MCALLEN CITY, SCHOOLS EMBRACE TYLA VOTING PROJECT The city of McAllen and the McAllen Independent School District proclaimed October 3-7 “Vote America! Rally Week,” in support of a Texas Young Lawyers Association civics education project ahead of Texas’ October 11 voter registration deadline. TYLA’s Vote America! project aims to educate students about the fights for equality, democracy, and voting rights throughout U.S. history in an effort to remind them of their civic duty to vote. McAllen Assistant City Attorney and TYLA Director Victor Flores, along with other TYLA and State Bar leaders, McAllen city officials, and federal judges, made presentations to about 1,500 seniors at the area’s high schools. MEXICAN-AMERICAN BAR RAISES SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AT HOUSTON LUNCHEON The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation hosted its 11th annual luncheon in downtown Houston August 24 to raise money for the foundation’s scholarships, which are awarded to outstanding Hispanic students at each Houston-based law school who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to justice and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave the keynote address, and the foundation honored community leaders, including Laura G. Murillo of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dave Ward of KTRK-TV, Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and Martha Montalvo, acting Houston police chief. STATE BAR IP LAW SECTION STARTS MENTORING PROGRAM The State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section New Lawyers Committee has launched the Intellectual Property Ambassador Program to foster one-on-one professional mentoring relationships between IP attorneys. To be an ambassador, a lawyer must practice or have practiced IP law and have been a lawyer for at least 15 years. To be matched with an ambassador, an attorney must currently practice in the field and have been an attorney for no more than 10 years. All participants must complete a pairing questionnaire and be willing to commit to the program for a specified period of time. For more information or to sign up, contact New Lawyers Committee Chair Priya Prasad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event highlights book on Texas, Mexico constitutional history A September 22 reception at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Library and Archives Building highlighted Actas del Congreso Constituyente de Coahuila y Texas de 1824 a 1827, or Acts of the Constituent Congress of Coahuila and Texas, 1824–1827, by Manuel González Oropeza and Jesús Francisco de la Teja, a compilation of translations, excerpts, and analysis of the historical context and deliberations that led to the constitution of Coahuila y Texas—what was then one of the states within the country of Mexico. For more information, go to texascourthistory.org and read a book review by David A. Furlow, executive editor of the Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, which helped organize the event. Fifth Court of Appeals launches online records system The 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas has debuted an online system allowing attorneys to access case documents not available to the public, making it the first appellate court in the state to do so. The Texas Appellate Management and E-filing System attorney portal—or TAMES—is initially being introduced in the appeals court as a pilot program and will eventually be available in all state appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court. The system strives to reduce costs for attorneys who previously had to obtain records— including the clerk’s and court reporter’s records—from the court clerk, 5th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright said in a statement. For more information or to get access to the system, call (214) 712-3450 or email email@example.com. State Bar honors journalists for excellence in legal reporting The State Bar of Texas honored journalists with its 2016 Texas Gavel Awards at the annual conference of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon, with Immediate Past President Allan K. DuBois presenting. The winners of the awards recognizing excellence in legal reporting were: Michael Hall of Texas Monthly; Jessica Priest of the Victoria Advocate; Robert Arnold, John Barone, Jon Hill, and Scott Sherman of KPRC; Julia Jenaé and Cody Lillich of KLTV-Tyler; and Mark Curriden of The Texas Lawbook.
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