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Rocky Dhir

Rocky Dhir

Host of State Bar of Texas Podcast

Rocky Dhir’s dual interest in innovation and the law prompted him to establish Atlas Legal Research, LP in 2000. Atlas provides legal research, legal writing, and document management solutions to corporate legal departments, law firms, and insurance staff counsel operations. Through his work as Atlas’ CEO, Rocky helps clients become more efficient and more competitive in a legal landscape that requires lawyers to embrace new methodologies. Rocky is a firm believer that lawyers can enhance success by embracing business and management principles.

Rocky received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the Michigan Law Review. After law school, Rocky completed a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Jerry Buchmeyer of Dallas.

A published legal author and frequent speaker on adaptation, legal innovation and social media, Rocky is a member of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court in Dallas and is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Dallas, where he previously served on the Board of Directors, the Club’s Foundation Board of Trustees, and as a two-time co-chair for the Club’s annual Salute to America’s Veterans. You can also find online videos of Rocky conducting interviews for Texas Bar TV, the official YouTube channel for the State Bar of Texas.

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May 12, 2022

Demystifying Board Certification for Texas Lawyers

Why bother to become a board certified attorney? As it turns out, there are tons of advantages for your legal practice. The State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir welcomes Leo...

April 1, 2022

2022 President-Elect Candidate Forum: Part 1

Time to meet your candidates! On March 10, Joe Escobedo and Cindy Tisdale participated in a live, virtual forum hosted by Rocky Dhir. Get to know Joe and Cindy as they share...

March 3, 2022

Women and The Law: Perspectives From Women Deans of Texas Law Schools

Texas law school deans Joan Bullock, Jennifer Collins, Felecia Epps, and Patricia Roberts share their perspectives on womens’ contributions to the legal profession.

February 3, 2022

Employment Law Implications for Remote Work

Trang Tran shares tips for ensuring legal and ethical standards for remote workers.

January 6, 2022

What 2021 Meant for Texas Appellate Law

Warren W. Harris and Kirsten Castañeda discuss significant matters in appellate law throughout the past year.

December 2, 2021

Honing Your Virtual Presence

Virtual communication pro Elisabeth Steele shares tips for legal professionals on improving their online video interactions.

November 4, 2021

New Innovations! — The Advertising Review Portal for Texas Lawyers

Gene Major explains the State Bar of Texas’ new Advertising Review Portal and its efficient processes for ad approval.

October 7, 2021

What Automated Certificates of Service Mean for Texas Lawyers

Rocky Dhir chats with D. Todd Smith about the implications of automated certificates of service and their helpfulness in Texas courts.

September 16, 2021

The Lanham Act Turns 75!

Joe Cleveland and Craig Stone discuss the Lanham Act and its creator, Texas Congressman Fritz Lanham.

August 12, 2021

Diversity and Inclusion in the Texas Bar Journal

Angelica Hernandez discusses the importance of including diverse voices in the Texas Bar Journal to provide a broader perspective for its readers.

July 1, 2021

A Conversation with Sylvia Borunda Firth—Your New State Bar of Texas President

As newly sworn in president of the State Bar of Texas, Sylvia Borunda Firth discusses her goals for the coming year and her hopes for furthering diversity and inclusion for future generations...

June 1, 2021

Reopening Texas Courts: Plans and Challenges for Resuming In-Person Court Proceedings

Judge Maricela Moore outlines the challenges of reopening Texas courthouses and what measures are being taken to ensure the safety of those involved.

May 6, 2021

Remote Court: Judge Emily Miskel’s Insights On COVID-Era Proceedings

Judge Emily Miskel discusses Texas’ approach to remote proceedings and explains why we may see permanent changes to courts, even after COVID restrictions are lifted throughout the state.

April 1, 2021

Get to Know Your State Bar President-Elect Candidates!

2021-22 president-elect candidates Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson chat with Rocky Dhir about their backgrounds, experience, and goals for the presidency.

March 2, 2021

Texas “Cat Lawyer”: The Zoom Mishap Turned Viral Sensation

Rocky Dhir talks with Rod Ponton and Judge Roy Ferguson about their viral “Cat Lawyer” experience.

February 1, 2021

Rules Vote 2021: Examining Proposed Changes to the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Lewis Kinard and Claude Ducloux offer in-depth information on the proposed rule changes State Bar of Texas members will see on the 2021 ballot.

January 7, 2021

Succession Planning: Being Prepared for the Uncertainties of the Future

Penny Robe, the current course director for the State Bar of Texas’ law practice management CLEs, offers insights on succession planning for lawyers.

December 3, 2020

Adapting to Change and Adversity: How the Pandemic Could Help Us Do Life & Law Better

UNT Dallas professor Michael Maslanka offers insights into how COVID-era changes in legal practice and education have created new possibilities for the future of law.

November 5, 2020

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans: Making a Difference by Meeting Veterans’ Legal Needs

Richard Pena and Terry Tottenham, both lawyers, veterans, and former presidents of the State Bar of Texas, discuss the great work done by the TLTV since its start ten years ago.

October 15, 2020

Keeping Employees Safe at Work — ADA Considerations in the Age of COVID

Kelli Fuqua unpacks the ADA considerations employers need to be mindful of as their employees continue to work in the midst of the pandemic.

September 20, 2020

Practice Well! — Law Practice Resources Division Launches Its New Website

Sharon Sandle unveils the State Bar’s new website dedicated to helping Texas legal professionals find the tools they need to practice law with ease.

September 1, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: Privacy Issues Related to Video Conferencing and Cloud-Based Programs

Elizabeth Rogers shares highlights from her panel on privacy risks attorneys need to be aware of when using web-based tools for the practice of law.

September 1, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: Holistic Hustle – 3 Practices to Help Attorneys Thrive at Work and at Home

Nik Sallie Franklin shares highlights from her presentation on lawyer wellness.

September 1, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: A Conversation with New TYLA President Britney Harrison

New TYLA president Britney Harrison discusses her platform and new projects planned for the coming year.

August 27, 2020

Be Prepared! – Disaster Planning Tips for Lawyers & Law Firms

Hannah Dyal shares insights from her Texas Bar Journal article, “Building a Disaster Plan for Your Law Practice.”

July 10, 2020

The 15th and 19th Amendments: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Host Rocky Dhir is joined by Paul Stafford to discuss the milestone anniversaries of the 15th and 19th amendments and their relationship to current events.

June 18, 2020

What to Expect from the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Reginald Hirsch and Ron Chichester discuss the State Bar of Texas’ plans for their first-ever virtual annual meeting.

June 4, 2020

Autonomous Vehicles: Legal Implications of a Driverless Future

Quentin Brogdon and Ron Hedges share insights on the legal challenges arising from driverless vehicle technologies.

May 14, 2020

Texas Judiciary: The New Landscape of Operations During COVID-19

David Slayton shares insights on how the Texas judiciary is navigating COVID-19 and what to expect as courts reopen.

April 1, 2020

2020 State Bar of Texas Elections: Get to Know Your Presidential Candidates

Sylvia Borunda Firth and Pablo Almaguer share their backgrounds and what they hope to bring to the State Bar of Texas presidency.

March 27, 2020

Coronavirus and Employment Law: How Texas Employers Should Respond to COVID-19

Teresa Valderrama offers guidance for employers as they navigate challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis.

February 27, 2020

How to Be an Entertainment Lawyer in Texas

Tamera Bennett shares insights from her career as an entertainment lawyer in Texas.

January 24, 2020

Now What? — Tips for the Transition from Law School to Legal Practice

Anna Rol shares the many benefits of the Dallas Bar Association’s Transition to Law Practice Program.

December 16, 2019

The State Bar of Texas’ 2019 Year in Review Episode

Shawn Tuma, Warren Harris, and Beth Johnson discuss legal developments across 2019 in cyber law and data security, appellate practice, and family law respectively.

November 15, 2019

The Texas Lawyer’s Creed: Conduct Above Reproach

Buck Files and Kenda Culpepper discuss the history of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.

October 11, 2019

Branding for Lawyers: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Amy Boardman Hunt and Gene Major offer lawyers pro perspectives on how to market your practice effectively AND responsibly.

September 25, 2019

Suicide in the Law: A Problem We Can’t Keep Ignoring

Terry Bentley Hill and Chris Ritter share their passion for helping attorneys learn how to recognize depression and get help for those at risk for self-harm.

July 11, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Forms of Address with Judge Roy Ferguson

394th Judicial District Judge Roy Ferguson discusses the unanticipated social changes that judges have to contend with after ascending to the bench.

June 21, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Josh Team and the Adaptable Lawyer

Josh Team, president of Keller Williams, addresses how lawyers can play an integral role in helping companies keep pace with the rapid pace of tech innovation.

June 17, 2019

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

State Bar of Texas president Randy Sorrels and Houston Bar Association president Benny Agosto, Jr. share what to expect from their terms in office and why they both prioritize developing a more...

June 17, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Conversation with Keynote Speaker Asha Rangappa

Asha Rangappa discusses the history, current status, and a possible solution to our country’s problems with disinformation and “fake news”.

June 15, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Fooding in Austin

Amy Starnes, Hannah Allison, Jennifer Dunham, and Eric Quitugua recommend their favorite places to eat in Austin.

June 15, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ted Boutrous and Tom Leatherbury on Open Government Law and Fake News

Tom Leatherbury and Ted Boutrous explore the ramifications of the phrase “fake news” and what can be done to restore confidence in the press.

June 14, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Ethical Use of Contract Lawyers with Penny Robe

Penny Robe of Robe Law Firm discusses the ethical ways to bringing on a contract lawyer, and how the ABA and Texas rules differ.

June 14, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The US National Debt with Larry Gibbs

Larry Gibbs of Miller & Chevalier discusses the matter of America’s rising national debt and urges citizens to take interest and take action to address it.

June 14, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation

Elliot Mayén and Brent Turman discuss attributes of Kanye West as a rapper, has to help lawyers in the courtroom.

June 14, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Free Press and the First Amendment with David McCraw

David McCraw of the New York Times discusses the state of the free press, the impact of new tech on journalism, and the challenges we face in the future.

June 13, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: A View from the Bench with Judge Roy Ferguson

Judge Roy Ferguson of the Texas 394th Judicial District talks with host Rocky Dhir about the mistakes he sees lawyers make that put their clients’ recovery at great risk.

June 13, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Representing Diverse Clients

Lia Davis and Jake Monty share their thoughts on how lawyers can better serve a diverse client base.

June 6, 2019

Fostering a Stronger State Bar through Social Media

Andrew Tolchin and Michelle Cheng discuss their work with the Texas Lawyers Facebook Group and how they’re building a healthier, stronger legal community for Texas.

May 9, 2019

The Life and Lessons of Sandra Day O’Connor

Evan Thomas talks about what he learned writing "First: Sandra Day O’Connor" and shares anecdotes and lessons learned from his deep dive into her work and private life.

May 1, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting & Celebrating the Bar’s Long Serving Members

Joe K. Longley and Trey Apffel discuss what attendees can expect at this year’s annual meeting.

April 9, 2019

Workplace Discrimination — From Investigation to Litigation

Suzanne Anderson talks about her career as a trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

March 12, 2019

Legal Writing Nerd — Tips for Exceptional Writing Skills

Wayne Schiess discusses his most recent book, “Legal Writing Nerd: Be One,” and gives tips on what lawyers can incorporate to better their writing skills.

February 5, 2019

Lawyer to Author — A Look at Mike Farris’ Interesting Career

Mike Farris talks about his career as an entertainment lawyer and book author.

January 28, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: Better to be Rich and Guilty?

Bernice Donald, Michele Neitz, Sarah Redfield, Ronald Kramer talk about socioeconomic bias in the justice system.

January 8, 2019

The Need to Lead: Revamping Legal Ed to Grow Better Leaders

Rocky Dhir talks with Leah Teague, associate dean at Baylor University Law School, about leadership and the importance of attorneys taking on the role.

December 27, 2018

Year in Review: A Look Back at the Episodes of 2018

Rocky Dhir looks back at some key moments from the podcast throughout 2018.

November 6, 2018

Lady Lawyer Diaries: Support for Women in Law

Kendyl Hanks and Kristen Vander-Plas, two of the cofounders of @LadyLawyerDiary, discuss how their Twitter account has become a forum for women in the legal industry.

October 9, 2018

An Inside Look at In-House Counsel

William Kruse and Shruti Krishnan talk about their experiences as in-house counsels.

September 6, 2018

Pro Bono Work at the Border

Kimi Jackson talks about the work she does for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR).

August 23, 2018

Becoming the Tweeter Laureate of Texas with Judge Willett

Judge Don Willett talks about how he became the Tweeter Laureate of Texas and give tips for other judges who want to use social media as a platform.

August 7, 2018

ABA Annual Meeting 2018: Trial Preparation and Practice

Latanishia Watters, Sarah Rogers, and Judge Terry Ruckriegle explain the importance of properly preparing for a trial.

August 3, 2018

ABA Annual Meeting 2018: How Aggressive Should We Get in Pleadings?

Michael Panter, Matthew Moeller, David Pardue, and Michael Weber explain the purpose of pleadings and how to craft them successfully.

July 26, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: A Conversation with Frank Stevenson

Frank Stevenson talks about him stepping down from his role as immediate past president of the State Bar of Texas.

July 26, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: The New Face of the Texas Young Lawyers Association

Sally Pretorius is the new president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and on today's show she talks about the projects she will be working on during her term.

July 26, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Preserving Mobile Device Data

Craig Ball talks about the importance of evidence preservation for tablets and smart phones.

July 26, 2018

Bonus Coverage of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018

Tune in as the State Bar Annual Meeting 2018 continues with these next three episodes on the State Bar of Texas Podcast.

June 28, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: This Year’s Bar Initiatives

In today's episode, Rudy Metayer and Erich Birch talk about the bar initiatives.

June 28, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How 1968 Impacted Today’s Legal Landscape

Doug Brinkley and Talmage Boston discuss the 1968 a tumultuous year and what made it become American history and how lawyers can learn from this time period.

June 27, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Why Lawyers Should be Listening to Podcasts

John Strohmeyer and Teresa Waldrop talk about why podcasts are useful and how effective they can be to help improve your practice.

June 27, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Legal Technology–Been There Done That

Jason Smith talks about what new technology faces in the legal industry.

June 27, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: AI’s Impact on Jobs

Ron Chichester discusses how computers have become an integral part of our lives and what this means for the law of computers.

June 22, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: The Purpose of Paralegals

Tiffany Haas and Johanna Schroeder discuss about how paralegals can be invaluable to attorneys.

June 22, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Writing your own Textbook

Matt Crockett talks about his own textbook and how it helped both him and his students.

June 21, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Social Media and Ethics

John Browning talks about pitfalls seen from using social media and what lawyers can do to avoid them.

June 21, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Cultivating Humor in the Legal Profession

Pamela Buchmeyer joins us today to talk about the role of humor in the legal profession. as well as discussing her late father, Jerry Buchmeyer, and his column, which is now hers....

June 21, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How to Build up your LinkedIn Profile

Donna Serdula explains how she became the LinkedIn queen and how attorneys can use the platform to build their brand.

June 21, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Harper Lee and Documenting Complexity

Joseph Crespino explains points in his book called “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” and how he got inspired to write about it.

June 20, 2018

What It’s Like to Write with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Bryan Garner, lawyer, lexicographer, and award-winning author of more than 20 books, talks about his love of legal writing and working closely with Justice Scalia.

June 20, 2018

Depression and Addiction in the Mind of a Lawyer

Brian Cuban talks about addressing addiction and depression and how to recognize warning signs and how to reach out to those in need of your support.

June 20, 2018

Anthony Graves on Overcoming a Wrongful Conviction

In this inaugural episode we hear from Anthony Graves, a man who spent nearly two decades in prison—12 of those years on death row—for multiple homicides he didn’t commit.

June 19, 2018

The State Bar of Texas Podcast Trailer

Learn what's coming up in the State Bar of Texas Podcast, a relaunched explorative and engaging show featuring legal trends and analysis, current events, and stories, and accounts that affect all of...