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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2014 DATES

JIMMY & ROSALYNN CARTER WORK PROJECT DFW - OCTOBER 5-11

PHILBIN AWARDS LUNCHEON - OCTOBER 17

BENCH BAR CONFERENCE - OCTOBER 23-25

UPCOMING DBA PROGRAMS/OTHER

OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY

DBA and Belo offices will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

LAST DAY TO SAVE $130 ON BENCH BAR REGISTRATION FEE

Register for Bench Bar today to save $130! In addition to the excellent CLE, take advantage of networking and social opportunities. 

MEDIA COVERAGE OF HIGH PROFILE LAWSUITS

John Jansonius will moderate "Media Coverage of High Profile Lawsuits" on Thursday, September 4, noon at Belo. Panelists are Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn , Chip Babcock and Chrysta Castaneda MCLE 1.00. All members welcome.Presented by the Judiciary Committee

HOW THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 CHANGED DALLAS, PART III

Don't miss Part III of the DBA's programming in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, September 18, noon at Belo. Distinguished panelists will speak on "Implementing Civil Rights: Voting & Employment Litigation in Dallas." MCLE 1.50. No Admission Fee. $30 non-member CLE fee. Click here for more information.

ETHICS CLE AT BELO SEPTEMBER 5

All members are invited to the Friday Clinic, September 5, noon at Belo to hear "How Social Media Affects Lawyers, Judges and Juries: Tips to Avoid Disaster!" with speaker Robert Tobey. (Ethics 1.00). RSVP to Kathryn Zack.

MEET US FOR HAPPY HOUR!

Join us Thursday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Craft and Growler, 3601 Parry Avenue. Meet other DBA members and members of our sister bars while supporting the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice Craft and Growler will donate a percentage of sales back to the Campaign. Plus, supporters of North Texas Giving Day will match a portion of donations received on September 18th. Click here to RSVP. 

VOLUNTEER BY SEPT. 1 FOR THE JIMMY & ROSALYNN CARTER WORK PROJECT

Volunteer deadline extended to September 1 ! Sign up today to help build Habitat for Humanity homes for the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, October 5-11, 2014. Click here to be a construction volunteer or here to be a support volunteer. Questions, contact Kathryn Zack

SAVE THE DATE! NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY - SEPTEMBER 18

Make your year-end donations to DVAP as part of North Texas Giving Day online at www.DonorBridgeTX.org on September 18 from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. DVAP will be eligible to receive bonus funds on donations of $25 or more. Contact Alicia Hernandez for more information.

BECOME LEADERS IN THE DALLAS BAR-SIGN UP FOR 2015 COMMITTEES

We hope you will become involved in DBA Committees in 2015! Submit your committee preferences online by Friday, October 10. Please note, if you are on a 2014 Committee you must sign up again if you wish to continue to serve on a Committee in 2015. You will not be automatically assigned to Committees.

FREE CLE AT SOUTH DALLAS CLINIC

Find it difficult to come to downtown Dallas? The DBA CLE Committee will hold a South Dallas Clinic, “What Judges Want You to Know: Tips to Improve Your Practice!” with speakers Hon. Robert Cañas, Hon. King Fifer, Eric Moyé and Robert Tobey, moderator. Thursday, September 11, Noon, at UNT Dallas, 7400 University Hills Blvd, Room #138. Click here for directions and here for a map of the building. No charge. MCLE 1.00. RSVP toKathryn Zack

DON'T MISS OUT! ADVERTISE YOUR FIRM TO 15,000 READERS

The October issue of the DBA's award-winning Headnotes newsletter is a special issue and will be distributed to over 15,000 readers. This is a prime time to advertise your firm. Contact Jessica Smith to find out more information on this excellent opportunity.

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR NAME OR FIRM NAME ON THE DONOR WALL!

Over 200,000 people visit the Belo Mansion every year. Many of your clients hold parties in the building and view the large donor wall in the Pavilion Atrium. Is your name listed? If your name is not listed, or your name is listed, but you want to be listed in a higher category, now is your chance for prominent recognition. For more information contact DBF Executive Director Elizabeth Philipp

HAVE YOUR PICTURE MADE

The DBA Photographer will be available to take photos for the 2015 DBA Membership Directory on Wednesday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Belo and Friday, September 12, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the North Dallas Friday Clinic (5420 LBJ Frwy, Ste. 240). The photo session is free and requires no reservation. For more information email Judi Smalling or call (214) 220-7452.

SURVEY: HOW CAN THE DALLAS COUNTY LAW LIBRARY HELP YOU?

Click here to participate in a short survey sponsored by the DBA Library Committee on how the Dallas County Law Library can better serve attorneys in the Dallas area.

DONATE A BOTTLE OF WINE THE SILENT AUCTION

If you would like to donate a bottle of wine for the Inaugural silent auction, please contact Rhonda Thornton The Inaugural Dinner is Saturday, January 19 at The Westin.

GET INVOLVED IN DBA PRACTICE SECTIONS

To become involved in a DBA Section please click here

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN COLLABORATIVE LAW?

The DBA’s Collaborative Law Section invites you to become a member and attend their compelling and informative CLE programs to learn more about the collaborative dispute resolution process and is open to attorneys in all areas of practice. The annual dues are only $20, Join today!

PRO BONO & DVAP CLES/ACTIVITIES

WILL GIVE YOUR COURTROOM EXPERIENCE

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program often has pro bono cases that could offer a volunteer attorney some courtroom experience! Contact Whitney Breheny for information.

JEFF COEN FAMILY LAW NUTS & BOLTS LIVE

Join the Family Law Section & DVAP for a live presentation of the Jeff Coen Family Law Nuts & Bolts Live CLE on September 16 & 17 5:00-8:00 p.m. each day at Belo. MCLE 3.00, Ethics 1.00. To register, click here Contact Chris Reed-Brown for more information.

PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

There are many pro bono opportunities available in Dallas. Click here for more information and here for a list of Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Neighborhood Clinics.

HELP WITH INTAKE AT THE WEST DALLAS LEGAL CLINIC

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program needs volunteer attorneys and support staff to assist with intake at the West Dallas Legal Clinic (3107 N. Winnetka Dallas, TX 75212). The clinic is held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Attorneys should arrive at 7:00 p.m. and support staff at 6:00 p.m. No intake experience necessary. Please contact Carmen Perales to volunteer.

COURT VISITOR & AD LITEM WORKSHOP

Mark your calendars for the annual Court Visitor and ad Litem Workshop (a free 5.00 hours CLE sponsored by the Dallas County Probate Courts). Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Senior Source (910 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas). Box lunch $15. Contact Elizabeth Hart for more information. 

SHOP ON AMAZON AND GIVE BACK TO DVAP

You can now help the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program by simply shopping on Amazon. Just click here to get started. When you shop through AmazonSmile , the AmazonSmileFoundation will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to DVAP. 

REPRESENTATION NEEDED FOR CHILDREN

The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association is coordinating opportunities to assist unaccompanied children. Please complete this form and DHBA will add you to its list. Click here for more information. 

SAVE THE DATE: CELEBRATING 32 YEARS!

DVAP’s Pro Bono Awards Celebration is Wednesday, October 29, at 5:30 p.m. Dallas area attorneys andvolunteer support should use this reporting form to report pro bono services provided from June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014. Reporting forms can be emailed or mailed to Tina W. Douglas or faxed to (214) 698-1106. Please return form to DVAP by August 29, 2014.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES | AFTER HOURS EVENTS

BECOME INVOLVED IN HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL

There are many ways to get involved in High School Mock Trial: help organize events, help recruit volunteers, be a tournament tabulator or be a judge! 2015 Mock Trial Competition dates: January 24-January 31, February 7 and March 5-7. Click here for more information or contact Kimberlynn Taylor to volunteer.

SIGN-UP NOW TO MENTOR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BY EMAIL!

Be a positive role model to a DISD high school student by mentoring them via e-mail. The new and improved 2014-2015 E-Mentoring program will feature bi-weekly e-mail topics designed to help structure and encourage meaningful discussion. Click here to sign up as a volunteer. Please remember that even returning mentors must sign up every year.

MEMBER BENEFITS

NEW ADDRESS? NEW ASSOCIATE? SPREAD THE NEWS WITH DBA MAILING LABELS

Invite members to an event or inform them of an address change by purchasing DBA membership labels. For information, contact Teddi Rivas

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT-SPEAK AT A DBA PROGRAM

Interested in sharing your legal knowledge and expertise with your colleagues? The CLE Committee is looking for speakers and hot topics for the Friday Clinic programs it holds throughout the year. Please submit a short bio, title, and 2-3 sentence description of your presentation to Kathryn Zack Submissions will be discussed at monthly CLE Committee meetings.

LOOKING FOR A JOB CHANGE?

Our online Career Center is open to attorneys who are new to the profession or looking to make a career transition, as well as job opportunities for other positions (paralegal, law firm administrator, legal secretary) available in the Dallas area legal community. Click here

NEED SOME BUSINESS? JOIN LAWYER REFERRAL

LRS Panel membership is open to all attorneys in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and who maintain professional liability insurance. Dallas Bar Association members can join the panel for an annual fee of $100. For more information, click here or contact Alicia Hernandez

"REFER A FRIEND" AND WIN!

Do you have a friend that is an attorney or law student and not a current DBA member? If so, ask them to join online and make sure they put your name in the Referred by box and you will be entered in our “REFER A FRIEND” Raffle drawing. The more friends that join, the better your chances are to win! For more information, contact Kim Watson.

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY AT BELO!

Start planning now! Members may rent the Belo Mansion  and Pavilion for parties and meetings. For more information, contact Dawn Finley

GET PAID NOW WITH LAWPAY!

Switch toLawPay at no cost and save up to 25% off standard credit card processing fees. Keep your same bank account and equipment; they'll walk you through the rest. For more information, click here.

EZ MESSENGER HANDLES SERVICE OF PROCESS

EZ Messenger utilizes licensed and certified process servers who will make every effort to effect service as expeditiously as possible. EZ Messenger is staffed to handle all "rush" service of process and can be relied upon to effectively complete all types of service. An online status check is available, and you can view or download your affidavit of service from EZ Messenger. Contact them at www.ezmessenger.com/tx or 214-748-4200.

OTHER

ADVERTISE (PRINT & ONLINE) IN THE DBA LEGAL RESOURCE & EXPERT WITNESS GUIDE

Don't miss your opportunity to advertise your firm in print and online in the #1 "Legal Resource & Expert Witness Guide " in Dallas County. Contact PJ Hines at 214-597-5920.

LUNCH RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE AT BELO

Did you know that one of the benefits of your DBA Membership is that you can reserve a table for lunch (for up to 6 people) in advance? Bring your colleagues or staff and enjoy Chef Brian’s daily buffet. Call (214) 220-7404 for reservations.

PROBATE MANUAL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The DBA Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section's new Estates Manual is available for purchase. Click here to purchase the manual in digital download, CD, or hard copy. For each manual sold $25 is donated to DVAP.

PROFESSIONALISM TIP

I will neither encourage nor knowingly permit my client or anyone under my control to do anything which would be unethical or improper if done by me. Excerpt from the Texas Lawyers Creed Find the complete Creed online here

 

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