The Supreme Court of Texas has issued final rules for electronically filed civil court documents, effective Jan. 1.
A Texas Court of Criminal Appeals order also includes changes to appellate rules governing criminal cases. The rules supersede all other local civil rules governing electronic document filing in Texas courts, according to the court. Under the rules, court filings by attorneys in Texas civil cases will be mandatory. The new statewide eFiling amendments to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure (TRAP) and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (TRCP) and the order signed by both the Supreme Court (all 9 justices) and the Court of Criminal Appeals (all 9 judges) are available to view at bit.ly/13-9165.
The court also approved technology standards established by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology. The order can be viewed at bit.ly/13-9172.
'e-Filing in Bexar County' PowerPoint
If you missed the "e-Filing in Bexar County" Vendor Fair and CLE on November 1 and December 6, the PowerPoint is now available online at bit.ly/BexarEfiling.
Save the Date for the Peacemaker Awards Gala, Mar. 29
This year marks a special anniversary for the San Antonio Bar Foundation — we are celebrating our 30 year anniversary!
In 1984, the Foundation began under the direction of a committed team of San Antonio Bar Association officers, directors, and members. Since then, the San Antonio Bar Foundation has awarded over $1,090,000 to organizations that are minimizing conflict and implementing and supporting pro bono and educational programs across Bexar County.
The Foundation’s impact can be seen through the overwhelming success of the Community Justice Program, a phenomenal project that ensures justice is accessible to all participants. This vital program provides pro bono legal services to veterans, families, and the indigent community in San Antonio and Bexar County through community based legal clinics. Just last year, the CJP matched over 550 cases to volunteer attorneys!
Help us continue our positive momentum and join the Foundation as a “Friend” at the $30 level this year. Your tax-deductible contribution of $30 will not only celebrate our 30 year anniversary, but will also change the lives of San Antonians and residents of Bexar County.
P.S. Please save Saturday, March 29 as the date for the Foundation’s annual Peacemakers event. We will be celebrating our Peacemakers with an evening at the Japanese Gardens. Nominations are due January 31 and can be found at www.sabar.org.
The SABF Welcomes Your Nominations for the 2014 Peacemaker Awards
Established in 1995, the San Antonio Bar Foundation’s Peacemaker Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding individuals, organizations and companies who have promoted non-violent resolutions to conflicts and have demonstrated outstanding service to our community.
The San Antonio Bar Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the following 2014 Peacemaker Awards:
Peacemaker Award: recognizing an individual or entity who has promoted non-violent resolutions to community conflicts;
Corporate Community Service Award: recognizing a business entity or member of the business community for fostering and performing community service;
Community Service Award: recognizing a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding service to our community.
If you would like to nominate an individual or company to be considered for the 2014 Peacemaker Awards, please download the nomination form at bit.ly/Peacemaker2014 or contact Katie Kinder at email@example.com to have a nomination form emailed to you.
Nomination forms must be received on or before Friday January 31, 2014. The awards will be presented at the 2014 Peacemaker Awards Gala in March.
How to Take Full Advantage of the ‘14 SABA Directory!
The 2014 SABA directory is in the works! Be on the lookout for your Attorney Information Update forms in January.
If you would like to update your directory photo, please send your color or black & white portrait with member name in the subject line to Liz Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is preferred) or to the San Antonio Bar Association, Attn: Liz Castillo, 100 Dolorosa, Ste. 500, 78205. The deadline to submit new photos and profile changes is January 24, 2014.
In addition to the membership roster, there are many other opportunities to get noticed in the SABA directory. Read by over 3,200 attorneys, the directory is a frequently used resource in offices throughout the San Antonio/Bexar County legal community.
Once again, you have an option to have your name listed in the Areas of Practice section under the heading or headings of your area or areas of specialties. The Areas of Practice section is a quick reference section to list your areas of expertise, so that you may be more easily found by those looking for someone with your special knowledge.
The SABA directory also offers a variety of display ad sizes — from a half page to the spine banner to the back cover — at prices that are respectful to just about any marketing budget. Visit bit.ly/SABARdirectory for complete rate information, deadlines and mechanical requirements. Questions? Contact SABA advertising sales representative Chellie Thompson, Monarch Media & Consulting at 512.293.9277 or by email at email@example.com.