Austin Bar Association
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Austin, TX 78701
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Enhancing the legal profession, administration of justice, and our community through education, networking, and public service.

Interested in Austin Bar networking opportunities, discounts on CLE, and serving the Austin community?

Updates from the AUstin Bar

CLICK HERE for a list of pro bono volunteer opportunities to help those impacted by the recent winter storm.

CLICK HERE to see a list of  resources for those needing assistance in recovering from the recent winter storm.

CLICK HERE for the latest court updates, resources, COVID-19 related CLE videos, and other news related to the pandemic.

CLICK HERE for a collection of anti-racism resources and to view the Austin Bar's statement on recent racial events.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 9 | 5:30pm

Equity Committee Multi-Media Event

The Austin Bar’S Equity Committee hosts a virtual discussion of the podcast This Land. CLICK HERE to listen to This Land. You can also find…

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Wednesday, March 10 | 12:00pm

Real Estate Section Remote CLE

Topic: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Urban Land Use Patterns Speaker: Professor Gregory M. Stein, Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter Distinguished Professor of…

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  • $15 for members | 1 CLE credit hour

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Thursday, March 11 | 12:00pm

Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section Remote CLE

Topic: Water Recycling Speaker: Mary K. Sahs, Mary K. Sahs P.C. Increasing attention is being paid to recycling produced water as a byproduct of oil…

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  • | 1 CLE credit hour

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Friday, March 12 | 11:00am

Environmental Law Section Remote CLE

Topic: What’s Next at EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice Speaker: Matthew Tejada, Director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance…

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  • | 1 CLE credit hour

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Monday, March 15 | 12:00pm

Civil Litigation Section and Civil Appellate Section Joint Remote CLE

Topic: The Ides of March CLE: Top Ten Appellate Errors Made by Trial Lawyers Speakers: Melissa Lorber, Enoch Kever PLLC; Amanda Taylor, Butler Snow LLP; Maitreya Tomlinson,…

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  • | 1 CLE credit hour

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Thursday, March 18 | 7:30am

Solos Supporting Solos

Topic: Of Mice and Metadata – Ethics, Client Confidentiality, and the Duty of Competence in the Digital Age Speaker: Bernard E. “Barney” Jones To inform…

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  • | 0.75 CLE credit hours



Member Spotlight: Ben Dower

AYLA: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your law practice.

Dower: Having lived in Austin for over 20 years, I claim the coveted title of “Austin Native.” (Just don’t check my birth certificate.) My parents and sister still live here, and I have been maintaining rigorous quarantine practices so I can stay in their “pandemic bubble.” (And, if it hasn’t been claimed already, © on that phrase as the title of my first book, album, or film.)  As you can probably tell, I know nothing about intellectual property law. Instead, I practice civil litigation at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. My clients are primarily state officials, state employees, state agencies, and public universities. These days, my caseload includes lawsuits challenging the State’s response to the pandemic. Consequently, I have been eating temporary injunction hearings for breakfast via Zoom (unless they’re on Travis County’s 2 p.m. docket, in which case they’re more of a late lunch). It is fast-paced but rewarding work.

AYLA: How long have you been involved in AYLA and what’s been your best AYLA experience so far?

Dower: My involvement with AYLA started in 2014. Since then, I served an ex officio member of the AYLA board for a few years and was elected as a director in 2019. I have had many wonderful experiences with AYLA, including the trial academy and leadership academy. ()

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