News From Around The Bar
Champions of Justice Gala
The Texas Access to Justice Commission with its co-sponsor, the State Bar of Texas, honored veterans throughout the state at the Virtual 2020 Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans, which raised $422,800 to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual gala was held as a virtual event and featured video remarks from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby, former State Bar of Texas President Terry Tottenham, and the distinguished keynote speaker, Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III. Throughout the evening, the speakers underscored the importance of welcoming veterans home into a community of support. Proceeds from the event are distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and dedicated to the provision of civil legal services for low-income Texas veterans. For more information about the Texas Access to Justice Commission, go to texasatj.org.
ABOVE: Keynote speaker Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III.
LEGAL RESEARCH APP FREE THROUGH JUNE
The State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section is offering its app designed to deliver Texas laws to users’ fingertips for free to Texas attorneys, paralegals, law students, and clerks through June 30. The app allows the user to download more than 62 civil codes and statutes to any device or web browser. App users are not required to join the Computer & Technology Section during this period to obtain access to the app. To get quick access to the app, fill out the form at texasbar.com/techapp. To learn more about the app and its content, go to sbot.org/app.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and the Texas State Historical Association are accepting applications for the 2021 Larry McNeill Research Fellowship in Texas Legal History. Established in 2019 in honor of attorney Larry McNeill, the $2,500 annual fellowship is awarded to an applicant who submits the best research proposal on some aspect of Texas legal history. Competition is open to any applicant pursuing a legal history topic, including judges, lawyers, college students, and academic and grassroots historians. The award will be made at the Texas Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in March 2021. For more information, go to texascourthistory.org/McNeillFellowship/.
LIBRARIES EXPAND DIGITAL SERVICES
The Texas State Law Library and Harris County Law Library have partnered to expand digital services for all Texans. Beginning on Law Day, May 1, law librarians from both libraries offered expanded chat services in English and Spanish Monday through Friday. Anyone who needs assistance with legal research can contact a law librarian through either library website. “Each library has unique resources to support self-represented litigants, attorneys, and the judiciary. Through this partnership, we can make more of these resources to help ensure continued access as we stay home and work safe,” Harris County Law Library Director Mariann Sears said in a news release. This partnership will serve as a pilot program with the goal of expanding opportunities for collaboration to other Texas public law libraries. For more information about the Harris County Law Library, go to harriscountylawlibrary.org.
TLAP SUICIDE-PREVENTION PROJECT RECEIVES GRANT
The Texas Bar Foundation awarded the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program a $54,000 grant for a comprehensive suicide-prevention project that will include an hour-long educational video, suicide-prevention materials, and a number of statewide training events. The project—“Stop Minding Your Own Business: What Every Lawyer and Law Student Must Know about Depression and Suicide”—will seek to reduce the number of attorney suicides and increase the well-being and fitness of Texas lawyers and law students. “There is no issue more important to TLAP or the State Bar than preventing lawyer and law student suicides,” TLAP Director Chris Ritter said. “We are very excited to have the means to focus more intensely on this critical issue.” For more information about TLAP, go to tlaphelps.org.TBJ