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Assisted Pro Bono Program

Thanks to the generous support of the Texas Bar Foundation, Texas Advocacy Project (“The Project”) is pleased to announce the Assisted Pro Bono Program.  The Assisted Pro Bono Program will provide legal assistance to pro bono attorneys in Texas who are assisting clients who are living at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level in family law matters, with a special emphasis on cases involving family violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, or stalking.
Any attorney licensed to practice in Texas who agrees to take a family law case pro bono for a party with an annual income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level may call the Assisted Pro Bono Hotline at 1.866.598.4277 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak with a family law practitioner for assistance in handling the pro bono case.  The Project’s lawyers will provide legal advice relating to property issues, custody, visitation, and — most importantly — more complex cases where domestic violence and sexual assault are an issue.  Pro bono attorneys will receive the support they need to succeed:  the Project’s lawyers will provide a full spectrum of assistance, ranging from answering basic questions relating to family law to drafting the pleadings that the pro bono attorney will need throughout the litigation.

San Antonio Lawyer Magazine Takes Home Four SBOT Awards!

Continuing our 5-year winning streak, the San Antonio Lawyer magazine has received FOUR Stars of Texas Bars Awards for Best Feature Story, Best Human Interest Story, Best News Article and Best Series of Articles (Substantive Law).  The award winning articles are:

Best Feature Story
• The San Antonio Council House Fight “A Day of Horrors — Fruitful of Blood” by Fred Jones
(March-April 2014 San Antonio Lawyer)

Best Human Interest Story
• Park Street, Perry Mason, & The Case of the Endless Earworm by Steve Peirce
(January-February 2014 San Antonio Lawyer)

Best News Article
• What to Do When Your Briefcase is Missing by Stephen Gordon
(September-October 2013 San Antonio Lawyer)

Best Series of Articles - Substantive Law
• Moving Between Law Firms: Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality by Prof. Vincent Johnson (November-December 2013 San Antonio Lawyer)
• Technology & Law: MoneyBall Law for the iPad Litigator by Mark Unger (September-October 2013 and January-February 2014 San Antonio Lawyer)
• What to do When Your Briefcase is Missing by Stephen Gordon (September-October 2013 San Antonio Lawyer)

These awards will be presented at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Bar Leaders Luncheon at the Austin Convention Center on June 26, 2014. This is a tremendous honor to the SABA Publications Committee and editorial staff.  CONGRATULATIONS to the authors, editors, photographers and all the wonderful volunteers who contribute to our publications!



WestlawNext Wireless Now Available in the Presiding Court Waiting Room

Did you know? WestlawNext Wireless is now available in the Presiding Court Waiting Room, located on the 1st floor of the Bexar County Courthouse.  Simply click on the link below (while in the waiting room in the courthouse) and you will be directed to WestlawNext. This free access is a made available thanks to Jimmy Allison and the Bexar County Law Library.

With this access, attorneys can download and/or email information including the following:

  • Nationwide Cases and Statutes
  • Secondary sources (including ALR, AmJur, CJS, Restatements)
  • Nationwide Briefs
  • Dockets
  • Texas Pleadings, Motions & Memoranda
  • Jury Verdicts
  • Topical areas covered include Family Law, Employment Law and Immigration Law

Bexar County Courthouse WestlawNext Patron Access Content Link:



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

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.

SABF Accepting Applications for Fellows/Interns

Are you (or someone your know) interested in learning about non-profit administration and financial development? The San Antonio Bar Foundation is seeking Fellows to work in the Bexar County Courthouse in the San Antonio Bar Foundation offices.  This opportunity is unpaid, but San Antonio Bar Foundation staff will work with applicants regarding school credit.

Overall Requirements:
• Desire to make a difference in the San Antonio and greater Bexar County community;
• Interest in non-profit administration and governance;
• Attention to detail; and
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Foundation Fellows will:
• Learn about non-profit administration and financial development;
• Assist with Foundation fundraisers and events;
• Maintain database and event spreadsheets;
• Create event materials, prepare mailings, and communicate with donors;
• Conduct donor research;
• Work with Foundation staff to maintain and update grant proposal and application process; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Fellowship Details:
• Fellows will work in the Bexar County Courthouse in the San Antonio Bar Foundation offices located at 100 Dolorosa, 5th floor, San Antonio, Texas 78205;
• Fellows should commit at least 10 hours a week; and
• This opportunity is unpaid, but San Antonio Bar Foundation staff will work with applicants regarding school credit.

Visit for full details.  To apply, please email Katie Kinder at with your resume.


eFiling with the CJP

Attention CJP volunteers! We have entered into new territory this year by transitioning to eFiling. We appreciate all of our volunteers very much and thank you all for helping us to make this transition, but we need your help, please! We have two requests of you to help the CJP make this shift.

First, when you come to a CJP clinic, please bring all of your eFiling provider’s information with you including the site or access location of your provider, your username/logon and your password. Prior to the clinic, please set up a “waiver” account with your efiling service. You can do this in the same place you set up your payment method within your efiling provider. This allows for filing fees and court costs to be waived by the District Clerk when the case is filed. Setting this up prior to the clinic will ensure a smooth and quick filing on the evening you volunteer.

Finally, to keep our files up to date and comply with the requirements of our Federal funders, we kindly ask that when working on a CJP case you remember to let us know when a case has been filed by including the email address in the field for courtesy copies in your eFiling provider’s system, or you can email us the cause number and style information when you receive it. We thank you for being a CJP volunteer! If you have any questions about eFiling CJP cases, please email


Congratulations Allan DuBois, SBOT President Elect!

Former SABA president Allan K. DuBois has been selected to be the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas! Allan was elected with 11,413 votes, or 55 percent, over Beverly Godbey of Dallas who received 8,441 votes.

DuBois is a solo practicioner at the Law Office of Allan K. DuBois, P.C., where he handles civil litigation and appeals, mediation and arbitration.

Allan will be sworn in as president-elect during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on June 26-27 in Austin and will serve as president of the State Bar from June 2015 to June 2016.

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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

Extra event tickets?
Client backed out at the last minute?
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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