Sections/Committees

About Our Sections

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The Collin County Bar Association offers continuing legal education to its members through monthly meetings (except December and June) where topics of general interest to all members are presented and through annual seminars and section meetings focused on particular areas of law.  The general member meetings meet on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates.

 

Civil Lit & Appellate Law

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The Civil Litigation & Appellate Law Section meets on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates.

We have built up a strong core group of regular attendees at our monthly meetings and have an exciting lineup of speakers who will be presenting on topics that we anticipate will receive MCLE credit. While only Section members will receive the free MCLE credit, we encourage non-members to come visit our meetings as well as the information you learn and the relationships you will develop can be invaluable.

Please help us give our speakers a proper welcome by attending our monthly meetings and remember to invite a friend -- the more the merrier!

If you have any questions about the Section, please contact  Patrick Schurr, patrick.shurr@solidcounsel.com.

 Add Civil Litigation/Appellate section dues to your CCBA membership to receive e-mail reminders. Section dues are $25.00.

Corporate Counsel

The Corporate Counsel section meets on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates. While only Section members will receive the free MCLE credit, we encourage non-members to come visit our meetings as well as the information you learn and the relationships you will develop can be invaluable.

Add Corporate Counsel section dues to your CCBA membership to receive e-mail reminders of meetings and other section events.  Section dues are $10.00 per attorney and enable the section or provide and presentation materials to attendees and an honorarium to speakers.
For additional information, contact Chair Anne Shuttee, anne.shuttee@shutteelaw.com. 

 

 

Estate Planning & Probate

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The Estate Planning and Probate section meets on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates. While only Section members will receive the free MCLE credit, we encourage non-members to come visit our meetings as well as the information you learn and the relationships you will develop can be invaluable. 

Please add Estate Planning and Probate section dues to your CCBA membership to receive e-mail reminders. Section dues are just $15.00 and your dues allow the section to offer complimentary lunch and a gift card honorarum to speakers each month and host other events as planned by the section directors.

For additional information, contact Chair: Cynthia Hurley, churley@jfattorneys.com

Family Law

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The Family Law section meets on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates. While only Section members will receive the free MCLE credit, we encourage non-members to come visit our meetings as well as the information you learn and the relationships you will develop can be invaluable.  Add the Family Law section dues to your CCBA membership to receive e-mail reminders. A portion of your section dues cover the room rental fee at CAIL. Section dues are $20.00 per year.  Questions about the section may be directed to the section chair, akey@gbfamilylaw.com

Juvenile Law

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The Juvenile Law section co-hosts a full day and half day long seminars with the 417th Judicial District Court, McKinney, Texas.   Add Juvenile Law section dues to your CCBA membership to receive e-mail announcements about section activities. Section dues are $20.00.  

Contact: Chair, Cyndi Gore, cyndi@defendingkids.com

Solo/Small Firm (Formerly Law Practice Management)

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The Solo/Small Firm section meets on dates and location published on the Web site calendar. Check this Web site frequently for updates. While only Section members will receive the free MCLE credit, we encourage non-members to come visit our meetings as well as the information you learn and the relationships you will develop can be invaluable.  There are no section dues for this section.  The monthly meetings feature roundtable discussions and CLE related to the the business aspects of law practice such as office technology options, malpractice avoidance, choice of business entity for your practice, andmarketing your practice using social media.

The section organizes and hosts a Making Your Practice Work seminar in January. 

Contact: Chair, Ben Capelle, bjcapelle@verizon.net

Legal Professionals

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New in 2013, the Collin County Bar Association is pleased to offer Collin County area legal professionals including paralegals, legal assistants and contract administrators local options for networking and obtaining continuing education credit for certification.  Legal Professionals may join by paying $30.00 annual membership dues from July 1 to June 30 each year.

 

COMMITTEES

Bar Association Recognition

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Based on feedback from directors attending a state-wide bar association conference, the CCBA formed a Bar Association Promotion committee to research recognition opportunities in the form of awards and grants available through the State Bar of Texas.  

General Meeting CLE - Speaker Committee

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 The General Meeting CLE committee is charged with planning CLE programs for the general membership. Contact Jeff Domen, jdomen@gbfamilylaw.com

Community Outreach
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The Community Outreach committee organizes bar Association member volunteer opportunities with Collin County non-profit organizations such as the Food Pantry, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Legal Clinics. 

Upcoming opportunities:

Interested in volunteering? Send an e-mail to Jan Kearney, Pro Bono Project Coordinator, kearneyj@lanwt.org or call her at 972-542-9405.

The McKinney Office of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas conducts a legal aid clinic to serve applicants who may be unable to visit the local branch office. After a brief screening for income eligibility, applicants meet with Attorney volunteeers for advice only assistance with civil legal matters, including family law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, federal tax, and real property matters.

Holiday Party: Holiday Party Sponsor Levels 2017 Coming Soon. Contact Mark Hill, mark.hill@solidcounsel.com or Abby Foster, afoster@vbmmp.com

Judiciary: The judiciary committee is the CCBA point of contact with the Judiciary in Collin County. The committee conducts and publishes a judicial preference poll or a judcial evaluation poll depending on election campaign periods.

Membership Committee: Contact collincountybar@yahoo.com

Mentoring Committee: Contact Bob Matlock, rjmatlock@wmmlaw.com

Mock Trial Committee: Contact Dale Rose, mocktrial@collincountybar.org

Nominating Committee

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The nominating committe proposes a slate of officers and directors of the CCBA at least sixty (60) days before the CCBA annual meeting.  The nominating comittee consists of the Vice President as chair, the past president, and a representative fo each of the Association's section chosen by the section's chair or as set forth in section bylaws. 

Social Media/Website:  Contact Teresa Moore, collincountybar@yahoo.com

Sponsorship:  

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The Sponsorship committee develops and maintains relationships with individuals, business and  law firms in the Collin County area who are interested in the uniques promotional opportunties offered to them by underwriting or sponsoring CCBA events.  The committee has been exceptionally successful at obtaining sponsorships for the CCBA holiday party. The sponsorships have enabled the CCBA adhere to a modest budget of Association funds for the event and conservative ticket prices for attendees while hosting a quality event.  With three years of holiday sponsor success, the committee members are enthusiastic about expanding sponsorship opportunities to other events and developing recommendations about online recoginition for the Board of Directors to consider.