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Baili B. Rhodes, TYLA President

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Mandatory Ethics CLE for New Texas Attorneys
Since 1996, the Supreme Court of Texas requires all newly licensed lawyers in Texas to complete a four-hour professionalism course, The Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, no later than 12 months after the date of licensure. Please make certain to take the course within 12 months of the license date on your bar card to avoid additional fees or risk suspension.  Please click here to find out more about the requirement and to register.  


At Last... A Member-Owned Group Health Plan
The Texas Bar Insurance Exchange is offering a new option EXCLUSIVELY for Texas law firms. Introducing the Members Health Plan (MHP), a plan that offers the buying power of a member-owned health plan. The MHP is a multiple employer self-insured health benefits trust designed to help Texas law firms better control the increasing costs of healthcare without sacrificing access and quality of care. Learn more about MHP by visiting here.


Registration Open for 2018 State Bar Annual Meeting
Registration is under way for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 21-22 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. Earn up to a year’s worth of CLE credits in two days for one low price, hear from motivating keynote speakers, and network and socialize with other professionals and influencers. For information about registering online and making hotel reservations, go to texasbar.com/annualmeeting.


Law Night at the Ballpark (Benefiting Veterans’ Legal Services)
Join us as members of the legal community bring their friends and family from around the state to beautiful Globe Life Park in Arlington to raise funds for veterans’ legal services. The Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. For every advanced ticket purchased, at texasbar.com/lawnight $5 donation will be made to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services. Tickets must be purchased by 5:05 p.m. July 3. Stay after the game for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. Buy your tickets here today!


Earn CLE in Cuba
Registration is open for this cross-cultural, law-oriented educational exchange. Participants will come to know Cuban legal, political, and economic principles, particularly in the international context, while covering more advanced topics such as human rights, Cuba’s new law on foreign investment, and special tax regimes. Spaces are limited, so register today. Click here for the course brochure and to register. 


Disaster Relief Resources
The State Bar of Texas is providing resources for the public and attorneys affected by Hurricane Harvey. Public resources can be found at texasbar.com/disasters (English) and texasbar.com/desastre (Spanish). Lawyers can visit texasbar.com/attorneyresources for resources like free CLE trainings and links to the forms necessary to volunteer for pro bono services ranging from brief advice to full representation. There is a pressing need for volunteer attorneys to help hurricane victims with FEMA appeals, in cases where FEMA has denied benefits for home repairs. Go to texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer to volunteer. TexasBarCLE is offering free CLE credit through online courses designed to help lawyers serve clients affected by disaster: “Counseling the Landlord and Tenant in the Wake of a Hurricane” (1 hr.), “Disaster Planning and Recovery” (0.5 hr., including 0.5 hr. ethics), and “Handling Hurricane and Catastrophe Claims” (1.5 hrs.). Go to texasbarcle.com to register.


Texas Legal Answers
TexasLegalAnswers.org is a free online legal advice website where volunteer attorneys provide answers to low-income Texans who have posted questions about their civil legal issues. Texas Legal Answers is a great way to use your professional knowledge to help disaster victims or other Texans who need pro bono advice. Learn more and volunteer here.


Technology Resources Site
The State Bar of Texas has launched a technology page with information and links to resources attorneys need to navigate the intersection of technology and the law. The page, texasbar.com/tech-resources, offers links to informational videos, online resources from TexasBarCLE, technology articles from the Texas Bar Journal, law practice management resources, a link to a book about electronic discovery from TexasBarBooks, and information on the State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section.


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.


Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program
Feeling stressed? The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program isn’t just for lawyers faced with substance abuse and mental health problems. The TLAP staff can help you develop strategies for balancing the demands of career, family and life! Call them at 1-800-343-8527 or check out their Wellness Resources here. Connect with TLAP on Facebook and Twitter.


Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator
The State Bar of Texas has launched the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI). TOJI is a legal incubator designed to provide practical, real-world training for entrepreneurial new lawyers while chipping away at the unmet legal needs of average Texas residents. Lawyers admitted to the program receive training and mentorship designed to provide them with the skills needed to establish sustainable law practices that serve low- and modest-income Texans. To learn more or apply, go to txoji.com.


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 23,000 CLE articles, and State Bar members have free access to more than 1,900 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.

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