Affiliate Leaders Prepare for Bar Year at Annual Bar Leaders
from local young lawyer associations throughout Texas met
for two days of workshops, meetings, and seminars to exchange
ideas and learn important tips for leading a local bar organization.
Oh yes ... they had some fun too.
Bar Leaders Conference is specifically designed for local
bar presidents and presidents-elect but is equally beneficial
to all local bar officers and members who want to help shape
their local bar into an active and productive bar association.
This year's conference was held July 30-31 in Las Colinas
and included: roundtable discussions with other bar leaders
to discuss issues common to all local bars; workshops on topics
such as developing leadership programs, finding alternative
sources of revenue, and delivering CLE to members; and sessions
hosted by the State Bar and TYLA on services the state organization
can provide to local bar groups.
also had several networking social activities. Friday night
options included a Ranger game or the TYLA Meeting Uncommon
Leaders gathering at a local restaurnat. Saturday night everyone
was treated to a Casino Party at the hotel.
By Kelly-Ann Clarke -
first moment I spent time with April Marburger, with her long
blonde hair, pristine make-up and shoes I wanted in my closet,
I knew that we would get along. Her quick wit, hard work and
dedication to anything she is a part of has made her one of
my favorite people to work with in the young lawyers and were
the pavers on the road that made us friends. As this year’s
President of the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association
(GCYLA), her ability to get things done no matter what will
be a true asset to the organization.
Home the Message
of Access to Justice
Betty Torres -
Most of us have them. Most of us spend quite a bit of time
in them, driving to work, home, school, recreational activities.
But how many of us utilize our vehicles to promote noteworthy
messages? Well, now’s your chance!
low price of $30, you can purchase the “And Justice
for All” specialty license plate for your car, demonstrating
your commitment to equal justice under the law. Proceeds from
sale of the plate ($22) go to the Texas Equal Access to Justice
Foundation and benefit civil legal aid in Texas. (continued)
(Click here for Application)
Tips for Young Lawyers
statements that you provide a hyperlink to...might be used against
you in a court of law
By Victor Vital -
new function the Internet performs requires application of
existing legal doctrines to factual scenarios never before
considered. One such example is the Internet’s ability
to allow independent users to swap files, which continues
to broaden the application of the Copyright Act, challenging
the Copyright Act’s viability in the new millennium.
Along those lines, the Internet—and specifically hypertext
linking—raises an interesting issue of apparent first
impression under Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(2)(B), the
adoptive admission exception to the hearsay rule.
know that if they are placed under arrest that their statements
may be later used against them in a subsequent criminal proceeding.
Many people also probably know that conversations, emails,
letters, etc. may later come back to haunt them in civil cases—such
as sexual harassment suits and child custody cases. However,
many people probably have not considered that one day hypertext
web links may allow statements on other websites to be used
against them in a later lawsuit. (continued)
Soliciting Comments on Referral Fee Proposal
Cade Browning -
As is now well
documented, the Texas Supreme Court adopted Texas Rule of
Civil Procedure 8a, affecting referral fees, on October 9,
2003. Rule 8a was set to go into effect on January 1, 2004.
However, at the request of the State Bar Executive Committee,
the Court delayed the effective date of Proposed Rule 8a and
appointed a special task force on referral fees. The Referral
Fee Task Force, chaired by Richard Hile of Austin, was authorized
to conduct public hearings and to survey active, in-state
The Task Force
presented its final report to the State Bar Board of Directors,
which on June 23, 2004, passed a unanimous resolution to adopt
the Task Force’s report and requested that the Texas
Supreme Court, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 81.024(c),
authorize the State Bar to conduct a referendum.
Supreme Court is soliciting public comment by September 15
on the State Bar of Texas proposal. (continued)
TRAINING FOR CHILD ADVOCATES/AD
Dr. Bruce Perry will be presenting a three-part series of
workshops focusing on maltreated and traumatized children
in the legal system. The program, hosted by the University
of Houston Law Center, will take place October 23, November
20, and December 11, 2004. Each day includes different topics.
(6 hours CLE credit pending) (More
is launching a new initiative to provide member value for
our affiliates and the young lawyers they serve. Essentially,
TYLA officers, directors and volunteers will be hitting the
road to bring helpful programs directly to local affiliates
with limited resources to provide direct services to members.
Roadshow will include programming designed specifically to
meet the needs of young lawyers in the area, and may include
a CLE luncheon, leadership training, interactive guidance
on projects designed to serve the profession and community,
and discussion of topics important to local young lawyers.
select Roadshow locations and design programming based upon
requests from TYLA affiliates and their members. For more
information, or to request a TYLA Roadshow in your area, contact
TYLA Local Affiliates Committee Co-Chair, Robert