The American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting, scheduled for next month in Dallas, features a number of programs with a Texas focus, such as energy law, human trafficking and the unauthorized practice of immigration law by “notarios.”
The bar expects 3,500 lawyers at the meeting, which runs from Feb. 6 through 11.
On Feb. 7, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will speak on constitutional reform at an all-day program on doing business in “Arab Spring” countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Another program that day will delve into legal and business issues related to fracking, which is a method of injecting fluid into cracks in a rock formation to allow more oil and gas to flow.
Texas speakers include Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis and Buck Files, president of the State Bar of Texas and a shareholder in Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison of Tyler, the ABA announced. Ellis and Files will both speak about indigent defense.
― Brenda Sapino Jeffreys