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DAY 1: FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

DAY 2: SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019

DAY 1: FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration and Exhibits
Attendees are invited to talk with sponsors to learn about the valuable resources available to their local bar associations and law practices.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Opening Luncheon (General Session)

Being in the Room Where it Happens: Leadership Success
This interactive session will explore your leadership story through the lens of the musical phenomenon that is Hamilton. What does Hamilton’s success tells us about leadership? How do those lessons help you tell your leadership story so that it resonates with your fellow leaders and your members?

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

Incubating Socially Conscious Law Practices: Lessons from the Front Line
In 2017, the State Bar of Texas launched the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI), which became the first statewide legal incubator in Texas. Sharing information gathered over the past two years, we will report on accomplishments, lessons learned, and future plans. With the goal of expanding access to legal services for low- and modest-income Texans, how has TOJI measured up? What demographics are driving the decision-making of those advancing socially conscious law practices in Texas and across the country? Together, we will examine tested, failed, and yet-to-be-determined methods of achieving our aim to bridge the access to justice gap for clients who do not qualify for legal aid, but cannot afford traditional legal services.

Good Governance Best Practices
Good governance doesn’t just happen. We need to be intentional. In this interactive and entertaining session we’ll build your board’s capacity from onboarding new board members to using their time effectively. We’ll do brief run through of policies we should have in place to avoid sticky wickets. There will be plenty of time of questions around any thorny governing dilemmas that you may be facing or anticipating.

The G.O.A.L. of Law-Related Education
Join the Law-Related Education team as we present a Guide to Opportunities for Attorneys to Learn more about civic education and engagement.

The Impact of Technology on Lawyer Mental Health
Practicing law is stressful, and there are a number of struggles commonly faced by attorneys, including mental health and substance use disorders. However, advances in technology are contributing to the problem. Being constantly connected by the social media, email, text messages, and more is something that is overwhelming practitioners. This breakout session will look at the problems and explore helpful solutions for lawyers to better balance their lives and set boundaries that keep them healthy.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

Stay On Trend: Key Issues Impacting Bar Associations
The last few years have brought about unprecedented change to the legal profession, and it’s a challenge for all bar associations to keep up. What do bar leaders and staff need to know to stay relevant and better serve our members? This presentation will outline the critical issues impacting the organized bar and highlight innovative programs from other associations.

Strategic and Operational Planning
Think about it. Would you drive from Laredo to Los Angeles without GPS? Would you brave a Houston commute without Waze? Then why would you lead your bar organization without the routes and mile markers strategic and operational plans provide? We’ll explore the difference between a strategic plan and an operational plan and considerations when developing each of them. 

Show Up and Step Up
In our global economy, bar association leaders must focus not only on recruiting a diverse membership, but also on developing diverse leaders. Learn why having diverse leadership is vital in the retention, development, and advancement of the legal profession and bar work.

The Impact of Technology on Lawyer Mental Health
Practicing law is stressful, and there are a number of struggles commonly faced by attorneys, including mental health and substance use disorders. However, advances in technology are contributing to the problem. Being constantly connected by the social media, email, text messages, and more is something that is overwhelming practitioners. This breakout session will look at the problems and explore helpful solutions for lawyers to better balance their lives and set boundaries that keep them healthy.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Leadership Roundtables
Roundtable discussions will give participants the opportunity to connect and brainstorm about common issues local bars and young lawyer affiliates face. Attendees will meet in assigned rooms according to the sticker on the back of their name badge. Then they will break out into huddles to take on a team-building activity designed to engage and inspire bar leaders.

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Social Hour
Network with old and new friends while enjoying snacks and libations before heading out to dinner!

Dinner on Your Own
Take this time to relax or dine with fellow bar leaders from across the state.

The State Bar will reimburse complimentary delegates up to $15, with receipt.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Hospitality Suite
Kick back and get to know your fellow bar leaders in a relaxed setting.

DAY 2: SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Registration and Exhibits
Attendees are invited to talk with sponsors to learn about the valuable resources available to their local bar association and law practice.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Pro Bono Breakfast (General Session)
Welcome

Pro Bono Service and Hankinson Award Presentations

State Bar of Texas President’s Update

Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Update

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

ATJ – Under the Pink Dome: ATJ & the 86th Legislative Session
The Texas Access to Justice Commission serves as the statewide umbrella organization for legal aid. Come learn about legislation supported by the Commission, as well as other laws passed in 2019 that directly impact access to justice.

Why Google Doesn’t Trust You (Sponsored by MediaSmack)
This seminar will take a beginners look at Search Engine Optimization while educating the audience on Google's best practices. It will cover the latest Google stats specific to Texas attorneys. The audience will receive a step-by-step guide to online marketing for law firms.

TYLA – Supporting Uncommon Affiliates
TYLA’s comprehensive plan to empower young lawyer affiliates and their leaders offers something for everyone. Find out more about TYLA and how it can help you and your organization achieve its goals. Awards of Achievement will be presented to outstanding local affiliates. (All TYLA Local Affiliates should attend this session.)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

ATJ - Pro Bono Projects: Celebrating Successes & Overcoming Obstacles
Come hear about fellow bar associations’ trending pro bono projects. We will discuss the how-to’s of setting up projects and what obstacles bar leaders experienced.

Member Engagement
Yawn. Are your members yawning? Want to prevent them from yawning? Want them to show up and pony up their time? We’ll look at ways to engage members in the work of our organizations and look at our assumptions about what it really means to be engaged.

TYLA – Local Affiliate Showcase
Each local affiliate is invited to set up a table featuring their key projects. Participants can mingle with local affiliate leaders and share ideas.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Network with Bars Your Own Size Lunch
This session will give bar leaders the opportunity to connect with similarly sized associations to discuss bar leadership and lessons unique to them. Attendees will meet in assigned rooms according to the sticker on the back of their name badge and participate in a guided discussion while enjoying lunch together. Take advantage of this great networking opportunity to meet and learn from fellow leaders.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions V

ATJ – Poverty Simulation (continued at 3:00 p.m.)
Experience a month of poverty through the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s Poverty Simulation. You will play the role of a family member who must provide for your family’s basic needs during four 15-minute weeks. You must figure out how to get to work, pay bills, feed your family, and respond to unexpected challenges that create the need for a lawyer. Afterwards, we will discuss the impact of the experience and perspective gained by walking a month in the shoes of low-income Texans.

Tricks to Building Effective and Eye-Catching Social Media Posts
Liven up your social media posts through how-to lessons showcasing a number of fun techniques in this interactive breakout session. Participants will learn how to make simple but attractive graphics using Canva, how to maneuver Instagram to create stories that can be used on other platforms, how Boomerang can be used to create eye-catching promotions for a CLE or bench bar event, and much more. This session will also include a chance for participants to share success stories from their own bars’ social media campaigns. Whether you are a social media expert or a beginner, this session will have something for you.

TYLA – Engaging New Membership and the Next Generation of Young Lawyers
Want to engage new membership? Learn about projects that can help promote your local affiliate to high school, college, and law school students. Invest in the long-game. These students will eventually come back and become involved in your local affiliate. Don’t have a large budget? These projects already exist and are ready to implement in the school setting.

TYLA – Rolling in Money, Rolling Out Projects: How to Maximize Grant Requests
Are your dues not covering the cost of your projects? Learn new strategies and discover non-dues sources of revenue available to local bars. TYLA and the Texas Bar Foundation will offer hands-on help with various grant opportunities.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions VI

ATJ – Poverty Simulation Continued.
Experience a month of poverty through the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s Poverty Simulation. You will play the role of a family member who must provide for your family’s basic needs during four 15-minute weeks. You must figure out how to get to work, pay bills, feed your family, and respond to unexpected challenges that create the need for a lawyer. Afterwards, we will discuss the impact of the experience and perspective gained by walking a month in the shoes of low-income Texans.

Professionalism and Civility: A Hands-on Approach
In these discordant and sometimes divisive times, professionalism and civility in our profession is even more important than ever. In this session, the participants will learn practical tips on how their local bar can sponsor a Day of Civility, implement a mentorship program, and provide ethics programs and much more to their members.

TYLA – Staying Relevant: Serving a Diverse Community!
Learn how to stay relevant with pressing issues in our society and how to create projects that serve our community. This panel will discuss existing and new TYLA project which feature how to create projects and encourage diversity in service to your local affiliate and legal community.

TYLA – Helping Attorneys Before They Need TLAP
1 in 3 attorneys, practicing within their first 10 years, struggles with mental health, depression, or alcohol and substance abuse. Together, we need to reach these colleagues well before they need TLAP assistance. This issue impacts the solo practitioner as much as large firms. Attend and learn how we can help change the culture surrounding attorney wellness by addressing law student wellness, wellness resources for the bench, breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, suicide prevention, and ideas for work-life balance.

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Casino Fiesta
Bring your best hand and try your luck of the draw! A festive taco bar will be served. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend.

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