One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”
The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.
As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.
In celebration, the San Antonio Bar Association and San Antonio Bar Foundation will hold the 2014 Law Day luncheon at the AT&T Community Centre, 231 W Commerce St., on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.
San Antonio Bar Association president Rebecca Simmons and the Law Day Committee, chaired by Judge Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has secured retired Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Wallace Jefferson as keynote speaker.
It will also be our privilege to honor highly respected members of our profession with the Joe Frazier Brown Award of Excellence — awarded this year to Clem Lyons — as well as the Young Lawyers Liberty Bell Award, Outstanding Mentor Award and Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Please join us in showing our appreciation and respect for these outstanding members of our community.
Table sponsorships, essential to the success of the Law Day program, are available at a cost of $1,000. Sponsorship includes 10 luncheon tickets, a reserved table, recognition in the Law Day program and in the Subpoena newsletter. Sponsor tables will be arranged for the best viewing on a first come, first assigned basis. Sponsorship will assist in lowering costs and ensure maximum attendance at the facility, which has a limited capacity. It will also provide funds to host honorees, as well as community high school, college, and law students, who we invite as table guests. Individual tickets are $50 apiece.
We are anticipating a wonderful turnout, so reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis, secured by registering online or sending your check, payable to the San Antonio Bar Association, to 100 Dolorosa, Ste. 500, San Antonio, TX 78205. We look forward to receiving your confirmation of support and seeing you all at our 2014 Law Day celebration!
Bench Motions & Trials, Bexar County Style VI, May 16
Bench Motions & Trials, Bexar County Style VI, is your one-stop shop to everything you need to know about getting through a bench trial in Bexar County. This seminar is a MUST for civil practitioners in Bexar County or out-of-town attorneys who try cases in Bexar County. Wouldn’t it be great to know — the next time you’re at the Courthouse — what the judges are looking for — or, just as important, what they’re NOT looking for? Gain practical tips on using motions to win your next bench trial — which will often make or break your client’s case. Move your practice to the next level by utilizing these tools to make you a more powerful advocate for your clients. You’ll hear insights from the decision makers themselves on topics such as:
What Is and Isn’t Sanctionable & Proving It Up
Discovery & E-Discovery from Third Parties
eFiling: Where are We Now? (5 Months Later)
Recovering Attorney’s Fees
Ethics Follies lunchtime performance
Fourth Court “Four x Four”
Trial Tips for Lawyers for Bench & Jury Trials (Especially NEW Lawyers)
Predicates for Introducing Social Media & Technological Evidence
5 Takeaways from Each of the Civil District Judges
Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a Meet-the-Judges social held following the final presentation at 4:30 p.m.
The seminar, which is chaired by 408th District Court Judge Larry Noll, will be held this year at St. Mary's University School of Law (One Camino Santa Maria) on Friday, May 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Early registration is $150 to SABA/SAYLA members and $200 to nonmembers through 5 p.m. on May 9, 2014. Register early for the best deal! Newly licensed attorneys are also eligible for an additional $50 discount on top of the early-bird rate! The course is accredited for 7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics. Lunch and printed materials are included in the cost of registration; electronic materials on a USB drive may be ordered at an additional cost. Register online, or send your check payable to “SABA,” 100 Dolorosa, Ste. 500, San Antonio, TX 78205. Call 210.227.8822 for additional information.