Celebrating San Jacinto Day

Today is San Jacinto Day! We, along with many others across the state, turn our thoughts to the final battle of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. The victory paved the way for a new government to form under the 1836 Constitution of the Republic of Texas and the rest is legal research.

To celebrate the day, we're offering a #shelfie opportunity the week of April 23 at the Harris County Law Library. Grab your phone and take a #shelfie in front of our monographic replica of the San Jacinto Monument. Be sure to post it to Twitter and tag it #SanJacintheStacks!

Celebrate the Texas Day of Civility in the Law by Earning Free CLE Credit in Ethics

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Tomorrow, Friday, April 20, is the Texas Day of Civility in the Law. The State Bar of Texas calls upon legal professionals to observe this day by reaffirming their commitment to the Texas Lawyer's Creed, which calls for attorneys to conduct themselves with courtesy and professionalism toward judges, adversaries, peers, colleagues, and clients.

Local bar associations across the state will be celebrating, marking the day with a variety of events, several of which will offer free CLE credit in ethics.

The Dallas Bar Association, along with the Dallas Bar Foundation, American Board of Trial Advocates, AlixPartners, Inns of Court, and the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee will be hosting the Day of Civility at the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas and offering 4.5 hours of CLE in ethics.

A live stream of the seminar will be available for those who are unable to attend. State Bar President Tom Vick will give the opening remarks. For more information, contact Kathryn Zack at (214) 220-7450 or kzack@dallasbar.org.

The Houston Bar Association will be hosting a number of events as well, including an open CLE video-watching event, the perfect opportunity to earn CLE/ethics credit at no charge. Bring your lunch or snacks the HBA office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to view the videos. The office is located at 1111 Bagby Street, FLB 200, Houston, 77002.

Finally, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics will be offering free online CLE ethics credit online. Topics include The Noble Lawyer and Developing Your Professional Reputation.

Whether you're approaching your birth date and need to earn CLE credit in a hurry, or you'd just like to log your ethics credit now in preparation for your Bar license renewal date, these offerings are excellent opportunities to reflect on professionalism and civility in the law as you learn. 

 

Latest & Greatest – Texas Real Estate Forms Manual, Third Edition

 A Project of the Real Estate Forms Committee of the State Bar of Texas  Published by TexasBarBooks  KFT 568 .S7 2017

A Project of the Real Estate Forms Committee of the State Bar of Texas

Published by TexasBarBooks

KFT 568 .S7 2017

The Texas Real Estate Forms Manual, Third Edition is here! Prepared and written by Texas attorneys specializing in real estate law, Texas Real Estate Forms Manual is a go-to guide for handling real estate transactions. Almost every chapter features handy and useful forms and practice notes that discuss and analyze the issues and topics addressed in that chapter. In this manual, you will find explanatory material and forms relating to the preparation, execution, and recording of documents, real estate sales contracts, deeds, promissory notes, deeds of trust, security agreements, foreclosure documents, construction contracts, lien documents, and much more.

Come to the Law Library and ask for Texas Real Estate Forms Manual, Third Edition at the reference desk.

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Latest & Greatest – A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State

 By Michael Whiteman & Peter Scott Campbell  Published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.  KF 105.9 .W49 2017

By Michael Whiteman & Peter Scott Campbell

Published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

KF 105.9 .W49 2017

We all like things that make our life easier, especially if they are things that save us time, money, or effort. In the case of this particular Latest & Greatest post, we have something that quite possibly satisfies all three. A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State is a compilation of sources that a legal researcher can consult when trying to track down court records and briefs. The authors recognize that these resources can be quite valuable, yet quite difficult to locate, so they’ve done the tough work and compiled the addresses and telephone numbers of the clerks of court and court libraries and researched the availability and possible fees associated with accessing any electronic holdings of these documents. Arranged in four sections, A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State includes pertinent contact information for the United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, State Final Appellate Courts, and State Intermediate Appellate Courts.

Next time you are in the need of appellate briefs or records, consult A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State first. It will make your job easier, and who doesn’t like that?