The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors approved the nominations of Michael C. Smith of Marshall and Tom Vick of Weatherford as president-elect candidates at its meeting in The Woodlands on January 22, 2016. Texas lawyers will vote for the president-elect and district directors in April. The chosen lawyer will serve a one-year term as president-elect from June 2016 to June 2017, and then will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2017 to June 2018. The State Bar president-elect candidates are recommended by the board’s Nominations and Elections Subcommittee in accordance with a three-year rotating cycle between members in a metropolitan area, nonmetropolitan area (this year), and an open year. Interviews with the candidates will be included in the April issue. For more information, go to texasbar.com/election. Michael C. Smith Marshall Michael C. Smith is a partner in the Marshall office of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, where he handles federal litigation. Smith is a past chair of the State Bar’s Litigation Section and the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors and served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008. He has appeared as counsel in more than 800 cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, served as chair of the Eastern District’s Local Rules Advisory Committee for nine years, and currently serves as president of the East Texas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Texas Bar Foundation sustaining life fellow, editor of O’Connor’s Federal Rules * Civil Trials, and maintains the nationally recognized blog on Eastern District federal court practice, edtexweblog.com. Smith was awarded the Texas Access to Justice Foundation Cy Pres: Impact on Justice Award in 2009 and the TexasBarCLE Standing Ovation Award in 2010. He received a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1986, a master’s in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in 1989, and a J.D. from Baylor University Law School in 1992. Tom Vick Weatherford Tom Vick is a partner in Vick Carney in Weatherford. Board certified in family law, he has published dozens of works on various aspects of the law and has lectured widely. Vick chaired the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013-2014. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and the Texas Access to Justice Commission from 2006 to 2009. A former mayor of Weatherford, Vick has served as president of both the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Texas chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, and as chair of the Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services Delivery. Vick was named the 2008 State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Outstanding Family Lawyer, awarded the Sam Emison Award by the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and named the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow of the Year in 2009. He received presidential citations for service to the State Bar in 2008 and 2012. Vick received a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman in 1977 and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1981.
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