State Bar of Texas Podcast

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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
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
03:18

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 4: Linda Tappa
02:06
Dec 13, 2017
2017 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat Episode 3: Jessie Campbell
01:36
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 1: Erin Russell
01:29
Dec 13, 2017
Texas Bar TV at the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Episode 1: Bryan Garner
05:30
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
04:39
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 10: Chad Parker
04:44
Jul 12, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting Episode 9: Shawn Tuma
05:44
Jul 12, 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 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest: 1st Place - Gregg Mayer
12:31
Jun 13, 2017
2017 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest: 3rd Place - Mary Lou Jones
14:37
Jun 05, 2017
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 4: Bree Buchanan
02:44
Dec 19, 2016
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 5: CJ Sanchez
02:36
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 6: Erin Feemster
02:24
Dec 19, 2016
2016 Bar Leaders Conference Episode 7: Garrison Wynn
02:00
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 8: Janna Clarke
01:33
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
01:58
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
12:49
Jun 14, 2016
Episode 2: Juror No. 13
13:14
Jun 14, 2016
Episode 1: Good News Sunshine
08:58
Jun 01, 2016