Texas Access to Justice Commission Raises New Funds for Veterans

 

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Texas Access to Justice Commission
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Since 2006, Jake Posey has served as an attorney and counselor at The Posey Law Firm in Austin, Texas, where he concentrates in business law and government relations. In addition to his practice, Attorney Jake Posey supports several professional legal organizations, such as the Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC).

The Texas Access to Justice Commission is a group appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to help Texans with low incomes gain greater access to the court system. In this effort, the organization seeks to help citizens with financial needs, including veterans, benefit from legal representation, whether in the form of pro bono assistance or cost mitigation.

In 2017, TAJC announced that its Champions of Justice Gala Benefitting Veterans event had raised $560,200. This adds to the more than $3 million in funding that the event has generated, all of which will help furnish civil legal services for low income Texan veterans.

While the gala proved to be another notable success, the organization recognizes that 90 percent of people in Texas, including veterans and civilians, who qualify for this type of aid have not yet received assistance. For information on how to get involved, visit www.texasatj.org.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Raises New Funds for Veterans

Texas’ Biennial Legislature – Benefits and Drawbacks

Attorney Jake Posey
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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Super Lawyers
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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

Protecting Against Employment Torts in the Information Age

 

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Posey Law Firm
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As the head of the Posey Law Firm, PC, in Austin, Texas, attorney Jake Posey represents Fortune 500 companies and other highly respected businesses. In his practice, Jake Posey’s work as an attorney centers on government relations and helping business leaders enact change effectively through the Texas legislature.

While rapidly changing technology can have many positive effects for businesses, slowly adapting laws can present challenges. Workplace technologies can change workplace habits quickly, changing legal needs just as fast. This requires business owners, especially those in the technology sector, to be proactive in how they handle legal matters.

While employment torts, or civil allegations of workplace wrongdoings, are relatively rare, legal professionals have observed a marked increase in the number of torts being brought against previous employers. The burden of proof is high, and always falls on the plaintiff in such tort cases, but the trend underscores the need for following best practices and relying on quality legal representation.

Protecting Against Employment Torts in the Information Age

Scott Ozmun Fellowship Program Promotes Engagement in Pro Bono Work

Attorney Jake Posey
Attorney Jake Posey

Attorney Jake Posey leads the Texas-based Posey Law Firm, offering a full range of legal services in government relations and business law to market leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and leading state associations. Beyond his work at the firm, atorney Jake Posey supports the Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) of Central Texas. VLS offers the Scott Ozmun Fellowship program to students at the University of Texas School of Law (Texas Law).

Established in honor of Austin lawyer Scott Ozmun, the fellowship provides financial assistance to Texas Law students who emulate Ozmun’s dedication to public service. The competitive fellowship accepts academically talented students who support pro bono legal services by providing assistance to local law firms. Eligible students include those committed to developing their own skills while advocating for the legal needs of underserved individuals.

Ozmun remained a firm believer in the importance of pro bono work over the course of his career. He helped low-income people access legal services, mentored law students, and regularly accepted pro bono cases. Ozmun died of cancer in May 2009.

Scott Ozmun Fellowship Program Promotes Engagement in Pro Bono Work