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

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

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

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

  5. Texas Attorneys • 64.4% of Texas attorneys work in Private practice. • 23.3% are sole practitioners • 57.4% work in firms of 2-40 attorneys • 12.4% work in firms of >40 attorneys

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

  7. Serving Texas Lawyers Since 1939

  8. Free Legal Research

  9. Law Practice Management TexasBarCLE.com

  10. Building Your Practice

  11. Lawyer Referral Service

  12. NEW! Alternative Careers Seminar

  13. Member Discounts

  14. Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange • 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) 282-8626

  15. Ethics Helpline • (800) 532-3947 • Monday-Friday • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  16. TexasBarCLE

  17. TexasBarCLE • 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

  18. Educating Young Lawyers

  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

  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

  22. Mobile Friendly Website – now available!

  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) 343-8527 All communication confidential by statute 24

  25. Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust • 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

  27. Serving the Public Since 1939 27

  28. Grievance Line: (800) 932-1900 • Client-Attorney Assistance Program • Took action on behalf of Texas legal consumers 39,000 times in 2013-14 • Provided dispute resolution services for 1,100 lawyers and their clients • 81% success rate in reestablishing attorney-client communication Protecting the Public 28

  29. Client Security Fund • 118 applications approved in 2013-14 • More than $917,000 in grants Protecting the Public 29

  30. Grievance Information 30

  31. Grievance Referral Program • Implemented in 2007. • 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.

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

  33. Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans • State Bar of Texas program • >30 local bars participating • >10,000 veterans helped by 3,000 attorneys since 2010

  34. Public Information • Educational pamphlets • Media outreach • Texas Gavel Awards

  35. Educating Texans Since 1939 35

  36. Civics Education

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

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

  39. TYLA Project

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

  41. Williamson County Bar

  42. Williamson County Bar

  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) 204-2222