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Tuesday, October 22 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Austin Bar Pro Bono Celebration

Celebrate Pro Bono Week with the Austin Bar’s Pro Bono Committee This event is open to any attorney or paralegal who provided pro bono services in the past year. We will honor an outstanding attorney, paralegal, and judge who have made significant pro bono contributions throughout the year. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Hilgers House, 712 W. 16th Street There will be a karaoke competition – with the winner will get a golden microphone! Parking is available on the street or…


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Wednesday, October 23 | 1:30 pm


**Please note this clinic is on Wednesday instead of the regularly scheduled Monday Clinic.** The Austin Bar Association offers free legal advice to military veterans and their families on a monthly basis at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. Attorney volunteers will provide brief, legal advice. Click here to volunteer. Veterans, please note: You must arrive by 3:30 to receive assistance.  Attorney volunteers will not be able to provide legal services such as wills or filing for divorce at the clinic.…


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Thursday, October 24 | 8:15 am to 4:30 pm

Advanced CAFA 2019 CLE

Speakers: Belinda Roberts & Leigh Mathews Rodriguez, tenured private attorneys representing parents and children; Leslie Strauch, professor at the Children’s Rights Clinic at the UT School of Law; Julie Bulovich, attorney at Texas RioGrandeLegal Aid; Mary Hoofnagle, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC, trauma informed child and family therapist; Dylan Moench, staff attorney for Texas Children’s Commission; Dr. Elizabeth Levy, licensed clinical psychologist; Mark Zuniga, appellate attorney for DFPS 1. Legislative Update 2. Case Law Updates 3. Trauma Informed Approaches for Families…

$110 | 6.5 CLE credit hours 


Thursday, October 24 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Solo Small Firm Section CLE

Topic: Saxon and Romance words in legal writing: a history lesson, a plain-English pitch, and some techniques for persuasion. Plus don’t let these writing myths hamstring your prose. Speaker: Wayne C. Schiess This talk will discuss how and why attorneys should use plain English in legal writing and also dispel some common writing myths. 0.75 hours partic. CLE Cost for Section members: Free Cost for Austin Bar/AYLA/Non-members $10 Lunch included. Discounted parking available for $3. CLICK HERE to register.

$10 | 0.75 CLE credit hours 

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Friday, October 25 | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Courthouse Mediation Project

sponsored by the ADR Section of the Austin Bar Association Pilot Project, Part 2, October – December 2019 The ADR Section of the Austin Bar Association will begin Part 2 of its pilot Courthouse Mediation Project on Friday, October 11, 2019. This free mediation project will run for a second trial period of three months, in order for the judges and volunteer mediators to determine if the service is useful to litigants and their counsel. (The ADR Section’s first trial…



Friday, October 25 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Financial Institutions Section CLE

Topic: 2019 Texas Legislative Update Speaker: Karen Neeley, General Counsel of the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas Karen Neeley, General Counsel of the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas, will be providing an update on changes in law resulting from the most recent session of the Texas Legislature. 1 hour partic. CLE Cost for Section members: $15 Cost for Austin Bar members: $20 Cost for Non-members: $20 Lunch included. Register with Jesse Moore by October 22.

| 1 CLE credit hour 


Friday, October 25 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Members Only 4th Friday CLE

Topic: State Bar Update Speakers: Leslie Dippel, Travis County Attorney’s Office; Adam Schramek, Norton Rose Fulbright 1 hour partic. CLE Free to Austin Bar members. Lunch included. Discounted parking available for $3. CLICK HERE to register.

| 1 CLE credit hour 

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Saturday, October 26 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


Austin attorneys, paralegals, and volunteers coming together to provide free estate planning services for the cancer community. They provide: Last Will and Testament Medical Power of Attorney Statutory Durable Power of Attorney Healthcare Directive HIPPA Releases Learn more at or email A training for volunteers will be held on October 16, from 12:00-1:00. Lunch and one hour of CLE credit will be provided. Please RSVP to


Saturday, October 26 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

27th Annual Bar & Grill

What if Austin finally took a stand to keep us weird and keep those pesky drifters out—you know, the hipsters and Californians (JK; stay classy, San Diego!). Law Miserables explores what would happen if Austin built a barricade to protect all we hold dear, including scooters and high rises. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. – Open Bar Show Starts at 7:30 p.m. Law Miserables provides some great sponsorship benefits, including recognition on AYLA’s website, pre-show advertising, special recognition in the show…


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Monday, October 28 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Civil Rights & Immigration Section CLE

Topic: Public Charge Under the New Rule Speakers: Anita Gupta, Staff Attorney at Immigrant Legal Resource Center;  Karen Crawford, Law Office of Karen J. Crawford; Cheasty Anderson, Senior Policy Associate at Children’s Defense Fund Your role as an attorney/legal services provider is critical to ensuring immigrants understand the new public charge rule and how it affects them. This presentation will focus on helping you understand changes made to public charge, who is impacted, and how to screen and advise clients. We…

$25 | 1.5 CLE credit hours 

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