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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.

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Aug 10, 2023

Help Us Help You: Top 10 Appellate Mistakes in the Trial Courts

Keeping an appellate perspective in mind as you prepare for a trial can do a lot to keep your case on track and avoid future headaches. Rocky Dhir talks with Elana Einhorn...

Jul 13, 2023

New Leadership: Cindy Tisdale and Laura Pratt (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

State Bar President Cindy Tisdale and Texas Young Lawyers Association President Laura Pratt were sworn in at the annual meeting in Austin this June. Rocky Dhir sits down with both to discuss...

Jul 7, 2023

Keynote Speaker William Barr (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Tune in as Rocky Dhir talks with William Barr about his personal life, stories from his stints as Attorney General, and thoughts on the future of our nation. Mr. Barr opens up...

Jul 6, 2023

The Daytripper’s Chet Garner at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023

Rocky Dhir welcomes Daytripper host Chet Garner to chat about his many explorations of the great state of Texas. Chet visits towns of all shapes and sizes to find the beauty and...

Jul 5, 2023

Post-Pandemic Court Proceedings (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Pandemic-era legal proceedings taught Texas lawyers and judges that alternative methods can be extremely effective in a variety of court processes. And now that we have entered into the post-pandemic era, these...

Jul 4, 2023

Radical Ways to Improve Law Firm Culture (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Culture can make or break your law firm, and it is absolutely essential to nurture a positive, supportive environment to truly have a successful firm. Senior law firm leaders Holly Draper, Hannah...

Jul 3, 2023

Understanding Professional Sports Leagues’ Personal Conduct Policies and Disciplinary Processes (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

The way athletes conduct themselves has the potential to majorly impact them, their team, and their sport as a whole. With such high stakes and the added influence of social media, personal...

Jul 3, 2023

Bench Bar Breakfast (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Rocky Dhir chats with Bench Bar Breakfast speakers Justice Debra Lehrmann and Timothy Berg about the mission and efforts of the Uniform Law Commission. They explain what the ULC does, the processes...

Jun 30, 2023

From the Bench: Effective Advocacy (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Harnessing the power of technology with competence and confidence is now a top consideration for lawyers as they advocate for their clients. How should this look in your legal practice? Rocky Dhir...

Jun 29, 2023

The Future is Now: 1st Gen Lawyers Speak on Their Issues, Challenges, and Hopes (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

As a group, first generation law students and lawyers tend to encounter common issues. Saumya Kuriakose, Nadda Rungruangphol, and Alysia Huskey give highlights from their panel focused on the experiences of first...

Jun 28, 2023

ChatGPT: Benign Title, Revolutionary Development (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

AI has been helping lawyers for many years, but new tools powered by ChatGPT have even more exciting possibilities for the future of legal practice. Korin Munsterman discusses recent developments in legal...

Jun 27, 2023

Blueprint for Building Sustainable, Systematic Solutions for an Effective DEI Workplace (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be central to your law firm’s mission, but how do you go about building a welcoming workplace? John G. Browning gives tips from his session at the...

Jun 26, 2023

Keeping Pace: Creating a (More) Modern Mindset (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Tune in for highlights from the State Bar of Texas’ Annual Meeting! During the conference, Laurence Colletti talked with presenter Dyane O’Leary about her session on how a modern mindset helps lawyers...

Jun 1, 2023

Sneak Peeks for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023

Rocky Dhir welcomes Laura Gibson and Trey Apffel to hear all about what to expect at the June 22 & 23 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023. They talk through the...

May 4, 2023

Demystifying Cryptocurrency for Lawyers

Ever since cryptocurrency made its debut, many have repeatedly questioned its validity. Is it legal tender? A scam? Well, in today’s digital ether, both exist en masse, and lawyers need to understand...

Apr 6, 2023

State Bar of Texas 2023-24 President-Elect Candidate Forum

On March 10, Rocky Dhir welcomed president-elect candidates Jerry Alexander and Steve Benesh to give Texas attorneys the opportunity to learn about their campaigns and particular goals for the presidency. They discussed...

Mar 6, 2023

Current Law for Cross-Examination in Student Sexual Misconduct Hearings

How do institutions of higher education handle allegations of student-on-student sexual misconduct? Sean Flammer joins Rocky Dhir to talk through this legal process as outlined in his article in the March edition...

Feb 2, 2023

Estate Planning and Probate for Same-Sex Couples

The legal community is, at times, either uninformed or ill-equipped for dealing with the unique needs of LGBTQ+ clientele. Rocky Dhir welcomes Liz Brenner to discuss her article in the February 2023...

Jan 5, 2023

Highlights from the State Bar of Texas’ 2022 Year in Review

Each December, the Texas Bar Journal features the year’s developments in the profession through a series of articles written by Texas legal experts. Rocky Dhir talks with three of 2022’s authors to...

Dec 1, 2022

What The Rest of Us Need to Know About Bankruptcy Practice

Even though bankruptcy touches so many areas of the law, many attorneys outside bankruptcy practice lack an adequate understanding of how it all works. Rocky Dhir brings on experts Catherine Curtis and...

Nov 3, 2022

The Lisa Torry Smith Act: New Stop and Yield Law for Texas Drivers

On an October morning in 2017, Lisa Torry Smith was walking her son to school when they were struck by a car while in a crosswalk. Lisa died at the scene, her...

Oct 6, 2022

Fully Acknowledging Human Damages with Randy Sorrels

A surprising shift has swept through Texas courts since COVID-19, likely traceable to the public’s collective new awareness of suffering due to pandemic-era hardships. In recent months, there has seemed to be...

Sep 1, 2022

Sustainable Law: The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator’s Efforts to Close the Justice Gap

An individual’s use of the justice system shouldn’t solely be based on a cost-benefit analysis, but for many, it is just that. With such a major hurdle in access to justice, a...

Aug 4, 2022

Keri Blakinger’s Insights into Mass Incarceration

As a follow-up to her panel discussion at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022, Keri Blakinger joins Rocky Dhir to share more of her personal story and her perspectives on...

Jul 7, 2022

SpaceX and the Future of Aerospace Law

Space innovation is ramping up in Brownsville, Texas. The city experienced rapid change in the past decade after SpaceX set up operations, and many lawyers are excited to have a front row...

Jun 13, 2022

From Derogation to Reclamation: The Power Of Reclaiming ‘Racist’ Slurs with Simon Tam

Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Slur – as a Registered Trademark? In this special State Bar of Texas podcast, host Rocky Dihr welcomes Simon Tam, a musician, author, activist,...

Jun 13, 2022

SCOTUS Update with Susanna Rychlak Allen (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

What we can expect from SCOTUS in its last leg of a highly controversial term

Jun 13, 2022

Astroworld’s Legal Fallout (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

What Are the Legal Implications of the Astroworld Aftermath? Listen to hear the latest on Litigation and Its Impact on the Live Events Industry

Jun 13, 2022

Our Court System in a Post-COVID World (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

Courtroom Transparency - How the COVID-19 Pandemic Altered Court Accessibility and What Transparency Looks Like in a Post - COVID World

Jun 13, 2022

Legal Storytelling and Legal Writing with Corban Addison (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

Special guest Corban Addision joins to discuss his most recent legal thriller “Wastelands”; and how lawyers can leverage the power of storytelling in their legal writing and client advocacy initiatives. 

Jun 13, 2022

Tips for New Lawyers in the Realm of Family Law (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

What Every Young Lawyer Needs to Know about Family Law: Including a Perspective from the Bench

Jun 11, 2022

The New World of Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

Best Practices Employers should Follow to Properly Respond to and Investigate Harassment Claims

Jun 11, 2022

Presidential Goals with Laura Gibson and Michael Ritter (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

The 2022-2023 State Bar year marks a new chapter as Texas lawyers emerge from the pandemic and a sense of normalcy returns. Rocky Dhir talks with soon-to-be State Bar and TYLA presidents...

Jun 10, 2022

The Newest New Things in Employment Law (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

The last two years have brought a variety of game-changers to employment law, in large part due to pandemic-era effects on employee/employer relationships.

Jun 10, 2022

Dealmaking Drama in Name, Image, and Likeness (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

Name, Image, and Likeness: Dealmaking in the Entertainment, Media and Sports Industries

Jun 10, 2022

Keynote Speaker Chris Shepherd (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

The Face of Houston’s Diverse Dining Scene shares Work, Life and Overall Wellness Advice

Jun 10, 2022

A Crisis Is Coming (Oh, Believe It). Are You Prepared? (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

No matter how good you are as an attorney, your law firm will face a crisis. Crisis management gurus explore how to prepare and react.

Jun 10, 2022

Gen Z’s Impacts in Legal (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2022)

Gen Z: What Kind of Colleagues Will They Be? Jury Decision - Making and the Gen Z Juror

Jun 2, 2022

What to Expect at the In-Person State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

After two years of hosting an entirely virtual event, the State Bar of Texas will be returning to an in-person Annual Meeting for 2022! Rocky Dhir talks with Bar president Sylvia Borunda...

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...

Apr 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...

Mar 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.

Feb 3, 2022

Employment Law Implications for Remote Work

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

Jan 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.

Dec 2, 2021

Honing Your Virtual Presence

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

Nov 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.

Oct 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.

Sep 16, 2021

The Lanham Act Turns 75!

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

Aug 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.

Jul 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...

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