The Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Department provides quality legal education programs for attorneys in Houston and surrounding counties.

For more information, contact Ashley Steininger at (713) 759-1133 or ashleyg@hba.org.

HBA CLE Update, December 12 – 19, 2018

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No pre-registration is required. Each seminar is approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, and many offer ethics credit as well. These seminars are free to HBA members, providing over 50 hours of MCLE credit per year at no cost.

Written materials are available for up to $15. The CLE Department makes these written materials available after many of its seminars and institutes. If you would like to purchase written materials, please contact the CLE Department at (713) 759-1133 or email Ashley Steininger. Written materials will be charged an 8.25% sales tax.

Non-members may attend for a $50 fee that covers written materials.

November 2018 – April 2019 Seminar Listings.

Click here to see the HBA calendar.

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Jan 11

HBA Seminars
Preparing Witnesses and Deposing Individuals with PTSD

January 11, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Jan 18

HBA Seminars
Probate 101 – Current Trends and Planning Strategies

January 18, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Jan 25

HBA Seminars
Ethics in Transactions

January 25, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Online Videos

The HBA presents free CLE programming for members only. Upon clicking on the video links below, you will be prompted to log in using your HBA account information. You can also create an account on that same page. Watch for more free, members-only CLE videos throughout the year.

Click here to start watching at your convenience.

Click here for a list of videos currently available for members on the HBA website.

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Members receive a 20% discount on HBA Continuing Legal Education programs from cleonline.com. Call HBA office at (713) 759-1133 for the discount code.

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New Licensee Institute

Thank you to everyone who made our latest new licensee program a success. We look forward to the next one!

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Lunch & Learn Programs

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The next Lunch ‘n’ Learn is:

  • “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)”
  • Speakers: Shelli R. Dodson (Dodson & Pope, CPAs), Mike Gaither (DMG Consulting) and Derek Mata (Cantrell & Cantrell)
  • January 23, 2019
  • Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Heritage Plaza First Floor Conference Room
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  • 1 hour MCLE, no ethics
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Free for HBA members
  • RSVP to ashleyg@hba.org

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the major tax reform enacted in December 2017 that affects both individuals and businesses. This seminar will cover what you need to know about the tax law changes and how it affects you individually and in your law firm. It will include what you need to know and where to find the right information about the tax law changes and what you need to do to get a jump on next year’s taxes.

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Java with the Judges

Java with the Judges is a program sponsored by the HBA where attendees can learn from and network with local members of the judiciary.

The next java with the judges is:

  • “What to Expect When You Practice in Federal Court”
  • Speakers: Hon. Marvin Isgur (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas), Hon. Lee Rosenthal (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas), and other federal judges, bankruptcy judges and magistrates
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
  • Includes coffee, doughnuts and networking with the judges
  • .5 hour MCLE credit, no ethics
  • Free to attend
  • No RSVP required
  • HBA members only

Thank you to the wonderful judges who have lent their time and expertise.

Questions? Contact Ashley Gagnon Steininger at ashleyg@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.

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The HBA’s CLE Committee presents full-day and half-day institutes on a variety of topics each year. Institutes are approved for MCLE hours and most include ethics hours.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Saturday Ethics Program on November 3! Miss the event? You can earn all the credit by watching the lectures online for free as an HBA member. Click here!

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Bench Bar Conference

Click here to watch videos from the 2018 Criminal/Appellate Bench Bar Conference for free CLE credit! These videos are worth 7 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours of ethics!

Save the date for the 2019 Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, Thursday, April 11.

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Attorneys who would like to earn a certificate in Guardianship Ad Litem in the Probate Courts can watch a video in the HBA office.

Effective September 1, 2015, new legislation now requires a 4-hour certification course for attorneys who want to serve as guardian ad litems in the probate courts. Attorneys applicants of guardianship must also be certified. One hour of the certification course must be on alternatives to guardianship. The HBA is now offering a video of its “2015 Guardian Ad Litem in the Probate Courts Institute,” which meets certification requirements. The cost to watch the video is $70 for HBA members; $140 for non-members. To schedule an appointment in the HBA office, contact Ashley Steininger at (713) 759-1133 or ashleyg@hba.org.

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