State Bar Board Meets in The Woodlands The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors met January 22 in The Woodlands. The meeting began with Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson leading board members in the new Texas lawyer oath, which the 84th Legislature amended to include a civility and integrity pledge. Other meeting highlights follow. Candidates approved. The board approved the nomination of Michael C. Smith of Marshall and G. Thomas Vick Jr. of Weatherford as candidates for State Bar president-elect. Voting is open from April 1 to 5 p.m. CST May 2 to all active State Bar members in good standing. The winner will serve as president-elect from June 2016 to June 2017 and as president from June 2017 to June 2018. The board also heard comments from the three candidates for 2016-2017 chair of the board: Joe Escobedo Jr. of McAllen, Joseph Indelicato Jr. of Houston, and John V. Jansonius of Dallas. Board members will elect the chair during their April meeting. Sheeran-Crowley Trust update. A State Bar fundraising effort has generated more than $432,000 for the nonprofit Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust, including a substantial donation from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar President Allan K. DuBois reported. TBLS also committed to making annual donations in future years as long as funds are available. The State Bar is accepting online donations at texasbar.com/trust-donate. Finance and budget. The State Bar received an unmodified, or “clean,” opinion for its 2014-2015 fiscal year financial audit. The board approved the 2016-2017 budget for publication in the Texas Bar Journal (see page 236). ABA resolution. The board adopted a resolution expressing reservations about the concept of “non-traditional legal service providers” as included in Resolution 105, which was submitted to the American Bar Association House of Delegates by the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services. The State Bar resolution said it would be premature for Texas lawyers to support the ABA resolution before the Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services issued its final report. The ABA House of Delegates voted February 8 to adopt an amended Resolution 105, which urges each state’s highest court to use model regulatory objectives “when they assess the court’s existing regulatory framework and any other regulations they may choose to develop concerning non-traditional legal service providers.” Judges honored. Board members approved resolutions recognizing two Montgomery County judges. The board honored 410th District Court Presiding Judge K. Michael Mayes for his work with juvenile and adult recovery courts and his pioneering use of courtroom technology. Presiding Judge Kathleen A. Hamilton, of the 359th District Court, was recognized for her involvement with National Adoption Day, her work with drug courts, and her role in creating the county’s first veterans treatment court. Employee of the Quarter. State Bar Executive Director Michelle Hunter presented the Employee of the Quarter Award to Spencer Walker. A State Bar employee since 2007, Walker currently works as office manager and public information coordinator for the legal counsel’s office.
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