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Week of August 3, 2009

Death of Legal Services Advocate Emily Jones

Former Executive Director of Texas Access to Justice Commission and director of the State Bar Texas Lawyers Care Department, Emily Jones died this morning after a 4 year battle with multiple myeloma. Jones was known in the legal community for her commitment to providing legal services for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Jones was recently presented a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation by Harper Estes for serving as an example to all Texas lawyers in her commitment to the ideal of access to justice for all. When available, information on a memorial service will be posted on the Austin Bar Web site.

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FTC Red Flags Rule Delayed

In a fourth-quarter decision, the Federal Trade Commission has decided to prolong the institution of the Red Flags Rule to give creditors and financial institutions more time to review this guidance and develop and implement written Identity Theft Prevention Programs until Nov. 1. Click here for more information on this decision.

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CLE Committee Seeking New Ideas, August 3

Date: Monday, August 3
Time: noon
Location: Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
RSVP to Michelle McFadyen at

Do you have fresh, interesting ideas for CLE this Bar year? Or maybe you have a new take on an old topic? If so, please contact Michelle McFadyen at or 472-0279 x111 and speak with her about joining the CLE Committee. Take advantage of this opportunity to plan what CLE you'll be earning this year.

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Travis County History Day Celebration, August 7

Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location:Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe St., 2nd Floor

Join former District Attorney Ronnie Earle as he serves as Master of Ceremonies for the 2nd Annual Travis County History Day. This year's celebration marks the release of the 2009 A Tribute to Travis County History brochure featuring facts on the interesting life of William Barrett Travis, Attorney-at-Law, and the early years of Travis County. Guest speakers include Dr. Archie McDonald, Regentís Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Peggy D. Rudd, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Help honor the preservation of our county's history with your attendance. You might even learn a thing or two!

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Winstead's Webinar Series Offers Continuing Education Credits, August 12

Date: Wednesday, August 12
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
CLE: .75 hours
Cost: $12

Winstead offers a Continuing Education Webinar series focused on providing employers and professionals with an inexpensive means of attaining CE credits. Each month, a Winstead Webinar will be offered to clients and other interested participants for $12, payable via major credit card (which represents Winstead's cash outlay for each computer connection). To further reduce employer costs, Winstead encourages participating employers and professionals to consider using a projection screen to reach a larger group of participants.

The Monday, Aug. 12, presentation is titled Investing Self-Directed Retirement Accounts into Pass-Through Entities. Topics to be discussed include fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction rules, and UBIT rules that arise when a 401(k) participant or IRA owner self-directs investments into an LLC or similar investment vehicle. The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 7.

For updates on future Webinar Series, email your contact information to to be added to the mailing list. Click here to register and for more information.

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Travis County Local Rules Update, August 17

Date: Monday, August 17
Time: noon
Location: Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
CLE: .75 hours
Cost: Civil Litigation Section members - $15; Austin Bar and AYLA members - $20; nonmembers - $25
RSVP Liz Parker at

Don't get caught breaking the rules! The Civil Litigation Section is hosting a lunch meeting to update you on changes to the Travis County Local Procedures regarding settings and announcements for hearings, jury trials, and bench trials via the Internet.

Warren Vavra, Travis County Court Administrator, and Nolan Martin, Travis County IT Manager, will address any changes and technical issues you might encounter. An interactive slide show will cover how to set and announce hearings, jury trials, and bench trials.

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Settlement Week: Sept. 14 - 18

The Austin Bar Association, in collaboration with the Travis County district judges, the County Court at Law judges, and the Dispute Resolution Center, is holding Settlement Week Sept. 14 - 18, which gives people a chance to settle their cases in a cost-effective manner with the aid of a trained, neutral mediator.

If you would like to submit a case, please fill out and submit the case submission sheet to the Dispute Resolution Center no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009. The $25 administrative fee (checks made payable to the Dispute Resolution Center) should be delivered to the DRC with the case submission sheet.

You may obtain a settlement week package by clicking here.

The Austin Bar is looking for attorney mediators to volunteer in this public service project. Click here for a Mediator Form, due to the DRC no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009.

For specific questions regarding Settlement Week, please call Kris Donley, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center, at 279-1901 or Settlement Week Chair Jason Snell at 477-5291.

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State Bar of Texas: A Message from the President

SBOT President Roland Johnson shares some thoughts on the economic downturn and how the SBOT is here to help. Click here to read the article in full.

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Featured Corporate Partner: Rainmaker

Rainmaker offers full image technology and file copying document productions of any size. Using Rainmaker technology combines speed, practicality, quality control, and ease of use. Visit their Web site by clicking here. For more information contact Thomas Rutledge at 472-9911.

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Upcoming Meetings

Monday, August 17 - Civil Litigation Section Meeting

The following Austin Bar Committees are meeting at the Austin Bar office, 816 Congress, Suite 700. Parking is available in the adjacent garage, accessible from 9th Street. Please feel free to attend any that interest you. Since lunch is provided, please RSVP by noon the previous day to or call 472-0279 with your name and the name of the committee.

There are no committee meetings at this time.

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