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The State Bar of Texas Podcast is a monthly show featuring news and discussions relevant to the legal profession, from the latest industry trends and caselaw to practice tips and State Bar programs. Host Rocky Dhir, attorney and CEO of Dallas-based Atlas Legal Research, invites thought leaders and innovators to share their insight and knowledge on what matters to practitioners. To subscribe, go to iTunes or Google Play.

 

 

Episode 44: The Texas Lawyer’s Creed: Conduct Above Reproach
The Texas Lawyer’s Creed has been a source of aspirational guidance for Texas lawyers for the past thirty years, and when it was reaffirmed by the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2013, lawyers were reminded of its continued relevance. But how exactly did this document come to be, and how has it helped Texas lawyers? In this edition of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir welcomes State Bar of Texas Past President Buck Files and Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper to discuss the history of the creed and its aim to help lawyers conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism.

 

 

Episode 43: Branding for Lawyers: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do
What can you do to stand out to consumers in your community? State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir talks to Amy Boardman Hunt, a content marketing and public relations pro, and Gene Major, a state bar compliance officer, about their unique perspectives on branding for lawyers. Hunt offers advice for effective approaches to legal marketing, and Major goes over what lawyers need to keep in mind to ensure their marketing adheres to compliance rules. They also discuss how the Texas Senate’s newly enacted SB Bill 1189 (addressing deceptive advertising of legal services) is intended to provide greater clarity and protection for consumers. 

 

 

Episode 42: Suicide in the Law: A Problem We Can’t Keep Ignoring
Mental health issues disproportionately affect the legal profession, and stark data on suicide rates among attorneys calls our attention to the great need for increased awareness. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Dallas attorney and mental health advocate Terry Bentley Hill and Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Chris Ritter about their passion for helping attorneys learn how to recognize and get help for mental health issues. Hill and Ritter openly share their painful personal experiences with these matters, shedding light on the types of symptoms in yourself, colleagues, or loved ones that signal a need for intervention. They discuss the services offered through the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program and encourage lawyers to seek confidential support at 1-800-343-TLAP (8527).

 

 

Episode 41: Bar Leaders Conference 2019: Q&A with Leaders of TYLA
From the State Bar of Texas Bar Leaders Conference, Texas Young Lawyers Association President Victor Flores hosts a Q&A with President-elect Britney Harrison and Immediate Past President Sally Pretorius. They answer questions submitted by new lawyers at the bar’s New Lawyers Induction Ceremony—providing helpful tips on litigation preparation, work-life balance, and overcoming fears as a new lawyer.

 

 

EPISODE 40: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Forms of Address with Judge Roy Ferguson
Getting a rare peek into an often overlooked corner of the legal profession, State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with Judge Roy B. Ferguson, of the 394th Judicial District Court, to discuss the social challenges that arise after becoming a judge. Ranging from how lawyers and laypeople should address a judge in public to the impacts ascending to the bench has on friends and family, Judge Ferguson talks about the lesser known impacts that most new judges don’t anticipate and few outsiders can truly understand.

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EPISODE 39: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Josh Team and the Adaptable Lawyer
Smaller firms and solo practitioners may think big companies like Keller Williams Realty are out of their reach, but these companies are more eager for their help than they realize. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with Keller Williams Realty President Josh Team in front of a live audience at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 to discuss the impacts of disruption across all industries, why an organization like Keller Williams needs attorneys to help them keep pace with changing technologies, and the best ways lawyers can get noticed by large corporations. This episode qualifies as one hour of self-study MCLE credit for State Bar of Texas members. (To claim self-study, attorneys should log in to My Bar Page at www.texasbar.com and click on the link to “View/Report MCLE Hours.” From the MCLE homepage, click on “Add Attendance” and go to the tab to add self-study.)

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EPISODE 38: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - State Bar President Randy Sorrels and Benny Agosto Jr.
State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir is joined by special guest co-host Texas Young Lawyers Association President Victor Flores to interview State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Houston Bar Association President Benny Agosto, Jr. at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019. They cover some of the initiatives the new presidents will aim to accomplish during their tenure as well as why they’re so passionate about developing a more diverse bar.

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EPISODE 37: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Conversation with keynote speaker Asha Rangappa
Asha Rangappa, senior lecturer at Yale University and former FBI counterintelligence special agent, sees the rise and impact of disinformation in America as a symptom of an increase in tribalism within our society. She and State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sit down at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 to discuss how we came to this point; how, if left unchecked, this could undermine our democracy; and how we can still come together to protect ourselves and our country.

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EPISODE 36: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Bench Bar Breakfast with Wil Haygood
At the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019, State Bar of Texas Podcast and Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with award-winning American author Wil Haygood to hear about everything going on in his life and his writing. They take a journey down memory lane through the books he has written, but dive deepest into Showdown, a book about famed lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and his impact on America. Haygood gives an in-depth look at key parts of his book, why he chose it for his presentation, and shares anecdotes about the good fortune he's received since writing it.

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EPISODE 35: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Fooding in Austin
We hope you’re hungry because in this special edition, State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with staffers from the State Bar of Texas for insider tips on the best spots to eat in Austin. They cover the top places for Asian comfort fusion food, classic burgers, next level tacos, and the best sweets you can find, such as gourmet doughnuts and specialty chocolate confections. And, no shock here, they definitely cover the food truck scene. Tune in for a mouth-watering conversation recorded at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 with Amy Starnes, Hannah Allison, Jennifer Dunham, and Eric Quitugua.

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EPISODE 34: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Ted Boutrous and Tom Leatherbury on Open Government Law and Fake News
Half of Americans perceive made-up news as a big problem for our country; fewer are as worried about the effects of racism. Tom Leatherbury, co-leader of Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate Practice Group, and Ted Boutrous, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, sit down with State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir following their panel at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 to discuss the legal ramifications of “fake news,” the factors leading to the overuse of the phrase, and how more transparency both in government and journalism could help undercut this worrying trend.

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EPISODE 33: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’ with Judge Audrey Moorehead
State Bar of Texas Podcast guests hosts Sally Pretorius and Baili Rhodes sit down with Judge Audrey Moorehead, of Dallas County Criminal Court #3, to share the lessons she’s learned over her years of practice on how to “Get Paid and Have a Life.” They cover how juggling bar service, networking, and a career can lead not only to more clients but also better paying clients; how young lawyers should value their work; and how to do a better job selling your services. All that and more from this year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019.

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EPISODE 32: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Ethical Use of Contract Lawyers with Penny Robe
How can you ethically use a contract lawyer? State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir talks to Penny Robe at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019, principal attorney at Robe Law Firm, about what it means to be a contract lawyer. The two discuss how her interest in law practice management inspired her to become a contract lawyer, how the ABA and Texas rules differ, and the appropriate steps to legally and ethically bring on a contract lawyer.

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EPISODE 31: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - The US National Debt with Larry Gibbs
The US national debt today is about 22 trillion dollars and each day it continues to rise. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir recording from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 is joined by Larry Gibbs, senior counsel at Miller & Chevalier, to talk about America’s national debt crisis. They discuss the difference between the national deficit and the national debt; how other countries, such as China, are financing our debt (for now); and what could happen if we default on our loans. Gibbs strongly urges our listeners and everyone out there to educate themselves about our debts, deficits, and spending programs and to reach out to their politicians and to make our debt a principle issue in this country.

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EPISODE 30: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - The Science of Speaking With Noah Zandan
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Coletti and Noah Zandan, CEO of Quantified Communications, talk communications during an episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast recorded at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019. They discuss how Zandan’s frustration over the lack of data in measuring the effectiveness of communication led him to start a company that applies data and advanced AI to help communicators become more effective and engaging.

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EPISODE 29: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 - Representing Diverse Clients
Recording at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019, State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with panelists Lia S. Davis, senior litigation attorney at Disability Rights Texas, and Jake Monty, managing partner at Monty & Ramirez, fresh off the stage from their presentation titled “Representing Diverse Clients: Issues of Culture, Disability, and Lifestyle.” Together, they cover common mistakes people make when dealing with disabled clients and the issues that frequently arise when businesses hire minorities.

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EPISODE 28: Fostering a Stronger State Bar through Social Media
In a state with roughly one hundred thousand lawyers, one might be surprised how disconnected and alone a practitioner can feel in Texas. But when you spread those numbers across more than a quarter million square miles, it becomes easy to understand why many attorneys struggle to connect with the larger community, find mentors, or receive meaningful support from an understanding community. Leveraging the power of social media, attorneys Andrew Tolchin and Michelle Cheng help to bridge the chasm by operating the Texas Lawyers Facebook group, which currently counts more than twelve thousand active Texas attorneys in its membership. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir speaks with Tolchin and Cheng to discuss the meaning of such a large, connected community, why it has succeeded, and some of the surprising things they’ve learned along the way.

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EPISODE 27: The Life and Lessons of Sandra Day O’Connor
Author, historian, and journalist Evan Thomas was afforded unprecedented access to the personal and professional life of a Supreme Court Justice to write his authoritative biography of the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to the New York Times best-selling author about what he learned writing First: Sandra Day O’Connor. Thomas shares anecdotes and lessons learned from his deep dive into her work and private life.

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EPISODE 26: State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting & Celebrating the Bar’s Long Serving Members
In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir welcomes State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley who, at the bar’s upcoming annual meeting, will be one of the many honored for their 50 years of membership. Longley discusses the significance of this achievement and shares anecdotes from his long and colorful career. Also joining Dhir is State Bar Executive Director Trey Apffel, who gives more information about what attendees can expect at this year’s event.

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EPISODE 25: Workplace Discrimination – From Investigation to Litigation
In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Suzanne Anderson about her career as a trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. They discuss how the office investigates claims and the processes that lead to litigation. Anderson gives examples of cases the EEOC has dealt with and gives her perspective on the current state of discrimination in the workplace.

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EPISODE 24: Legal Writing Nerd — Tips for Exceptional Writing Skills
Legal writing is difficult for some lawyers to navigate. Is there a shift away from archaic flourishes to plain language, or does it still have its place? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Wayne Schiess, author and legal writing professor. They discuss his most recent book, Legal Writing Nerd: Be One, and give tips on what lawyers can incorporate to better their writing skills.

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EPISODE 23: Lawyer to Author — A Look at Mike Farris’ Interesting Career
Lawyers are storytellers, and the shift from legalese to prose may not be too far a leap for some. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Mike Farris about his career as an entertainment lawyer and book author. They discuss the inspiration behind his books and delve into Farris' writing process. They also talk about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” Texas lawsuit in which Farris represented the plaintiff, which then led to a nonfiction book co-authored with his client.

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EPISODE 22: The Need to Lead: Revamping Legal Ed to Grow Better Leaders
Law schools should be a training ground for leaders, but are the concepts of leadership actually being taught? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Leah Teague, associate dean at Baylor Law School, about how law schools need to revamp their programs to include leadership training for students. Teague discusses how leadership training prepares law students to be able to fulfill their obligation as professional problem solvers and helps create a path to higher leadership roles in the future.

 

 

EPISODE 21: Year in Review: A Look Back at the Episodes of 2018
What’s your New Year’s resolution? The State Bar of Texas Podcast is resolved to continue bringing lawyers quality content that will improve their lives and practices. In this episode, host Rocky Dhir looks back at some key moments from the podcast throughout 2018. Tune in for highlights from the wide array of fascinating guests and topics covered this year, including clips from episodes with Anthony Graves, Brian Cuban, the lawyers behind Twitter’s @ladylawyerdiary, and more!

 

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