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‘eFiling in Bexar County’ PowerPoint Available Online

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

Procedure for the Exchange for Inmate Personal Clothing for Court Appearances

Attorneys may provide their written request on official letterhead for their clients to attend trial in personal clothing by submitting the requests in person or by faxing them to 210.335.6359.

Requests must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the trial date, or earlier if possible.

Conference rooms available in Presiding Court Waiting Area

The Presiding Court waiting area, located on the 1st floor of the Bexar County Courthouse, has 14 private conferring rooms that are available for conferencing, depositions, mediations, etc. between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  During the morning hours, the rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  After 11 a.m., rooms may be reserved in person at the check-in desk or by calling 210.335.3182.

San Antonio Lawyers Support Group

  A confidential monthly education and support g
roup for lawyers seeking support while healing from job stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and other mental health issues.

When:  Every first Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:  Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, Room W105, 825 E. Basse Road.  Park and enter on west side.

Format:  60 minute speaker who is an expert from the mental health field and 30 minutes of peer support and open discussion.

Contact: The Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) has teamed up with San Antonio Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to provide this program.  TLAP support is from at 800.343.8527

Recycle and Repurpose Your Old Cell Phone for a Good Cause!

Did you know that upwards of one hundred million cell phones are replaced each year? Support the Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter by dropping off your old cell phones in our collection box in the 45th District Court (located on the 4th floor of the Bexar County Courthouse). Once your old phone has been cleared of all personal data, the Battered Women’s Shelter, whose goal is to eliminate domestic violence in San Antonio, will recycle or repurpose the phone for use by one of their clients. Studies show that safety for women and children is increased when they have access to emergency services. A cell phone for these families may be their best lifeline.

Bypass Bexar County Courthouse Lines & Metal Detectors with a Courthouse Attorney ID Badge

FIRST-TIME BADGE APPLICATION PROCESS  Attorneys interested in an Identification Badge may obtain a Bexar County Courthouse Attorney Identification Badge Application in person between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, at the office of the San Antonio Bar Association, 5th Floor of the Bexar County Courthouse.  The Application Fee is due at that time.  (See Fees, below.)  SABA staff will review the Application, verify payment of the Application Fee, and give the Applicant a copy of their completed Application.

The Applicant must submit the completed, SABA-verified copy of the Application to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department at the front desk of the Bexar County Jail, 200 N. Comal Street, between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, excluding legal holidays.  At that time, the Applicant will be fingerprinted by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.

FEES  The Application Fee for a new or renewed Attorney Identification Badge is $40 for attorneys who are members in good standing of the San Antonio Bar Association or the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA).  For all other attorneys, the fee is $50.  The fee is payable to the San Antonio Bar Association, and is due before the Application is submitted to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.  Replacement badges are $15 each.

INFORMATION  If you have any questions that cannot be answered by the forms, please contact SABA at 210.227.8822.

Texas Supreme Court Approves Final eFiling Rules

The Supreme Court of Texas has issued final rules for electronically filed civil court documents, effective January 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

The court also approved technology standards established by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology. The order can be viewed at


Attorney Badges with RED Stripe Expire Nov. 1

As of November 1, 2013, attorneys will no longer be able to use the old badge with the RED stripe to bypass the courthouse metal detectors. Renewal badges are issued upon request, and cost $40 and are good for two years (through October 2015). Renewal badges may be ordered online at or from the receptionist’s desk on the 5th floor of the Bexar County Courthouse between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Looking for a Unique Way to Honor a Loved One?  Consider a San Antonio Bar Foundation Tribute.
Despite its ever-increasing size, San Antonio’s bar keeps a small-town collegiality.  While the days of catching up at the Esquire Bar and similar watering holes are becoming rarer by the day, the Subpoena does an excellent job of keeping people in the loop.

The Tributes section of the Subpoena serves a unique purpose in this regard. It gives everyone a space to not only remember those who have passed on, but also to announce a new addition to the family or firm, recognize the person who always goes the extra mile, or give a shout out to a colleague who just reached a professional or personal milestone. And considering the Subpoena reaches 3,300 people every month, the San Antonio Bar Foundation Tributes program, which recognizes the charitable gifts in honor of or in memory of others, is a bargain by any measure.

Donations to the Foundation may be given for all types of occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, special achievements, graduations and memorials.  The donations you give as tributes to the important people in your life will help support the charitable works of the San Antonio Bar Foundation.

Your donation will be highlighted in the Tributes section of the Subpoena, the monthly newsletter of the San Antonio Bar Association and listed in the Foundation's annual report.  Notification of your tax deductible contribution will be sent to the person you indicate.

CLICK HERE to make a Tribute online (credit card required).  For more information, please contact Liz Castillo at 210.227.8822 or

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Event starts in two hours?  No problem.

Please consider donating them to our wounded warriors and their families while they heal here in San Antonio.  Your kindness will be greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.
Contact Judith Markelz at the Warrior and Family Support Center, Ft Sam Houston, at  (210.241.0811) or Steve Fogle at to make it happen.



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