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Law Night at the Ballpark

Ever since my (world champion!) Houston Astros joined the Texas Rangers in the American League West in 2013, Astros-Rangers has been growing into one of the best sports rivalries around.

Sure, it’s not always an even matchup. The Rangers dominated the Lone Star Series for years. The Silver Boot—the annual trophy given to the Texas team that wins the season series—seemed to set up permanent residence in Arlington for a while. Last year, though, the ’Stros took the boot with 12 wins in 19 games against the Rangers on their way to a World Series title. As I write this column, the Astros have won four of seven games against the Rangers so far this season.

Regardless of which team is hot, it’s always exciting when they face each other. For one thing, it’s fun to see which side of the divide your friends are on. (Your State Bar president, Tom Vick, is a Rangers fan—one of his few flaws.)1

You can get in on the fun on July 3, when the Astros face the Rangers for a “Law Night at the Ballpark” at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers have invited members of the legal community to bring their friends and family to the game to raise funds for a good cause. For every advanced ticket purchased at texasbar.com/lawnight, a $5 donation will be made to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services. And you can stay after the game for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day.

Our state has the country’s second-highest population of veterans, and legal issues make up five of the top 10 unmet needs of homeless veterans. The Joe Jamail endowment ensures that Texas veterans have access to the free legal assistance they need to integrate back into civilian life and secure the rights and benefits they risked their lives for.

To support this worthy cause, go to texasbar.com/lawnight today and buy your tickets to the game. And let’s go ’Stros!

Law Night at the Ballpark, Astros at Rangers
When: Tuesday, July 3, at 7:05 p.m. CST
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington
Why: Raise funds for the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services
Buy tickets: texasbar.com/lawnight


Technology Resources
Before I close, there’s a relatively new resource you should know about. The State Bar of Texas launched a technology webpage with information and links to a variety of resources. The page, texasbar.com/tech-resources, is a hub for informational videos, online resources from TexasBarCLE, tech articles from the Texas Bar Journal, law practice management resources, and more. Be sure to check out Tech Bytes, a series of short videos created by the Computer & Technology Section and TexasBarCLE on topics including apps, encryption and ethics, electronic discovery, and cybersecurity and data planning. I think you’ll find them useful.


Trey Apffel
Executive Director, State Bar of Texas
Editor-in-Chief, Texas Bar Journal
(512) 427-1500
@ApffelT on Twitter

Have a question for Trey? Email it to trey.apffel@texasbar.com and he may answer it in a future column.


1. In exchange for that jab, Tom is forcing me to report the following: “The Rangers are 105-69 against the Astros dating back to 2001 and have outscored Houston 917-755 in those games.” Sure, Tom, but remind me how many World Series the Rangers have won.

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