TBLS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS On June 19, in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting and the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course in San Antonio, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization held a reception to recognize attorneys, including 35 criminal lawyers, who have been certified since the organization’s 1974 inception. Above, back row from left: Stephen P. Takas Jr. of San Antonio, Michael M. Phillips of Angleton, William M. Rugeley of San Marcos, Vernard Solomon of Marshall, Ronald Leroy Goranson of Dallas, Gerry Goldstein of San Antonio, William R. Neil of Dallas, John Andrew Yeager of Austin, and Roy R. Barrera of San Antonio. Front row from left: Jerry W. Melton of Dallas, Marvin Zimmerman of San Antonio, Vincent W. Perini of Dallas, and Kenneth E. Blassingame of Dallas. GOV. ABBOTT SIGNS LAW PRACTICE CIVILITY BILL On June 8, State Bar officials, Texas Supreme Court justices, and other leaders of the legal profession witnessed the signing of SB 534 into law. The bill, by Sen. Kirk Watson and Rep. John Smithee, adds to the oath that is required of each person admitted to practice law in Texas, specifically that the person will “conduct oneself with integrity and civility in dealing and communicating with the court and all parties.” Texas Bar Foundation funds book on criminal procedure and mental illness Thanks to a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas will produce a fifth edition of Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide. “Numerous changes have been signed into law impacting the rights, protections, and support surrounding mental illness to include expanded education requirements in Texas public schools,” said Ed Dickey, interim executive director of NAMI Texas. Brian Shannon, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, will draft the book, which will be distributed to judges, mental health consumer groups, libraries, and criminal defense attorneys, among others. Pro hac vice applications and fee payments must be done online The Texas Board of Law Examiners is now accepting only online applications and payments for out-of-state lawyers seeking pro hac vice admission. The board stopped taking mailed pro hac vice applications and payments on August 1 and on September 1 began allowing online filing of some law students’ declarations of intention to study law as well as online payments for all declarations. It will soon do the same for students and graduates sitting for the bar exam. The Supreme Court of Texas approved a rules change that allowed mailing for timely filing of applications, paving the way to require online filing and payment. John Hemphill Dinner set for September 11 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is scheduled to be the principal speaker during the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society’s 20th Annual John Hemphill Dinner on Friday, September 11, in Austin. The evening will also include a presentation of the inaugural President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, as well as the Texas Center for Legal Ethics Seventh Annual Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, which recognizes a Texas appellate lawyer or an appellate judge who demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and integrity. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to texascourthistory.org, call (512) 481-1840, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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