Student Legal Clinics at Texas A&M School of Law

 

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Student Legal Clinics
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A lawyer with over a decade of experience, Jake Posey represents business and government clients as the owner of The Posey Law Firm, PC, in Austin, Texas. In preparation for his career as an attorney, Jake Posey earned his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law – now Texas A&M University School of Law.

In addition to providing education through classroom lectures and discussions, Texas A&M University School of Law offers a variety of experiential learning programs to give students hands-on experience in a variety of areas. One of the ways that the school helps students apply their knowledge is by offering several legal services clinics.

Currently, Texas A&M School of Law oversees eleven clinics in practice areas such as criminal defense, family law, and immigration law. The school also operates clinics focused on intellectual property, wills and estates, and community development.

Through the clinics, Texas A&M law students have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, including entrepreneurs and business leaders, government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Students can also help individuals in need by participating in the school’s low-income tax clinic or the Innocence Project, which investigates valid claims of innocence from inmates in the Texas prison system.

Along with gaining valuable experience and improving their knowledge and skills, those who take part in one of Texas A&M’s legal clinics earn credits toward graduation. The number of credits offered depends on the clinic and the time required of students each week.

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Student Legal Clinics at Texas A&M School of Law

The State Bar of Texas’s Care Campaign

 

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Jake Posey received his legal education from the Texas A&M University School of Law where he was a member of the Order of Barristers. Since 2006, he has been serving as the lead attorney at The Posey Law Firm, PC, a law firm that concentrates on government relations and business law. As an actively practicing lawyer in the state of Texas, Jake Posey is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Established in 1939, the State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency that aims to assist the state supreme court in administering the judicial system, maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct for practicing lawyers, and ensuring equal access to justice. In order to perform these functions, the state bar manages several relevant programs, one of which is the Care Campaign.

The Care Campaign was created as a result of the growing need for legal aid. Only 20 percent of the six million Texans who are qualified for legal aid receive appropriate services. The program, hence, aims to remove all barriers impeding lawyers from providing pro bono services.

One aspect of the program is a robust mentorship system. After rounding up a number of experienced attorneys who are willing to act as mentors, the state bar then connects them to young practitioners so that they can provide advice and practical expertise. In some cases, the mentors can also act as second chairs on a case should they deem it necessary.

The State Bar of Texas’s Care Campaign

The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Program

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A graduate of the Texas A&M University School of Law, Jake Posey is an attorney with The Posey Law Firm, PC, in Austin. Throughout his career as an attorney, Jake Posey has maintained membership in several legal organizations, including the State Bar of Texas.

In addition to helping member attorneys enhance their legal knowledge and skills, the State Bar of Texas oversees various programs for the public. For teachers and students, the Bar offers Law-Related Education, a program that provides resources to promote citizenship and an understanding of the law among Texas elementary, middle, and high school students.

Through Law-Related Education, teachers can access videos, lesson plans, and other instructional materials on topics such as government, the US Constitution, civic engagement, and the Supreme Court. The program also hosts a number of professional development events and its annual Law-Related Education Conference. In 2018, the Conference will be held on January 26.

In addition to resources for teachers, the Law-Related Education program offers a variety of online games for K-12 students. Games available on the Bar’s Law-Related Education site teach students about the Bill of Rights and the Texas pledge of allegiance, among other topics.

The State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Program

Texas’ Biennial Legislature – Benefits and Drawbacks

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Attorney Jake Posey

Attorney Jake Posey practices government relations and business law from his private practice in Austin, Texas. In his daily work, attorney Jake Posey helps companies develop government relations solutions to advance their legislative goals in the state.

The Texas Constitution outlines guidelines for the state Legislature in Article III. These provisions say that the Legislature shall meet every other year, skipping even-numbered years.

Legislative sessions begin at noon on the second Tuesday in January all other years. These sessions are short and limited to 140 days.

Texas is one of just four states that operates in this biennial manner, along with Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota. There are several arguments for biennial sessions in these states.

The biennial structure can act as a safeguard against excessive legislation in states where there are already many laws. The structure also allows for time to study proposed legislation and interact with constituents.

Shorter and less frequent legislative sessions help keep government costs down. However, there are also some drawbacks.

Political outsiders such as business owners and interest groups find it hard to understand legislative proceedings when they occur infrequently. This shifts power toward lobbyists, who are better able to learn the hierarchies and subtle power structures within the Legislature.

Texas’ Biennial Legislature – Benefits and Drawbacks

The Super Lawyers Selection Process

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Texas-based attorney Jake Posey is a member of the Texas State Bar Association and a graduate of Baylor and the Texas A&M University School of Law. Currently an attorney and counselor at the Posey Law Firm in Austin, Jake Posey has been selected for seven straight years as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is a service that recognizes top performing attorneys from more than 70 different legal practice areas. The organization, which also publishes a magazine with profiles of super lawyer attorneys, employs a patented selection process to select individuals for the recognition.

To be elected as a super lawyer, attorneys must first be nominated by a peer or the Super Lawyers’ research staff. Once nominated, research staff evaluate each nominee for work excellence across 12 key areas that range from honors and awards to community services and verdicts. Following this step is a peer evaluation known as a blue ribbon review, which involves a formal review by the two leading nominees in each practice area. Finally, the process ends with final selection of the nominees with the highest overall point totals.

The Super Lawyers Selection Process