TRADITIONS CELEBRATED AT THE NATIVE AMERICAN LAW CONFERENCE During a daylong seminar focused on diverse topics—such as marijuana legalization for tribes, new guidelines under the Indian Child Welfare Act, and Native American nicknames and mascots—attendees took a break to observe the rich culture of Native Americans as performed by the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe and the Eagle Point Singers. Above: A member of the Eagle Point Singers performs a tribal dance. AUSTIN BAR FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES LOCAL ATTORNEYS Members of Austin’s legal community gathered to celebrate some of its shining stars January 30 at the Austin Bar Foundation’s gala. Five Austin attorneys received awards for their contributions to the profession: Judge Lora J. Livingston was presented the Joseph C. Parker Jr. Diversity Award, Karen R. Johnson and David A. Sheppard were presented Distinguished Lawyer Awards, Judge Orlinda Naranjo was presented the David H. Walter Community Excellence Award, and Thomas L. Ausley was presented the Larry F. York Mentoring Award. The event benefited many of the foundation’s partner programs, such as Austin Adoption Day, the Justice Mack Kidd Fund, and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. Above, from left: Naranjo, Ausley, Johnson, Austin Bar Association President Judge Eric Shepperd, Sheppard, and Livingston. More than $1 million raised for pro bono legal services Dallas-area lawyers raised nearly $1.1 million for legal services for the poor as part of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Campaign for Equal Access to Justice. The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, provides free legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families each year. DVAP also provides specialty clinics for veterans and the elderly. SXSW 2016 features legal sessions for attorneys It’s not all fun, games, and schmooze at the year’s most buzzed about event in Austin. Forward-thinking attorneys interested in learning about legal trends, caselaw, and the future of the industry have options—many of them. Since 1998, South by Southwest has been offering continuing legal education to Texas and out-of-state lawyers, and this year the programming features panels on everything from crossborder legal and business realities to dealing with addiction. Attendees must have a SXSW badge to attend (the necessary badge—music, film, or interactive—depends on the specific event). For more information, go to texasbar.com/sxsw. U.S. Court of Appeals accepts comments The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is accepting comments on a proposed amendment to new Rule 27.1.20. The amendment reads as follows: “To rule on an unopposed motion by the government or a defendant in a direct criminal appeal to gain access to matters sealed in the case and for use in prosecution of its appeal.” Written comments will be accepted through March 18, 2016. Please mail comments for consideration to: Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, ATTN: Rule Changes, 600 S. Maestri Place, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Or email comments to email@example.com.
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