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TYLA President Sam Houston
Sam Houston, TYLA President

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State Bar asks members to participate in pro bono survey
The State Bar of Texas and its Pro Bono Workgroup is asking members to participate in a statewide survey on pro bono service. The results will help leaders better understand the legal services provided to low-income Texans and the factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service. All State Bar members who participate by March 3 will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive one of 10 $500 Visa gift cards. Take the survey online here.


ABA TECHSHOW 2017 is Coming
The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and Expo provides attorneys and other legal professionals with the most useful and practical technologies available. The conference will be held March 15-18 in Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save money on registration by using the code EP1721 here. Early bird registration ends January 30. For more information, go to techshow.com.  


Scholarships Available for TexasBarCLE and TexasBarBooks
The State Bar of Texas is committed to making high-quality CLE accessible to all members, across income categories. Accordingly, scholarships are available for TexasBarCLE live courses, video replays, and online classes and webcasts. To take advantage of this service, please fill out the form at texasbarcle.com/scholarship. If you have not already accumulated 15 or more hours of accredited CLE during the MCLE reporting year in which the requested CLE occurs, you may apply for the scholarship. To check your hours, log in to My Bar Page at texasbar.com. You may also request a scholarship for up to three publications from TexasBarBooks each year. TexasBarBooks scholarship recipients will receive the digital or online versions of the publications. To request a scholarship for a book or manual, please fill out the form at texasbarbooks.net/category/scholarship.


Electronic Service Address Requirement
Effective October 1, electronic service email addresses are “live” in the statewide e-filing system. State Bar members were required to add an electronic service address to their profiles on the State Bar website by October 1 pursuant to the Texas Supreme Court’s order of June 14, 2016 (Misc. Docket No. 16-9095). For anyone who did not provide an electronic service address, the email address on file with the State Bar was deemed to be the attorney’s electronic service address. If you would like to provide a different email address, please visit texasbar.com/eservice.


Call for Bloggers
The Texas Bar Blog seeks experts in varied practice areas to write about topics of interest for a savvy audience of lawyers. We’re looking for excellent writers who fuse their knowledge of the law with thoughtfully crafted prose. For more information, please contact tbj@texasbar.com


Free Legal Research
When it comes to legal research, attorneys need fast, trustworthy, and straightforward tools, and the State Bar of Texas is the first and only bar association to offer its members free access to both Casemaker and Fastcase. Get access to Texas Supreme Court opinions, Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinions, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, and additional information. Log in to My Bar Page for access.


Texas Bar Today
Texas Bar Today is an online media network featuring curated news and commentary from Texas legal professionals. The site, TexasBarToday.com, is updated weekdays with selected blog and video posts and Texas legal headlines, which are also promoted on the Texas Bar Today Twitter account.

Texas lawyers who want to include their blog or video or submit a guest post on Texas Bar Today can send an email request to jherzik@texasbar.com. The State Bar of Texas has full editorial discretion regarding which blogs are linked, and all opinions and statements in blogs are those of their authors and not the State Bar. All attorney websites, including blogs, must comply with State Bar of Texas advertising guidelines.


Texas Bar Career Center
If you are looking for job opportunities, try the Texas Bar Career Center. The Texas Bar Career Center posts job openings across the state. Every other week, you will receive an electronic Job Flash email highlighting the latest postings. Click here now to search for jobs.


Stay Connected
TexasBar.com connects you to information and resources offered by the State Bar of Texas, TexasBarCLE, and other entities. One example is the online Resource Guides section, which includes information on trust accounts, ethics, services for new lawyers, and mentoring. You can also access your My Bar Page to update your contact information, keep track of your MCLE credits, join a section, report pro bono hours, make access-to-justice contributions, and request documents all in one place.

TexasBar.com also keeps you connected with information pertaining to the bar 24/7. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to receive timely announcements on lawyers in the news, reminders about your membership, links to special articles, and information about events. Follow the Texas Bar Blog for more information about special events, award recipients, Texas Bar Journal summaries, and attorney profiles. Finally, the bar’s YouTube channel, Texas Bar TV, brings you interviews with experts on the latest legal trends and hot topics.


Ethics Resources
The State Bar offers numerous ethics resources for Texas attorneys, judges, and legal professionals. The Ethics Helpline at (800) 532-3947 offers guidance on ethical questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The TexasBarCLE Online Library offers more than 19,000 CLE articles, and State Bar members have free access to more than 1,500 ethics-related articles. Additional online resources include links to the Texas Lawyer's Creed and applicable disciplinary rules and procedures, along with answers to frequently asked questions regarding solicitation and barratry.


The Texas Bar Journal Wants to Hear From You!
Have you received an honor or recognition? Have you recently accepted a new position or moved? Keep the Texas legal community informed by submitting your news at texasbar.com/tbjsubmissions. Your news could appear in an issue of the Texas Bar Journal.


TYLA Local Leader Directory
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Ten Minute Mentor
Ten Minute Mentor debuted in 2004 to share concise and practical advice from leading lawyers in their areas of expertise through an online collection of video presentations. Today, more than 2,000 segments are viewed each month and more than 50,000 people have visited the Web page, proving its enduring appeal as one of TYLA’s most successful projects. For more information on Ten Minute Mentor, click here.


Support Pro Bono Legal Services and Let Everyone Know It!
TYLA needs your help to support and promote free legal services for indigent Texans by purchasing a specialty license plate. The license plate proudly states that you support "Justice for All" and costs only $35 per year, or $70 for a personalized plate.

Each plate purchased provides $25 to support legal services to the poor. To buy your plate, simply fill out an application and send your check, payable to the Texas Department of Transportation, to:

Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (SPB)
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, TX 78779-0001
To pay online click here.

Views and opinions expressed in eNews are those of their authors and not necessarily those of the Texas Young Lawyers Association or the State Bar of Texas.

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