News Archive - October 2011

Guest column: Lawyers working for the public good

This is National Pro Bono Week, a time to celebrate lawyers’ representation of poor people for free, pro bono publico - a Latin phrase meaning "for the public good." Read the story. (The Lufkin News) [10/31/2011]

Free legal advice offered at fair on Saturday

The El Paso Bar Association will hosts its 3rd Annual Access to Justice Fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [10/28/2011]

November 5 legal advice clinic to serve Houston veterans

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the Houston Bar Association and Houston Bar Foundation will hold a free legal advice clinic for all Harris County veterans on Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, at the American Legion Post 560. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle Web) [10/28/2011]

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program announces pro bono awards recipients

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, hosted the 29th Pro Bono Awards Reception on October 26 at the Belo Mansion, which honored judges, attorneys, court reporters and legal staff who provide free legal services to indigent residents of Dallas County. Read the story. (OpenPR) [10/27/2011]

Children can experience hands on in a real courtroom

Through the generosity of Texas Bar Foundation, Smith County Bar Foundation, Wolf Benevolent Trust, and an anonymous donor, the new courthouse exhibit will give children and their families a better understanding of the judicial system and their rights and responsibilities under the law. Read the story. (The Cherokeen Herald) [10/27/2011]

State Bar of Texas executive committee OKs proposed rules for extra resources in complex cases; high court action pending

The executive committee of the State Bar of Texas this morning approved a set of proposed rules that will create a process for lawyers and judges to request more resources for cases with unusual, complex circumstances. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [10/26/2011]

Lawyers partner with doctors to deliver anti-drug message to schoolchildren

The IDEA - the Inter-professional Drug Education Alliance - was established by the Houston Bar Association and the Houston medical community in 1992. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/26/2011]

Helping victims escape domestic violence

Shailey Gupta-Brietzke first became passionate about aiding survivors of domestic violence 10 years ago, while volunteering at a women’s shelter during college, and it was then that she decided to become a lawyer so she could devote her life to aiding victims of abusive relationships. Read the story. (Texas Observer) [10/25/2011]

Civics takes spotlight in justice's visit

As retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor looked on, a handful of Jefferson Middle School seventh-graders excitedly tapped the surface of an interactive whiteboard to show her how they use the iCivics curriculum she inspired. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [10/25/2011]

Area legal aid clinics shut down for rest of 2011

Three legal aid clinics, the clinic at Terrell Public Library, Terrell State Hospital/United Way, and Kaufman Public Library will close for the rest of the year due to the lack of grant money, but will re-open in January 2012. Read the story. (Terrell Tribune) [10/24/2011]

Local attorneys to offer free help, advice

In recognition of Pro Bono Week, Free Legal Advice Day will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Grant County Business and Conference Center. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [10/24/2011]

Ethics Follies explores business ethics with humor

The show is Ethics Follies, first dreamed up by Lee Cusenbary in 2006, as an entertaining way to explore business ethics for his fellow lawyers and other professionals. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [10/24/2011]

Lanier Law Firm attorney featured in documentary about sports agents on ESPN

A Lanier Law Firm attorney is featured in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “The Dotted Line,” about the world of sports agents. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [10/21/2011]

Demand for regulatory legal services on the rise

Legal services for regulatory actions and internal investigations are rising at U.S. and UK law firms, but overall litigation is falling, according to the 2011 Fulbright & Jaworski Litigation Trends Survey. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/21/2011]

Houston ISD joins school finance lawsuit

The Houston ISD board voted unanimously Thursday to join a multidistrict lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency. Read the story. (Bellaire Examiner) [10/21/2011]

New scam targeted to those in military

The Secret Service said social media sites can put military families at risk for these type of scams. Read the story. (Tyler KYTX (CBS) 19) [10/20/2011]

Group recognizes district attorney's 24-hour domestic violence program

The district attorney's "24 hour domestic violence program" is the first in the country and it is being called "innovative" in a new study from the University of Texas in Austin. Read the story. (KVIA News 7) [10/20/2011]

lawyers in unusually complex cases file motions seeking extra

The State Bar of Texas Task Force on Additional Resources for Complex Cases has been working to meet the requirements of House Bill 79, a judicial-system overhaul bill. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [10/18/2011]

Patteson named Office of State-Federal Relations director

Austin attorney Jason Kevin Patteson has been appointed to director of the Office of State-Federal Relations. Read the story. (Austin Business Journal) [10/18/2011]

Commissioner Cagle ready to build in Precinct 4

Earlier this month, Cagle was appointed Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner by County Judge Ed Emmett. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/17/2011]

Parents learn how to shield offenders' future

Two dozen families were encouraged Saturday to ask that their teens' juvenile records be sealed so that early offenses don't hurt their chances to go to college or get a job. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/17/2011]

South Texas College of Law helping to develop

South Texas College of Law will be sending professors to the Republic of Georgia during the next three months as part of the school's commitment to the new National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty of Law. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [10/14/2011]

High School students to get visit from Chief Justice

Cedar Ridge High School students in the Round Rock district will have the opportunity to hear from Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson from the Texas Supreme Court. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [10/14/2011]

Texas Civil Rights Project, Legal Aid of North West Texas join forces

Disabled people in West Texas now have a voice to champion their cause for equal rights; the Texas Civil Rights Project and Legal Aid of North West Texas have joined forces.

Read the story. (KWES News 9) [10/13/2011]

Mayfield replaces Cagle in County Civil Court No. 1

Commissioners Court on Tuesday appointed lawyer Debra Ibarra Mayfield to the County Civil Court No. 1 vacancy, created when Jack Cagle was named Precinct 4 commissioner last week. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/12/2011]

More local schools join lawsuit against the state

A coalition of more than 180 school districts across the state - including 22 from Central Texas - has filed a lawsuit against Texas' public school finance system. Read the story. (KXXV News 25) [10/12/2011]

Community Briefs: Legal Aid Society to showcase chairs at mall

The Legal Aid Society of Lubbock Inc. will showcase a variety of chairs through Oct. 22 at the South Plains Mall, 6002 Slide Road. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [10/11/2011]

Thomas Phillips of Baker Botts and Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht discuss what's next for the Task Force for Rules in Expedited Civil Actions

The Task Force for Rules in Expedited Civil Actions plans its first meeting in late October, and it must finalize its recommendations for the high court by February 2012. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [10/11/2011]

Volunteer lawyers reach out to veterans

The Houston Bar Association is teaming with volunteer lawyers to hold free veterans legal clinics around Southeast Texas. Read the story. (KUHF.FM 88.7 News) [10/11/2011]

Pro bono program and justice center to host White House “Champions of Change” watch party

On October 13, the White House will hold a “Champions of Change” event to recognize public interest lawyers’ accomplishments by honoring sixteen exemplary public service champions. Read the story. (UT Law Magazine) [10/10/2011]

Villareal gets new title at American Bar Association

Gavin Villareal, partner at Baker Botts LLP, was named co-chairman of the American Bar Association's Professional Liability Litigation Committee. Read the story. (Austin Business Journal) [10/10/2011]

Joint Assistance Center up today and tomorrow

A Joint Assistance Center is being set up to assist residents of Bastrop County affected by the Bastrop Complex Fires at Assembly of God Church, 609 Pecan St. in Bastrop until 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8.Read the story. (Bastrop Advertiser) [10/07/2011]

Veterans can get free legal help Oct. 22 in League City

The Houston Bar Foundation, the Jefferson County Bar Foundation and Fort Bend Lawyers Care have been awarded grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to recruit and train attorney volunteers and to set up Saturday legal clinics where veterans can get legal advice and, if eligible, pro bono representation.Read the story. (Friendswood Journal) [10/07/2011]

Program offers free legal aid for Rio Grande Valley vets

The Hidalgo County Bar Foundation along with other organizations have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to give vets whose estates don't exceed $300,000 dollars, free help to get their wills and powers of attorney drafted. Read the story. (Harlingen KGBT (CBS) 4) [10/07/2011]

Gallego reappointed to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation board

State Rep. Pete P. Gallego, has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. Read the story. (Alpine Avalanche) [10/06/2011]

Texas facing at least two school funding lawsuits

At least two groups have been gathering plaintiffs for cases they expect to file regarding what they say is the state's crippled public education system. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [10/06/2011]

Texas legal group urges more judicial appointments

A nonpartisan group of Texas lawyers, law professors, and other legal advocates today called on the U.S. Senate to quickly fill judicial vacancies that are slowing down the justice system in Texas and nationwide.Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [10/05/2011]

Baker Botts earns national honors for support of arts

Houston law firm Baker Botts LLP will be among those honored by the Americans for the Arts this year as one of 10 companies showing dedicated support for the arts. Read the story. (Houston Business Journal) [10/04/2011]

Officials pushing to preserve old documents

County and state officials are pushing for preservation of old documents - some nearly 175 years old - in a statewide effort. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [10/04/2011]

People in business

Manesh Jiten Shah, an associate in the business, finance and restructuring department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 LeadershipSBOT (State Bar of Texas) program. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [10/03/2011]

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