The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline—
    (800) 504-7030—to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers following recent flooding and other severe weather in Texas.

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    Are you a veteran looking for legal assistance? More than 18,000 veterans have been helped by 5,000 Texas attorneys through the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program. Learn where to find help in your community.

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    The State Bar, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the bar’s Law-Related Education Department publish in print and online dozens of handbooks and pamphlets in both English and Spanish on such topics as the legal system, health issues, and family law.

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  • FAQs

    Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, from “Can you help me decide what kind of lawyer I need?” to “How can I find an inexpensive lawyer, or a lawyer who will work for free?”

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    The Texas attorney discipline system is administered by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, whose work is overseen by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline. The CDC represents the commission in disciplinary litigation.

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    Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! is a civics project that Texas students can use to learn about the landmark court decisions that they must know for the TEKS assessment tests in U.S. government and history.

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    The State Bar of Texas provides resources for those who are considering a career as a lawyer. Information is available on Texas law schools, the Texas Board of Law Examiners, and the Law School Admissions Council. The Texas Young Lawyers Association produced a program titled What Do Lawyers Do? that features useful information on high school and college coursework and mentoring programs.

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    In Texas, small-claims cases are now handled in Justice Courts. Our newly updated How to Sue in Justice Court pamphlet provides an overview of the process, tips on when to seek an attorney, and other helpful information.

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    When it comes to legal research, attorneys need fast, trustworthy, and straightforward tools, and the State Bar of Texas is the first and only bar association to offer its members free access to both Casemaker and Fastcase. Get access to Texas Supreme Court opinions, Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinions, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, and additional information.

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    Frank Stevenson has been elected State Bar of Texas president-elect for 2015-2016, and Sam Houston has been elected Texas Young Lawyers Association president-elect for 2015-2016.

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    Effective June 1, 2015, the Advertising Review application fee increased from $75 to $100. The fee increase is the first in more than 14 years and offsets rising operating costs.

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    TBLS has been requested to recognize a new specialty area of Construction Law. Comments on the standards can be submitted to tbls@texasbar.com or to 505 E. Huntland Dr., LB 28, Austin, TX 78752. Comments will be accepted through June 22, 2015.

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    Putting off dental checkups and other procedures because of lack of funds can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. Enroll in a dental plan on the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange so you can get help paying for some or most of these costs. Apply by the quarterly enrollment deadline of June 30 and start getting coverage July 1.

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    The State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program features everything from computers, financial services, office supplies, and insurance plans to vacations, tickets, and more. Start saving.

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    At its September meeting, the State Bar Board of Directors approved the bar’s 2015 Legislative Program. The 84th Legislative Session began on Jan. 13, 2015, and ended June 1, 2015.

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  • MCLE

    The Supreme Court issued an order dated April 28, 2015, that amends Article XII of the State Bar Rules to eliminate the MCLE exemption for emeritus attorneys. The court has established a comment period through July 31, 2015. The current amendments may be changed in response to public comment.

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Marrick Armstrong

A Houston solo rises before the sun to cultivate his craft.

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U.S. Constitution

A Texas Bar Foundation grant will fund a video series to help Texas students learn about the U.S. Constitution.

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Mindfulness Meditation

Is the practice of mindfulness meditation a saving grace for law students?

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June TBJ cover

Election results, short story contest winners, first-person pieces about recovery, and more are featured in this month’s issue of the Texas Bar Journal.

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Evan Smith

Evan Smith, the editor in chief and CEO of the Texas Tribune, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon at this year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 18-19 in San Antonio.

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Texas Pattern Jury Charges

The Texas Pattern Jury Charges series—one of the most authoritative guides for drafting questions, instructions, and definitions in a case—is now available.

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