Volume 123, Issue 9. February 2014.
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Member Benefit: Networking
February 2014

The Denton County Bar Association has many opportunities each month for networking within our varied membership ranks.  We have sections and groups based on years of practice, practice area and pro bono and service interests and most of these groups meet at least monthly.  The groups meet at different times of the day and different parts of Denton County.  Find a group today to meet new lawyers or reconnect with old friends.

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February 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the Denton County Bar Association Newsletter! This issue brings you many new articles and events for February 2014.
Letter from the President
I am entrusted by the People of Texas to preserve and improve our legal system. So are you. 

Divorce Negotiation Skills
By: Mike Gregory

About 85% of all divorces settle prior to trial, but too many times in conference rooms at the courthouse on the day of the trial when there is intense pressure and stress. A better settlement can result from TTTP, Timely, Thoughtful, Thorough Preparation.


Letter from Erin Manley, Director of the DCBA
As we continue into 2014, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our attorneys who volunteered as mediators in 2013.  
Sorrowful Farewell to Helen Teresa Dhooghe
We are saddened to learn that Vincent Dooghe, one of our own Bar members, lost his beloved wife, Helen, in a car accident on February 2nd.  Vincent and Helen have 14 children who were being homeschooled by Helen.  This is a severe blow to the Dooghe family!  The family requests donations in lieu of other gifts and flowers.  The Denton County Bar encourages members to come to our Brother’s aid during this his time of grief and transition.  Please Click Here for the obituary of Helen and information on the Dooghe Family Donation Fund that has already been at their church.  You may also send in your donation to the Bar, and we will make sure it gets to the family.
E-Filing Tips from the Denton County District Clerk
Sherri Adelstein

2014 DCBA Bench/Bar Conference 
La Toretta Lake Spa and Resort 
On Lake Conroe 
Montgomery, Texas 
April 25-27, 2014 

Get More Information Here!

February 2014 Senior Member Spotlight: 
R. William Wood


Transitions to Practice Luncheon

The DCBA Transitions to Practice Program will NOT have a luncheon in February.  Our next meeting will be Friday, March 14, 2014, where the emphasis will be on Law Practice Management, including Networking with Attorneys and Others; Technology and Equipment; Time Management, Billing and Collections;, Disaster Planning; Insurance; and Officing Arrangements and Options.  Our panel will include Steve Kuzmich, Virginia Hammerle, Virginia Moore, Ruth Brock, Erik Nelson and Danny Boon.

Rearview Mirror:
McCulloch v. Maryland

By: Philip M. Herr

Most of us studied the McCulloch v. Maryland case in constitutional law. Without getting into political debates about proposed legislation in Congress, I would submit that, for us as lawyers, our fellow citizens will some times ask us questions or seek guidance regarding the constitutionality of proposed congressional legislation. So, with that in mind, it was the impetus for writing this article.


Upcoming 2014 Veterans Clinic

When: Every third Thursday, 9am-11am.
Where: The Texas Workforce Commission, 1300 Teasley Lane, Denton
The dates for the clinic are as follows:

  •  Feb. 20
  • Apr. 17
  • June 19
  • Aug. 21
  • Oct. 16
  • Dec. 18
Events & News
CLE Events

March CLE
Friday March 7, 2014
Speaker – Jack Balderson Jr.
Topic – â€œAntitrust: 101.”
CLE Credit – 0.75 hours in Civil Law.

April CLE
Friday April 4, 2014
Speaker – David Gair
Topic – â€œRecent Changes to Innocent Spouse Relief.”
CLE Credit – 0.75 hours in Tax Law.

May 2, 2014
Speaker â€“ Jolie Williams
Topic â€“ â€œReal Estate and Divorce: Protecting Your Clients Present and Future Housing Needs.”
CLE Credit â€“ 0.75 hours in Family and Real Estate Law 

June CLE
June 6, 2012
Speaker â€“ Dr. John Zervopoulos
Topic â€“ â€œBias and Mental Health Experts: Shades of Testimony.”
CLE Credit â€“ 0.75 hours in Civil and Family Law
DCBA Section News

The February meeting of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section will be at the Wildwood Inn in Denton on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from noon to 1:00.  There is no charge for the CLE, but lunch is $17.00 per person. 

SPEAKERS: J. Ellen Bennett and Barkley T. Miller
TOPIC:  Ins and Outs of Attorney’s Fees in Four Metropolitan Texas Counties (With an Ethics Twist)
MCLE and TBLS HOURS:  1.0 (Estate Planning and Probate)

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. – Denton County Young Lawyers Association General Membership Meeting at KoonsFuller.  This meeting is for everyone interested in learning more about DCYLA and how to get involved.
  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Denton County High School Mock Trial Competition.  We are looking for attorneys to serve as judges.
Contact Jill (President of DCYLA) for more information: jjester@minorandjester.com
Denton County Collaborative Group
1st Tuesday of Each month - 12pm - Meeting
- Oakmont Country Club

Denton County Paralegals

Bankruptcy Section

The Bankruptcy section of the Denton County Bar Association, is open to and intended for anyone that practices in the federal bankruptcy courts or regularly deals with bankruptcy issues. The meetings will be held every second Thursday of the month in the Lawyers Lounge in the Library at the Denton County Court House. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Henry at chenry@minorandjester.com or Carol Wolfram at carol@clwolframlegal.com.

DCBA Officers 
  • President, Theodore Ogilvie
  • Immediate Past President, Duane L. Coker
  • President-Elect, Amie Peace
  • Vice President, Travis Biggs
  • Treasurer, Vicki Isaacks
  • Secretary, Andrew M. Lloyd
  • CLE Director, Victor Rivera

DCBA Committee Chairs

  • Adoption Day, Victor Rivera
  • Awards, Theodore D. Ogilvie
  • Bench Bar, Kimberly Killebrew
  • CLE, Victor Rivera
  • Courts/Local Rules, Travis Biggs
  • Fee Arbitration, Fon Laughlin
  • Library Board of Governors, Philip Herr
  • Membership/Social, Victor Rivera, Brian Tackett
  • Mentoring/Transition, Viriginia Moore, Deena A. Reecer
  • Newsletter/Communications, Jill O'Connell, Phillip Herr
  • Planning, Amie Peace
  • Pro Bono, Julia Kerestine
DCBA Directors
Phillip Herr, Fon Laughlin, Julia Kerestine, Viriginia Moore, Jill O'Connell, Brian Tackett

DCBA Sections

  • Trial Lawyer's Assocation
  • Family Law
  • Greater Denton County Young Lawyer's Association
  • Real Estate, Trust, and Probate Law Section
  • Criminal Law

DCBA Membership
Your DCBA Membership Includes

  • Free and discounted CLE programs
  • Monthly luncheons
  • Networking opportunities
  • Listing on the bar website, including photo, two practice areas, and a link to your website
  • Pro bono opportunities
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