LEADERSHIP SBOT CLASS OF 2012–13 In September, members of the fifth class of Leadership SBOT, a State Bar diversity initiative, met in Austin. Class members include: (back row, from left) Karla Vargas, Rudolph Karl Metayer, C. Michael Davis, Eduardo Romero, Raymond Baeza, Alex Yarbrough, Michelle Alden, David Collins, Gregory Wilson, Justin Smith, Carina Garza; (front row, from left) Chalon Clark, Barbara Nicholas, Emma Cano, Aurora Martinez Jones, Tobias Cole, Jessica Rivera, LiLan Ren, Rabeea Sultan, Ashley Pate. Also pictured are State Bar President Buck Files (back row, right), President-elect Lisa M. Tatum (back row, center), and Texas Young Lawyers Association President-elect Kristy Piazza Blanchard (back row, second from right). APPELLATE HALL OF FAME The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, in conjunction with the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, inducted Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Hemphill into the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame on Sept. 5 during the section’s annual meeting. Hemphill served as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1840 to 1858. Paul McPhail, of Madisonville, La., and Hemphill’s first cousin six times removed, accepted a certificate in honor of the occasion. He is pictured with Appellate Section Immediate Past Chair Scott Rothenberg, left, and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson. VOLUNTEER & STAFF GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE The State Bar 2012–13 Volunteer and Staff Guide is available. The guide contains contact information for State Bar and Texas Young Lawyers Association board members, section and committee leaders, staff, and other bar-related organizations. An online version is available at texasbar.com, in the “News and Publications” section. To receive a hard copy, email email@example.com or call (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1726. MORE SCAM ALERTS! The State Bar of Texas has learned that an apparent scam artist has assumed the identity of a Texas attorney who has not practiced in several years and set up a fake law firm website using the attorney’s maiden name, former office address, and portions of her professional biography. If you have questions about the identity of a Texas lawyer, please search the State Bar’s official “Find a Lawyer” member directory on texasbar.com/findalawyer or contact the Membership Department at (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1383. If you are an attorney who believes your identity has been stolen, contact the nearest FBI office and local law enforcement. In addition, the Texas Supreme Court is alerting lawyers to disregard “phishing” emails purporting to be from a “Barthelemy William,” who claims to be with the Court and requests personal information from recipients. The Court posted a notice about the scam on its website at supreme.courts.state.tx.us.
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