BARBARA JORDAN AMERICAN INN OF COURT RECEIVES CHARTER IN AUSTIN Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit presented the new Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court with its charter at the federal courthouse in Austin on April 14. Stewart, who is president of the American Inns of Court Board of Trustees, spoke of the important role that inns of court play to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law, while also preserving the unique character of the American legal system. Dallas Hispanic Bar event brings the law to youth The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association’s third annual Youth Law Symposium on April 8 aimed to give Hispanic and other public high school students the opportunity to learn about the law and legal profession from Hispanic attorneys and judges. Regina Montoya, chair of the Dallas mayor’s task force on poverty and a member of the board of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, was the keynote speaker. The students put their newly learned knowledge to practice in a mock trial demonstration and also toured the University of Texas at Dallas, learning about the admissions process for the school and its pre-law program. San Antonio Bar Association names new executive director A new executive director is taking the helm of the San Antonio Bar Association, succeeding the 50-year head of the organization. The association’s board of directors announced May 3 that D. Larkin Chenault, a 32-year veteran in bar association leadership, will assume his new post on June 1, stepping into the role held by retiring Executive Director Jimmy Allison since 1966. Bastrop County Bar brings history to life with play, scholarship fundraiser Bastrop County judges and lawyers stepped out of their courtroom element and onto the stage to raise scholarship money for local students in A Trial That Never Was: The Shooting of Richard Armstrong Shirley. In the play, the litigators—joined by local actors—tried the 1882 case of a Bastrop man who shot and killed the much-older suitor of his blind sister in Elgin. The crime was never prosecuted, so using the true facts of the incident—with a few name changes—the litigators and local thespians acted out a trial over a century later. A highlight of Bastrop’s Yesterfest, which celebrates the history of the small town, the April 30 and May 1 performances raised money for scholarships that the Bastrop County Bar Association hands out annually to a student at each of the county’s high schools. Texas Access to Justice Foundation launches legal hotline for sexual assault survivors The Texas Access to Justice Foundation announced a new network of resources for survivors of sexual assault in the state, Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault. Through the program, survivors have a new statewide toll-free number 1-844-303-7233 to call for a referral to nine legal aid organizations that are partnering with domestic violence and rape crisis centers. The LASSA Network will provide various free legal services, including general advice and direct representation in civil legal matters stemming from the sexual assault. The initiative was made possible through $10 million in funding from the 84th Texas Legislature and distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation through grants. State Bar of Texas Appellate Section accepting nominations The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section is accepting nominations for the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame, which honors judges, attorneys, and court staff who are no longer living and made a lasting mark on appellate practice in the state in their lifetimes. Nominations can be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15 and should include the nominator’s contact information, the nominee’s biography or CV, a photo, and reasons for the nomination with emphasis on the nominee’s contributions to appellate practice in Texas. The Appellate Section will hold a reception September 8 to honor the selected Hall of Fame inductees during the State Bar’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice course.
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