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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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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...

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.

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

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