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About HBA Family Law Section

The Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association strives to promote the goals of the HBA within the family law context. With a growing membership of approximately 500, our Section hosts monthly meetings from September through May to address the complexities encountered working on family law matters. Monthly luncheon meetings provide members the opportunity to network with other family law attorneys and the judiciary, while simultaneously earning CLE credit and learning about the latest issues affecting the family law bar and bench.

The Family Law Section Board and membership honor Houston families and children through HBA’s Saturday legal clinics, staffing knowledgeable family law attorneys to attend HBA’s monthly LegalLine, providing annual contributions to the Harvest Ball, Habitat for Humanity, as well as supporting local programs like “Dress for Success” and national programs like “Do the Write Thing.” The Family Law Section recently participated in the HBA-endorsed AIDS outreach Adopt-A-Family Program by providing holiday gifts and necessaries for families whose lives have been affected by AIDS or HIV.

The Family Law Section provides quality CLE programs for family law attorneys and provides monthly updates on the state of family law to membership at monthly luncheons. Among the oldest and most established of the HBA sections, the Family Law Section has long provided its members with the tools and knowledge required to deliver quality family law legal services to Houston and its surrounding communities.

Notices and Updates

No Summer Meetings:
Please note, there will be no monthly meeting in June, July or August 2017. Our regular monthly meetings will resume September 6, 2017.

Monthly Meetings:
The Downtown Club
1100 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77002
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Parking Instructions:
The Downtown Club is located in the First City Tower garage, on the top floor labeled “C” in the NE elevators. Public parking is located on the left hand side of Lamar Street just past Caroline Street.

HB 1167
The Board of Family Judges is pleased to announce that HB 1167 relating to the creation of an additional family district court in Harris County has been filed today by Senfronia Thompson.  If it should ultimately pass it will be the 507th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas which will hear only family law by docket control order.  The progress on this effort so far is due to the hard work of all of the family law judges of Harris County.

LegalLine Volunteers Needed
We need your help! The HBA Family Law Section is committed to provide 2 family law specialists for each of the HBA’s LegalLine programs – an attorney for each shift: 5pm to 7pm and 7pm to 9pm. We need volunteers to staff the next six months. Please contact Sara Valentine at sara@brfamilylaw.com.

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Event Calendar

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  • 08

    11:30 am-1:00 pm

    Confused about how the new Data Breach Notification law, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Texas House Bill 300 affect your family law practice?

    Houston Bar Association

    Family Law Section






    November 18, 2016

    12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.


    Lunch Provided – Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to retrieve your lunch.

    1 hour of CLE credit

    Ceremonial Reception Room

    Harris County Civil Courthouse

    201 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77002


    This is a one-hour training on new Data Breach Notification laws, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Texas House Bill 300 and how they affect Texas law firms. It is approved for one hour of CLE credit and is aimed at family law attorneys, paralegals, and other staff.  This CLE focuses on how to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of clients’ data while complying with the Data Breach Notification laws, TX HB 300, HIPAA and HITECH.  The physical, technical and administrative requirements for covered entities and their business associate law firms are covered so attorneys and their staff learn how to store, transmit and destroy PHI, and other sensitive, confidential information of their clients.  Each participant will receive a training acknowledgement upon completion of this course.


    Heather L. Hughes received her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.  She is certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance, and she has over twenty years’ experience in healthcare compliance. Heather has been presenting CLE’s on HIPAA for over ten years, and she is currently the HIPAA Privacy Officer at U.S. Legal Support.



    Registration Form


    Name: ___________________________________________________ State Bar No. _______________________________________

    Firm Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Address: _________________________________________ City: _______________________ State: ___________ Zip: ___________

    Telephone: __________________ Fax: __________________ Email: ____________________________________________________


    To register: $30.00

    Please remit registration form and check payable to HBA-FLS to:

    Angela Stout, Treasurer

    201 W 16th St, Houston, TX 77008


  • 15

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Holiday on the Bayou