State Bar and TYLA Election Underway

Voting is now open for the 2017 State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association election. Members will vote for State Bar of Texas and TYLA president-elect April 3 to May 2. The deadline to cast your online vote is 5 p.m. CT, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

The State Bar of Texas election for State Bar and TYLA presidents-elect and local district directors is underway. Please encourage members of your local bar association to vote in this election.

Below is information we ask you to consider including on your website, in emails, and in other communications. Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us get out the vote.

State Bar and TYLA Election Underway

Take a Few Minutes to Vote

The State Bar and Texas Young Lawyers Association election for presidents-elect and district directors is underway. Please take time to learn about the candidates and vote! Email ballots and paper ballots were distributed April 3 and voting continues through May 2. It is easy and only takes a couple of minutes.

Click here to go to the election page and vote.

The State Bar Board of Directors approved Chad Baruch of Dallas and Laura Bellegie Sharp of Austin as candidates for president-elect. Joe K. Longley of Austin was later certified as a petition candidate for president-elect. The winner will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2018 to June 2019. Information about the candidates can be accessed at the State Bar website or from the election page.

Annual Bar Dues Time Is Here Again

Members of the Bar, please remember that dues for the 2016-2017 term become delinquent if received AFTER SEPTEMBER 1st. A renewal application is available here, or you can fill out the membership application online (also use the online form if any of your contact information has changed).

Please feel free to email us here if you need to check the status of your dues for this term.
Also, don't forget that a big benefit to PAID MEMBERS of the Bar is the option to have your name and practice information listed on the Bar's website under the "Find a Lawyer" tab. If you wish to take advantage of this benefit, please be sure to fill out the bottom portion of the attached when you return it, and note whether or not you want to have your email address included on your listing.

BCBA Paralegals School Supply Drive

BCBA Paralegals are collecting school supplies to benefit Communities in Schools. See attached flyer for drop off locations. Supplies will be collected through August 21, so please consider picking up a few extra items when shopping for your kids!!! 

Save the Date: 22nd Biennial Institute on Texas Law for Attorneys Representing Service-Members and Veterans

The State Bar of Texas Military and Veterans Law Section Presents

Military and Veterans Law Section 22nd Biennial Institute on Texas Law for Attorneys 
Representing Service-Members and Veterans

October 8 - 9, 2015

La Quinta Inn & Suites

San Antonio River Walk

The Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is pleased to invite you to attend its 22nd Biennial Institute on October 8-9, 2015. This CLE is open to all Texas attorneys, military attorneys and government attorneys. 

Registration and agenda coming soon! Here are some of the exciting and informative topics: 

  • Overview of Texas Firearms Law and Gun Trusts as Part of the Estate
  • Sexual Assaults in the Military
  • Consumer Law 
  • Divorce, Child Support, and Possession in Texas 
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Landlord/Tenant

Reserve your guest room: The discounted guest room rate is $115 for all attending the institute. Call to reserve your room by September 8, 2015, to ensure that you receive the discounted rate. The reservations department can be reached at 1-866-527-1498 and select option 1. Once you speak with a reservations specialist, you will mention the group name: Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas - 2015 Biennial.

2015-2016 Membership Renewal Information

To:      Members of the Bell County Bar Association
Re:      Renewal of Membership

Dear Fellow Attorneys:

Thank you for your membership in the Bell County Bar Association!

Renewal of your membership is open as of June 1, 2015. The payment of dues will reflect you are in ‘good standing’ with the Bar Association and are entitled to the many benefits that membership provides such as:

  • FREE CLE at the Fall and Spring Bench Bar Conferences;
  • The option to have FREE ADVERTISING for your law practice for members only at,;
  • FREE CLE events sponsored by this Bar Association, and hosted by local judges and elected officials. Judge DePew is currently hosting Juvenile Law CLE events and Judge Jezek has also provided FREE CLE to Bar members;
  • SUPPORT of our Community Service opportunities through the bi-annual Veterans Clinics, Adoption Day, School education programs; and  
  • Spring and Fall Golf Tournaments.

Please fill out the membership application available here at your earliest convenience to renew your membership. Checks (payable to BCBA) and applications can be mailed to PO Box 282, Belton, TX  76513. If you prefer to pay by credit card, follow the instructions on the application.

Ours is a vibrant and involved Bar Association, well respected at the State level. Thank you for your participation.

2015 Courthouse Badges are Ready

Members - You can now download the paperwork to be completed by those who wish to renew their Bell County Courthouse badge for the 2015 calendar year.

The information you will need are: 1) Memorandum, and-- either 2) Renewal Application, or  3) Original Application.

PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THIS PAPERWORK TO THE BAR, you must complete and present it to Bell County Human Resources Department when you go to have your badge issued / renewed.  

To have your badge issued / renewed, please go to the 3rd floor of the historical courthouse in downtown Belton. Present your paperwork to HR between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. YOU MUST BE CURRENT ON YOUR DUES TO HAVE A BADGE ISSUED / RENEWED. BADGES WILL NOT BE ISSUED IF DUES ARE NOT CURRENT, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

HR is ready to begin issuing badges immediately. Remember, your current badge will expire December 31st!!!

Bell County Living - Fall 2014

Kay Taylor, the amazing photographer who has donated her services for the last three Adoption Day Events, was able to get the Adoption Day program into the Bell County Living magazine, Fall 2014 edition. A link to the online version is here … the story starts on page 76!!

2014 Adoption Day

Bell County will be hosting its SIXTH Adoption Day Event on Friday, November 14th. So far there are twelve families participating, adopting approximately twenty kids (though those numbers may change before the event!). It is anticipated that opening remarks will be made at 9:30 a.m., with the first cases being called at 9:45 a.m.

If you or your firm are interested in making a donation to help offset the costs, please mail your check, payable to BCBA, to PO Box 282, Belton, TX  76513. Please note "Adoption Day" in the check memo so that your donation is applied correctly.

For those who are new to the Bar, the Adoption Day event is to help finalize and create "Forever Families" for children who have been living in foster car, and who are being legally adopted by these families. The Bar provides each family with a gift bag that includes age appropriate toys for the children, as well as gifts for the parents, a disposable camera for the kids to use, and other goodies! The Bar also purchases pop up Wizard of Oz books for each family, and decorates the courtrooms with a Wizard of Oz theme to make this day exceptionally special for these special families and children!!

If you are at the Courthouse on November 14, even if you're not involved in a case, please stop by the 169th or 264th Courtroom and watch as these families become 'forever' on this memorable day!!!

Volunteers needed for November 7th Veterans Clinic

The Bar Association will be sponsoring a legal clinic for veterans on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Temple VA. A flyer with details is available here.

We still need attorney and paralegal volunteers to help staff the clinic, and attorneys who are willing to take one or more cases/referrals from the clinic. No document prep is done on site. Some veterans have cases that can be resolved with just a short consultation. Some veterans have cases that require representation.

Please fill out the three forms (here, here and here) and fax or email back to John Torti at Lone Star Legal Aid, and indicate whether you will be attending the clinic, and/or can take a referral from the clinic. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO ACCEPT A REFERRAL. Obviously, the more volunteers there are, the better the chance that every veteran is provided the legal assistance that they need.

None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something.

2014 Fall Bench Bar Conference

The Bell County Bar Association is pleased to announce the agenda for the 2014 Fall Bench Bar Conference which will be held in the 146th Judicial District Courtroom, Bell County Judicial Complex, on September 25, 2014.

Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. The event is FREE to paid members of the BCBA and the BCBAP; while the non-member attorney cost is $50 at the time of registration, and the non-member paralegals cost is $30 at the time of registration. Note: If you have staff who are NOT members of the Paralegal group, they can attend the entire CLE for $25 OR just the e-filing portion for $10. Lunch and an afternoon snack are included!

Early registration ends on September 23rd. WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED, BUT ARE NOT GUARANTEED MATERIALS OR LUNCH. Please email if you plan to attend so we can get you registered as soon as possible!!

The program has been approved for 5.75 hours participatory and one hour of ethics CLE credit.

Morning Session (9:00-Noon)
8:45 - Opening Remarks, Business Meeting
9:00 - 9:45 - Introduction to Immigration Law - Ilwho Rho
9:45 to 10:00 - Morning break
10:00 - 11:00 – Preserving Error for Appeal - Justin Smith
11:00 - 12:00 - Judge’s Family Law / Mediation Panel, with Judge Fancy Jezek and retired Local Administrative Judge Rick Morris

Afternoon Session (1:00-5:00)
1:00 - 2:00 – Helpful Hints in Criminal Defense for the General Practitioner – Paul LePak / Tom Siegman
2:00 - 2:30 – What the Bar Can do for You (.5 ethics) - Susan Nelson
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. – Without Regret – 3 Keys You Didn’t Know for Keeping your Ethical Edge Sharp (.5 ethics) - J. Michael Godfrey
3:00 to 3:15 - Afternoon break
3:15 - 4:15 – E-filing Bell County District & County Clerks