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Board of Directors Update Since 1939 1 Williamson County Bench Bar September 26, 2014.

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1 Board of Directors Update Since Williamson County Bench Bar September 26, 2014

2 Board of Directors 2  17 Districts  39 Voting Directors  29 Elected Directors  6 Public Members  4 Minority Directors  Non-voting  5 Section Reps.  5 Liaisons

3 District 8 3  15 counties  2,436 attorneys  60.5% private practice  32.6% Government/public practice

4 Texas Attorneys 4 Dec. 31, 2013  94,804 active attorneys  64.4% Private Practice  20.4% Government/Public  10.8% Corporate Counsel

5 Texas Attorneys 5  64.4% of Texas attorneys work in Private practice.  23.3% are sole practitioners  57.4% work in firms of attorneys  12.4% work in firms of >40 attorneys

6 6 Since 1939 Purposes:  Serve and educate Texas lawyers  Serve and educate the public  Assist the courts in the administration of Justice

7 Serving Texas Lawyers Since

8 8 Free Legal Research

9 9 Law Practice Management TexasBarCLE.com

10 10 Building Your Practice

11 Lawyer Referral Service 11

12 NEW! Alternative Careers Seminar 12

13 13 Member Discounts

14 14  Multi-carrier private insurance exchange for SBOT members and their staffs and dependents  1,800 enrollments, 21,000 exchange visits so far  Memberbenefits.com/texasbar  (800) Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange

15 Ethics Helpline  (800)  Monday-Friday  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 15

16 16 TexasBarCLE

17 29 multi-day, advanced-level courses 50 one-day institutes 21 “101” level courses 75 original webcasts covering multiple topics Scholarships available 19,000 law-related articles 1,500 ethics-related articles 17 TexasBarCLE

18 Educating Young Lawyers 18

19 State Bar Sections  47 sections and 2 divisions formed by practice area or special interest  Benefits:  Newsletters  Quarterly journals  Websites  Blogs  CLE opportunities  Listservs 19

20 Keeping You Informed  Texas Bar Journal  Social media  Texas Bar Blog  Texas Bar Today  Texas Bar TV 20

21 TexasBar.com  All resources at your fingertips!  My Bar Page  Free legal research  Access bar records  Update your profile  View or report MCLE hours  Join a section  Report pro bono hours  Make an Access to Justice contribution 21

22 22 Mobile Friendly Website – now available!

23 23 Members-Only Social Network – coming soon!

24 Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program  TLAP is available 24 hours a day  Helps lawyers, judges, and law students  Mental health issues, substance abuse concerns, chronic stress, cognitive decline  Call (800)  All communication confidential by statute 24

25 Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust 25 Assists Texas attorneys and their families impaired by substance dependence or other mental disorders in paying for treatment or otherwise achieving recovery from their disorder.

26 TYLA Pocket Guides 26

27 Serving the Public 27 Since 1939

28 28 Protecting the Public  Grievance Line: (800)  Client-Attorney Assistance Program  Took action on behalf of Texas legal consumers 39,000 times in  Provided dispute resolution services for 1,100 lawyers and their clients  81% success rate in reestablishing attorney-client communication 28

29 29 Protecting the Public  Client Security Fund  118 applications approved in  More than $917,000 in grants 29

30 30 Grievance Information 30 CDC District Total Number of Grievances Filed Austin752 Dallas2629 Houston2271 San Antonio1742 Total7394

31  Implemented in  Designed to help identify and assist lawyers who have impairment or performance issues.  In exchange for a dismissal of the complaint, the respondent lawyer agrees to complete a remedial or rehabilitative program individually tailored to the lawyer’s needs.  If the lawyer does not fully complete the terms of the agreement in a timely manner, the complaint moves forward through the usual disciplinary process. Grievance Referral Program 31

32 Legal Services for All Texans  Legal service programs  Volunteer recruitment and training  Care campaign 32

33 Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans State Bar of Texas program >30 local bars participating >10,000 veterans helped by 3,000 attorneys since

34 Public Information Educational pamphlets Media outreach Texas Gavel Awards 34

35 Educating Texans Since 1939

36 36 Civics Education

37 37 I was the first. Vote for Me! Amelia Earhart first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean Thurgood MarshallCesar Chavez first person in American history to organize a successful farm workers union Lisa M. Tatum first African- American president of the State Bar of Texas first African- American Supreme Court justice TexasBar.com/Iwasthefirst

38 38 Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! TexasBar.com/civics

39 TYLA Project 39

40 Preserving history  SBOT Archives Dept.: Official repository  Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Center for Legal History  Educational tours  Current exhibit: SBOT 75th anniversary 40

41 Williamson County Bar 41

42 Williamson County Bar 42

43 Quick Facts  94,804 active practitioners  The State Bar of Texas has not raised dues in more than 22 years  Staff-to-lawyer ratio has decreased from 1:199 in 1999 to 1:351 today 43

44 Questions? TexasBar.com (800)


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