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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2014 DATES

PRO BONO AWARDS CELEBRATION - OCTOBER 29

DBA ANNUAL MEETING - NOVEMBER 7

TODAY AT BELO: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ADVANCED TOPICS SEMINAR

All members are invited to this special CLE event today, Friday, October 24, 8:25 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Belo. Topics range from Ethical Responsibilities and Sealing Juvenile Records. MCLE 7.00 (Ethics 3.25). Registration is available on-site. Click here for the agenda. Presented by the DBA Juvenile Justice Committee

NEED A NEW 2015 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA-CLASS?

Enter for your chance to win a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class from Park Place Motorcars Dallas by purchasing a raffle ticket, which benefits the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Click here to purchase your 2015 Campaign for Equal Access to Justice raffle ticket today.

EVENING WITH KEN BURNS PHOTOS

Thank you to all who supported the Dallas Bar Foundation's Evening With Ken Burns Hughes Scholarship Fundraiser dinner. We appreciate your support. Click here to see photos from the event.

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DBA EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

Register now and join Dallas community members for the DBA Education Symposium Wednesday, October 29. MCLE 2.25. Hear from DISD students, teacher, principals, business people and non-profit leaders about what is needed for our schools, and new and interesting initiatives for public education. The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is being honored with the Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership. Click here for the Educator's Track agenda and here for the Student's Track agenda. For more information, contact Alicia Hernandez

DONATE TO DVAP CAMPAIGN

Thank you to our donors for supporting the Equal Access to Justice Campaign benefitting DVAP. Click here for a list of our $1,000 and above donors. Click here to make your donation.

HAVE OFFICE SPACE TO LEASE?

Classified Ads are available in Headnotesand Online If you have office space to lease, a service to promote, or a position to fill contact Judi Smalling to request discounted rates available to DBA members.

UPDATE SPAM SOFTWARE

To vote in DBA Board elections in November, please update your spam software to allow the following e-mail address to come through your system: DallasBar@BallotBoxOnline.com Paper ballots will also be available for those without e-mail addresses and for those who request them.

TEXAS HOMESTEAD LAW & BANKRUPTCY

Judge Harlin Hale will present "Texas Homestead Law and Bankruptcy" Friday, November 7, noon at Belo. MCLE 1.00. RSVP to Kathryn Zack

DONATE TO THE SILENT AUCTION BENEFITING DVAP

If you would like to donate a gift for the silent auction, please contact Rhonda Thornton.  Your donation will be included in our silent auction at the Inaugural Dinner Saturday, January 19. Popular items include gift baskets, art, crystal gifts, gift certificates and much more.

DIRECTORY PHOTO SESSIONS

The DBA Photographer will be available to take photos for the 2015 DBA Membership Directory on Tuesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Belo. The photo session is free and requires no reservation. Photos may also be purchased for personal use. For more information email Judi Smalling or call (214) 220-7452.

SPANISH-SPEAKING LAWYERS NEEDED

We are looking for Spanish-speaking lawyers to serve on our Legalline panel. Legalline is a free call-in service that takes place every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Belo. Our panel of lawyers remain anonymous and answer legal questions from the public. Complimentary dinner and drinks provided. If you want to be added to the panel, contact Mary Ellen Johnson

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

VOTE BY OCTOBER 31 FOR DALLAS COUNTY COURT STAFF AWARDS

The Outstanding Court Staff Awards were developed by the Dallas Bar Association's Judiciary Committee to encourage court staff to do their personal best. The ballot includes court staff from the civil, criminal, family, juvenile, IV-D, and probate courts. If you practice in these courts, please vote now and recognize the court staff for their hard work! Finalists will be recognized at the DBA Judiciary Committee Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 4. For questions, contact Kathryn Zack

GET INVOLVED IN DBA PRACTICE SECTIONS

To become involved in a DBA Section please click here

OUTSTANDING CLE FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTORNEYS!

Join the International Law Section and get involved! This Section promotes international law and business in the Dallas area and provides cutting-edge CLE programs and social opportunities for the development of international lawyers. The annual dues are only $20 and meetings are generally during the lunch hour, Join today!

PRO BONO & DVAP CLES/ACTIVITIES

PRO BONO WEEK ACTIVITIES-OCTOBER 24-29

All members are invited to participate in Pro Bono Week by attending daily CLE programs hosted by DVAP. Click here for a list of the remaining CLE topics presented at Belo.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP VETERANS

DVAP needs volunteers to represent veterans with their pro bono cases and to volunteer at a Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Please e-mail Whitney Breheny  for a pro bono case or Carmen Perales to volunteer for a clinic.

ENHANCE YOUR COURTROOM SKILLS

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

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. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES | AFTER HOURS EVENTS

LIMITED TICKETS TO THE DALLAS SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS POPS

The DBA has only 8 tickets remaining for the Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops Concert on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Tickets are $71.00 each for Center Orchestra seats (20% off regular pricing). Contact Rhonda Thornton to get your tickets.

LAWYERS IN THE CLASSROOM - NOVEMBER 17-21, 2014

Volunteer lawyers and judges visit classrooms across Dallas ISD to engage with students about the law and to share their own life experiences. Sign up is easy! Click here to get started. For questions, contact Kimberlynn Taylor

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.

ARE YOU SIGNED UP TO E-MENTOR A STUDENT? SHARE YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES!

The E-Mentoring program offers mentors bi-weekly e-mail topics designed to help structure and encourage meaningful discussion. Get Involved! Click here to volunteer.

MEMBER BENEFITS

SENDING HOLIDAY CARDS? SPREAD THE CHEER 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

RESERVE YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY AT BELO NOW!

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

"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.

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

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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

ANNUAL UPDATE ON EMPLOYMENT LAW

Mark Shank and Hal Gillespie will give the Labor & Employment Law Sectiosn's "Annual Update on Employment Law" presentation on Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. at Belo. $20 at the door.

DAYL CHARITY BALL

Tickets to the DAYL Charity Ball are on sale now. Click here for more information.

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 not be influenced by any ill feeling between clients. I will abstain from any allusion to personal peculiarities or idiosyncrasies of opposing counsel. Excerpt from the Texas Lawyers Creed Find the complete Creed online here

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