s mock trial team is preparing for a win at the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, beginning Thursday in Dallas. Read the story. (The Daily Toreadore) [02/08/2012]

Grants at risk 24 Texas Panhandle counties don't meet new report requirements

Some Texas Panhandle law enforcement agencies are at risk of losing state and federal grants that help pay for much-needed equipment. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [02/08/2012]

Seventh annual People's Law School to offer several new courses

The People's Law School at Baylor University Law School will return for a seventh year on Saturday, Feb. 18, with several new courses available. Read the story. (Baylor University) [02/07/2012]

ABA urges easier Bar admission for lawyers who are military spouses

Military spouses who are also lawyers have unique needs when forced to move frequently, and bar officials should accommodate them, according to a resolution passed unanimously on Monday by the ABA House of Delegates. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [02/07/2012]

More historic Texas courthouses to be restored

On Jan. 27 the Texas Historical Commission awarded $21 million in grant funding to counties to help them restore these historic buildings. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [02/07/2012]

Eric Holder announces $2.4M in grants to help improve indigent criminal defense services

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced two new Justice Department programs aimed at helping to bolster indigent defense services at the state and local levels. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [02/06/2012]

Free community law school educates public

The Texas Tech University School of Law and the Lubbock County Bar Association hosted the first Community Law School for the Lubbock area. Read the story. (Lubbock KCBD (NBC) 11) [02/06/2012]

Bar Association seeks scholarship applications

The Amarillo Area Bar Foundation is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [02/06/2012]

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