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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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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 of lawyers.

Jun 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.

Apr 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 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.

Jan 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.

Dec 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.

Nov 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.

Oct 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Aug 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.”

Jul 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Apr 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 27, 2020

How to Be an Entertainment Lawyer in Texas

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

Jan 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.

Dec 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.

Nov 15, 2019

The Texas Lawyer’s Creed: Conduct Above Reproach

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

Oct 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.

Sep 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.

Aug 16, 2019

Bar Leaders Conference 2019: Q&A with Leaders of TYLA

In this State Bar of Texas Podcast, TYLA leaders Victor Flores, Britney Harrison, and Sally Pretorius answer questions submitted at the State Bar of Texas new lawyers swearing-in ceremony.

Jul 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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 diverse bar.

Jun 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”.

Jun 15, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: Bench Bar Breakfast with Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood, award winning author, explores his book, Showdown, to give listeners an in depth perspective about why he wrote it.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 15, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’ with Judge Audrey Moorehead

Judge Audrey Moorehead shares tips from her presentation on how to ‘Get Paid and Have a Life’.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 13, 2019

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2019: The Science of Speaking with Noah Zandan

Noah Zandan discusses how his company uses advanced data analytics to help people better convey their ideas and messages.

Jun 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.

Apr 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).

Mar 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.

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Rocky Dhir’s dual interest in innovation and the law prompted him to establish Atlas Legal Research, LP in 2000....

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