State Bar Board Update The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting April 10 in Bastrop. Among the meeting’s highlights: Board chair elected. David E. Chamberlain was elected chair of the board of directors for the 2015-2016 bar year. He will take office during the June 2015 board meeting in San Antonio and will serve as chair until June 2016. Chamberlain is the senior partner in the Austin civil trial firm of Chamberlain McHaney and is certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. His honors and activities include serving as 2015 president of the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a former president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, the Austin Bar Association, and the Austin Young Lawyers Association. In 2014, he received a State Bar Presidential Citation for his work in creating the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange. Minority member appointed. Sugar Land attorney Rehan Alimohammad was appointed as a minority member of the board for a three-year term beginning in June 2015 and expiring in June 2018. Alimohammad, a founding partner of Alimohammad & Zafar, is in charge of immigration law, tax law, and litigation of family law matters. He holds a B.BA. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. His activities include serving as a member of the State Bar Committee on Laws Related to Immigration and Nationality, legal counsel and board member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Katy Bar Association. Finance and budget. The board approved the State Bar 2015-2016 proposed budget for presentation to the Supreme Court of Texas. A hearing before the court is scheduled for May 11. MCLE age exemption. The board approved a recommendation of the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee to repeal the age exemption for completing mandatory MCLE requirements. The State Bar will send a petition to the Supreme Court of Texas for consideration of the changes. As written, the proposal would take effect in June 2015 with the first compliance year beginning in June 2016. Legislative action. The board voted to ratify actions of the Ad-Hoc Emergency Legislative Response Committee in two matters: (1) the State Bar’s support of Texas Senate Bill 534, relating to the oath of a person admitted to practice law in Texas, and (2) the Native American Law Section’s support, in the section’s name, of House Bill 825, relating to procedures for identifying Native American heritage of children in certain hearings in suits affecting the parent-child relationship. Also, the board authorized the Litigation Section to oppose, in the section’s name, House Bill 1603, relating to the creation of a chancery court and a court of chancery appeals to hear certain cases. Employee of the Quarter. State Bar Executive Director Michelle Hunter recognized Ann Nunez as the Employee of the Quarter. As the State Bar’s purchasing specialist for more than 10 years, Nunez has helped staff members fulfill mail, copy, and purchasing needs—always with a positive attitude, a tireless work ethic, and an eye toward cost savings.
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