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News Archive - April 2012

NAACP sponsoring Law Day on Tuesday

The Lufkin branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is sponsoring a Law Day - an opportunity for Lufkinites to receive free legal help - on Tuesday. Read the story. (Lufkin Daily News) [04/30/2012]

Bar groups to celebrate legal community with luncheon

The Smith County Bar Association and the Smith County Bar Foundation will celebrate the achievements of local attorneys, students, and a few who are not lawyers at the annual Law Day luncheon on Friday at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. Read the story. (Tyler Morning Telegraph) [04/30/2012]

Forty Years of Grace celebration is May 6

The Grace Legal Clinic will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September. Read the story. (The Sherman Herald-Democrat) [04/27/2012]

Galveston, West Texas get new federal judges

The Senate voted Thursday to approve two Texas judicial nominees to district courts in the Lone Star State, including one in Galveston. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [04/27/2012]

Juvenile Justice Symposium Friday

Lubbock County Magistrate Melissa McNamara is hosting the annual juvenile justice symposium Friday in the Lanier Professional Development Center at the Texas Tech School of Law. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [04/26/2012]

Child abuse awareness event slated for today

More than 300 survivors of child abuse will be celebrated today in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month as the Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center hosts a “Raising Hope” celebration at the Harrison County Historic Courthouse at noon. Read the story. (Marshall News Messenger) [04/25/2012]

Houston Tennis Association offering scholarships to area high school seniors

Money for the scholarships has been provided by the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, the Houston Racquet Club Women’s Association, PDG Architects, the Steve Wolford Memorial fund, West Houston Ladies Tennis Association, Lone Star College, and Vinson & Elkins LLP. Read the story. (River Oaks News) [04/25/2012]

How Citysquare's LAW Center is Fighting Poverty

CitySquare’s LAW (Legal Action Works) Center helps low-income Dallas families and has become an integral part of CitySquare’s mission to strike at the root causes of poverty in Dallas. Read the story.(D Magazine) [04/24/2012]

District Attorney’s Office to hold victim memorial Monday

Victims of violent crime will be remembered today in the annual Victim Memorial Ceremony, presented by the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office. Read the story. (Marshal News Messenger) [04/23/2012]

Protecting access to justice matters to us all

The federal government supports local legal aid programs through the Legal Services Corporation. Read the story. (The Hill's Congress Blog) [04/23/2012]

Industry’s progress on offshore safety still draws skepticism

The oil and gas industry continues to make efforts aimed at boosting offshore safety and at convincing regulators and the public that it can police itself. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [04/20/2012]

Health plan for small business workers in Central Texas facing cash crunch

A low-cost health plan for workers at area small businesses is facing a cash crunch because of a delay in receiving state payments. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [04/20/2012]

'How to File in Small Claims Court' to be explained April 30 in Sherman

Judge Reeves and Judge Harris will offer two sessions for the public - “How to File in Small Claims Court” April 30 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Grayson County Courthouse Law Library. Read the story. (Bonham North Texas E-News) [04/19/2012]

Frank E. Stevenson II of Dallas elected Chair of the Board of the State Bar of Texas

Frank E. Stevenson II, a partner in the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle Web) [04/18/2012]

Central Texas: Wounded veterans bike ride passes through

Wounded veterans participating in the Ride 2 Recovery will make stops in Central Texas on Thursday. Read the story. (KWTX) [04/17/2012]

Texas Tech School of Law to launch degree in U.S. legal studies

Texas Tech School of Law will welcome the inaugural class for its new Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in United States Legal Studies in Fall 2012. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [04/16/2012]

Magazine honors retired judge

Former U.S. District Judge T. John Ward was honored with a lifetime achievement award presented by the publishers of Managing IP during the magazine’s fifth annual North America Awards. Read the story. (Longview News) [04/16/2012]

Veterans offered free legal aid

There will be a Veterans Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 21 at Stephens Central Library, 33 W. Beauregard Ave. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [04/13/2012]

New administrative director named for Texas Office of Court Administration

The Texas Supreme Court announced today that Lubbock County court administrator David Slayton will become the new administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration. Read the story.(Texas Lawyer Web) [04/13/2012]

Assistant DA honored for service to abused children

Nancy Rumar, an Assistant District Attorney, with Scott McKee’s Henderson County District Attorney's Office, received the Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team Member of the Year Award for 2011. Read the story. (The Chandler and Brownsboro Statesman) [04/12/2012]

Texas Tech School of Law professor to speak at ABA Conference

The program will explore the impact of regulation on regulated industries against the backdrop of election year politics and policy. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [04/11/2012]

Copyright law vs. public court documents

Information is available to the general public on government websites or from federal agencies in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act. Read the story. (Tech News World) [04/11/2012]

Fund for victims' services shrinking

The state's multimillion-dollar crime victims fund might not have enough money to pay for services to victims next year, according to the attorney general and other state officials. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [04/11/2012]

American Bar Association to honor Texas Supreme Court, executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The American Bar Association on April 18 will present an award to the Texas Supreme Court for its effort to preserve state funding for legal aid programs. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [04/10/2012]

Malian girl's cry for help reaches Houston law school class

In a classroom at the South Texas College of Law, students pore through files bulging with cases like that of the young Malian girl. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [04/10/2012]

Paralegals from state to attend 2-day event

Paralegals from across Texas will be in El Paso this weekend as part of the annual Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations' 2012 CLE Seminar and Leadership Conference. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [04/10/2012]

Tracking the progress of e-filing in Texas courts

Casey Kennedy, director of information services for the Texas Office of Court Administration, says the Texas judiciary made several big strides in electronic filing of court documents last fiscal year. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer Web) [04/06/2012]

Lawyers for state, cities clash over open meetings penalties

The arguments before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mark the latest chapter in a legal effort to overturn part of the state's open meetings law. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [04/06/2012]

UH Law establishes Center for U.S. & Mexican Law

The University of Houston Law Center announced this week that they’ve established an independent research center in the United States dedicated to the study of Mexican law and legal aspects of U.S. - Mexico relations. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [04/04/2012]

Distracted driving? Pay fine or put sticker on car

The initiative, in the form of a city resolution, was presented to the City Council on Tuesday as part of a new No Talking-No Texting campaign being put together by municipal courts. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [04/04/2012]

Congressmen: Federal court vacancies reaching 'crisis' point

With 13 percent of Texas' federal benches vacant, the state is undergoing a judicial crisis, Congressmen Charlie Gonzalez and Lloyd Doggett told a group of San Antonio law students Tuesday. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [04/04/2012]

Advocates for child abuse victims raise awareness, funding in Longview

As we head into April and child abuse prevention month, hundreds of people in Longview are showing their support for the people who fight for abuse victims in court. Read the story. (Tyler KYTX (CBS) 19) [04/02/2012]

High court upholds private property over public beach access

Affirming the private-property rights of shoreline landowners, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the public's right of access to state beaches cannot be guaranteed when hurricanes or storms reshape the coast. Read the story.(Austin American-Statesman) [04/02/2012]

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