State Bar of Texas Podcast

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The State Bar of Texas Podcast is a monthly show featuring news and discussions relevant to the legal profession, from the latest industry trends and caselaw to practice tips and State Bar programs. Host Rocky Dhir, attorney and CEO of Dallas-based Atlas Legal Research, invites thought leaders and innovators to share their insight and knowledge on what matters to practitioners.

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Legal advertising has become more and more sophisticated in our tech-driven age, and the State Bar of Texas’ advertising review department is striving to become equally sophisticated in giving lawyers speedy, straightforward feedback on ad compliance. Rocky Dhir welcomes Gene Major to learn all about the department’s new advertising review portal, which is now available for all State Bar members. Gene Major is the attorney compliance division director and director of advertising review for the State Bar of Texas. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio.

Nov 4

32 min 27 sec

E-filing systems are quicker and more efficient, but there is certainly still room for human error, as was seen in a recent case heard by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans— a lawyer who had agreed to use e-filing later missed a motion for summary judgment that landed in his spam folder, leading to his failure to respond to the motion in time and, ultimately, to the court tossing the lawsuit. What does all this have to do with Texas lawyers? Rocky Dhir welcomes D. Todd Smith to talk through the functions of automated certificates of service in the state and how this technology could prevent circumstances similar to those that led to the recent 5th Circuit case. D. Todd Smith is an attorney and civil appellate specialist at Butler Snow LLP. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio.

Oct 7

32 min 59 sec

We may not give much thought to how trademark laws affect our daily lives, but the Lanham Act has played a huge role in protecting us as consumers. How? Rocky Dhir welcomes intellectual property experts Joe Cleveland and Craig Stone to discuss the evolution of trademark law and its functions in our economy. They also honor Texas Congressman Fritz Lanham’s contributions to this area of the law and explain how his namesake Act has promoted trust and reliability in United States commerce and inspired other countries to model their laws after its statutes. Joe Cleveland is a director and shareholder at Brackett & Ellis, P.C., and has practiced in the area of commercial and intellectual property litigation for over 20 years. Craig Stone is Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property at Phillips 66 Company. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio.  

Sep 16

39 min 17 sec

The Texas Bar Journal has been striving to make sure diverse voices are represented in its pages. State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir talks with Angelica Hernandez, a current member of the editorial board, to learn how articles are selected for the Journal and how the unique perspectives of diverse authors benefit all Texas legal professionals. Angelica Hernandez is a partner at the law firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson.

Aug 12

33 min 2 sec

As newly sworn in president of the State Bar of Texas, Sylvia Borunda Firth discusses her goals for the coming year and her hopes for furthering diversity and inclusion for future generations of lawyers.

Jul 1

36 min 27 sec

Judge Maricela Moore outlines the challenges of reopening Texas courthouses and what measures are being taken to ensure the safety of those involved.

Jun 1

32 min 10 sec

Judge Emily Miskel discusses Texas’ approach to remote proceedings and explains why we may see permanent changes to courts, even after COVID restrictions are lifted throughout the state.

May 6

37 min 12 sec

2021-22 president-elect candidates Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson chat with Rocky Dhir about their backgrounds, experience, and goals for the presidency.

Apr 1

40 min 49 sec

Rocky Dhir talks with Rod Ponton and Judge Roy Ferguson about their viral “Cat Lawyer” experience.

Mar 2

36 min 46 sec

Lewis Kinard and Claude Ducloux offer in-depth information on the proposed rule changes State Bar of Texas members will see on the 2021 ballot.

Feb 1

41 min 38 sec

Penny Robe, the current course director for the State Bar of Texas’ law practice management CLEs, offers insights on succession planning for lawyers.

Jan 7

31 min 16 sec

UNT Dallas professor Michael Maslanka offers insights into how COVID-era changes in legal practice and education have created new possibilities for the future of law.

Dec 2020

33 min 44 sec

Richard Pena and Terry Tottenham, both lawyers, veterans, and former presidents of the State Bar of Texas, discuss the great work done by the TLTV since its start ten years ago.

Nov 2020

35 min 49 sec

Kelli Fuqua unpacks the ADA considerations employers need to be mindful of as their employees continue to work in the midst of the pandemic.

Oct 2020

31 min 27 sec

Sharon Sandle unveils the State Bar’s new website dedicated to helping Texas legal professionals find the tools they need to practice law with ease.

Sep 2020

32 min 5 sec

Elizabeth Rogers shares highlights from her panel on privacy risks attorneys need to be aware of when using web-based tools for the practice of law.

Sep 2020

22 min 28 sec

Nik Sallie Franklin shares highlights from her presentation on lawyer wellness.

Sep 2020

20 min 31 sec

New TYLA president Britney Harrison discusses her platform and new projects planned for the coming year.

Sep 2020

17 min 8 sec

Hannah Dyal shares insights from her Texas Bar Journal article, “Building a Disaster Plan for Your Law Practice.”

Aug 2020

31 min 12 sec

Host Rocky Dhir is joined by Paul Stafford to discuss the milestone anniversaries of the 15th and 19th amendments and their relationship to current events.

Jul 2020

34 min 53 sec

Reginald Hirsch and Ron Chichester discuss the State Bar of Texas’ plans for their first-ever virtual annual meeting.

Jun 2020

31 min 41 sec

Quentin Brogdon and Ron Hedges share insights on the legal challenges arising from driverless vehicle technologies.

Jun 2020

37 min 48 sec

David Slayton shares insights on how the Texas judiciary is navigating COVID-19 and what to expect as courts reopen.

May 2020

36 min 6 sec

Sylvia Borunda Firth and Pablo Almaguer share their backgrounds and what they hope to bring to the State Bar of Texas presidency.

Apr 2020

39 min 13 sec

Teresa Valderrama offers guidance for employers as they navigate challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis.

Mar 2020

34 min 3 sec

Tamera Bennett shares insights from her career as an entertainment lawyer in Texas.

Feb 2020

30 min 17 sec

Anna Rol shares the many benefits of the Dallas Bar Association’s Transition to Law Practice Program.

Jan 2020

24 min 56 sec

Shawn Tuma, Warren Harris, and Beth Johnson discuss legal developments across 2019 in cyber law and data security, appellate practice, and family law respectively.

Dec 2019

45 min 20 sec

Buck Files and Kenda Culpepper discuss the history of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.

Nov 2019

33 min 36 sec

Amy Boardman Hunt and Gene Major offer lawyers pro perspectives on how to market your practice effectively AND responsibly.

Oct 2019

32 min 41 sec

Terry Bentley Hill and Chris Ritter share their passion for helping attorneys learn how to recognize depression and get help for those at risk for self-harm.

Sep 2019

36 min 19 sec

In this State Bar of Texas Podcast, TYLA leaders Victor Flores, Britney Harrison, and Sally Pretorius answer questions submitted at the State Bar of Texas new lawyers swearing-in ceremony.

Aug 2019

22 min 12 sec

394th Judicial District Judge Roy Ferguson discusses the unanticipated social changes that judges have to contend with after ascending to the bench.

Jul 2019

23 min 26 sec

Josh Team, president of Keller Williams, addresses how lawyers can play an integral role in helping companies keep pace with the rapid pace of tech innovation.

Jun 2019

50 min 1 sec

State Bar of Texas president Randy Sorrels and Houston Bar Association president Benny Agosto, Jr. share what to expect from their terms in office and why they both prioritize developing a more diverse bar.

Jun 2019

19 min 39 sec

Asha Rangappa discusses the history, current status, and a possible solution to our country’s problems with disinformation and “fake news”.

Jun 2019

11 min 56 sec

Wil Haygood, award winning author, explores his book, Showdown, to give listeners an in depth perspective about why he wrote it.

Jun 2019

19 min 41 sec

Amy Starnes, Hannah Allison, Jennifer Dunham, and Eric Quitugua recommend their favorite places to eat in Austin.

Jun 2019

18 min 29 sec

Tom Leatherbury and Ted Boutrous explore the ramifications of the phrase “fake news” and what can be done to restore confidence in the press.

Jun 2019

14 min 18 sec

Judge Audrey Moorehead shares tips from her presentation on how to ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’

Jun 2019

18 min 4 sec

Penny Robe of Robe Law Firm discusses the ethical ways to bringing on a contract lawyer, and how the ABA and Texas rules differ.

Jun 2019

12 min 13 sec

Larry Gibbs of Miller & Chevalier discusses the matter of America’s rising national debt and urges citizens to take interest and take action to address it.

Jun 2019

13 min 26 sec

Elliot Mayén and Brent Turman discuss attributes of Kanye West as a rapper, has to help lawyers in the courtroom.

Jun 2019

12 min 41 sec

David McCraw of the New York Times discusses the state of the free press, the impact of new tech on journalism, and the challenges we face in the future.

Jun 2019

20 min 49 sec

Judge Roy Ferguson of the Texas 394th Judicial District talks with host Rocky Dhir about the mistakes he sees lawyers make that put their clients’ recovery at great risk.

Jun 2019

10 min 33 sec

Lia Davis and Jake Monty share their thoughts on how lawyers can better serve a diverse client base.

Jun 2019

11 min 40 sec

Noah Zandan of Quantified Communications joins Laurence Colletti at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to discuss how his company uses advanced data analytics to help people better convey their ideas and messages.

Jun 2019

16 min 1 sec

Host Rocky Dhir speaks with Andrew and Michelle to discuss the meaning of such a large, connected community, why it has succeeded, and some of the surprising things they’ve learned along the way.

Jun 2019

32 min 22 sec

Author, historian, and journalist Evan Thomas was afforded unprecedented access to the personal and professional life of a Supreme Court Justice to write his authoritative biography of the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. In this episode, host Rocky Dhir talks to the New York Times bestselling author about what he learned writing First: Sandra Day O’Connor. Evan shares anecdotes and lessons learned from his deep dive into her work and private life.

May 2019

35 min 27 sec

Host Rocky Dhir welcomes State Bar President Joe Longley who, at the Bar’s upcoming annual meeting, will be one of the many honored for their 50 years of membership. Joe discusses the significance of this achievement and shares anecdotes from his long and colorful career. Also, joining Rocky is State Bar executive director Trey Apffel, who gives more information about what attendees can expect at this year’s annual meeting.

May 2019

35 min 18 sec