State Bar Board Meets in El Paso The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting September 16 in El Paso. The meeting’s highlights appear below. Presidential initiatives update. President Frank Stevenson reported that the State Bar continues to move forward with the creation of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator and planned to begin accepting applications from potential participants this fall. Immediate Past President Allan K. DuBois announced that through the State Bar’s fundraising efforts, more than $512,000 has been donated to the nonprofit Sheeran-Crowley Memorial Trust, which provides financial assistance to Texas attorneys, judges, and law students who need treatment for substance abuse, depression, or other mental health issues. Legislative program. The board adopted the State Bar’s legislative program, which includes 23 proposed bills submitted by the Construction Law, Family Law, LGBT Law, Poverty Law, and Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law sections. For the list, go to texasbar.com/legislativeprogram. To request a copy or for questions regarding the proposals, contact the State Bar Governmental Relations Department at (800) 204-2222, ext. 6826, or email@example.com. Other action items. The board approved an advertising policy for the Texas Bar Journal. Directors also referred two Annual Meeting resolutions, concerning the retention of client property and the sale of a law practice, to the board’s Discipline & Client Attorney Assistance Program Subcommittee for review. New directors sworn in. Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson administered the oath of office to two new directors, Christopher Oddo of Austin and Scott Rothenberg of Houston. Recognitions. The board approved a resolution honoring Lisa J. Soto, of counsel to Brim, Arnett & Robinett, for her service to the El Paso community and the legal profession. Soto has been a leader on the State Bar Diversity in the Profession Committee and, as a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Law School Preparation Institute, instrumental in helping young people of diverse backgrounds pursue legal careers. Also, State Bar Executive Director Michelle Hunter recognized Julie Marshall, who manages meetings and sponsorships for TexasBarCLE, as Employee of the Quarter.
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