YOUNG LAWYERS DISCUSS LOCAL COURTS After noticing that many of their members practice throughout the state and could benefit from increased familiarity with the various courts that they visit, leaders of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Houston Young Lawyers Association teamed up to share their knowledge. On March 20, a delegation of young Houston trial lawyers traveled to Dallas to present “My Other Hometown,” a CLE course on effective practices in Houston’s state and federal courts, as well as quirks of local rules, generally accepted protocols, and decorum. On April 17, a group of young lawyers from Dallas trekked to Houston to return the favor. The programs, supported by a grant from the Texas Young Lawyers Association, were also streamed online. TexasBarCLE awards presenters and authors Nine Texas attorneys received Standing Ovation Awards from TexasBarCLE for their exceptional volunteer contributions to CLE programing in 2014. According to Pat Nester, director of TexasBarCLE, those recognized “have gone significantly above and beyond the normal duties of a CLE speaker and author.” This year’s recipients included: Kim J. Askew of Dallas; Patricia J. Cummings of Round Rock; Sara E. Dysart of San Antonio; the late Roy Hailey of Houston; Pi-Yi Mayo of Baytown; Larry P. McDougal of Richmond; William D. Pargaman of Austin; Rick Robertson of Plano; and Hon. Xavier Rodriguez of San Antonio. Event raises funds for Hispanic students More than 200 lawyers, judges, law school deans, and law students attended the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation’s annual Amanecer Scholarship Luncheon on May 28 at the Belo Mansion, raising more than $106,000 to support scholarships, study grants, and judicial internship stipends for students of Hispanic heritage. Popular texaslawhelp.org website to be redesigned The legal aid website texaslawhelp.org will soon get a makeover thanks to a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Legal Services Center received funding from the foundation to hire designers to enhance the website’s search engine, improve its functionality, and create a mobile version. Run by the center’s Self Represented Litigants Project and funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the State Bar of Texas, texaslawhelp.org provides free online legal information. The site had 800,000 information downloads in 2014 and averages more than 1.1 million u nique views every month. Many visitors are low-income Texans who are in need of resources regarding basic civil legal matters.
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