March 5, 2015 | In The News
It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas and to know that my colleagues believe that I am ready to serve in that position. Since my nomination, I have listened, learned, and identified several areas where improvement is both needed and achievable. I believe that my experience in and out of the law has prepared me to lead in a way that will bring greater meaning and value to the State Bar for all Texas lawyers. My Texas roots run deep. I was raised in a small town north of Austin, and completed both my undergraduate degree and law degree in Texas. As a legal professional, I worked for large Austin firms, as well as owning my own small firm there for the past 20 years. I gained valuable insight and perspective not only from my firm experience, but also through my years of volunteer work for the legal profession in Texas, my community service and teaching as an adjunct professor at The University of TexasÂ School of Law.
Regarding my plan as President-Elect, first I promise to listen in order to understand the issues you face in your practice and your life as a lawyer. Bold steps must be taken to counter the perception that State Bar exists to benefit only a select few. To that end, I will work for all of our members and always be mindful of the stated mission of the State Bar to promote the ethical practice of law and demonstrate the importance of lawyers within our society.
During my tenure, I will work to:
- Listen carefully to the concerns and opinions of Texas lawyers
- Continue to make the State Bar more relevant, accessible and increasingly transparent for all lawyers
- Assure the State Bar is maintained through the Sunset Review process
- Make affordable health insurance a reality for all of our members
- Increase the publicâ€™s awareness of the importance and contributions of lawyers
For 30 years, I have been privileged to practice law and to meet lawyers from all over Texas. My experience in representing clients, teaching, in service to the Bar and the larger community has given me a sensitivity to, and awareness of, the needs of lawyers in various disciplines around the state. If elected, I will lead with focus and determination so that all lawyers truly benefit from their membership. I am honored to be considered for President-Elect of the State Bar, and I humbly ask for your support and your vote.
With best wishes,