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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.

Episode Date
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Forms of Address with Judge Roy Ferguson
23:27

Getting a rare peek into an often overlooked corner of the legal profession, host Rocky Dhir sits down with Judge Roy Ferguson to discuss the social challenges that arise after becoming a judge. Ranging from how lawyers and laypeople should address a judge in public to the impacts ascending to the bench has on friends and family, Judge Ferguson talks about the lesser known impacts that most new judges don’t anticipate and few outsiders can truly understand.

Judge Roy B. Ferguson presides over Texas’ 394th Judicial District Court.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jul 11, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Josh Team and the Adaptable Lawyer
50:02

Smaller firms and solo practitioners may think big companies like Keller Williams Realty are out of their reach, but these companies are more eager for their help than they realize. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with Keller Williams Realty President Josh Team in front of a live audience at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019 to discuss the impacts of disruption across all industries, why an organization like Keller Williams needs attorneys to help them keep pace with changing technologies, and the best ways lawyers can get noticed by large corporations. This episode qualifies as one hour of self-study MCLE credit for State Bar of Texas members. (To claim self-study, attorneys should log in to My Bar Page at www.texasbar.com and click on the link to “View/Report MCLE Hours.” From the MCLE homepage, click on “Add Attendance” and go to the tab to add self-study.)

Josh Team is the president of Keller Williams.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 21, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Bar Presidents Randy Sorrels and Benny Agosto, Jr.
19:40

Host Rocky Dhir is joined by special guest co-host, Victor Flores, president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, to interview State Bar of Texas president Randy Sorrels and Houston Bar Association president Benny Agosto, Jr. They cover some of the initiatives the new presidents will aim to accomplish during their tenure as well as why they’re so passionate about developing a more diverse bar.

Randy Sorrels is the managing partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, and is the 2019-2020 President of the State Bar of Texas.

Benny Agosto is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz and is the 2019-2020 President of the Houston Bar Association.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 17, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Conversation with Keynote Speaker Asha Rangappa
11:57

Asha Rangappa, senior lecturer at Yale University and former FBI counterintelligence Special Agent, sees the rise and impact of disinformation in America as a symptom of an increase in tribalism within our society. She and host Rocky Dhir sit down at the State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting to discuss how we came to this point; how, if left unchecked, this could undermine our democracy; and how we can still come together to protect ourselves and our country.

Asha Rangappa is a senior lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former associate dean at Yale Law School, and formerly a special agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 17, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Bench Bar Breakfast with Wil Haygood
19:40

At the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting, host Laurence Colletti sits down with award winning American author Wil Haygood to hear about everything going on in his life and his writing. They take a journey down memory lane through the books he wrote, but dive deepest into Showdown, a book about famed lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall and his impact on America. Wil gives an in depth look at key parts of his book, why he chose it for his presentation, and shares anecdotes about the good fortune he's received since writing it.

Wil Haygood is the broadway distinguished scholar-in-residence in the department of media, journalism & film at Miami University.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 15, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Fooding in Austin
18:28

We hope you’re hungry because in this special edition, host Rocky Dhir sits down with the staffers from the State Bar of Texas for insider tips on the best spots to eat in Austin. They cover the top spots for asian comfort fusion food, classic burgers, next level tacos, and the best sweets you can find, like gourmet doughnuts and specialty chocolate confections. And, no shock here, they definitely cover the food truck scene. Tune in at the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting for a mouth watering conversation with Amy Starnes, Hannah Allison, Jennifer Dunham, and Eric Quitugua.

Amy Starnes is the public information director for the State Bar of Texas.

Hannah Allison is the pro bono programs administrator for the State Bar of Texas.

Jennifer Dunham is the web content specialist and webcast coordinator for the Texas Bar CLE website

Eric Quitugua is the assistant editor for the Texas Bar Journal.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 15, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ted Boutrous and Tom Leatherbury on Open Government Law and Fake News
14:17

Half of Americans perceive made-up news as a big problem for our country; fewer are as worried about the effects of racism. Tom Leatherbury and Ted Boutrous sit down with host Rocky Dhir following their panel at the State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting to discuss the legal ramifications of “fake news”, the factors leading to the overuse of the phrase, and how more transparency both in government and journalism could help undercut this worrying trend.

Tom Leatherbury is co-leader of Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate Practice Group.

Ted Boutrous is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 15, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’ with Judge Audrey Moorehead
18:03

Hosts Sally Pretorius and Baili Rhodes sit down with Judge Audrey Moorehead of Dallas County Criminal Court #3 to share the lessons she’s learned over her years of practice on how to ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’. They cover how juggling bar service, networking, and a career can lead not only to more clients but better paying clients; how young lawyers should value their work; and how to do a better job selling your services. All that and more from this year’s Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas.

Judge Audrey Moorehead presides over Dallas County Criminal Court #3.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 15, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ethical Use of Contract Lawyers with Penny Robe
12:13

How can you ethically use a contract lawyer? Host Rocky Dhir talks to Penny Robe about what it means to be a contract lawyer at the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting. The two discuss how her interest in law practice management inspired her to become a contract lawyer, how the ABA and Texas rules differ, and the appropriate steps to legally and ethically bring on a contract lawyer.

Penny Robe currently serves as the principal attorney at Robe Law Firm.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 14, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The US National Debt with Larry Gibbs
13:26

The US national debt today is about 22 trillion dollars and each day it continues to rise. Rocky Dhir hosting from the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting, is joined by Larry Gibbs to talk about America’s national debt crisis. They discuss the difference between the national deficit and the national debt; how other countries, such as China, are financing our debt (for now); and what could happen if we default on our loans. Larry strongly urges our listeners and everyone out there to educate themselves about our debts, deficits, and spending programs and to reach out to their politicians and to make our debt a principle issue in this country.

Larry Gibbs is a senior counsel at Miller & Chevalier

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 14, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation
12:41

Kanye West draws a lot of attention, but maybe not enough from litigators. Rocky Dhir hosts a conversation at the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting with Elliot Mayén and Brent Turman. Their discussion focuses on the attributes, lifestyle, and public persona of Kanye West. They talk about the strategies the rap artist uses, such as the way he communicates through his albums, the challenges he faced while rising to fame, and how he found his voice through his style in music.

Elliot Mayén is a filmmaker and marketing consultant with a background in photography, design and music at DHD Films.

Brent Turman is a senior associate at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 14, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Free Press and the First Amendment with David McCraw
20:48

Hosts Rocky Dhir and Laurence Colletti are joined by New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas. Following his presentation on The Free Press Free-for-All: Rethinking the First Amendment in the Age of Twitter, David talks about how a campaign to delegitimize the press, an echo chamber obsessed news consumption culture, and the rise of social media present existential threats to the First Amendment that lead to some tough but inevitable questions regarding free speech.

David McCraw is the deputy general counsel of the New York Times Company.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 14, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: A View from the Bench with Judge Roy Ferguson
10:33

Judge Roy B. Ferguson, Judicial District Judge for the Texas 394th district, sees lawyers make mistakes, but three in particular have caught his attention. Judge Ferguson talks with host Rocky Dhir at the State Bar of Texas 2019 Annual Meeting about how lawyers can render a judgment void by mishandling citation by publication, default judgement, and failing to correct mistakes made in judgments.

Judge Roy B. Ferguson presides over Texas’ 394th Judicial District Court.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 13, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Representing Diverse Clients
11:40

Recording at the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir sits down with panelists Lia S. Davis, senior litigation attorney at Disability Rights Texas, and Jake Monty, managing partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP fresh off the stage from their presentation Representing Diverse Clients: Issues of Culture, Disability, and Lifestyle. Together, they cover common mistakes people make when dealing with disabled clients, and the issues that frequently arise when businesses hire minorities.

Lia S. Davis is a senior litigation attorney at Disability Rights Texas.

Jake Monty is the managing partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 13, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The Science of Speaking With Noah Zandan
16:01

Noah Zandan, CEO of Quantified Communications, joins host Laurence Colletti at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019. They discuss how Noah’s frustration over the lack of data in measuring the effectiveness of communication led him to start a company that applies data and advanced AI to help communicators become more effective and engaging.

Noah Zandan is the CEO and co-founder of Quantified Communications.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 13, 2019
Fostering a Stronger State Bar through Social Media
32:20

In a state with roughly one hundred thousand lawyers, one might be surprised how disconnected and alone a practitioner can feel in Texas. But when you spread those numbers across more than a quarter million square miles, it becomes easy to understand why many attorneys struggle to connect with the larger community, find mentors, or receive meaningful support from an understanding community. Leveraging the power of social media, attorneys Andrew Tolchin and Michelle Cheng help to bridge the chasm by operating the Texas Lawyers Facebook group, which currently counts more than twelve thousand active Texas attorneys in its membership. State Bar of Texas Podcast 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.

Andrew Tolchin is the founder of the Texas Lawyers Facebook group. He is also a solo attorney and mediator and has previously served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.

Michelle Cheng is an administrator of the Texas Lawyers Facebook group. She is also a partner at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alssafar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC and has previously served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Jun 06, 2019
The Life and Lessons of Sandra Day O’Connor
35:28

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 of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, 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.

Evan Willing Thomas III is a journalist, historian, and author. He is the author of ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton and, for 20 years, was a regular panelist on Inside Edition, a weekly public affairs TV show.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

May 09, 2019
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting & Celebrating the Bar’s Long Serving Members
35:19

In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, 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.

Joe Longley is the current President of the State Bar of Texas and has been an active member of the bar for 50 years.

Trey Apffel has served as executive director of the State Bar of Texas since 2017.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

May 01, 2019
Workplace Discrimination — From Investigation to Litigation
35:22

In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Suzanne Anderson about her career as a trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They discuss how the office investigates claims and the processes that lead to litigation. Suzanne gives examples of cases the EEOC has dealt with and gives her perspective on the current state of discrimination in the workplace.

Suzanne Anderson is a supervisory trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dallas District Office.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Apr 09, 2019
Legal Writing Nerd — Tips for Exceptional Writing Skills
31:15

Legal writing is difficult for some lawyers to navigate. Is there a shift away from archaic flourishes to plain language, or does it still have its place? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Wayne Schiess, author and legal writing professor. They discuss his most recent book, “Legal Writing Nerd: Be One,” and give tips on what lawyers can incorporate to better their writing skills.

Wayne Schiess is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law and author of five books on practical legal writing skills.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

Mar 12, 2019
Lawyer to Author — A Look at Mike Farris’ Interesting Career
39:23

Lawyers are storytellers, and the shift from legalese to prose may not be too far a leap for some. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Mike Farris about his career as an entertainment lawyer and book author. They discuss the inspiration behind his books and delve into Mike’s writing process. They also talk about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” Texas lawsuit in which Mike represented the plaintiff, which then led to a non-fiction book co-authored with his client.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay

Feb 05, 2019
The Need to Lead: Revamping Legal Ed to Grow Better Leaders
43:59

Law schools should be a training ground for leaders, but are the concepts of leadership actually being taught? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Leah Teague, associate dean at Baylor University Law School, about how law schools need to revamp their programs to include leadership training for students. Teague discusses how leadership training prepares law students to be able to fulfill their obligation as professional problem solvers and helps create a path to higher leadership roles in the future.

Leah Teague is an associate dean at Baylor University Law School in Waco, TX.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay

Jan 08, 2019
Year in Review: A Look Back at the Episodes of 2018
35:44

What’s your New Year’s resolution? The State Bar of Texas Podcast is resolved to continue bringing lawyers quality content that will improve their lives and practices. In this episode, host Rocky Dhir looks back at some key moments from the podcast throughout 2018. Tune in for highlights from the wide array of fascinating guests and topics covered this year, including clips from episodes with Anthony Graves, Brian Cuban, the lawyers behind Twitter’s @ladylawyerdiary, and more!

Dec 27, 2018
Lady Lawyer Diaries: Support for Women in Law
32:10

The hashtag, #LadyLawyerDiaries, has been used by women in law for a number of years, and it has led to the creation of a thriving community for women lawyers on Twitter. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir and guest host Sally Pretorius talk to Kendyl Hanks and Kristen Vander-Plas, two of the cofounders of @LadyLawyerDiary on Twitter. They discuss how their Twitter account has become a forum for women in the legal industry. It is used for the discussion of issues, for encouragement and support, and for spotlighting women in the legal profession who are doing great things.

Nov 06, 2018
An Inside Look at In-House Counsel
55:53

For a lot of law students, the goal is to end up in-house, but is it really as ideal as it seems? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to William Kruse and Shruti Krishnan about their experiences as in-house counsels. They also share insights for those hoping to go in-house, from fully understanding your role to having a business-minded focus.

William Kruse is Gallup's regulatory compliance officer and in-house counsel, working primarily in support of the Government Division.

Shruti Krishnan is associate legal counsel at Tabletop Media, LLC d/b/a Ziosk, which owns and manufactures a proprietary suite of tablet devices for use in casual dining restaurants.

Oct 09, 2018
Pro Bono Work at the Border
34:05

Many lawyers have a passion for pro bono work but few make it their life. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Kimi Jackson about the work she does for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) which provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained at the border. They discuss family separation and other immigration issues that isn't necessarily covered by the media and share how volunteers can get involved.

Kimi Jackson is the director of ProBAR, a south Texas pro bono asylum representation project.

Sep 06, 2018
Becoming the Tweeter Laureate of Texas with Judge Willett
47:23

It’s one of the greatest honors a judge can receive during his career, to be named Tweeter Laureate. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Judge Don Willett about how he became the Tweeter Laureate of Texas and an example for other judges who want to use social media as a platform. He shares some tips for using social media and speaks to whether users are over-engaged. He also discusses the role judges should play in our judicial system and the importance of educating the masses about their government.

Don Ray Willett is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Aug 23, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: A Conversation with Frank Stevenson
23:31

In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Frank Stevenson as he steps down from his role as immediate past president of the State Bar of Texas. They discuss what makes the State Bar of Texas a particularly strong bar association and what Frank’s plans are as he leaves bar leadership. They also talk about the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, one of Frank’s projects that seeks to close the access to justice gap and meet the needs of both lawyers and clients.

Frank Stevenson is a partner at Locke Lord and is a past president of the State Bar of Texas.

Jul 26, 2018
Bonus Coverage of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018
52

The energy of the State Bar Annual Meeting 2018 continues in these next three episodes of the State Bar of Texas Podcast. Tune in for some of the most notable guests interviewed by Rocky Dhir on the conference floor including legal tech pro Craig Ball, new president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Sally Pretorius, and 2016-17 State Bar of Texas President Frank Stevenson. These guests cover important topics like access to justice, young lawyer mentorship, and obtaining evidence in a digital age. Catch all of this and more in the newest episodes of the State Bar of Texas Podcast.

Jul 26, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: The New Face of the Texas Young Lawyers Association
21:38

In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Sally Pretorius, the new president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, about the projects she will be working on during her term. She plans to provide mentorship to women in law and young lawyers fresh out of law school, educate on healthy ways to handle stress, and create a K-12 program that talks about the rights and duties we have as Americans.

Sally Pretorius is an associate attorney with KoonsFuller Family Law.

Jul 26, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Preserving Mobile Device Data
27:40

Our dependence on our mobile devices means they are significant forms of evidence that need to be preserved in case of a lawsuit. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Craig Ball about the importance of evidence preservation for tablets and smart phones. They discuss the kinds of evidence these and similar devices can provide and the best methods of obtaining this data.

Craig Ball is a Texas lawyer living in New Orleans and a longtime adjunct professor teaching Digital Evidence at the University of Texas School of Law.

Jul 26, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: This Year’s Bar Initiatives
25:07

Rudy Metayer and Erich Birch, members of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, sit down with Rocky Dhir at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to talk about bar initiatives. They go over the new investigation on transparency at the bar, addressing the fear regarding immigration bond hearings at the U.S. border, and ways the bar is helping lawyers struggling with mental illness and addiction. Stay tuned to hear about TLAP and TOJI, two programs directly targeted towards helping Texas lawyers.

Rudy Metayer has represented both public and private entities in hundreds of cases on a plethora of matters worth millions of dollars. He is also an estate bar director for the State of Texas Bar Association.

Erich Birch has over twenty-three years of legal experience primarily in the areas of environmental, administrative, and contract law. He is an estate bar director for the State of Texas Bar Association.

Jun 28, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How 1968 Impacted Today's Legal Landscape
27:54

Historical events have shaped culture and the law, and learning about them can make you a stronger and much more aware attorney. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Doug Brinkley and Talmage Boston about what made 1968 a tumultuous year in American history and what lawyers can learn from this time period. They discuss the Vietnam war, the murders of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the unexpectedly uniting aspects of the space race.

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon.

Talmage Boston has practiced law as a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978.

Jun 28, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Why Lawyers Should be Listening to Podcasts
17:34

We may be biased but podcasts are a great tool for lawyers whether you’re looking for tips or need a little encouragement. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to John Strohmeyer and Teresa Waldrop about the benefits of podcasts and how you can effectively use them to improve your practice. They discuss some of the tips and tricks they’ve learned in their own listening and how they’ve found time to listen as busy lawyers.

John Strohmeyer is an international tax and estate planning attorney who focuses on foreign tax compliance and high-net-worth estate planning for individuals.

Teresa Waldrop has extensive experience in representing non-participant spouses in negotiating, settling and litigating divorce disputes at the Law Office of Teresa J. Waldrop.

Jun 27, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Legal Technology–Been There Done That
25:43

Before technology is accepted and used within the legal industry, it faces periods of doubt and skepticism from nervous lawyers. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Jason Smith about the different phases of a typical innovation cycle that new technology faces when it emerges into the legal industry. They also share why lawyers should aim to understand and embrace technology like artificial intelligence rather than fear it.

Jason Smith has spent his career assisting legal professionals with the use and development of technology in the practice of law.

Jun 27, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: AI’s Impact on Jobs
31:16

Technology has become so deeply embedded in our lives that we don’t even notice how much we rely on our phones, tablets, and computers, but how could technology like artificial intelligence (AI), which is in all of these devices, affect the current job market? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Ron Chichester How computers have become an integral part of our lives and what this means for the law of computers. They also discuss how lawyers should handle the quick advancement of AI and automation.

Ron Chichester is an attorney, expert witness, computer forensic examiner, and IT systems auditor who is experienced in all areas of law and technology involving computers and networks.

Jun 27, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: The Purpose of Paralegals
17:33

Lawyers know in general what paralegals are, but are you utilizing the full potential of your paralegal? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Tiffany Haas and Johanna Schroeder about how paralegals can be invaluable to attorneys. They discuss how you can find the right paralegal for you, what paralegals are looking for in attorneys, and how you can retain good paralegals in your practice.

Tiffany Haas works at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Professional Education where she developed the Paralegal Certificate Program.

Johanna Schroeder is the director of executive search at F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants of Houston.

Jun 22, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Writing your own Textbook
15:04

For those who think textbooks are too expensive or don't fit the course material well enough, the solution may be to create your own textbook. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Matt Crockett about his experience writing his own textbook and how it has helped both him and his students. For lawyers who aren't professors, he also discusses how explaining his process and collecting textbooks in an easy-to-read format also helped him more effectively communicate with clients.

Professor Matt Crockett is an assistant professor of law at the UNT Dallas College of Law, teaching contracts, commercial law, and other business courses.

Jun 22, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Social Media and Ethics
21:41

Social media is a great tool for lawyers but it also comes with its own set of cautionary tales. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to John Browning about the pitfalls of using social media and how lawyers can avoid them. They share social media horror stories and discuss what is actually safe for lawyers to post.

John Browning is a tough, aggressive trial lawyer at Passman & Jones with over 28 years of experience.

Jun 21, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Cultivating Humor in the Legal Profession
18:30

While it’s important for lawyers to be professional, it’s also important to have a sense of humor. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to lawyer and bon vivant Pamela Buchmeyer about the role of humor in the legal profession. They discuss her late father, Jerry Buchmeyer, and his column that has turned into her column featuring funny stories sent to her by lawyers.

Pamela Buchmeyer is a disaster reservist for the US Small Business Administration where she administers funds to victims of natural disasters.

Jun 21, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How to Build up your LinkedIn Profile
18:09

If you want your LinkedIn profile to work for you, you can’t just upload your resume and hope for the best. A solid LinkedIn profile takes work. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Donna Serdula about how she became the LinkedIn queen and how attorneys can use the platform to build their brand. Tune in for tips that will help you strengthen your LinkedIn profile.

Through her website LinkedIn-Makeover.com, Donna Serdula has helped thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, and companies from all over the world tell their unique story and brand themselves successfully.

Jun 21, 2018
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Harper Lee and Documenting Complexity
17:30

Atticus Finch, the character from “To Kill A Mockingbird,” has influenced and inspired lawyers since the novel’s release in 1960. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast from the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, host Rocky Dhir talks to Joseph Crespino about his book, “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” and the time period that inspired it. They discuss Harper Lee’s background, her other novel “Go Set a Watchman,” and the complexity of looking back on a history we think is black and white.

Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of American History at Emory College, is a historian of the twentieth century United States and the American South since Reconstruction.

Jun 21, 2018
What It’s Like to Write with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
39:53

Bryan Garner is a lawyer, a lexicographer, and an award-winning author of more than 20 books. He was also close friends with Justice Antonin Scalia, with whom he wrote two books: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir interviews Garner about his path to becoming a lawyer and his infatuation with the minutia of legal writing. Garner also dives deep into stories of his close friendship with Justice Scalia and their collaboration.

Bryan A. Garner is the award-winning author of more than 20 books. He’s a lexicographer, a grammarian, a lawyer, and most recently a memoirist.

Jun 20, 2018
Depression and Addiction in the Mind of a Lawyer
54:21

Have you or someone you know been suffering from depression or addiction? Are you unsure about what to do? In today’s episode of State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir is joined with co-host Bree Buchanan and guest Brian Cuban to talk about addressing addiction and depression, how to recognize warning signs and how to reach out to those in need of your support. Brian also talks about his own personal background, how he dealt with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and how we can encourage lawyers, law students, and even judges to pick up the phone and ask for help.

Bree Buchanan is the director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas and the chair of the ABA’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs.

Brian Cuban is the author of "The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption."

For more information about the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, call 1-800-343-8527 or go to tlaphelps.org.

Jun 20, 2018
Anthony Graves on Overcoming a Wrongful Conviction
56:28

After spending nearly two decades in prison—12 of those years on death row—for multiple homicides he didn’t commit, Anthony Graves was finally exonerated and released in 2010. In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to Graves about the details of the crime, his experience in the courtroom, and what should have been done differently, including properly informing the jury about their role and the case background. Graves discusses whether or not his case has brought about positive change within the criminal justice system and shares what he is doing to fight for criminal justice reform.

Anthony Graves was wrongfully convicted of multiple homicides in 1992 and spent nearly two decades behind bars, including 12 of those years on Texas’ death row. While still in prison, he co-founded Join Hands for Justice, a France-based activist group that led global efforts to prove his innocence. Graves’ conviction and death sentence were overturned in 2006, and after four years of legal wrangling, he was fully exonerated and released in 2010. Since then, he has become a full-time advocate for criminal justice reform, testifying before the U.S. Senate about the harms of solitary confinement, serving on the board of directors for the Houston Forensic Science Center, and working with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. Graves speaks widely and runs the Anthony Graves Foundation, which works to draw attention to problems within the American criminal justice system. He lives in Houston.

Jun 20, 2018
The State Bar of Texas Podcast Trailer
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Welcome to the newly relaunched State Bar of Texas Podcast, in which we traverse the law, legal trends and analysis, current events, and stories, and accounts that affect all of us, lawyers and non-lawyers alike. In this podcast, host Rocky Dhir, attorney and CEO of Dallas-based Atlas Legal Research, will talk to thought leaders and innovators about their insight and knowledge on what matters to practitioners. Tune in to learn more about this explorative and engaging new legal podcast.

Jun 19, 2018
2017 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat Episode 1: Erin Russell
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Dec 13, 2017
2017 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat Episode 2: Brittany Krohn
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Dec 13, 2017
2017 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat Episode 3: Jessie Campbell
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Dec 13, 2017
2017 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat Episode 4: Linda Tappa
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Dec 13, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 1: Bryan Garner
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Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 2: Camisha Simmons
05:42
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 3: Craig Ball
05:28
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 4: Al Harrison
01:40
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 5: Debra Bruce
06:04
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 6: Grant Walsh and Kelly Culhane
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Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 7: James Fisher and Julie Innmon
04:33
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 8: Jason Smith
05:28
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 9: Joseph Jacobson
06:06
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 10: Michelle Spencer
03:50
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 11: Rudy Metayer
06:28
Sep 18, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 12: Wei Wei Jeang
03:58
Sep 18, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 1: Kristen Knauf
04:42
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 2: Christine Tamer
10:53
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 3: Brian Cuban
06:07
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 4: Samantha Martinez
05:06
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 5: John Browning
03:53
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 6: Michael Curran
02:32
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 7: Tom Vick
05:48
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 8: Sanjeev Kumar
03:45
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 9: Shawn Tuma
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Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 10: Chad Parker
04:44
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest: 1st Place - Gregg Mayer
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Jun 13, 2017
2017 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest: 3rd Place - Mary Lou Jones
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Jun 05, 2017
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 1: April Griffin
03:04
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 2: Austin Kaplan
01:51
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 3: Betty Balli Torres
01:03
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 4: Bree Buchanan
02:44
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 5: CJ Sanchez
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Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 6: Erin Feemster
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Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 7: Garrison Wynn
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Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 8: Janna Clarke
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Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 9: Jerry Perry and Joshua Caldwell
03:53
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 10: Major Bradshaw
01:49
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 11: Molly Flood
01:37
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 12: Nick Guinn
02:06
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 13: Rudy Metayer
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Dec 19, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 15: Teresa Martin
06:04
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 14: Shawn Tuma
06:15
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 13: Richard Pena
12:20
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 12: Richard Cheng
04:05
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 11: Patrick McLain
04:59
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 10: Mike Maslanka
06:42
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 9: Mark Unger and Dave Coker
03:38
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 8: Liz D'Aloia
07:55
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 7: Katie Berry
02:37
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 6: Julie Innmon and James Fisher
10:06
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 5: Gabriella Draney Zielke
06:07
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 4: Frank Stevenson
15:29
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 3: Dean Darby Dickerson
07:39
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 2: Cheryl Wattley
07:53
Dec 12, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting Episode 1: Chad Ruback
06:37
Dec 12, 2016
Episode 3: The Unavoidable Conclusion
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Jun 14, 2016
Episode 2: Juror No. 13
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Jun 14, 2016
Episode 1: Good News Sunshine
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