Nov. 20, 2008
Austin, Texas

State Bar of Texas Social Network Honored with Excellence in New Communications Award by Society for New Communications Research

The State Bar of Texas is pleased to announce that it is the winner of the 2008 Excellence in New Communications Award in the External Communications and Communities Category, Government Division. The award winners were announced at the Society's awards gala at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, November 14th.

The Society for New Communications Research Awards program (http://sncr.org) honors innovative organizations that are pioneering the use of social media, ICT, mobile media, online communities, virtual worlds, and collaborative technologies in the areas of media, marketing, public relations, advertising, entertainment, education, politics and social initiatives. The State Bar of Texas was recognized for Texas Bar Circle, an online social and professional network exclusively for Texas lawyers and the first of its kind by a bar association. Texas lawyers are using Texas Bar Circle to re-connect with old classmates and colleagues, find business and career opportunities, and connect and communicate with other attorneys who have similar interests.

"This State Bar of Texas project is a great example of the successful and innovative use of new communications solutions and social media practices to enhance communications and relationships," commented Mike Manuel, SNCR Best Practices committee chairman. "We are honored that Texas Bar Circle has been recognized by leaders in the area of new media and communications," said Michelle Hunter, executive director of the State Bar of Texas. "We are proud of the volunteers and staff who worked hard to provide innovative services and programs for our members. We hope this encourages other governmental entities to use similar tools to benefit their constituents."

All the winning case studies submitted to this year's SNCR awards program have been published in New Communications Review at http://www.newcommreview.com/index.php?s=awards.

About the Society for New Communications Research
The Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to the advanced study of the latest developments in new media and communications, and their effect on traditional media and business models, communications, culture and society. The Society creates a bridge between the academic community and practitioners using these news tools and technologies. SNCR's Fellows include a leading group of futurists, scholars, business leaders, professional communicators, members of the media and technologists from around the globe - all collaborating together on research initiatives, educational offerings, and the establishment of best practices. For more information, visit http://sncr.org or call +1 (650) 331-0083.

About the State Bar of Texas
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.

Media Contacts:
For the State Bar of Texas:
Kim Davey
(800)204-2222, Ext. 1713

Jen McClure
Executive Director
Society for New Communications Research
(650) 331-0083
Skype: jenmcclure