The Texas Supreme Court issued an order June 14, 2016, requiring State Bar of Texas members to provide the State Bar with an electronic service email address. Below are answers to some common questions. I’m a State Bar member—what do I have to do to comply? Simply go to texasbar.com/eservice and provide the email address you would like to use as your electronic service address. Electronic service addresses went live in the efiling system October 1, 2016. If you did not designate an electronic service address by that date, your preferred email address currently on file with the State Bar was used as your electronic service address. You may update your electronic service address anytime at texasbar.com/eservice. What’s the purpose of this requirement? The requirement will improve the efiling system by creating a single, official electronic service email address for each State Bar member. Currently, the efiling system is hampered by multiple accounts being created in some members’ names. The electronic service addresses will also enable local court systems to send official notices or other important communications to members, such as in the wake of a disaster. I rarely or never use the efiling system because of the nature of my practice. Do I still have to provide an electronic service email address? Yes, the requirement applies to all State Bar of Texas members, including inactive attorneys. What if my law firm uses a “clearinghouse” email address for eservice? If you are with a law firm of 50 or more attorneys that uses a “clearing house” address or addresses for eservice or would like to find out about setting up a clearinghouse email address for your firm of 50 or more attorneys, the State Bar can help. For assistance, please contact our Membership Department at (800) 2042222, ext. 1383. ￼Provide or update your electronic service address today at texasbar.com/eservice If you have questions or need more information, call (800) 2042222, ext. 1383, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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