Native American Law Conference celebrates founders The annual Native American Law Conference took place Jan. 30 at the Texas Law Center in Austin. During the special homecoming celebration, members welcomed back leaders who founded the Native American Law Section of the State Bar of Texas almost 21 years ago. Attendees discussed national matters, such as Native American spirituality and the law, the planned Keystone XL pipeline’s possible disturbance of sacred sites, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. State Bar Immediate Past President Lisa M. Tatum, who has a Chickasaw and Cherokee heritage, spoke about various bar programs, including her I was the first. Vote for Me! project, and played a clip on the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II. An honoring ceremony included traditional dancing, singing, and drumming, as well as two spiritual birds. For more information on the Native American Law Section, go to texasindianbar.com. Above, from top: Original founders and leaders of the Native American Law Section. A member of the Eagle Point Singers performs a fancy shawl dance during the section’s honoring ceremony. Ethics center seeks nominations for professionalism award The Texas Center for Legal Ethics is now accepting nominations for the annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award. The award is presented in honor of former Chief Justice Jack Pope to an appellate lawyer or judge who epitomizes the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Both active and retired lawyers and judges are eligible. Nominations should include a one-page explanation of the candidate’s qualifications, as well as a bio or CV, and should be submitted by April 1 to email@example.com; by mail to Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 1414 Colorado, 4th Fl., Austin 78701; or by fax to (512) 427-4125. LRE hosts civil rights-themed event Teachers from around the state gathered Jan. 30-31 in Austin to attend the 2015 Law-Related Education Conference at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Multiple breakout sessions featured resources for teaching civics, as well as lectures from Mark K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, and Bettie Mae Fikes, a former Freedom Rider, Freedom Singer, and leader within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. For more information about State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education, go to texaslre.org. TBLS accepting comments on revision The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is considering revisions to the Standards for Attorney Certification in the areas of civil appellate; criminal; health; immigration and nationality; and oil, gas, and mineral law. A link to the proposed revisions is available at texasbar.com and tbls.org/news. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 400, LB 28, Austin 78752 by March 31. EEOC chair speaks at Dallas CLE event U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jenny R. Yang offered an overview of EEOC operations Jan. 22 during a keynote address at the TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course in Dallas. Current EEOC initiatives include a new task force to study the problem of workplace harassment and a push to educate the public about the laws that protect workers. The commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary in July and is using the milestone to take stock of its objectives and the challenges that remain. “It’s an exciting time to be at the EEOC,” she said. Above, from right: Yang and course director Kathy D. Boutchee, a senior trial attorney for the EEOC in Houston.
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